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Textile Trends at the International Quilt Market

Nov 11, 2010

by Linzee McCray

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I like fabric. I know, a lot of people do. But I like it so much that I’m willing to embarrass myself in order to touch it — like the time I asked a total stranger in the restroom at O’Hare Airport if I could feel the sleeve of her luminous jacket. Fortunately she understood, and what could have been an incident for a police report instead led to us chatting like BFFs about the sheen of silk as we left the bathroom.

IQM_Ironing.jpgSo it was with great pleasure at the end of October that I attended the International Quilt Market in Houston, where no one objects if you put your hands on their textiles. In fact, if you don’t you’re not really doing your job.

This annual show provides a glimpse of what will be landing in fabric shops in the coming months. Though it’s called Quilt Market (or just Market by the quilting cognoscenti), the items available for perusal reach far beyond textiles for patchwork. There are buttons, beads, threads, ribbons, sewing machines, and carrying cases. There are patterns for messenger bags, stuffed animals, cargo pants, and ottomans, and kits for making felt cupcakes and oilcloth totes. There are needles, rulers, scissors, computer software, books and magnifiers with LED lights for illuminating intricate handwork. It’s a mind-blowing display of nearly every tool you might ever need, and plenty you never imagined (including an ironing board featuring a nude male with a strategically placed towel, which disappears when you apply a hot iron).

Quilt Market is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, where this year more than 570 vendors set up booths over 565,000 square feet of exhibition space. Booth decor rivaled some of the loveliest living rooms in town, where new lines of fabric covered couches, lamps, and floors. It’s the perfect place to check out what’s new in the world of stitching. While at the Market, I caught wind of a few developing trends in quilting and textiles.

IQM_intro.jpgClockwise from top right: Daisy Janie organic cottons, Cloud 9 organic cottons, Kaffee Fasset’s booth

While there is plenty of what might be considered “traditional” in the world of quilting — warm earth tones and time-honored patterns — there are some eye-popping things, too. Big name designers offered fabrics rich with vivid colors and imagery: the electric patterns of Kaffe Fasset, the swirls and florals of Amy Butler, and the layered detail of Anna Maria Horner. New fabrics by these and other quilting celebs, along with a myriad of up-and-coming designers, made my fabric-fondling self want to start stitching immediately.

Adorableness continues to dominate fabrics that appeal to young and old alike — jungle critters, tots-on-scooters, and lots of owls and butterflies.

IQM_Cloud9_organics.jpgCloud 9 organic cottons

The most notable colors were muted olive greens combined with magenta, oranges, goldenrod, chocolate, and turquoise. Purple continues its reign.

IQM_solids_Kona.jpgSolid quilting cottons from Kona

While patterned fabrics abound, the quilts of Gee’s Bend and the interest in graphic modern quilts prompted several companies to show new lines of solid fabrics. A fabric rep told me that as clothing manufacturing moved overseas, textiles appropriate for home garment sewing have been harder to come by. But there’s a growing interest in home sewing, and fabrics like cotton-linen blends are joining bolts of velveteen and voile on fabric shop shelves. Quilts themselves are being transformed when stitched in luminous silks.

IQM_oilcloth_2.jpg

Oilcloth and laminates — fabric coated with a slick surface that adds strength and renders it waterproof — was big for aprons, lunch bags, placemats, and more. Etsy shop owner Anna Marino of Oilcloth by the Yard had a booth at Market where she carries hundreds of designs ranging from festive fruits and flowers to gingham, faux bois, and zebra print. “Oilcloth is fun, nostalgic, and utilitarian,” says Anna.

IQM_Cloud9.jpgCloud 9 organic prints

When it comes to organic cotton, buyers have been limited to solid fabrics. But this year, organic cotton prints are making a big splash. Daisy Janie made its first appearance at Market, and Cloud 9 was back with new lines, including upcoming prints designed by Jane Rothman, Heather Moore of Skinny Laminx, and Geninne Zlatkis.

IQM_Echino_.jpgLeft: Etsuko Furuya designer of Echino fabrics in Seven Islands booth, Right: Echino bags

One of the most popular fabric designers at Market is Etsuko Furuya who designs under the name Echino. Other Japanese manufacturers featured zippers with ribbon-like tape that double as trim, and webbing already embellished with lace, the perfect handle for bags and totes. Japanese fabrics and notions continue to enchant sewers and makers.

