Last week/weekend I had the opportunity to go to spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Missouri. Quilt market is a twice-yearly trade show which is only open to people in the quilting industry. It's a lot of fun, but it's also tiring and completely over stimulating. I went to promote my new book
, so I gave a schoolhouse presentation and I did a few book signings. I roomed with my long time blog friend, Thimbleanna
. All around, it was wonderful!
(I actually remembered to take a quick photo before the signing started! Hurray!)
This booth by Sandra Clemons was amazing. There were hundreds of butterflies folded and individually pinned to the booth. It was really stunning. I wish I would have taken a close up shot of a butterfly, but I completely overlooked that. I would have loved to talk to her about the process, too, but she wasn't in the booth at the time that I was there. I'm glad I have a few photos!
And if the previous photo wasn't stunning enough, there are hundreds more butterflies in front of this quilt, too!
This quilt called Patchwork Garden by Sherri McConnell
caught my eye. I'm sure that comes as no surprise! I love all of those little squares!
Sorry for the poor photo of this quilt, but I wanted to share it anyway. It's called Girl Next Door, by Louise Papas
, who I've "known" through the blog and Instagram for a long time. It was hanging in lovely Jen Kingwell's booth. It was fun to see the quilt in person!
There was a bit of a shoe theme at market. Starting with this quilt called Girls Night Out by Terri Degenkolb.
This quilt is called "Kicks" by Latifah Saafir
. I really, REALLY want to make this one.
And there was also a roller skate quilt in the Cotton + Steel booth. So fun!
Lori Holt always makes cute quilts. This one called Bee Happy is going to be a sew along quilt this summer, I believe? My local quilt shop is going to be participating in it, so I think I just may join them.
I need another project like I need a hole in the head, but the cute little plaid thermos detail was most certainly the tipping point for me. EEEEP! SO cute!
I loved this basket of rolled up quilts in Lee Chappell's
These two quilts from Sue Daley
caught my eye. I would love bed sized quilts of both of them!
I really need to try a clam shell quilt someday...even if it is just a mini.
had her first booth to promote her first line of fabric called Gingham Girls for Riley Blake. We were twinning, so we had to get a photo! It was so fun to see friends from the blog in real life again and catch up! It's definitely one of the best parts of market. (I'm on the left and I'm wearing my washi dress
! Amy is on the right and she's wearing a tova tunic
My friends talked me into going to sample spree, which was QUITE an experience. Below is what I purchased, which shows incredible restraint if you consider the temptation and the excellent prices. One of the bundles is for a friend of mine. I've got plans for the pink flamingo Kona cotton that I'm pretty excited about!
Since I did a schoolhouse at market, I took 7 quilts to show during my presentation. Anna
and I slept under different quilts each night. Hotel beds never looked so good! (All the quilt patterns are in my book, No Scrap Left Behind
!) I'm so very glad that I made these quilts big enough to sleep under. That was my original intention, and it's nice that it paid off.
I apologize for the quality of some of the photos in this post. The lighting in the convention was truly awful, but I hope that the photos are inspiring nonetheless.
I'm mostly deadline free at the moment, which is super exciting. It's been awhile and I'm excited to sew FOR FUN again. It's going to be great!
Happy Monday to you!!!
Thansk for the mini-tour. Your hotel room looks fun with your quilts on the beds! I am drooling over the pastel Aurifil threads.
Great idea to sleep under your quilts while you are on the road - it's nice to have a few comforts of home when things are so topsy turvy.
Hello from a first time visitor! What lovely pics of the convention, but my favourite photos are of your hotel beds! What gorgeous quilts... I'll look forward to seeing your book. :-)
What a great recap of quilt market. I feel like was there!
How fun, love the hotel photos! Thanks for sharing glimpses of market!
Loved the tour of the market! It must be fun to be involved in something like that. I love the butterflies!
Such lovely quilts! Your book has inspired me to save my tiny scraps now!!!
You are so right that hotel beds have never looked better! Thank you so much for your view of market, welcome home, and have fun sewing just for you for a bit. :)
That is a lot of shoe quilts! You showed great restraint and practicality at Sample Spree.
Loved your recap of Quilt Market and - love the pics of your quilts on the hotel beds. Great idea!! :)
Fun post...thank you for the Patchwork Garden love...it is my favorite of my new quilts!
So fun to get to visit for a bit as well!
This post was great. Thank you for sharing!
Thnaks for the tour. It was great to see all the booths and quilts.
I love the selection of your quilts. They are so gorgeous. I love your fabric choices. What a fun idea to sleep under a different one each night.
Wow! Thank you so much for the tour! And I LOVED your quilts on the beds!
Glad you took a photo before you started signing - sounds like you had a great time! LOVE all the quilty inspiration!!
Love, loved, loved your blog today and to see what quilt market is all about! Great job:)
Such talent, what beautiful quilts. I wish I could have been there to see them all.
Thank you for sharing. Beautiful quilts. I absolutely love your quilts on the hotel beds. So fun!
Love the quilts on the beds!!
Thank you for bringing us to the market, very pleasant. Love your quilts
It's always fun to see market posts -- it's almost like being there. Your quilts on the hotel beds really showed them to great advantage.
waouh! for a french quilter like me, this market is amazing, another planet! congrats for your book!
That Patchwork Garden quilt was one of my favorites too!! Love the photo of you and Amy. Great to spend time with you. Hope to do it again sometime.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed the really poor lighting at quilt market! Everything was YELLOW. Perhaps in the future the market coordinators will reconsider where they're located when it's obvious that quilts show best in proper lighting! Loved seeing the quilts on your hotel beds. That was a lot for you to haul around, but they were worth seeing in their natural habitat. Thanks for always sharing your lovelies.
Wonderful post, start to finish. I especially love seeing your own quilts making an anonymous hotel room feel like Home, Sweet Home!
Love the way you personalized the hotel room with your pretty quilts!
Your post is so inspiring! I'm going to need to give up reading blogs and doing much housework. I will use that time to sew and quilt. This will free up storage space for new supplies to make some of these new quilt ideas from your new book and Quilt Market. Love those new Aurifil threads and all the new fabrics. I will only have time to cook minimal meals which is no trouble now that grilling season is here. Gotta sew.
Market was so fun - yoiure a great roomie! Clearly, I'm going to have to post the room pictures from the other side of the room LOL -- it's amazing how it changes the room, depending on which side you're on! Great post -- it's so fun to see all the things I missed!
Thank you so much for sharing! I love to 'visit' the market vicariously through all the people that were able to attend. Xoxo
Thanks for some more market pictures. And I already loved the bed pictures from your hotel room :)
Thanks so much for the Quilt Market post. Moda also posts about the market, but only shows Moda designers booths. It's nice to see other designers booths and their work.
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