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Spring Quilt Market Round-up

Grape Hyacinth greet us at the Utah welcome center



Salt Lake City, UT was host to the 2011 Spring Quilt Market. She decked herself out with tulips and green grass everywhere. That may not sound too very exciting but for those of us in Colorado it was delightful. Tulips here are quickly eaten by the deer (even in Colorado Springs not just at my higher elevation) and green grass is a luxury we haven't had in years with our continued drought. But, that isn't what you are here for! LOL!! Here are some photos of an exciting market...luscious new fabrics and playful patterns at every turn! This is a long post so you might want to grab a tasty beverage!

Utah brought with it our first hint at blue sky all day!



Ruth Chandler and Marybeth Wujcik, the owner or Colorado Springs' newest quilt store, Nana's Quilt Cottage, joined me on the harrowing drive to Salt Lake City...we had rain, sleet, snow, ice and relentless winds. The good news is we opted for fast over beauty and took I-80...turned out that I-70 was closed much of the day. When we finally got to Utah we were greeted by a tiny slice of actual blue sky! We took that as a good omen for the rest of the trip.

The first day of market is full of Schoolhouse sessions. These are 15 and 30  minute sessions where vendors get a chance to tell shop owners and teachers about their great new products. My schoolhouse session for Threads: Basics and Beyond was first thing. I publicly declare that I am simply incapable of standing at a podium...I have to move when I talk...hands and feet. Problem is that I don't speak loud enough to forgo the microphone. You would think that I would have this down by now! LOL! Ruth Chandler, Heather Thomas and I presented the schoolhouse for Fabric Embellishing: Basics and Beyond. I got rid of the microphone and worked at talking loudly...it went much better.  We are all very excited that Fabric Embellishing will be going into it's third printing soon and Threads is going into it's second!!

Lesley Riley after her schoolhouse



We attended a few schoolhouse sessions ourselves. The only one I remembered to take a photo of was Lesley Riley's presentation on TAP-transfer artist paper and her new book that will be out in June/July. We got a preview of the book and it is wonderful! I am excited to have a project in there myself.

Talking about Threads: The Basics and Beyond



Friday morning Ruth Chandler and I taught a take and teach class for Fabric Embellishing. This class is always a hit even though we feel we are whipping our students to get through it all in the short time allowed...especially since the class starts at 8am! The students don't seem to mind though. The rest of the day is filled with demos and book signings in the Landauer booth for both books. In whatever time we had left we hit the floor in search of the awesome vendors who supply products for our Take and Teach classes to say thank you, share hugs with friends and see what is new.

Saturday was a repeat of Friday except the Take and Teach was for Threads: The Basics and Beyond. We don't get sewing machines for spring market so we focused on a sampler of fusible webs and an really fun tassel scissor fob. It is so cute! I used the luscious Star cotton variegated threads designed by Terry White and a silk cocoon for the tassel top. Havel's scissors donated a pair of embroidery scissors for each student! How cool is that? I will have to post a photo later after I unpack and find my scissors.

spring market booth decorations at Simply Renee



Sunday was finally our day to hit the show floor! Our booth demos weren't until late in the afternoon so we had most of the day to see the booths we haven't seen yet.Not only are we looking at the cool new products but so many booths are decorated with passion and style!

Simply Renee ~ Clip it up



We always hit the Simply Renee booth. Not only do we love their Clip it Up products...can you imagine how awesome a studio would look totally organized with their racks...but Kathy always has the booth beautifully decorated and the staff are so cheerful, friendly and sweet!



Kathy is the decorating genius for the Simply Renee booth


Riley Blake took first place for their booth display



I think the man cave is what rocketed them to stardom



the perfect guy to hang out with was in the booth all day!



I fell in love with this collection by Paula Press called Botanika. Fresh, fun and full of possibilities for home decor, bags and quilting. Wouldn't it be awesome in collages?

Half way through the post and no threads yet...we found these luscious beauties in the Kreinik booth...love their stuff!! Don't be fooled by the 'home decor' on the package...these are totally sexy threads! I can't wait to hand stitch with them.

Ruth and I both love Kreinik threads!



Also in the Kreinik booth is a new metallic thread for us! It is specially designed to work at high speeds so it should be great for long arm quilters as well as we home machine stitchers. I brought home a spool of copper and can't wait to give it a test run...I could only get a few of the awesome colors in this photo.

There were a few vendors that brought home decor fabrics and fashion. The Hamil group is a new one to the quilt scene and their fabrics grabbed our attention! They have a wonderful canvas/denim feel to them...washed denim...drapey and soft...so yummy! They had a stitch station in their booth for show attendees to stitch up a pillow to take home. Isn't that fun? I had to run off to do another book demo at the Landauer booth so Ruth stitched one up for both of us. Ruth is planning some hand embroidery embellishments on her pillow...perhaps a challenge is coming on!

Zen Chic is a totally sublime line designed by Brigitte Heitland from Europe. The colors  are fabulous (green and orange ~ my favorites) and her designs clean, elegant and contemporary. I love the modern approach to quilting.