A quilt by definition consists of three layers: the top, the filling or batting, and the backing. Some kind of stitching or tying holds these layers together. Traditional quilters use thread that matches the background fabrics to attach the layers with tiny, even stitches. A new trend, however, is big stitching. Perle cotton is prized for its sheen and large stitches in colors that contrast with the fabric are both functional and provide visual interest.

IQM_Hanah-Silks.jpgHand-dyed silk ribbon by Hanah Silks/Artemis

The opportunity to individualize creations with embellishments is boundless. Beads, buttons, hand-dyed silk ribbon, and trims, including rick-rack of every size and color, are showing up on quilts and other stitched items.

IQM_Peng_Fish.jpgAlyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish with Hedgehog Pillow

Embroidery continues to gain steam as an embellishment on quilts, garments, and bags. Along with charming patterns depicting hedgehogs, gators, and the letters of the alphabet, Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish showed embroidery kits that include a hoop, needle and thread. “I want to make it easy for new embroiderers to get started,” Alyssa said.

The future looks bright for those of us who love fabric, quilts, and all manner of textile crafts. I left the International Quilt Market somewhat overwhelmed, but enormously inspired. Let the stitching begin!

A lifelong sewer/knitter and former weaver/spinner, Linzee Kull McCray, a.k.a.lkmccray, is a writer and editor living in Iowa. She feels fortunate to meet and write about people, from scientists to stitchers, who are passionate about their work. Her freelance writing appears in Quilts and MoreStitchFiberarts,American Patchwork and Quilting and more. For more textile musings, visit her blog.

Close on the heels of Market is International Quilt Festival, a four-day extravaganza of classes, vendors, and juried exhibitions of more than 1,500 quilts that draws more than 50,000 visitors each year. Click here for more information!

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164 comments

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver said 9 years ago

    Those hand-dyed silk ribbons are yummy! Nicely written! :)

  • FishtailDesigns

    FishtailDesigns said 9 years ago

    Fabulous!! Thank you for passing along your review. Its so wonderful to hear about the trends coming our way!

  • krystajackson

    krystajackson said 9 years ago

    Oh I might have to plan a vacation around the next Market!

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 9 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful fabrics! I would like to learn how to sew:)

  • LuLusApple

    LuLusApple said 9 years ago

    I like that hedgehog pillow!!!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 9 years ago

    Ooooh I work with silk ribbons when not working with paper and those hand-dyed silk ribbons are exquisite! Were you allowed to touch all the fabrics? It would be awful to see all those textiles and not be allowed to touch them! Thank you for sharing your experience. :)

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 9 years ago

    beautiful! I love quilting and vintage quilts!

  • lutheranluxuries

    lutheranluxuries said 9 years ago

    Wow! I love the organic cotton.

  • CraftsByBabz

    CraftsByBabz said 9 years ago

    Fun, fun, fun!! The hedgehog pillow is great!!!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 9 years ago

    I just re-read the article and got the answer to my previous question: "where no one objects if you put your hands on their textiles". :)

  • BlueGremlin

    BlueGremlin said 9 years ago

    love all the fabric designs!!!!!!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 9 years ago

    What an event, must have been wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Great to see that textile crafts are so strong!

  • ThePortobelloRd

    ThePortobelloRd said 9 years ago

    LOVE PENQUIN AND FISH! YEA!

  • CottonCandyCupcake

    CottonCandyCupcake said 9 years ago

    Brilliant!!!!

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas said 9 years ago

    The show was simply amazing this year! This is definitely my favorite event of the year!!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Love! That hedgehog pillow is awesome! =)

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the article, the photos are inspiring! I wish I was at the Market too!

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 9 years ago

    As I wade through the collection of fabric I just inherited from my recently deceased grandmother's twin sister (now I have two of every pattern they bought together) I can only think of how the two of them would have been in heaven at a show such as this. Thanks for the lovely post.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 9 years ago

    The only thing that would be better than this is if the fabric were vintage.

  • ModernMode

    ModernMode said 9 years ago

    This was awesome! I used to quilt with my mom growing up. She'd make a big quilt, and I'd make a mini version for my dolls or a matching pillow set. Definitely makes me want to get my sewing machine out more often!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 9 years ago

    great hedgehog!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 9 years ago

    this looks like so much fun!

