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!



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