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Friday, November 4, 2016

Wow! + Houston Quilt Market = Giveaway


So last week I went to Houston with my friend Cheryl to help her in her booth for quilt market. This is only open to the trade/shop owners where they buy supplies wholesale for their stores. I think the booth was very colorful and we had a robust market. Cheryl sold out of her ruler Curvalicious with many orders placed as well. You can find out all about it here Curvalicious  Please tell her I sent you!



The Cotton & Steel booth was awesome! Those are spools of thread in the shape of the heart. It was fun watching them set up their booth. Lots of very young artists having a good time.


The Free Spirit booth was also colorful! What a simple quilt with very specific fabric and color placement, very effective!


How could you not look at this booth and smile? Tula Pink with a very playful booth. Cheryl and Stephanie got a picture with her, I did not......


This is Margit from I think Austria. She made her dress that was so cute! We met people from all over the world.


I had to snap this one for you, after all it was Halloween!


Alison Glass, very pretty rich saturated colors here.


Melissa Averinos who will be coming to Calico Cutters next summer to do a workshop on faces!


The collage quilts were a hit with many shoppers. They are by Laura Heine and this mermaid was adorable, her booth was busy!


The Elizabeth Hartman booth won first prize. She had tons of these succulents made out of fabric scattered around her booth in her new fabric line. You know I am all about the succulents now and could not resist these!


Heather Givans of Crimson Tate was my most favorite "rockstar" quilter to meet. She was so charming and adorable......her next line of fabrics are all about books. We loved the fabric with the old fashioned library stamps. You know the kind with the month and date of when you needed to return it. I think it will be a perfect low volume to add to the stash.


Different booths had swag that you could pick up along the way. These are Heather Givans stickers, aren't they cute?


So here is everything I bought. I did not buy the most in our group of 3, but I am not naming names.....


Brand new Cotton & Steel, I loved these 2 the most, there were many to choose from.....


The 3 on the left were from a Japanese booth from CA, we spent a lot of time there.


I scored a brand-new-not-out-yet Tula Pink bundle, it's so fun! It's called Tabby Road.


On the left Heather Givans older line called Paper Obsessed, on the right Mod Corsage by Anna Maria Horner.


Quiltmania is one of my favorite magazines so I got the agenda diary that is mostly in French (that will make it interesting!) and I love, love, love red and green quilts, especially the antique ones so this was a must for my library.


Again not yet out Amy Butler, Splendor and Heather Ross, Sleeping Porch.


Lori Holt's new Cozy Christmas fabric, Tula Pink jelly roll basics


More fabric and handles from the Japanese store, I can't remember the name.....


All the pins and magnets collected over the days. Every time we walked past windham fabrics they gave us a hair clip! On the bottom left are Alison Glass tattoos.



If you are looking for some fun funky jewelry you must check out this store.We all bought something and the lady at the store was so nice and helpful. We walked almost 2 miles to get there. That's a story for another day.


So I am going to have a give away........everything you see here, that's a Cotton & Steel bag in the background and some surprises (think fabric). Tell me where you think quilting is headed. Be sure that I have your email or you can't win. I am only opening this up to US residents. I have been gone a whole week so I need to regroup. I will pick a name on Wednesday, November 9th the day after the election. I think we all will be glad to have it over and have something to look forward to?

Kelly

55 comments:

  1. WOW! Looks like you scored some great purchases. Did you get those bundles at sample spree? Such fun!
    I wish I could've gone this year. UGH.
    I'd love to win.
    Randyiris@gmail.com

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  2. Oh my gosh, I'm absolutely panting here and green with envy!!! Those Heather Givans stamps are just too cute foe words! I don't know her so I'm heading to Google after this to learn more about her! I'm so delighted to hear that Cheryl sold out of her Curvalicios rulers and not surprised a bit! I definitely think quilting is heading in a much more modern approach with both clean lines and negative space. Also landscape quilts are huge now and are my personal favorite.