  • DesignerKnits

    DesignerKnits said 9 years ago

    so much fabric...wonderful

  • GidgetsGarage

    GidgetsGarage said 9 years ago

    i love the pick at the top of the page! good posting!!

  • kathrynNORDSTROM

    kathrynNORDSTROM said 9 years ago

    Incredible! I would have had to step out occasionally to let my brain rest :)!

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven said 9 years ago

    i love that hedgehog pillow !! and the feel of organic cotton just cant be beat...thanks for the great article !!

  • consciousclothing

    consciousclothing said 9 years ago

    Beee-utiful fabrics. thank you for sharing- love the silks!!!

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion said 9 years ago

    Great article! I am loving the silk flowers!

  • DarkBluebell

    DarkBluebell said 9 years ago

    Oh wow, such amazing fabrics!

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 9 years ago

    Great works,thanks

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 9 years ago

    I just love fabric too.......but it's like being a kid in a candy store...your eyes are bigger than your sewing time!!! I so enjoyed seeing all these photos. And I love that hedgehog pillow too!

  • aorta

    aorta said 9 years ago

    fabricgasm.

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 9 years ago

    Just awesome!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 9 years ago

    LOVE all the colorful and vibrant fabrics - just amazing!

  • anticovalore

    anticovalore said 9 years ago

    i love dfinitely fabrics! I can't live without!!

  • frilledandfeathered

    frilledandfeathered said 9 years ago

    I actually don't quilt, but I went to see all the amazing textiles. It was amazing!

  • mistflowerphoto

    mistflowerphoto said 9 years ago

    I love fabric. Now if only I knew how to sew. That hedgehog pillow is awesome.

  • SewItsCustom

    SewItsCustom said 9 years ago

    Thanks for all the beautiful photo's for those of us who are visually oriented! Love the ribbon work!

  • NestleAndSoar

    NestleAndSoar said 9 years ago

    Thanks for this field report from Market. I wish I'd been with you! Georgianne

  • allisonmooney

    allisonmooney said 9 years ago

    I heart the hedgehog!!

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 9 years ago

    I am a fabric-a-holic! Loved this article!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 9 years ago

    I think next year - I'm going to go! It just seems perfect in my world!

  • rosi3

    rosi3 said 9 years ago

    Fabric is always a great way to find design ideas. I used to use 50's fabric patterns on ceramic peices. Give them credit theres more to fabric than necessity purposes.

  • choisette

    choisette said 9 years ago

    oooh, textile porn. want more.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 9 years ago

    Wow I would really love to go to that event!Fantastic!

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    ThatOldBlueHouse2 said 9 years ago

    Love it!!! Great colors!

  • julieandco2

    julieandco2 said 9 years ago

    ...drool......fabulous. Next year, I'm on a plane headed that way!

  • TheHomespunLoft

    TheHomespunLoft said 9 years ago

    great article- thanks for sharing!

  • paisleybaby

    paisleybaby said 9 years ago

    I would so love to be there!

  • atime2sewtn

    atime2sewtn said 9 years ago

    I will have to plan a trip to see this in person!

  • daff

    daff said 9 years ago

    Beautiful! Why don't we have great quilt market here in Belgium? WHY?

  • octopurse

    octopurse said 9 years ago

    These pillows are just adorable! But Etsuko's fabrics are fabulous!

  • emleehandmade

    emleehandmade said 9 years ago

    sounds like an awesome and fun event. i once got in trouble for trying to look at the back of a quilt at a quilt show. good to know not all quilt shows are like that!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 9 years ago

    Exciting--wish I were there! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  • burlapbuttons

    burlapbuttons said 9 years ago

    Fabric lust.

  • YellowViolet

    YellowViolet said 9 years ago

    Drooling....

  • TackyTimeBomb

    TackyTimeBomb said 9 years ago

    I love this! I wish we had something like in Ohio :(

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 9 years ago

    So many beautiful colors and patterns..love it!

  • blackbirdandpeacock

    blackbirdandpeacock said 9 years ago

    Wish I was there!!!!!!!! The Hedgehog Pillow is Fab!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Oh - the fabrics, the oilcloth! Love it all :), so fun!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 9 years ago

    So many beautiful colors and patterns..love it!

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 9 years ago

    I love fabric and yarn i just can't live withuot them! Sewing and knitting !!!

