Fall Quilt Market 2019

It’s always an exciting week on social media when Market rolls around. Not only do we get a sneak preview of the amazing quilts displayed at the Houston International Quilt Festival, we get to see all the new fabric releases for the upcoming six months. There are always a few highly anticipated collections, and the new Tula Pink is certainly no exception. I had the privilege of designing three quilts for her new collection, HomeMade. HomeMade is a quilters dream collection. The colors are classic Tula; bright, cheery, and perfect to brighten up your space. I think my favorite print from HomeMade is the aptly named Getting Snippy. I’m a sucker for a good damask and symmetrical print, so Getting Snippy fits the bill. It makes the perfect fabric to fussy cut, I cannot wait for Instagram to get inundated with EPP projects using it. The Seed Stitch print is a perfect dark navy with enough color speckled through it to make is a beautiful neutral (because navy is the new neutral, dontcha know?) The colorways are perfectly named; Morning Noon, and Night. It’s how we all wish we could sew! All sewing, all the time!!

I knew the moment I saw this collection that I needed to make a sampler style quilt. What quilter hasn’t made a sampler? It’s the place we all start when learning to quilt, and they aren’t just limited to quilters. Knitting, Crochet, and Needlepoint all have their own versions of samplers, so it seemed the perfect fit. Decorative Stitches was inspired by these classic sampler patterns. I love how the center of the quilt just glows with those greens!

Decorative Stitches

Next, I wanted to find a fun, colorful way to showcase the machine print, Pedal to the Metal. I landed on a log cabin style block, and had fun choosing the prints and color order for the block sets. This one has a lot of unique sash sets between the diagonal rows, but it really makes the quilt pop. If you turn it upside down, it looks like scales (mermaid or dragon, whatever floats your boat). The contrasting stripes surrounding the center make the quilt really pop, so I named it Electric Slide. The navy Seed Stitch print can be subbed out for the gray, for some really intense contrast.

Electric Slide

 

Finally, I wanted to make something that could be made using precuts. I have so many languishing in my stash, with nary a project in sight. Precuts can be where most of us struggle, so I wanted to make something fresh and fun for a jelly roll. Enter Wiggle Room! It’s got rainbows and movement, and showcases Pedal to the Metal (my favorite colorway, but it looks good using any of the colorways)

Wiggle Room

Each quilt will be available as a free pattern closer to the ship date. I’m hoping some of these were hanging at market, and can’t wait to check when I get back. What’s that? Where am I? I didn’t make any of the quilts? Well, turns out I had a prior commitment, and I am happy to report I’m leaving for a 15 day quilting cruise through the Panama Canal it’s my best friend! I was asked to teach one of my favorite quilts, Anchors Away by Tula Pink, to a fantastic group of ladies on board, and my best friend was able to secure a spot as a student. This is a once in a lifetime trip for us, and I can’t wait to show off all the quilts and sights that the Caribbean and Panama has to offer.

Happy Stitching!

Back from Market!

This year I had the immense pleasure of attending Quilt Market! I was able to go under my own credentials, but my good friend Kim, @iadorepattern, was also debuting her second line with Windham Fabrics at this Market, so I was able to tag along and lend her a hand as well.

There is so much to talk about I am going to have to write a Market Mini Series! There was so much to see and do, so many people to talk and connect with, it’s just too much for one post.

Overall, Market for me was a success. I learned SO MUCH!! And I even participated in my first Hurricane, so that was something.

On Thursday I met Kim at the airport and we whisked away to downtown Houston to our hotel.

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Then we hurried over to the show floor. Windham was great, and set me up with a pass so I could come and go to help Kim set up her booth. In between set up, I hit up all the schoolhouses I wanted, from Kim to Tula Pink, to Cotton+Steel and Elizabeth Hartman. It was hard choosing, because there were so many great people booked at the same time. I missed out on Sara Lawson and Mandy Leins unfortunately, so many hard decisions to make! The Andover Little House on the Prairie was a ton of fun. Two of the actresses were there, and they were just hilarious! And while vintage reproductions fabrics aren’t usually my thing, they had some gorgeous quilts and the range of colors and prints is as true to the times as you can get. They put a lot of effort into making sure it was as accurate as possible, and it shows. And then of course there were these super cute dolls!

Kim’s schoolhouse was a lot of fun. Heather Givans, @crimsontate,  was there to lend a hand and some laughs. She is absolutely delightful, and hilarious! I don’t know where she gets her energy from.

