Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Exciting & Colorful 2012 Spring Quilt Market

Spring International Quilt Market was more energetic and visually exciting than ever.  Seems that around every corner I found beautiful fabrics, new patterns and friends of SCHMETZ.  Quilt Market is a wholesale show, but I took about a 1,000 pics to share with you.  So until I get all these pics organized, here are a few favorites to hold you till a photo gallery is in place.

Jim Suzio designed an exquisite dress from Ty Pennington's Impressions quilt fabric by Westminster Fabrics.    That dress was a knock-out!  Look for Ty's fabrics and more beautiful voiles from Westminster.  Bravo to Jim for a breathtaking dress!

Jim Suzio's Dress using Ty Pennington Fabrics
Our friend Linda McGehee has been busy designing Queen of the Night for Hoffman California Fabrics.  Linda's sense of color and movement is sure to inspire not only quilters, but garment sewers too.  Linda's husband Jack models a shirt not only made by Linda, but using her fabrics.

Quilt Market is international for a reason.  Retail buyers and designers from around the world trade here.  Listen to Wenche from Norway talk about her designs called Northern Quilts.

Saw more modern quilts, embellishments and children clothing than ever - and sometimes a combination of all.  Loved, loved, loved the adorable dress patterns by Bananafana.  Below really look at the combination of fabrics, colors, trims and unmatched buttons.  Delightful!

Bananafana Girls Dress Pattern
Finally I have to include a picture of me with the fabulous Mary Engelbreit!  I have always loved Mary's whimsical, colorful and cheery designs.  What an unexpected treat to meet her... and not only that, but she signed a wonderful ME print, a young girl concentrating on her sewing machine project.  My first challenge was getting the print home without wrinkling or tearing, now I am on the hunt for the perfect frame.  Mary has a beautiful fabric line called Flutterby by Andover Fabrics.

Mary Engelbreit and Me
If you have time, move on over to You Tube to view several short SCHMETZneedles videos I made from the Quilt Market floor.  I interview Tula Pink, Jackie Robinson, Denise Schmidt with more videos on the way.  I was surrounded not only by visual bliss, but by friends who also love to sew and quilt.  All the fabrics, patterns and books I saw, you too can see soon in your local quilt, fabric and machine dealer shops.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Visual Bliss, Spring International Quilt Market

Fabrics, designers, authors, editors . . .  over the next three days I will be gloriously surrounded and energized by the creative ingenuity of International Quilt Market.  This is a wholesale market melding the quilt industry with quilt retailers.  Everyone is looking for the next best "must have" item.  I will be viewing new patterns...
Betsy and Margaret
MorninGlory Designs
talking to writers...
Karin Hellaby
UK Quilt Shop Owner and Author showing her new title Pineapple Express

finding creative uses of ribbons and embellishments...
Ribbons, Ribbons and More Ribbons
River Silks . . .  Ribbons of course!
wishing I took more time to sew . . . 
Love the chair and rug
Sorry I don't remember the fabric vendor

and visiting with friends along the way . . . 
My friend Zsuzsanna (right) is a Bernina dealer from Switzerland.
Zsuzsanna always wears spectacular suits that she made.  Check out the embroidery on her sleeve.
Kathy Davis is signing her book.

International Quilt Market with all its creative talent and new products is a visual bliss that you will soon see in your local quilt shops.  I'm off now for Kansas City, MO, The City of Fountains!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Joi of Sewing

Meet Joi Mahon or as she likes to be called Designer Joi.  You may have already seen Joi and her designs featured in Sew It All, Sew News, Wedding Essentials, Threads, Designs in Machine Embroidery to name just a few.  She is a Baby Lock Love of Fashion National Spokes-Designer.  Our paths first crossed in 2009 when she won the Passion for Fashion Live Fashion Design Challenge at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI.  Really loved her undercover dress (The "secret agent" design challenge was to integrate a concealed recording device into the dress.) with its playful mix of stripes, polka dots and stripes.

Joi and I most recently met again in March at the Sewing with the Stars Love of Fashion Retreat, organized by Pam Cortese, owner of My Sewing and Vacuum Place in Santa Rosa.  Joi designed a wonderful black lace top that was both sassy and stylish.  Her students were so very pleased to finish their projects in less than half a day.  Part of Joi's class instruction includes SCHMETZ needle education - especially the importance of changing the needle.  Here is a a little clip of Joi talking about the importance of changing the needle.........

You will be seeing more of Joi.  Look for her at sewing shows and for her appearance in an episode of Sew It All TV later this fall on PBS.  Check out Joi's website.......... and remember to change your needle!