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Houston Quilt Market

Vintage Quilt Revival Schoolhouse : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Vintage Quilt Revival schoolhouse session
Photo courtesy of Tracy Mooney/Generation Q Magazine

I’ve been back from Quilt Market a few weeks now, but it seems like just days. Things have been crazy busy at home and I’ve finally had a chance to go through my photos. (All on my phone, I just had no more room to pack my nice camera.) I wanted to share a bit about my trip. Mostly photos, but everyone likes new-fabric-eye candy, right?

This was my first trip to Quilt Market (trade show). I’ve been to several Quilt Festivals (open to public show), so I wasn’t completely flying blind, but it was pretty exciting to see the “business” side of things. Katie, Lee and I were there to promote our upcoming book, Vintage Quilt Revival. A huge surprise arrived at our doorsteps just a couple days before we left – a real, life, actual copy of the book!

Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We knew we’d be getting one advance copy about a month before the first big shipment arrived at the publisher, but we weren’t expecting for several more weeks. To say we were excited would be an understatement. And also, to have the book in person and be able to show it to people in Houston was awesome.

We arrived Thursday evening and had our Schoolhouse presentation Friday afternoon. For those that haven’t been to Quilt Market, Schoolhouses are timed sessions where you get a chance to present your product (fabric line, notion, book, etc) to a group of people (shop owners, press, etc). There are tons of Schoolhouses going on at any given time, in rooms all over the convention center. I was quite nervous because 1) I’d never been to a Schoolhouse before and 2) what if no one showed up to ours?? We spent the morning visiting other Schoolhouses and I started to get more comfortable. Everyone in the audiences was so kind and all the other presenters said they were nervous too. It was just one of those times where you realize everyone there is human and wants to see each other succeed.

Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So Friday afternoon we had our Schoolhouse session and it went really well! We were able to share our book, how it’s broken down, and probably 80% of the projects. We had a great response! After that was over we were able to officially relax and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

I went into Quilt Market thinking there weren’t a ton of upcoming fabric lines that I just needed. Boy was I wrong! Haha I think there were 2 lines that excited me the most. First, Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander.

Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This line follows Carolyn’s hugely popular Architextures line. Carolyn uses the same small scale style, but this time the line is inspired by the organic world. She works a bit of gold into some of the prints in a really, really amazing way. This was the only line I actually spent money on over the weekend, coming home with a Fat Quarter set.

Quilt Market Booth by Carolyn Friedlander : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The next collection that really excited me was by Anna Maria Horner (of course, would you expect anyone else?!)

Anna Maria Horner Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

FreeSpirit Fabrics has coordinated new collections by various designers called True Colors. These are fabrics that can be used as blenders and will be available for longer periods of time. I love Anna Maria’s fabrics so much, her sense of color is always right up my alley.

Anna Maria Horner Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Her booth showcased both her True Colors collection and her new line, Dowry.

Probably the biggest surprise and talk of market was Cotton + Steel: the new collaboration between RJR Fabrics and Melody Miller, along with designers Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts.

Cotton + Steel at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My head is kind of exploding at the amount of talent in this group and I cannot wait to see what they have to show us later in 2014.

Cotton + Steel at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think what I love most about this group is their willingness to think big and take chances. That’s not something that comes naturally to me and I have so much awe and respect for people that can do that. They’ve shown they have a great mix of artistic talent and business savvy and I think that is a rare (and powerful) combination. If you haven’t had a chance to watch their video, be sure to check it out.

It was fun to just walk the show and see friends and celebrate their success.

Jeni Baker with her bright and happy new line, Dreamin’ Vintage. I predict this line is going to fly off the shelves.

Dreamin' Vintage by Jeni Baker at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Vanessa Christenson’s new Color Me Happy line. I even got my hands on her new pillow patterns – you’ll be seeing more of them later!

Color Me Happy by V and Co. at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Designer Marcia Derse and I, holding up my Lighthouse Quilt that I made for her Quilt Market booth! Featuring her upcoming Palette fabric line.

