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.

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