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  3. Wow!! What a great haul!! I wish I couldn't gone this year. I think quilting is headed toward more "modern"/improv quilts.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  4. Love seeing the pictures of the booths and your haul. I think quilting is headed in the modern direction, this from a traditional quilter. I have joined the ranks and my last couple of quilts are very modern.
    Thanks for a great blog,
    beppyquilt@gmail.com

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  5. I think quilting is heading more innovative, free, modern, faster, -- the machines, the cutters, long arms, it is moving fast. I think there will be less hard cover books, magazines, more digital. Fun to be quilting now and future. I think the quilting world is not decreasing.

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  6. Thanks for the pictures of the booths. So much inspiration all around at Quilt Market. Your haul is a lot but also modest. I probably would have had back troubles trying to get my stash from Quilt Market. :)

    I think quilting is going in a very individual style direction. Not completely modern but more personalized style with vibrant colors and bold patterns. I see such beautiful landscape, portrait and pixel quilts being made. Itty bitty pieced quilts that are certainly brightening up the quilting landscape.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  7. Wow! You picked up some awesome treasures! How exciting to meet some famous designers and to walk past the booths of designer we only read about online. So very cool! I've seen more artsy quilts using mostly solid colors. They have a very modern edge and aren't just for covering beds anymore!

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  8. Thanks for awesome report on Quilt Market. Judging from the wonderful fabrics and pictures, I would say that the quilting is alive and well. Who could resist playing with all this beauty? It seems as though quilts get more artistic every year.

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  9. Looks like it was such fun. I can't wait to see what you create with your goodies. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  10. I see a blend of traditional and modern for the quilting world. Like the circle of life, youth and experimentation melding into a more orderly mature, traditional spirit. Great photos - it must be an absolute blast to be able to attend one of these shows. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Quilting is heading for the stars. It is unlimited. As time passes it will continue to evolve and keep getting better and better.

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  12. I think that quilting is headed into using old patterns in new ways and type of color placement.

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  13. It looks like you had a great time and are well stocked for some fun new projects. It looks like bright clear colors are the path of the near future. We can sure use some cheer in our lives!

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  14. what a trip!!! Felt like I was there with you fun guys. What gorgeous fabrics.
    Where quilting is headed. I think there are so many ways now to enjoy quilting, so many styles to pursue. From antique to mod, I get the idea bright colors will be in, bold graphics, hand work, three dimension and home dec, happy mixes of color with less negative space. That's what I think but I'll do what I do, and I sure loved the ones you showed, with faces and representational yet still abstractions of it.
    Thanks for the opportunity to share the good times with you... my email is leeannaquilts at gmail dot com
    I follow you by email, and only wish I still saw you each month at CC's like the old days!

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  15. Technology in all forms intrudes in our lives. My hope is that activities, like quilting, become more popular and take us away from our smart phones and facebook. What a wonderful opportunity. We can create something that never was and never will be again by the simple manipulation of fabric!!!

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  16. so glad to hear it was such a great success for Cheryls booth. it looks really fun.
    Did you stay and see the Festival too? I really want to go one year.
    I don't know where quilting is heading, but I'll be there, lol.

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  17. Love the cotton & steel fabrics - especially in the bright colors. Made a couple market bags when I first ran across them but ended up giving them away so it would be great to have a tote with the name on it and it seems to call out for some decorations also --. Thanks for the giveaway - cherylrandleman4 (at) gmail.com

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  18. Quilting is heading in all different directions, more than ever before. Everyone is doing their own thing.

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  19. I have been quilting many years and it seems that it is more popular now than when I started. The increased number of quilters in their 20s and 30s makes me think that quilting is on the upswing. Plus with all the online sharing in the quilting community I think more people will gain an interest and/or appreciation for quilts and quilting. And it seems that there is more gorgeous quilting fabric available than there was just 8 or 10 years ago.

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  20. Thanks for taking us along to market with you... sew much fun and eye candy. I think quilting will always survive. People need a means of expression that is uniquely their own. A pattern can be a map to a determined destination or a guide line open to your interpretation.But we all need a starting point to our dreams.

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  21. Quilting is definitely a growing industry! I'm happy to see lots of young quilters!