  • SteamPatchCompany

    SteamPatchCompany said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful article! Great pictures for those of us who could not be there. Thanks so much for your post!

  • DIYKAT

    DIYKAT said 9 years ago

    I love working with fabric to and feeling and the creating.....awesome....

  • riorita

    riorita said 9 years ago

    Amazing fabrics. I love the funny story about your meeting in the Ohara Airport bathroom!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 9 years ago

    Man, just everything is so cute! Love the oilcloth, too. Bravo to all of you who sew!

  • DesertRosesJewelry

    DesertRosesJewelry said 9 years ago

    Great show, great fabrics, just great! I try to go every year and it normally takes me 2-3 days to see everything and that doesn't include the Market or classes. Always tired and broke at the end but very very happy!!!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 9 years ago

    I was so happy to see an article about the quilt market! When I go someday, it will be a dream come true. Thanks for giving us a glimse!

  • WatermelonWishes

    WatermelonWishes said 9 years ago

    I too love fabric and one day hope to attend the "Market". Many thanks for sharing an insider viewpoint!

  • honeydbags

    honeydbags said 9 years ago

    Love it all! Always a fan of Etsuko Furuya!

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 9 years ago

    Linzee what a great article. I now have bookmarked your blog (I love the name). Thank you for an inspirational read and beautiful pictures. I wish there were shows like that in Ireland. It looks like fabric heaven. I am opening my etsy shop in the next few weeks. I live for fabrics!!

  • Feille

    Feille said 9 years ago

    Mmm, fabric!

  • cstubbs37

    cstubbs37 said 9 years ago

    I love the quilt show! Ever since I have moved to Houston I go every year! The colors are amazing.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    These are all very beautiful textiles I wish I could sew and quilt.

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 9 years ago

    Beautiful colors!*~*

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 9 years ago

    Love this article! I have been collecting fabrics for 10 years. I wish I were there.

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful article! I wish I had attended such a fabulous event! Thank you!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 9 years ago

    What visual pleasure. Makes me want to dust off my passport! Thank you for sharing such a delight.

  • FunWithNeedles

    FunWithNeedles said 9 years ago

    one of those times i wish i was rich so i could buy a piece of everything! wonderful article!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    I admire the patience it takes to quilt. Wonderful fabrics. Nice article. Thanks.

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 9 years ago

    Great finds!

  • BirdsChasingBugs

    BirdsChasingBugs said 9 years ago

    wonderful! This makes an age-old art feel so fresh. I LOVE that hedgehog pillow!

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 9 years ago

    Wish I could have been there! I would have had to spend a lot of money!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 9 years ago

    Great article and lovely items!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 9 years ago

    Such wonderful textiles.

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 9 years ago

    wow! I'm so jealous that I couldn't go! What a lovely time and the fabric - wow! Thanks so much for including my quilt in the 'related items'. I am truly honored!

  • abendigogogogo

    abendigogogogo said 9 years ago

    I loved everything about this article! I actually squealed out loud when I saw that hedgehog pillow! Thank you!

  • LoveOwlEyes

    LoveOwlEyes said 9 years ago

    Oh my goodness. I love the pillow and that owl print in the middle of the fabrics!

  • TerryAskeArtQuilts

    TerryAskeArtQuilts said 9 years ago

    I was in Houston for the International Quilt Show Nov 4-7. It was awesome! It was my first time there, and I was amazed by the quality and variety of the quilts. And some of mine were there, hung with all these other fabulous quilts.

  • beadfreaky

    beadfreaky said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful textiles! Love the quirky prints :)

  • ballandchain

    ballandchain said 9 years ago

    wish I was there!

  • thebirdandelephant

    thebirdandelephant said 9 years ago

    I'm slowly venturing deeper into the realm of fabric & textiles, and I'm always on the hunt for yummy new collections, especially of the organic kind. Thank you so much for such a detailed article. And just in time as I'm planning my first quilt (and clothes sewing adventures) for my on-the-way baby girl!

  • MontclairMade

    MontclairMade said 9 years ago

    Love! Totally drooling! Thanks for this post!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Great article! Love fabrics and textiles!

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 9 years ago

    I love quilters. I have been a long time fan. I love story quilts. I would love to have an African inspired quilt.

  • perlasegovia

    perlasegovia said 9 years ago

    What a fantastic article! and you're not alone, I too (and probably all students and alumni of the college of Textiles at NCSU) get the urge to touch and analyze fabrics....