Marcia Derse - Lighthouse Quilt : Fresh Lemons QUilts

I seriously have a million pictures. :)

It was great to meet designers in person whom I have admired their work so much. Camille Roskelley of Bonnie and Camille.

Camille Roskelley at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Leah Duncan with her second line for Art Gallery Fabrics. LOVE her artwork!

Leah Duncan at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Leah Duncan at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sarah Jane with her adorable new line Wee Wander – and her new baby! Check out in the teepee on the right!

Lots of new solids are coming out, including Modern Solids by Alissa Haight Carlton, which are a really cool looking crossweave…

Modern Solids by Alissa Haight Carlton at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

and another by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit Fabrics.

Modern Solids by Denyse Schmidt at Quilt Market : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Ok, I could go on and on. I think I already have! It was a great time, I’m finally not exhausted anymore and really just inspired to get back at the sewing machine. I hope you enjoyed the photos!

November 11, 2013   11 Comments

International Quilt Festival

International Quilt Festival : Fresh Lemons Quilts
NMQG Challenge, Photo by my mom

This weekend was the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. The show hasn’t been in Chicago for the last couple of years, so we were excited to have it back. My parents came in town for the show and I also met up with Lee. It was a great day!

International Quilt Festival : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Lee and I! Photo by my mom

One cool part of the day – my Naperville Modern Quilt Guild had a special exhibit!

Our guild had a log cabin challenge several months ago. We all were challenged to make a 36″ square quilt using log cabin blocks in a modern way. I made my Confetti Logs quilt. Here it is in the show!

International Quilt Festival : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Photo by my mom

The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase was also in the show. (I had been lucky enough to see it first in Cincinnati – such great quilts!) It was fun to see it again though with Lee, because she had a quilt on display as well.

International Quilt Festival : Fresh Lemons Quilts
Photo by my mom

My big show purchase was a new foot for my Bernina, #59 for piping. I know, I go crazy! ;)

Bernina Foot #59 : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sunday, my parents went with us to Navy Pier before driving home. As you can probably tell, we had absolutely perfect weather. We went up in the Ferris Wheel for the first time. I was a bit scared. lol But great views!

Navy Pier in June : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I’ll be quilting my deadline quilt, hopefully at least basting my Simply Style quilt, and then getting packed and ready for a sewing weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. Can’t wait!

June 24, 2013   5 Comments

QuiltCon 2013

This past weekend was QuiltCon, a first-of-it’s-kind, Modern Quilting show put on by The Modern Quilt Guild in Austin, Texas. It was so.much.fun. I sit down and think about all the work and planning that went into creating a show like this from scratch. Organizing vendors, sponsors, quilts, teachers, speakers, registration, ticket sales, parties, set up, break down. Just imagining the logistics makes my head spin! The organizers did such a professional job – I just want to start off with a little shout out to them and offer them a huge THANK YOU for giving us all a wonderful weekend.

I left from Chicago on Thursday morning. This was my third time in Texas but my first time in Austin. I was really appreciating the 60 and 70 degree temperatures! It’s amazing how quickly you can adapt back to warm weather in the middle of winter.

I feel very fortunate to have friends in the modern quilting community that I’ve met in person, from my last two years attending The Sewing Summit. This was like a huge reunion for many of us, including my roommates Lee and Katie who I adore. And even better, I was able to meet a lot of “online” friends that I have been in bees and swaps with and many, many readers of my space here!

After arriving Thursday afternoon, I spent some time over at the show checking out all the quilts. I’m not sure I can adequately express how exciting it is to be at a show where all the quilts represent a style that speaks to me. I took a LOT of pictures.