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  22. I think quilting is going in all directions but what is interesting is that a quilter has so many choices. They can choose to do hand-quilting/piecing with traditional fabrics & patterns or they can use technology combined with faster methods to make a quilt. Kinda like a timeline that you can pick where you want to "visit" and quilt away. akronne17@gmail.com

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  23. Looks like you had lots of fun and made some great scores! I think things seem to be headed in the simplified modern direction, but I think as new quilter's get experience, they will want to challenge themselves. I love seeing old concepts reinterpreted--no rules!!

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  24. I think quilting will get more creative and "outside the box!" Wonderful giveaway!

    lenelson(at)mail(dot)com

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  25. Looks like you had a great time! I think quilting is going to get more modern as well...bolder colors and more free designs. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  26. I think quilting is diversifying but especially using traditional piecing in innovative designs.

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  27. Quilting is going any which way you want it to go!

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  28. Looks like you had a great time. I think quilting is trending more toward modern quilts.

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  29. Quilting is a growing art! I think with all the modern and updated fabric, quilts have taken on a new flavor that attracts a whole different type of artist and quilter.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  30. Sounds like you had a fun and exciting time! I hope to attend the Houston show some day. Quilting seems to be trending more modern and the fabrics trending very fun and colorful. I am sure we will all be able to continue to make quilts we love no matter what our personal favorite types and styles are. I loved your description of Heather Givans, makes me want to meet her!

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  31. I am encouraged as I see quilting continuing to grow. I am fond of traditional quilts, but I love the influences of modern quilting and the blending of both styles.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  32. Love your Treasures..& thanks for sharing the fun!! I am fairly new to quilting world...but seems the old patterns are being made in such different ways...modern & fresh..and designers are making such Beautiful fabrics for us to make them with!! :)

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! :D

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  33. This was so fun to read/look at!
    I have no idea where quilting is headed, but my quilting is headed to looking better, once I take some FMQ and finishing classes!
    goldnplum (at gmail) dot com

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  34. What a fun update!
    The trend in quilting I've noticed is traditional quilts with a twist...And I love it!
    Tanks for a great giveaway!

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  35. No doubt you spent a wonderful time in Houston !
    Good luck to the winner !

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  36. I think quilting is headed in a more personal direction. As quilters learn the basics they are more comfortable with reaching beyond the traditional to unique color combinations and layouts. Looks like you had a bunch of fun--such lovely treats you brought home!

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  37. Lovely collection and generous offer! Quilting may be headed even more toward online collaboration, and less to in-person bee and guilds, which is sad, because we all really do need personal contact. But every other pursuit seems headed similarly too; it's not just quilting. Kimberly at LaunderedCotton at gmail dot com

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  38. It's so exciting you got to experience a Quilt Market!! It all looks amazing. Good luck to the winner of your fun prize.

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  39. I started quilting when my second son was born 35 years ago! And quilting is certainly more exciting now than then. But I did love quilting then and still love it now.

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  40. Looking at your fun bright photos brings back incredible memories-Thanks for the inspiration. One of my favorite parts about Houston is the creative booth displays. I think we are trending into combining old/new aka vintage and modern (my two favorite things).

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  41. Great treasures you picked up at Market. Although everything seems to be retro these days, I think quilting is becoming more modern with bold colors and styles. Thanks for the giveaway. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  42. Thank you for the giveaway! I believe quilting is headed for bright colors as we have seen in modern quilts. Bright colors cheer us up and add happiness to our surroundings! We need that!

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  43. I think quilting is headed back to it's roots...quilts for comfort and warmth that will get a lot of use made from whatever is lying around to throw into a quilt and hand quilted. (or is that only where I'm headed?)

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  44. I think we will see more individual creativity with modern quilts. Like the collage quilts. I think some traditional quilters will put their own twist on the fabrics and patterns they love. I have some ideas I want to do that I've never seen done.

    I have been watching fabric production for about 5 years. It's all the same but always different. I know what I'm thinking but it's hard to say. You can only produce SO much of one idea, before taking on new colors, patterns or textures. Trends (like foxes) will always be apparent but those will continue to change.