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Kim with her Twice Tied Quilt, soon to be a free pattern on the Windham Website

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Suprise!

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Immediately following Kim was the Schoolhouse for Tula Pink! Oh man, she is so awesome to listen to! The quilts were either made by her or Julie Herman @jaybirdquilts . Chipper is probably my favorite line of hers. I love all the colors and the little chipmunk. We have a thing about chipmunks in my family, so I need to make a ton of stuff with this print!

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Her new hardware is absolutely gorgeous as well. And she was super enough to sign this quilt for me, even though she is a very busy lady and had like zero time! Thank you Tula!

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Then it was more set up, and then finally it was time to eat supper. But instead, I lined up for sample spree. Because why not? I sat in line with a great group of gals from Texas, and we managed to chat the 2.5 hours away until the doors opened. You might think I am crazy, but there were already people in line 3 hours before the doors opened, and I have been told to line up early becuase it gets crazy. And they weren’t kidding!

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about half the line 20 min before the door opened. There were probably a couple hundred more to the left of the photo as well.

Spree was crazy! But I managed to get everything on my list thanks to a couple of super special spree angels ( who will remain nameless, but they know who they are). I completely missed the Moda booth and was a little bummed, because the new Zen Chic is so awesome, and I would have loved a bundle. But by that time my card was on fire, so I needed to stop.

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All in all the first day of market was a rousing success, and the floor wasn’t even open yet! Kim’s booth was amazing and we both slept a good 8-10 hours that night, despite the blisters (note to self, bring flip flops next time!) The first aid lady was real nice though =)

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Everyone deserves a Good Hair Day!

Happy Stitching!

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Market Shares!

No, not the stock market… *wink*

I am sure everyone and their ironing boards know that this weekend was Quilt Market. That bi-annual whirlwind trade show of quilts, patterns, and upcoming fabric lines. Instagram was full of pictures from designers, exhibitors and visitors alike, sharing the visual extravaganza that was Fall Quilt market. If you haven’t yet, check out #quiltmarket on any of your hashtag compatible programs to gasp in pleasure and delight at everything market had to offer this year. Oh yes, did I mention I have Instagram now? You can find me @staceyinstitches

From Succulents (@crimsontate and Windham Fabrics) to Elizabeth (@tulapink and Freespirit Fabrics) to Color Theory (@vchristenson and Moda Fabrics), the next 6 months of new fabrics is going to be AWESOME.

Like most of us, I was sitting at home during all the excitement, but Kim @iadorepattern, my good friend  and the lovely designer behind Tidal Lace, was in attendance. She took the time to go booth hunting on my behalf. Because even though I wasn’t there in person, I was still represented by my work!

First up is the Rose Medallion Wallhanging

Rose Medallion for Lulu Roses Collection By Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit

Rose Medallion for Lulu Roses Collection By Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit

This beauty was made for Tanya Whelans upcoming collection, Lulu Roses. Because I live in a house full of boys I rarely make things that are pink and soft and pretty. I love this collection. That perfect mix of soft and feminine and modern. That raspberry red color is to dye for! What scraps I have left have already been claimed for a little girls dress. I would make myself a dress from the white and red rose print. Something retro with a flair skirt and sweetheart neckline, and a contrast waistband in the red. Tanya has a wrap skirt tutorial on her blog that I might have to make in my size!

Next was a pillow for Heather Baileys new line, Clementine, also from Freespirit Fabrics. There are a few snaps of this display on Instagram because of how pretty it was and its proximity to the FreeSpirit Selfie Board.

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Garden Grows Pillow for Heather Baileys Clementine collection from FreeSpirit Fabrics

This line has a good mix of soft and bold colors, gorgeous prints and rich blenders. The green background is one of my favorite prints, and even more so when kiddo decided to “help mommy sew the broccoli fabric”. Apparently if you are 2 any green fabric with a flower is broccoli.  I am very excited for the release of Heathers Owl Pincushion pattern in December. I love owls so much! My scraps are being carefully tucked away (ie: hoarded like a dragon) so I can make myself an owl or two….or five….

The last item is a quilt I made for Tula Pinks baby line, Bumble. I don’t have a photo of this one (that I can Share yet) but if you follow @freespirit or @tulapink or either hashtag there is a picture of the Bumble display, and my little baby Bumble quilt nicely folded and waiting for its big reveal (hint: the pattern will be free!)

There was so much going, I had a great time following along on IG, and finding/meeting new people to follow along with!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

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