  • debhillart

    debhillart said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article, very visually appealing!

  • trottinette

    trottinette said 9 years ago

    Fantastic article !

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Gosh that hedgehog is so cute! I love it : )

  • annerstreet

    annerstreet said 9 years ago

    Great article! Love fabrics and textiles!

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings said 9 years ago

    Suffering fabric lust...

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 9 years ago

    I didn't know any such event like this existed...what fun!

  • reiter8

    reiter8 said 9 years ago

    Great report - thank you!

  • YellowBugBoutique

    YellowBugBoutique said 9 years ago

    Love this article-fabric is fabulous-whenever I'm blue I head to the fabric store-something about the textures and colors that always cheers me up!

  • thevintagethread

    thevintagethread said 9 years ago

    Wish I could have been there! Thanks for sharing!

  • brandeye

    brandeye said 9 years ago

    great article, makes me wish i wasn't at work so i could go home and sew!

  • malibuquilts

    malibuquilts said 9 years ago

    Beautiful fabrics!!! I love that pillow! :)

  • BlueberriesMilk

    BlueberriesMilk said 9 years ago

    Thanks for that great article. I had the fortune of seeing an exhibition with Kaffe Fasset in Stockholm 2 years back - stunning. People in complete awe! I will now go and do some window shopping in all of these new to me shops! Thanks, Helena

  • MoonDanceTextiles

    MoonDanceTextiles said 9 years ago

    went to Pacific International Quilt show in Oct...Houston too far away...these shows, with their amazing quilts, yummy new fabrics, and other intersting products are so enriching and inspiring for the fiber artist...

  • MaryLittfin

    MaryLittfin said 9 years ago

    What a coincidence that my sister and I just talked about going to this next year for a "sister" trip for my birthday (one with a 0 on the end!) and this article makes it a for sure :D I can so relate to "touching" anything textile!! Thank you for a great article.

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 9 years ago

    Great article, Linzee. thanks!

  • MoranArtandQuilts

    MoranArtandQuilts said 9 years ago

    Great article! Sure wish I could have gone.

  • TexstyleTextures

    TexstyleTextures said 9 years ago

    great story, georgeous pics and now i know what heaven will look like.....

  • modernrepeat

    modernrepeat said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the article, it made me fell like I was there!

  • hottinroofneworleans

    hottinroofneworleans said 9 years ago

    Oh darn!! I so regret not going! And it's so close to where I live! I must make a point of hitting the next one...I had no idea that the products were so wide-ranging. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • susissatchels

    susissatchels said 9 years ago

    Thank you! I would be like a kid in a candy store!

  • weirdamiga

    weirdamiga said 9 years ago

    Hedgehog!!!

  • thepinkpearlshop

    thepinkpearlshop said 9 years ago

    It's as if I've died and gone to heaven!

  • kreider970

    kreider970 said 9 years ago

    That looks like an awesome event!

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages said 9 years ago

    Love to see one of these markets in person someday.

  • shecological

    shecological said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for this article!! As a textile fiend, I eat this stuff up! So exciting to see all the fabric creativity out there!

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 9 years ago

    Loved all the info in the article -- makes us want to get the sewing machine out of storage! And that hedgehog pillow is too adorable!

  • pinkpainter

    pinkpainter said 9 years ago

    Oh I love the touching part best of all!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    looks like so much fun. love all the textures, colors and designs. wish i could see more photos.

  • SilverWishes

    SilverWishes said 9 years ago

    The hedgehog is awesome! I went through a major quilting phase, and still have the massive stash of fabric to prove it! I love it when my quilts get that well-worn buttery-soft feel. Ahhhhh....

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great article. Love to hear the description of the show and new trends.

  • Whimbrella

    Whimbrella said 9 years ago

    Very nice coverage of Market. It's so hard to describe to those who've never been. You did a terrific job!

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly said 9 years ago

    That post just made my heart start to flutter...

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 9 years ago

    Great article ..definitely a fabric lover.

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 9 years ago

    I wish I'd been there. The market is always great.

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for this article!! Seeing gorgeous fabrics is inspiring as always - great coverage!

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • mamapainter

    mamapainter said 9 years ago

    I live in Houston but haven't been in years. I think next year it's time to take a new look at the market!

