Saturday, June 25, 2016

Quilt Market: Moda

My tour of Quilt Market would not be complete without Moda. 
Bonnie and Camille's collection, Little Ruby, comes out in May. 
Stacie Bloomfield, from Gingiber is a brand new Moda designer. Her black and white collection, Thicket, comes out in May.
Sherri and Chelsi of A Quilting Life showed off Desert Bloom, coming in November. This line resonated with me, as I'm living here in Albuquerque (aka the middle of the desert).
Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co.'s new line is Chestnut Street.

I know I shouldn't play favorites, but the quilts and projects in Franny and Jane's booth left me awestruck. 
First, there was the Baltimore by the Sea quilt featuring their debut collection, Manderly.
Here are some close-ups. Wowsers!
Then these pillows captivated me. The crane pattern on the right is by Juliet of Tartan Kiwi.
And if that wasn't enough, there was the Lotus quilt.
1Canoe2 presented Hazelwood, which is set to hit stores this October.
Here's April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Pattern's booth.
For the ultimate in nursery cuteness, might I suggest Darling Little Dickens by Lydia Nelson? I really love the low volume carrot print, given the generous amount of rabbit fabrics this season. I'd recommend some form machine that scans patterns and cuts fabric if you intend to make the quilt at right.
Then, there's the ever-popular Jen Kingwell. Check out Lawn Star. I don't mean the college guy you hire to mow the yard; I mean the spectacularly scrappy eight-pointed eye-catcher over Jen's head build from her Lollies and Moving On Lawns.
Moda also had a Grunge bar to celebrate their 30 new color releases of this cherished basic. What do you think of Grunge. Are you a die-hard for this blender, or does another line float your boat?
Which Moda lines strike your fancy?
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Quilt Market: Cotton + Steel

The ladies of Cotton + Steel are definitely the cool kids on campus...ahem...at Quilt Market. They even had the Premiere Schoolhouse before Market officially offered. I'm going to plod ahead because I know you are dying in suspense, waiting to see their upcoming lines.
I'll let you hear an explanation of the collections from those who know best. 

How about I follow that up with some eye candy from the Market booth?.
Print Shop by Alexia Marcelle Abegg
Trinket by Melody Miller
Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co.
Lawn Diamonds Quilt by Sarah Schraw #Lawnquilt
Checkers Woven Basics
Raindrop by Rashida Coleman-Hale
Rotary Club by Kimberly Knight
From Porto with Love by Sarah Watts
Do you have a favorite? 
Also, Cotton+Steel is making all kinds of substrates now: rayon, double-gauze, canvas, lawn, etc. What do you recommend making with these? Any advice for getting them to behave in a quilt? Which would you consider to be strictly for clothing?
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Quilt Market: Riley Blake

Did you see the Riley Blake Sashing Stash Challenge winners? Honestly, Riley Blake wasn't in the forefront of my mind when pondering producers of solids until the challenge brought it to my attention. Then, I spotted this attractive beauty at Quilt Market, Color Outside the Lines by Kelli Fannin (Craftsy affiliate link to the pattern). Riley Blake is releasing new solids with Crayola colors called Confetti Cottons.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth and Elizabeth (That's not a typo!) of Simple Simon & Company, who are releasing a minimalistic, nursery-friendly collection called When Skies are Grey. As tempting as it may be to snatch up a bib, bottle, pacifier, and onesie dappled collection, this is more likely what daughter-in-laws everywhere are envisioning for their little bundles. Expectant mothers, voice your preferences and nursery aspirations in the comments.
Speaking of adorable things, here's Lori Holt's corner of Quilt Market.
Behold the complete and utter cuteness overload!
Thanks for joining me today. See you soon!
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Quilt Market: Michael Miller

I have a fun fact about Michael Miller; did you know he doesn't even exist? Actually, Michael Miller is a 20-some person company started by Michael Steiner and Kathy Miller. Now that we've got that all straightened out, let's look at their upcoming fabric lines from Quilt Market.
Sarah Jane pulled off a magical booth by unleashing the irresistible potential of unicorns, dragons, castles, stars and mermaids within her new Magic collection. I'm eyeing Kerry Goulder of Kid Giddy's fantastic paper-pieced quilt in the corner! The lookbook is full of beautiful projects too.

Violet Craft, guru of geometric, paper-pieced animals (Abstractions), threw me for a loop and made her latest pattern a landscape. Her new bunny-rich collection is House of Hoppington.
Up and Away is Emily Herrick's new line, filled without air balloons, plaid, and admission tickets.

Do you have a personal favorite?
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quilt Market: Art Gallery

Art Gallery Fabrics is one of my favorite providers of quilting cottons. Their fabric has a very soft hand and luxurious drape. The Art Gallery designers have a very current aesthetic that I find highly appealing. I'd love to show you some of the upcoming lines presented at Quilt Market.
Hello, Ollie is Bonnie Christine's newest collection named after her daughter, which is abundant in sage and pinks, florals and swans. Permit me to shower you in photos of a booth jam-packed-with romantic beauty.
Here's the woman of the hour.
What's black and white and adorable all over? Katarina Rochella's Pandalicious collection.  It's full of imaginative prints in black, white, and pastel hues.
Amy Sinibaldi is back with Playground, a whimsical collection that hints of childhood freedom.
Sharon Holland blended together multicultural motifs and nature hues in her Tapestry collection.
I found both Dana Willard and her limited edition collection, Boardwalk Delight, to be pure fun.
Photo taken by Elizabeth @OPQuilt
It's filled with jovial ice cream, "eat it all" and flavor of the day text prints, sprinkles, candy dots, and even more jubilant designs.
Bari J. presented an eclectic collection of painted florals, pugs, geometrics, and letters in vibrant gem tones called Joie De Vivre.
Maureen Cracknell's Nightfall is a collection of knock-out prints rife with owls, moon phases, and rabbits.
Heartland is Pat Bravo's Scandinavian-inspired collection in taupe, yellow, and pine green.
I'm excited to make a few of these collections my very own. What about you?
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