Spring Quilt Market

I recently returned from Minneapolis where Spring International Quilt Market was held this year and have returned inspired and ready to create! Quilt Market is a trade show (not open to the public) where everyone who’s anyone involved with quilting as a business attends to sell, buy, promote, network, etc.

We were not exhibiting at the show this time, so I had three full days to walk the show, reconnect with friends and look for anything that caught my eye. (It’s nearly impossible to do all of that when we are exhibiting!) I had hoped to skip out of the show and walk around downtown Minneapolis for an afternoon, but I never had time.  Note to self: It’s worth it to arrive a day early and take some time to enjoy whatever city I’m in!

I roomed with Sarah Vedeler and Donna Morales-Oemig.  I had not met Donna before (she is a friend of Sarah’s), but we got along great!  I had met Sarah two summers ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long!!) at a taping for TheQuiltShow.com.  She was just starting out back then, but WOW!  She’s doing amazing things now.  Her specialty is embroidered appliqué and her latest design collection is called GO! Be Dazzled. It was created as a block of the month to specifically use the dies for the AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutter. It is absolutely stunning.  My photos of the quilt do not do it justice, so I encourage you to look at Sarah’s blog post with more than a dozen close-up photos.

Sarah Vedeler in front of her quilt "GO! Be Dazzled"

Sarah Vedeler and me in front of her quilt "GO! Be Dazzled"

Electric Quilt introduced EQ7 at the show.  This has been a huge undertaking for them and congratulations are definitely in order for getting it out the door in time for Quilt Market! If you’ve ever seen EQ demonstrated on TV, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Andrea Bishop! She and I finally got to spend some time together at the last Quilting Arts TV taping (after five seasons of taping on different days.)  And yes, she’s due at the end of July! :)

Andrea Bishop and me in the Electric Quilt booth

Andrea Bishop and me in the Electric Quilt booth

I always try to meet up with Lynn Koolish from C&T Publishing if we’re at the same show.  I can’t remember when we first met, though I think it might have been when I submitted a project for the book Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts. Of course, we always meet up in the C&T booth first, so I look around to see what’s new.  OMG, I fell in love with the display of little stuffed birds that were made from their new Little Birds book – especially the owl! Adorable!!

Me and Lynn Koolish with the new "Little Birds" book

Me and Lynn Koolish with the new "Little Birds" book

Owl made from the book "Little Birds" by C&T Publishing

Owl made from the book "Little Birds" by C&T Publishing

I had to stop by the Mistyfuse booth to see my good friend Iris Karp.  We try to go to dinner at least once every show, but there just wasn’t enough time at this show.  :(  I love Iris – and I love Mistyfuse! What else is there to say?

Iris Karp and me

Iris Karp and me in the Mistyfuse booth

Another dear friend is Bonnie McCaffery (whom I did get to go to dinner with).  She’s developing a technique that she calls Doodle Zen DotZ (in the quilt next to us). Isn’t it gorgeous? She’s working on a class and a book based on the technique.  I can’t wait till it’s done! Oh, and if you haven’t already heard about her monthly VidCasts, you’ll want to check them out. Lots of interviews with some fascinating quilt artists as well as videos about many of the big quilt shows (including international shows).

Me and Bonnie McCaffery next to her Doodle Zen DotZ quilt

Me and Bonnie McCaffery next to her Doodle Zen DotZ quilt

Frieda Anderson (and her partner in crime Laura Wasilowski) with the Chicago School of Fusing were “booth neighbors” a couple of years ago. They make incredibly colorful hand-dyed fabrics and patterns (all using fusibles, of course) that use their hand-dyes! When I think of Frieda, I think of color – lots and lots of color!

Me and Frieda Anderson in her booth

Me and Frieda Anderson in her booth

Terry White is known for her amazing thread painting.  The four “seasonal” quilts you see behind us were made by her for Coats & Clark thread.  I didn’t get close-ups of the quilts, but they will be used in upcoming Coats & Clark ads, so watch for them.  They are amazing!  Coats & Clark introduced a re-engineered version of their Star line of thread to be much smoother – and Terry helped them design some of the multi-color threads. I’m looking forward to finding some time to actually try them out.

Me and Terry White in front of her four "seasonal" quilts

Me and Terry White in front of her four "seasonal" quilts

Last, but certainly not least, I met Nick Coman who has worked with Kandi Corp to come up with an amazing new product called deColourant.  It’s like discharge paste except easier to work with, way less toxic and with an awesome new twist.  I’ll be doing a blog post just on this product because I think it’s so cool.  I’m not yet sure how it can be used with Kaleidoscope Kreator, but I’ve got a couple of ideas to try!!

Me and Nick Coman in the Kandi Corp booth

Me and Nick Coman in the Kandi Corp booth

All in all it was a fantastic show! The show was noticeably bigger than last year and the energy on the floor was upbeat. All good signs that the economy is improving (I hope)!

Comments
  • Great post. Thank you for sharing insights on Quilt Market. You touched upon my favorites. But I can’t believe you lucked out and had Sarah Vedeler as a roomie. I don’t think I could go to sleep if she was my roomie….I’d be too excited to sleep. Oh how I would have loved to have seen her new designs at QM.

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  • Who said anything about sleep? ;)

  • doris

    I’d like to buy some deColourant. I can’t find it on the Kandi Corp website… Any ideas? Thank you!

  • Doris, I’ve sent a message to Kandi Corp asking where to purchase it. I’ll let you know when I hear back from them.

  • We are in production for deColourant now! We are also releasing 60 colors with the clear. The website will be up this week.

  • This is great news! Thanks for letting us know Vicki!

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