Hello Quilty friends! I'm writing this as the 2023 International Quilt Market (a trade show for industry professionals) in Houston, Texas is coming to a close and the Quilt Festival (open to all) is about to begin.
If you missed the show, either because you couldn't make it or because you don't qualify as an “industry professional”, I can show you all my favorite things! If you're coming to the George R. Brown Convention Center later this week for the Quilt Festival 2023, you will see a lot of the same things. Some vendors are staying for both shows, and even more vendors are on the way.
Quilt Market Booth Photos
The Benartex Fabrics booth featured this stunning paper quilt. The pattern is called The Heart of the Lion by Pride and Joy Quilting. This quilt was pieced by Koleen McDowell and quilted by Jefferson Williams.
Poppie Cotton Fabrics was one of the major sponsors of the show, so we saw lots of their favorite fabrics. It is a sweet brand that has experienced rapid growth in recent years. The style reminds me of Riley Blake.
Speaking of Riley Blake Fabrics, my favorite thing about their booth was this beautiful Christmas quilted coat. I've been putting off making a quilted coat because I live in Florida, but maybe this will be the year I finally make one and wear it no matter the heat!
Annie Unrein from Patterns ByAnnie was there with a beautiful new collection of patterns. Many of his designs were sewn into the next Roar! fabric collection by Tula Pink.
Here is a cute photo of Tula and me. Roar! is Tula's new fabric collection coming out next year from Free Spirit Fabrics. It has dinosaur fabrics for everyone, not just little boys. Don't you like that dinosaur bag she's carrying? This quilt pattern is called “The Big Bang”.
Interesting Quilt Market Sellers
Most of the major sewing machine manufacturers were here (Bernina, Janome, Pfaff, Elna, Hands-Quilter), but not Singer. Luckily for Singer fans, there was a featherweight store filled with darling machines and other things to look at. I believe this is one of the remaining vendors for the Quilt Festival.
Scanfil Organics brought the most beautiful presentation of yarns. None of them were for sale, they were just for fun!
If you like vintage and unique buttons, come to the show… These are staying for the Festival.
I was able to look closely at (and even touch) these beautiful fabric bowls made by Kirsten Fisher. I will give away a copy of his book, Round Fabric Art Bowls Soon.
That's all I can share for now…watch for another post soon with photos of all my favorite quilts from the International Quilt Festival's Judged Quilt Show. Here are the winners of the show.
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