  • HandPaintedPetals

    HandPaintedPetals said 9 years ago

    This is so interesting... I love fabrics!

  • Daisygirldolls

    Daisygirldolls said 9 years ago

    I'm so jealous! I would love to attend Quilt Market! Thanks for the beautiful photos and a glimpse!

  • porchswingafghans

    porchswingafghans said 9 years ago

    this blog post made my day! great job.

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 9 years ago

    looove!

  • justanns

    justanns said 9 years ago

    Ahhh Looked like sooooo much fun!! Love all the color!!

  • CSFseamregime

    CSFseamregime said 9 years ago

    I have the passion fo' fabric and wicked quilts! This bloy is wonderful! check out my sweet cloudy and green leaves dress. thanks http://www.etsy.com/listing/10029986/misses-size-12x-small-tall-sale-leafy

  • zemphira

    zemphira said 9 years ago

    I want to live in the seven islands booth! Maybe next year I can go!

  • MonkeyDogStudio

    MonkeyDogStudio said 9 years ago

    HEDGEHOG PILLOW!!!!! SQUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! *keels over from cuteness*

  • EsoMeliae

    EsoMeliae said 9 years ago

    I love fabric, those flowers are so beautiful

  • HeyDiddleBaby

    HeyDiddleBaby said 9 years ago

    Great recap of the show and all that's new and exciting. Thanks for the article!

  • artl8dy

    artl8dy said 9 years ago

    I'm so happy to live in Houston during the Quilt Festival!! Every year it gets better as I continue to develop more ideas from all the wonderful vendors for my art quilts.

  • SplendiferousFiber

    SplendiferousFiber said 9 years ago

    The market is not open to the general public, just to quilt shop owners and such. But the Festival, later that same week, sure is! Almost 1000 booths in the vending area and 40 exhibits as well. Would have been nice to have this article out a week earlier, while the festival was still going on. If you go, be sure to wear shoes meant for walking and lots of it! I went last Saturday, which was my 10th visit, and it was awesome, as usual. AND I had 2 pieces in the exhibits: icing on the cake!

  • TheresaMarieRose

    TheresaMarieRose said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous! I WANT TO GO TO THAT!!! I recently came across antique signature quilt blocks - THRILL of my fabric collecting heart! Stop by and see! http://www.etsy.com/listing/61313688/rare-antique-signed-vintage-1855-quiltsee

  • VirgoDesigns

    VirgoDesigns said 9 years ago

    I absolutely love the hedgehog pillow!

  • humblequilt

    humblequilt said 9 years ago

    I'm honored that you included my purple quilt The Tempest in Kona solids by Robert Kaufman. Thank you! Cherri House Cherry House Quilts

  • Jenni20

    Jenni20 said 9 years ago

    I love going to Festival, but oh! To go to Market!!! It's great to read all of the Market recaps--each author has a different eye. (There's so much to see!)

  • belleskincare

    belleskincare said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this great article, especially knowing there are other 'quilters' and collectors here.

  • hazelandhunter

    hazelandhunter said 9 years ago

    great article! and that hedgehog pillow is too cute!

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 9 years ago

    Wow! That looks like heaven on Earth! Good job it's too far for me to get to, or I would be broke!

  • wayfaringmagnolia

    wayfaringmagnolia said 9 years ago

    Oh my! Makes me want to get my sewing machine out!

  • SmithAndDaphne

    SmithAndDaphne said 9 years ago

    I haven't seen any quilting with "big stitching," but I love the idea!

  • WakeIslandSeaJewels

    WakeIslandSeaJewels said 9 years ago

    love the flowers and all the colors!

  • andreacreates

    andreacreates said 9 years ago

    the embroidered hedgehog is super cute!

  • YourTreasuredMemory

    YourTreasuredMemory said 9 years ago

    great shops!

  • SnowdropsDesigns

    SnowdropsDesigns said 9 years ago

    Oh, to go to a market like that... I'd have to leave my credit card at home!

  • FrivolousNecessity

    FrivolousNecessity said 9 years ago

    oooo that silk ribbon is amazing!

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 9 years ago

    Cute hedgehog pillow!

  • BerniceJohnson21

    Bernice Johnson said 5 years ago

    I know it is too old post but I want to make a comment... can't wait after reading this. It's Very beautiful pillow, I just love it. Just looking forward for more interesting posts.

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