Thursday, November 17, 2011

Minneapolis Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, MN was host to the final Original Sewing & Quilt Expo of the year.  I saw my first snowflake of the season, but thankfully not many.  The SCHMETZ booth was certainly a buzz with Mary Mulari with her new Stress Free Zipper book and apron patterns and Rita Farro.  Mary and Rita are always a hoot to work with and their humor and quick sewing projects were the focus of their Midwest YaYa Sister performance on Friday night.  Mary and Rita speak to the growing sisterhood of sewing.

Mary Mulari and Rita Farro
The Midwest YaYa Sisters!

One of the terrific classes I took at the show was Pattie Otto's Embroidered Cutwork class.  I learned how those little Richelieu bars are created in cutwork using a chiesel.  Plus when visiting her Great Copy Patterns booth, Pattie showed me a cool tool she developed, the Edge Perfect Blade for creating quick and easy handstitching on a variety of fabrics.

Patti Otto, Great Copy Patterns
Demonstrating the Edge Perfect Blade

The most unusual bag seen on the show floor was this two face Elinor Peace Bailey bag.  The faces look a bit grumpy, yet proud and intriguing.  This bag is coming and going with lots of room for stuff.  There are a couple more pics in the show gallery below.

Pattern by Elinor Peace Bailey
This next pic shows the thrill of finding an exciting new fabric.  You know that feeling?  She just bought yardage from the Treadle Yard Goods' booth.  Rita and I also know that thrill since we had a chance to drive to the Treadle Yard Goods store in St. Paul on Thursday night and found lots of fabric treasures.  We were giddy... and later down the street found the most wonderful urban cafeteria, Cafe Latte.  Fabric, food and friends  . . . What a combo!

The thrill of  finding that special fabric
from Treadle Yard Goods, St Paul MN
 Even kids ages 9 to 18 had a chance to brave a live audience to model their sewing creations in their own fashion show.   Colorful, thoughtful and well stitched, these kids were undaunted by challenging themselves with creative sewing projects.
Sewing's Next Generation
Enjoy these pics of sewing projects seen from the show floor.  Original Sewing and Quilt Expo was a fun and inspirational show.  Take a look... and next year see for yourself how wonderful these sewing shows are.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

International Quilt Market - Fall 2011

Over 500 fabric, pattern, notion and sewing machine companies filled the wholesale floor of the George R Brown Convention Center last weekend in Houston, TX.  Store owners, designers, media and many more were clamouring to see the newest products soon to be seen in your local quilt and fabric shops.  Here's a quick view of what I saw:

Susan Brubaker Knapp with her regal peacock using Studio eFabrics
 Peacocks are king!  Peacock blue... Peacock green... and peacocks themselves were seen in fabrics and quilts.

The peacock color theme carried over into an exquisite mask made from River Silk ribbon.  It was Halloween after all.

The gentle and ever so popular Karavan elephant was my neighbor from across the aisle.

From fake furs to animal prints to Valori Wells Karavan fabric line, a menagerie of fabrics were seen.

Get Grommetized with Luveta!

Besides being known for her recycled jean projects, Luvetta Nickels, The Junk Jeans People, is the source of wonderful grommets imported from France. 

She never stops.  Now her product line includes 2 color grommets - a perfect and easy embellishment to jeans, tops, bags, belts, hats....

Sarai Mitnick with her newly published book, The Colette Sewing Handbook

At this market there were more garment designers with booths, at least more than I remember from earlier markets.  One of my favorite designers is Sarai, the designer and founder of Colette Patterns.  She has an adorable little figure-skimming top that I am eager to try.  The Jasmine top is cut on the bias so should be flattering and comfortable too.

Mary Mulari shared the SCHMETZ booth with her full line of apron patterns including the newest patterns:  Easy Reversible Aprons - aprons for everyday use that can be reversed and worn with a little black dress.  Mary's newest book is Stress Free Zipper Creations, 12 Easy Projects with Nontraditional Uses.  Mary is quite clever with her thoughtful designs.  She has quite a strong following and was quite a draw to the SCHMETZ booth.  Plus Mary was fun to work with. . . . and isn't this one of he reasons why we love to sew . . . fun with fabrics and friends.  What a combo!