I know I’m going to leave names out, but I’m going to do my best – please forgive me! I’m hoping there will be a listing of all the quilts and the artists on a site soon and I will update if so. (There is a winner list here.) There were quilts by Lee Heinrich, Katie Blakesley, Krista Fleckenstein, Kati Spencer, Rossie, Carolyn Friedlander, Elizabeth Hartman, Thomas Knauer, Shea Henderson, Jacquie Gering, Katie Pedersen, Katie Scairrino, Monica Solario-Snow, Victoria Findlay Wolfe (Best in Show!), Angela Walters, Catherine Redford, Rachel Hauser, Angela Pingel, Liz Harvatine, Cinzia Allocca, Brigitte Heitland, Alison, Jodi, Karen Anderson Abraham, Elizabeth Dackson and little ol’ me.

The QuiltCon Challenge Quilt, made by several members of Modern Quilt Guilds across the country.

There was also a huge display of quilts by Denyse Schmidt.

Friday I was lucky enough to take the class Composing a Quilt by Anna Maria Horner. Just hearing her speak about her techniques and inspiration was a dream come true for me. She was funny, sweet, inspiring…everything that she appears to be on her blog. It was really a huge honor to be in her class.

Friday night was the Baby Lock 80′s Party. Pretty sure these pictures say it all.

Saturday I took two classes. Free Motion Quilting on a Long Arm Machine with Angela Walters, and Textile Printing with Lotta Jansdotter. Angela was wonderful – great sense of humor and she just has a way of explaining her techniques that makes them seem possible for even us newbies. It was fun to try the machines…um, I was definitely a first timer!

Lotta was also very sweet and a great teacher. I loved hearing about her background, how she got started printing in a little storage unit. Definitely proof that talent and hard work can make you a success. I also got to sit with my former online friends, now real life friends, Violet and Krista in that class, which was the icing on the cake for me.

I didn’t do a ton of shopping, but I did pick up some Liberty of London quilting cottons, a couple patterns from Anna Maria Horner’s class (one is the Art Student Tote that I suddenly MUST make after seeing Holly’s), and Liberty Love, Alexia Abegg’s new book. I’ll be doing a whole separate post on that one, it is so awesome.

Saturday night after dinner, Kim, Lee and I went exploring and stumbled on a facial hair party/competition and the infamous 6th Street which I can only compare to the atmosphere of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. I’m going to let Kim share about what occurred THAT evening!

Sunday I wandered down to the South Congress area before heading to the airport. Lots of cool shops and great food. The weather was in the 70′s and sunny. My feet hurt by the end but it was a perfect afternoon.

Some final thoughts…

Exciting Moment – Finding out people from Martha Stewart Living were there taking pictures. I hope there is a magazine feature in the future!

Biggest Regret – I didn’t get to take one of Penny’s paper piecing classes. Really kicking myself after seeing the adorable projects coming out of them. Plus Penny is the sweetest person you will meet.

Thoughts on Austin – Fun city, great weather in the winter, lots of facial hair, lots of food trucks, somehow convinces everyone to get a tattoo? (not me!)

The next QuiltCon will be in two years. I’m not sure what city, but I hope to be part of it again in 2015. xox to everyone I met!

February 25, 2013   51 Comments

Art Gallery Fabrics ~ Fat Quarter Gang

Today is the day I finally get to spill the beans about a very exciting, year long adventure with Art Gallery Fabrics. A few months ago, Art Gallery asked me and 11 other bloggers to be part of a “Fat Quarter Gang”. (And if you are curious as to who the other bloggers involved are and also want to see THE MOST EMBARRASSING PICTURES of us on the internet, check out their blog post.) This was a no brainer for me. If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you know I love working with their fabrics. Especially the Pure Elements solids which I used for my Summer Sampler Series quilt. They are quite possibly the silkiest feeling cotton fabrics out there.

Starting June 4th, there will be a *free* project tutorial by one of us in the Fat Quarter Gang on the Art Gallery blog every single week ~ bags, quilts, home decor, clothing…all sorts of good stuff! There will also be lots fabric giveaways associated with the projects.


Don’t mess with the Fat Quarter Gang

I hope you are as excited as I am about the next year and don’t forget to bookmark the Art Gallery Fabrics blog so you can join the gang and keep up with all the projects.

Update – Be sure to join the Flickr group to post your finished project photos!

May 29, 2012   31 Comments