Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring Quilt Market Wrap Up

Oh my goodness, how time flies when you are having fun :)  Yup, it's the last week of school here, so we have awards, presentations, concerts,  field days and so on.  Which means, I still haven't managed to put away any of these lovely Quilt Market Goodies.  Although, I did at least move them down to my sewing room so we could eat on the dining room table . . . That counts for something right ;)

And with my crazy attempt to do some Market Catching-Up  I figured we also needed a Market Wrap-Up!!!  I can't even begin to explain how much there is to see, and how many wonderful friends I got to chat with (and I should really remember to take more pics with these amazing ladies) over the course of the three days in Salt Lake.  This is my 6th market, and I loved it every bit as much as the first.  It is just so wonderful  to be a part of such an amazing industry like this!!!   So, rather than share all of the same pictures of all of the amazing new fabrics coming again  (see my social media for more fabric pics from the weekend)  I went through and tried to grab a few pics that made sort of a chronological time table of some of the fun things that happened to Barbara and I at Market ;)    So here it goes . . . .

We started our trip with a stop at the Riley Blake Warehouse in Sandy Utah.  Rows and rows of wonderful fabric goodness!!!  We got 4 rolls of batting (which I totally wish I would have gotten a picture of, it looked hilarious stuffed in the backseat of the car) and then found the flat fold section.   30 lbs of fabric later :)   Those are going to make some great quilt backs!!!  It was so lovely to visit with the ladies of Riley Blake as well, such fun!!!   (And yes, just in case you are wondering, you do have to have a wholesale account with Riley Blake to purchase here ;)  

From there, we drove the last little bit to Salt Lake, checked into the hotel, dropped some quilts off on the floor, and ran into Jane and Franny in the lobby.   From there we found ourselves having a lovely dinner with a whole slew of amazingly talented women!!   And I have so say, I could listen to those lovely Australian accents all evening, love it!!!

The next day was schoolhouse.   This is where everyone can share what they have coming out in the next 6 months.  Lots of wonderful presentations on new rulers, books, and of course fabric!!!  This day always goes by in a blur as you move from one presentation to the next from 10 am to 5:30 pm.  So much quilty goodness to see!!!!  And Barbara even got to see some quilty goodness up close when she helped hold quilts in Franny and Jane's schoolhouse!!!

Then it's a quick bite to eat before Sample Spree.   And I was so excited to get in and look at the fabric, that I didn't ever take a picture of the crowd.  But just trust me on this one, it is crazy crowded!!!   Barbara and I tend to shuffle in at the very back of the line when some of the initial commotion has worn off, so you can imagine how excited I was when I still managed to score these amazing bundles!!!!   (and thank you for all of your wonderful help in picking a favorite from the other day's post.  I will announce the giveaway event tomorrow :)  

 Friday Morning is the first day the show floor is open.   This is where there is so, so, so much to see, and there is no possible way to sum it all up.  So here are some of my personal highlights.   Right away I was super excited to see that Moda brought back the Grunge Bar from Quilt Con.  If you have been around here for any time you know that I totally love Grunge!!!!!  I think I can safely say it is my favorite basic.    And to see it all lined up on the shelf together, eeekk!!!

From there it was just a hop skip and a jump over to the Martingale Booth.  They are the publishers of my book Irish Chain Quilts.   And you can imagine how excited I was to get to flip through a copy of their newest compilation book, 180 Doodle Quilting Designs: Free-Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders, and Beyond !!!  I have 5 designs in this book and it is just filled with so much free motion quilting goodness.   So excited for it's release in July!!

And then it was off to see more quilts.   There were so many amazing quilts hanging at Market and I wish I could share every single one of them, but alas, then this would be the worlds longest blog post ever ;)   But I think this is the one that really caught my attention.  And probably because I was fortunate enough to see its predecessor,  pre-market.   This quilt using beautiful Allison Glass fabric was made by my  friend Kimberly Bourne from Main Street Market Designs.    Kimberly and I met in January when we were both teaching at Quilt St. George and she was teaching Eclipse.   This is Eclipse 2.0 and it really was the show stopper.  There wasn't I time I walked by that someone wasn't taking a picture of it!!  I am so happy that Kimberly and I met in January and became fast friends, she is such a sweetheart, and may I say . . . She  has crazy amazing Paper Piecing Skills!!!!

And the booth that really blew me away at Market was the Sew Kind of Wonderful Booth and I wish I would have gotten a better pic.   I just loved how it was such a calming and relaxing place among all of the chaos.  I mean, how can you not be zen sitting on a comfy couch under a wood pergola with live plants!!  And with all of those amazing curvy quilts . . . stunning!!!  And if you noticed in my market haul picture above, I brought home a Mini Quick Curve Ruler and I can't wait to try it out.  I have to say, the original really was the best intro to curves I could have ever had, and I am so excited to try the mini!

And of course, we saw so many amazing quilts and booths, and as mentioned, you can see more of them on my social media, which honestly, still doesn't even scratch the surface of all there is to see.   But moving on to Saturday ;)  Saturday Morning I was fortunate enough to get to meet up with 25 of the amazing Splendid Sampler Designers!!!  It was so fun to get to chat with these ladies, talk about a whole lot of amazing talent in one little picture.   I am just loving this entire Splendid Sampler experience and am so incredibly grateful to be a little part of it!

And of course, I made a few quilts to hang in a few booths at Market for some amazing industry friends.   But I want to share more about them in individual posts.   But there were a few that I have already shared.   I was so excited to look up at the United Notions booth and see my Frivols Quilt from last market.   Doesn't it look so cute hanging there!!!

And you might remember me sharing the tutorial for this fun King's Crossing quilt a few weeks ago.  I was so excited to find it hanging right in front of the "rest and relaxation" area of market on the Ink and Arrow booth.  Everyone that sat down to put their feet up for a minute got to check it out.  So fun!!!

And I will be sure to share the other 2 quilts I made soon!!!    And I wanted to finish this little Spring Quilt Market Wrap Up with this incredible wall made by RJR Fabrics.  I walked by this wall at least 20 times and every time I did I stopped and smiled.  I just couldn't help by light up inside thinking about all of the love put into each quilt made across the entire world.   And I am so grateful to be able to spend a part of every day Quilting With Love!!!!

Thank you so much for sharing this Quilt Love with me!!!  

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  1. I saw you at Market, but you were walking fast and I couldn't leave where I was. Two ships that passed and all that.

    You do such lovely work on all those quilts!

  2. Thanks for sharing your quilt market pictures.

  3. So much fun to hear about your experience at Spring Market. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Beautiful and thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Looks like you had a really great time!

  6. How awesome that you get to go to Riley Blake Warehouse!!! Love that Eclipse 2.0 quilt too. Thanks so much for another great post :))

  7. I would just set up camp in the Riley Blake warehouse; I'd never want to leave!


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