Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall 2010 Quilt Market Sample Spree

Just a few quick photos from sample spree last night

heather from alamode

being a goof...

trying to eat the fabric...

the crowds waiting to come in

 the doors open... & the madness starts!

the Dr. Seuss Fabric fabric flew

 Eleanor Burns

 fun patterns everywhere

such a cute bag...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What is Quilt Market?

I've been asked this question many times.

The formal name is "International Quilt Market" although most people say Quilt Market and in reality most people just say "Market."

Echino at Spring Market

I first learned about market a few years ago when I worked at a local quilt shop. After the owners would go to market, we would have a very busy staff meeting. They would show off all of the new patterns that they had discovered and share some sneak peeks at fabric lines that would be arriving in the shop over the next few months. We would decide what patterns attracted us and plan new kits and classes for the shop. Many people from the shop attended Spring Quilt Market in 2009 in Pittsburgh since it isn't too far of a drive from Philadelphia. I wanted to go but it just wasn't possible to get time off with the job job I had at the time. It was around that time that I started my blog and made plans to attend fall Quilt Market in Houston.  ...and the rest is history!

So What is Quilt Market?

It is the Wholesale trade show for the Quilt Industry.  Fall Quilt Market is always in Houston and Spring market moves around to various cities.

Moda Booth at Fall 2009 Market

Who is there?

Shop Owners, Fabric Designers, Pattern Designers, Distributors, Magazines, Publishers, Fabric Companies, Notion Companies & more....

with Beth Hayes & Mark Lipinski at Fall 2009 Market

I want to go!

Market is not open to the general public. To attend you are required to submit “credentials” & get a badge that will give you entrance into the exhibits. Shop owners, employees, designers & those that work for companies that supply products to the industry have “credentials.”

My Badge Holder

Sample Spree

Sample Spree is Friday night from 7-9PM. Fabric companies sell bundles of new fabric at Sample Spree so that shops can make samples before the fabric arrives.

Sample Spree at Spring 2010 Market

Designers also sell new patterns & sometimes even have finished samples for sale.

Kari's Booth at Sample Spree Spring 2010

Kelly has a great post about sample spree from spring market 2010
The Fat Quarter Shop has a great post from fall 2009 as well.


Schoolhouse occurs on Friday, the day before the Quilt Market show floor opens. Attendees spend all day at 15 minute and 30 minute sessions put on by designers, distributors & manufacturers. They get to see the latest & greatest in the industry and are presented with ideas of how to bring the new things back to their shops..... and more!

Creative Grids Rulers & Checker Distributors from Fall 2009

My post from the first time I went to schoolhouse sessions.

Links to some Schoolhouse Sessions for this Friday in Houston!
Checker Distributors
Robert Kaufman
Moda Fabrics
Quiltmaker Magazine has a session

AURIfil USA has 5 sessions
Betz White is also doing one with Brewer "Repurposeful Stitching"

Cake Party

Cake Party was started by Lizzy House.  Here is a link to the recap of Cake Party #1.  Cake Party at this market will be #3..... Details on this year's Cake Party.

Spring 2010 Cake Party photo by John


Got it now?
I hope so!!

You can follow along with many people that are attending Quilt Market on Twitter.  Search for #quiltmarket

Want to read even more about it all??
My previous posts from Quilt Market

Want to follow along this year?  Pam has created a link up again where bloggers can post links to their Market reports.

Want to read even more about Market??

Fall 2009 Posts from others

Spring 2010 Posts from others

So what will I be doing?

I leave in less than 24 hours...
I promise to take a lot of pictures & I'll try and post as often as I can... but things get busy once I get there... so who knows how often that will be!

My Dance Floor Quilt will be in Booth #1165 with Jan!

A few of my other quilts will be in Robert Kaufman's Booth #244

When I'm not in one of those booths... I'll be walking the floor with samples of my new patterns!
{fyi... today is the last day they are on sale in my shop!}

back to some last minute sewing for me...
Sew Happy by Monaluna for Robert Kaufman
{ In stores starting this November }

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

sunday stash..wk 42

Quilt market is just around the corner & I've been busy getting ready!
I still have a few days before I leave... and lots of sewing to squeeze into those few days!

I had planned on having one more week with nothing in to prepare for the amount in that will come with quilt market... but plans are just plans!  At least I can count all the fabric out this week that I sold during my shop sale!


1 yard kona solids for the next Philadelphia modern quilt guild challenge

7 yards i can't show yet...

6 yards kona crush
just because i love working with kona crush

because it's another favorite basic of mine
and you can never have enough basics!


5 yards backing for my daisies & dots large dot party quilt
1 yard binding prepared as well

5.22 yards out on a new quilt that i'll show soon!

3.19 yards total for all the fabric for my small dot party quilt

I claimed the 4 yards backing out for mon sheri waves last week
and finished getting it quilted...
...but I didn't have a photo to post
& I cut the binding this week... 1/2 yard out.

fabric is Mon Sheri by Khristian A. Howell
pattern - Mon Sheri Waves
designed by me
quilted by me
started on 7/3/2010
top finished on 8/26/2010
quilt measures - 48" x 67.5"

55.1 yards total during my stash sale!!
{ I'm only counting the things i sold that were from my personal stash }
fyi... the free shipping over $30 for US purchases...
and 25% off patterns are both still going on!


so this week
24 in
70.01 out

YTD totals
purchased: -627.19 yds
busted: 485.51 yds
net: -141.68 yds

check out how everyone else is doing...

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