    Hopefully new people will be recognized as I have seen the past 5 years. I think blogs are dying/becoming more like newsletters, and everyone is on IG. I don't like wasting time looking at pics. I will read blogs and not feel guilty but I don't have the time to keep up on IG, without feeling like I'm wasting time.

    Thanks for the chance to win. I would LOVE to visit market but have no reason to :(
    Ksmith8@emich.edu

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  45. What great fun! Looks like you found some fabulous new things. In the few years I have been quilting, I have certainly noticed it becoming more and more a form of expression and art. The colors are brighter and more striking than they were just a few years ago. And yet, I am seeing a great mix of low volume neutrals all over too.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. Quilting is an old craft that has had many roles, from the practical needs to keep warm and even to extend the life of household goods and clothing as well as an opportunity to show off their skills in heirloom-quality hope chest linens. Today, quilting is a labor of love and an opportunity to create fabric art. I think there are two strains of quilting--people (women and men) who need an outlet for creativity and use fabric as their medium, which we can see at quilt shows. However there are still the people who love continuing the traditional school, people who want to pass on beautiful quilts for friends and family to snuggle under, the warmer because of the love that goes into every stitch. I don't believe that there is a single direction today, just as there wasn't in the past. Linda.Kerschner@verizon.net

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  47. I am glad you had such a great time. Your purchases are really great.
    I think that quilt is continuing with "including everyone." There is room for all of us to do what we like and create our own beauties. So glad to see so many styles, colors, techniques, and everyone enjoying so much talent.

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  48. It looks like so much fun to be able to go to Houston! And it definitely looks like you made excellent use of your time and thoroughly enjoyed yourself, which is awesome :) it's very nice of you to share some of that gorgeous swag with one of us. I think quilting is still headed up in popularity and will continue to grow as a business. Style, to me, seems all over the place, something different for everyone, although there will always be fads. Perhaps the hedgehogs and foxes will be moving out as those cute alpacas and llamas gain in popularity? I definitely think bright, saturated colors and novel nauticals will continue to be popular. Basically, the story to me will be quilting as self-expression and art. Magistra13 at yahoo dot com. Thank you!
    Beth

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  49. Wow great stuff and lots of it. You asked where I think quilting is going. I think a lot of people in the next few years will begin using up their scraps more and more. As the price of cotton continues to rise it will be back to use it up till its gone. I use to throw my scraps away now I find myself saving them and incorporating them into a new project maybe a bag or a wallet. Love to collect though.
    Mary.
    Mburnette912@bellsouth.net

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  50. What a great haul! And it looks like you had a whirlwind of a weekend at the market. I think quilting is heading towards more foundation piecing and art interpretations. While traditional quilts and shapes will still be around, I don't think they'll get as much attention or status. Thanks for the chance to win and I love seeing all the responses!

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  51. Traditional quilts are being made with contemporay fabrics. Traditional will never go away. I personally enjoy creating my own designs using the latest and greatest fabrics- many times using old techniques. I buy all fabrics because without the calico type of fabric the contemporary fabrics won't show up! I think the solids have had a great run for the Modern Quilts and will continue to play a big part in their piecing----but I've seen where they are slowly adding some print fabric. Love your blog!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a giveaway!

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  52. I think quilting is going to continue to grow as more and more people discover how satisfying and therapeutic it is. It brings joy to so many and we certainly need more joy in the world.

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  53. Being new to quilting, I'm not sure where quilting is headed or where it is from. I guess I should research quilting a bit to become a more informed quilter. rellimo1991@gmail.com

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  54. What an interesting question, and so fun to see what you got and saw in Huston! I think quilting is headed in circles -- I think that what was old will continue becoming new again, colors will be recycled, and although techniques will change as we incorporate new tools, the basic "use what you have to make something beautiful" (including the new tools!) will remain the same. Please don't add me to the giveaway, since I just won your beautiful pin cushion!

    sarah@forrussia.org

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  55. I think younger quilters will use traditional patterns in non traditional ways and modern fabric even more than they are now. Us older ones will probably follow suit. dorthac at aol.com

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