Quilt Market Spring 2015: These are a few of my favourite things
I just got back from Quilt Market Spring 2015 in Minneapolis and I have so much to share! I have a terrible track record of Quilt Market recaps (there are none? except from the very first time I went!) but I know you guys love hearing about it so I want to fill you in on some of my favourite things at Spring Market. Warning: this post will be long!
Obviously, you’ve already heard all about Alison Glass’s booth, but why not start there anyway? You can’t possibly be tired of hearing about Alison because there is more! I told you about her upcoming collection of 100% cotton jersey knits, Handcrafted 2 (hopefully coming next month if I stomped my foot enough, and probably August if I didn’t), Ex Libris (in the shop now) and maybe I even told you about her new Skill Builder Series of quilt patterns.
But after all that blogging I found out more. Alison has a line of low volume designs called Abacus (click the image or here for a video). Both Handcrafted 3 and Handcrafted Indigo are in the works (I saw Indigo but I can’t show pictures. It is…wow.) and a line of dressmaking patterns with Karen Le Page (those are two versions of one garment pattern below). Dang. She’s been busy!
So, then over to other ladies I love! My good friend Brenda Ratliff (aka Just a Bit Frayed aka the boss of Pink Castle Fabrics) has her first fabric collection out called Pie Making Day! It’s a nostalgic and charming collection inspired by vintage textiles. And her booth won first place in the single booth category!
I’m really, really in love with Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous collection. Many different processes were used to weave richly dyed threads in order to create this special collection. These fabrics are perfect for dressmaking and stunning in quilts, plus they make a really unique canvas for cross stitch! I’m stomping my foot to try to get these here in the UK too so stay tuned!
Over at Kokka, Echino is coming out with knitted jacquard this is really wild but totally wearable. It’s a 75cm wide cotton/poly blend and the samples were super inspiring! They also had a metallic jacquard that was awesome!
Bound by April Rhodes was my favourite collection at Art Gallery. April definitely has a signature style and Bound mixes colours drawn from the southwest with motifs inspired by woven wall-hangings and vintage macrame. April had an enormous weaving in her booth that we all got to contribute to!
Cloud9 never fail me and they had so much to show this market! The beautiful new Rain Walk collection by Anna Graham and Landscape collection by Ink and Spindle were given lots of space in the booth, and there were strike offs from wonderful collections further afield, like Garden Secrets by Sarah Watson (last pic – and that fabric will be on voile!). Cloud9 are also introducing gorgeous house voile, knit and double gauze collections.
I was so thrilled to see that Karen Lewis has collaborated with Robert Kaufman on an epic collection that will bring her screen printed goodness to the masses! Karen’s beloved designs are being overprinted on Kona Cotton Solids in the US – there will be six designs in 15 colours each for a total of 75 fabrics to mix and match! I can’t reveal pictures just yet but if you love Karen’s screen printing style, you will not be disappointed!
Robert Kaufman have also added more denim and chambray options and I ordered a bunch!
This gorgeous quilt by Carolyn Friedlander is a block of the month! Carolyn’s eye for design, colour and texture really stands out at market and it always blows my mind. The quilt uses the needle-turned appliqué technique and takes you from simple to more advanced projects to help you truly master this skill. I’d love to hear from our customers if they’d be interested in taking on this nine-month project with us! That second picture is of Carolyn’s new Austin House quilt pattern.
My favourite collection from Moda is the new Purebred line by Erin Michael! The paint-by-number theme is so much fun and I’m loving the horses. And how cool is that upholstered chair?
Tula Pink has another stunning collection coming out but I have to admit I was most excited about her Free Fall extra wide collection! This 108″ wide print in six colourways comes on a tighter, lighter cotton fabric and looked absolutely perfect on both the Kim Dress and the giant cushions on display in Tula’s booth. Of course, these fabrics are just right for quilt backs too! Navy is my favourite…how about you?
Of course we’re super excited about Heather Ross’s new collection for Windham, Tiger Lily! Whimsical and sweet, this collection is going to be here in August on quilting cotton and cotton lawn. I finally also got to meet Heather and she was the funniest! So exciting.
Jennifer at Monaluna has introduced Haiku, a sophisticated new collection that includes organic cotton voile! Watercolours and metallic ink make this collection extra special. Plus Jennifer is on the verge of opening a studio and shop in her Walnut Creek, California neighbourhood – stay tuned for more on that awesome news!
I could not possibly write about market without writing about Cotton + Steel! The Cotton + Steel team’s footprint at Market keeps on growing and the booth was, as it always is, aspirational and beautiful. There was so much attention to detail in each part of the booth, I had to stop and stare several times to take it all in!
So…what are you most excited about seeing in the shop?