More green and orange was featured in the Birch Organic Fabrics booth! Really there were other colors there but you all know how I feel about green! You also know I love organic so these are a must have on my list.



I think the touch of grey is fantastic and keeps the collection contemporary and clean. Is that little boy's shirt adorable or what?

Designer Jess Goldman's Bananafana staff is doing the BananaVanna routine for us in their fun and fabulous booth. In addition to adorable kids clothes, home decor , bags, quilts, and fun stuffed things Jess also designs modern vintage  clothing for women. You all would have loved her screaming yellow patent leather heels...go look at her patterns and you will see the ones.



love this huge rosette



Good thing I don't have any granddaughters or I would never get any work done the skirt below is adorable! I am smitten with the giant stuffed dino though.

Next to Bananafana was Freddie's Friends. How cute are these little friends? Owls, lions, butterflies and robots....Olive, Lee Lee, Bonnie and Ronny are their names. The robot pattern came home with me.

Last hour of the last day...we are all tired but still smiling! We had a great time at market and met a lot of incredible people!

Ruth Chandler, Shirley Harrison and Kitty Jacobson from Landauer and me. After the show closed Ruth, Marybeth and I decided to have a celebratory dinner at PF Changs. Too bad I didn't remember until after we got there that I couldn't eat soy anymore. LOL! Just a bit brain dead I guess...and too tired to find another place. I had a tasty and healthy pile of steamed veggies and brown rice.

Just one more photo of the three of us at the Riley Blake warehouse located just outside of SLC. It was fun to visit their warehouse and fondle the fabric. We were able to stuff a few bolts of fabric for Nana's Quilt Cottage into the car...Marybeth used them as a pillow for the drive home.

Do you all want a Spring market blog giveaway???? I'll take that as a yes! I have gotten some awesome goodies for you all....but, I will be cruelly making you wait until next week! I have barely had time to get the laundry and this post done and I am heading off for the SAQA conference tomorrow...at least I only have to go to Denver this time! The goodies are not unpacked or photographed yet...and I have to photograph my new way cool backpack (orange and green!) I will give you a few hints about the goodies though: Quilting Arts, Havel's Scissors, Quilters Home, Lonnie Rossie...
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More Quilt Market and Festival Fun.

Art Gallery Fabrics always has great displays


I apologize that I didn't get these photos up sooner...a nasty cold took hold and laid me out for a couple days. Working on these photos is good medicine becuase they are full of delightful things. Art Gallery fabrics always has great booth displays and this year was even better than last! Their fabrics are luscious as well as beautiful.




This Art Gallery display is so yummy!



Fresh looks from Kate Spain


More designers are branching out into housewares as well as showing their fabrics used in home dec, craft projects and clothing.




owls were a very popular motif



These little owls are just too cute.Of course I stopped at the thread vendors to see what is new. YLI's silk thread isn't new but who could resist such a yummy display of color? I am very excited about their new organic cotton line. Cotton production uses a large amount of pesticides. I have a spool to give away...stay tuned for that. Aren't these YLI silk threads delicious?



YLI organic cotton thread! Look at these great colors


If you are looking for unusual threads especially in metallic look for Kreinik. They even have iron on metallic braid.




Chatting with Doug and Dana from Kreinik Threads



Ruth and Deb checking out Havel's scissor line up.


I was first introduced to Havel's scissors at spring market. I am really impressed with their quality, weight and sharpness. These scissors give a beautiful cut. Some of the styles have a micro serration that makes cutting slippery fabrics so easy. Plus the handles are a little larger than most so they are more comfortable...not to mention that they are pink so they are fun and easy to find amid the sewing clutter. I am excited to announce that I will be creating a few projects for Havel's blog and they are a new sponsor for Textile Evolution Retreats.


I had a half a day to rest between Market and Festival so what to do...why go fabric and bead shopping of course! We stopped at Universal Fabrics...such a great store full of treasures.I found a beautiful silk and linen nubby fabric that will dye beautifully.  Two bead stores are located within a block of Universal Fabrics so of course we had to check them both out! Finally Ruth, Deb and I went to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. This small center always has an amazing show to inspire us.


Festival was a whirlwind and the Artist Artifacts booth was hopping...I completely forgot to take photos...I didn't even have time to shop!  Fortunately, a friend took photos of my MIU class. These classes sponsored by Cloth Paper Scissors are always a blast. I had students from Italy and Denmark as well as across the US. My project was called Silk in the Meadow: a mixed media necklace. We used silk cocoons, image transfer and sari ribbon to make these necklaces. I love seeing how every piece turns out different even when we start with the same supplies.




MIU students choosing silk cocoons and fibers



Me modeling the MIU project: Silk in the Meadow Necklace.



Internation Quilt Market and Festival are always fun and inspiring. I hope you liked my little tour. Maybe next year I will have more time to spend looking at the quilts. Now, I do have some give aways for you from Market but I have to finish unpacking first so I can find them. I will have the give away up in the next couple of days. It is a cold snowy day here in Colorado...a perfect day to make some chicken soup...might help with this pesky cold too!
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