Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spring Quilt Market Review

Time seems to move faster as the year progresses.  Deadlines on the calendar become actual events in the blink of an eye.  One of those events was Quilt Market in Minneapolis.  Lots of work (by many people) went into making the show a success and I'd like to share how it came together in just a few short hours on the show floor.
I met up with Tim and Mario in PHX, then we continued on to Minneapolis together. 
Our booth is just 10 x 10', much smaller than our CHA booth, but no matter we still put as much thought into what feeling we want to convey, what props will do that, and what samples will support it.  As you can imagine, the planning starts many months in advance to make it happen.
Once the walls were up and in the correct position, it was time to put up the  wallpaper.  Dave (who sets up the booth) is a "can do" kind of guy.  He can set it up, make changes, and always has a solution to any problem.  Case in point: Dave didn't know we were going to be putting up wallpaper, so he didn't have the right tools for the job.  Within a couple minutes he had a "new" tool...his extra room key with one edge wrapped in the soft side of a Velcro strip.  With Tim and Mario's help we had the walls done in under an hour.  That is CAN DO!
After the wallpaper was hung on the two side walls, the stunning quilt made by Richele was hung on the back wall.
Then the bookcase and the shutters (from our CHA booth) were set up.  It was all hands on deck getting these attached to the wall.
 Once the shutters were in place, Tim and I could decorate the shelves with ephemera, props and projects.

And then there's the was found at a Goodwill in North Carolina (nothing like that ever appears at my local Goodwill).  Tim had it covered in Rose Parcel fabric.
And the opposite wall...all the little clipboards with the fabrics (If you remember my post about buying a Pinking Rotary Wheel - this is what I was cutting!)  So simple, yet great impact.  You can really see how all the fabrics work together.
And the samples - so well done.  Tim has up close shots on his blog here so I will just give you an overview.  I will say this is the first time we have done clothing, and the toddler dress made by Jen made a huge impact.  People could not stop talking about it.
Oh, the big quilted tote bag...another Richele project.  I'm sure a pattern will be made for this one!  Her mix of fabrics was just stunning.
It really came out wonderful - by far my favorite Quilt Market booth.

Quilt Market Report
I get to walk the Market floor for a little while each day just to see what's out there.  I picked some of my favorites from 100's of booths.  Enjoy!

I loved this house quilt with the night time sky by Carrie Bloomston.
I came across this booth with Marcia Derse fabric.  I know you can see what stopped me in my tracks...Marcia fabric collage pages tacked to the wall of her booth.  I loved how simple the booth was, yet still having the ability to stop me in the aisle and then stand and stare, trying to take it all in. 
I introduced myself to Marica and found her to be one of the warmest people.  She told me about her collage work and even showed me a picture of herself as a child that is inside the letter G.
You can check out Marcia's fabrics and cool website here.
I love the whimsical illustrations of Heather Ross.  Her Tiger Lilly collection for Windham fabrics does not disappoint.
The designs are so sweet (the little white dress has ballet dancers on it).  I wish you could see them better than in this over all shot.  I know I will be making something for my nieces using this fabric!  It is just too darling to pass up.
Notice the heart quilt from Amy Butler?  it was really beautiful.  I just wish I could have seen the rest of it!
This was a display in the Riley Blake booth.  So creative!  So much work for something that was almost hidden inside the booth.

The next few pictures fall under the umbrella of Art Gallery Fabrics.  

Sketchbook by Sharon Holland
Bound by April Rhodes
Succulence by Bonnie Christine
 Wonderland by Katarina Roccella
 Curiosities by Jenni Baker

I believe this is the second show for Cotton + Steel.  This Christmas line called Tinsel was a favorite. 
I love the fabric with the snow globes!
Great displays through out their huge booth.

Cloud 9 fabrics had cute vignettes surrounding the booth showcasing each collection.
Anna Maria Horner made a huge departure from her normal bright colored floral fabrics and went very Madras. 
This quilt was hanging on the back wall showcases the different plaids along with some florals. 
Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman
I do not know who's quilt this is (let me know if you do) but it just looked like quilting perfection.  It is hard to line of triangles and every single one of these looked perfect!!
I always have to stop at Buttermilk Basin.  If you love working with wool like I do, this booth is a MUST stop.  Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship on every single piece.

This says it all...
And our last stop...Robert Kaufman.  A whole darn display of denim chambray...the dress on the dress form in the background was so cute!
And this quilt...made with denim ticking.  LOVE IT.
Well that's it for my quilt market report.  I think most fabrics that come out at market will be available by July or Aug.  I will keep you posted on Tim's Wallflower fabric and when it is available to buy.  I can imagine some of you might just want some.

Have a great holiday weekend (for those in the US) and I'll see you next week!  
For some of you in Florida, I really will SEE you when I teach at She Scrapbooks May 29th and 30th.  One class is sold out and the other two have a couple seats left.  Hope you'll stop by!
now carry on,


  1. What a amazing show Paula, you have all worked so hard...Tim must be so proud of his team. The booth looked brilliant and I am sure was a show stopper. Thanks for sharing all the other makers too....wonderful works. Enjoy the weekend, here in the UK it's a bank holiday too x

  2. Thanks for sharing the quilt market. So much work goes into these shows. That can do attitude makes all the difference. Always fun to see the other makers. That buttermilk basin Halloween quilt really jumped out at me-so fun. I don't sew but I sure am looking forward to the wallflower fabric. I'll think of something to do with it. Have a great weekend!

  3. Looks like a great event Paula! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. You guys did such an amazing job with the booth, Paula! SO love all the displays and props, and ohmyword, are the projects just jaw-dropping! Thanks for sharing! Love to see all your photos!

  5. The Eclectic Elements booth was stunning. You guys did a beautiful job. I love how you give us a little tour. I'll be making curtains for my craft room with the Wallflower fabric!!

  6. Such talent in those booths! Makes me want to pull out my sewing machine! Thanks for sharing Paula.

  7. Tim's booth was amazing! Thanks for sharing some of your favorite other booths. So much work with such stunning results. Safe travels as you head to Florida. Bring cool clothes. It's H.O.T.

  8. What a fabulous tour... so much talent ! I love being able to "Journey " with You, Tim and Mario ; such a "RICH " experience in so many ways! I'm grateful for the passion you all have and for what you bring to each one of us as crafters. I kNOW I say it a lot... but it is so true I'm blown away by your ( Tim Team ) "Gifts" ... they take me to my Happy Place ! :)
    I love all the projects ESPECIALLY that Settee !!

  9. I love the little frame in the booth that has the house on it. Such a cute project that I hadn't seen in any of the other photos you guys had posted. Looks like you had a great time. Huge congrats on the big ribbon you won!

  10. Wonderful photos Paula and the Eclectic Elements booth looked beautiful! Thanks for the tour of the show and can't wait to get my hands on some of those wonderful new Wallflower fabrics. Hope you are having a great holiday weekend!

  11. Beautiful reportage! I love to see these incredible fabric projects! You are an amazing team! BArbarayaya

  12. How nice of you to take us along with you to this exciting event via your post and photos. Congrats on the booth win, how satisfying to be rewarded in this way for all your efforts.

  13. Wow! What fun that must have been. The Eclectic Elements booth looks amazing. Thanks for all the beautiful photos. Have fun in Florida.

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing Paula! The Eclectic Elements Collection is amazing and all of the projects are so inspiring! The Eclectic Elements booth looked incredible, congrats to the tim team on the yellow ribbon win! Really great peek at the other booths too! :)