If you visited our brand new Facebook page last week, you probably saw pictures from Quilt Market. This event, held every fall, is for the trade only and it’s where new product is introduced, new fabrics are unveiled and old and new friends connect. And oh yes, there is the museum-quality quilt show. It is where I always end my Market visit. But we’ll get to that in a bit.
First off – Quilt Market was an explosion of color – brights and pastels filled the convention floor. The big names were there – Amy Butler, Kaffe Fasset, Anna Marie Horner, and now Ty Pennington. Florals were a huge trend –oversized whimsical blooms were in abundance. This season’s crop is not for the timid but boy are they fun. I’m not a big fan of homespun, dull fabrics so I happen to love almost everything I saw at Market. However, it was difficult imaging how to incorporate those exploding prints into garments and home décor, let alone how to work embroidery into the mix.
Of course, where would we be without new tools! Clover has introduced some nifty new notions – an oval yo-yo maker, Flower Frill templates, Door Knob Tips (not about how to install a door knob but rather sewing tips that hang on a door knob!) and Nancy Zieman’s Stack ‘n’ Stitch Thread Tower. Here’s a shot of Nancy demonstrating how the Thread Tower doubles as a thread feeder for sewing and embroidery. No more spool on, spool off – just spin the rack and thread the machine! The telescoping thread guide adjusts for all machines.
Earlier this summer I posted a free design for cutting the hole for large grommets. (You can find it here.) Well, grommets were everywhere at Market. The most interesting ones I saw where at The Junk Jeans People. Owner Luveta Nickels offers them in three eye-popping translucent colors (and metal finishes) – lime, turquoise and hot pink plus clear! Imagine the fun you can have with the clear version – so easy to insert another piece of fabric under the grommet. I think that’s something I’ll be incorporating into a bag pretty soon!
But let’s not forget the quilts. Walking amongst the quilts is like strolling on hallowed ground. As I glance at the work, I think of the hours each quilter put into her/his creation. The designing, cutting, piecing, quilting, inking, painting, texturizing, ripping, signing, finishing, packing, shipping and hoping. Each work is deserving of a ribbon or at least, a round of applause. My hat is off to each one of the artists – it is an accomplishment to have a quilt accepted into the International Quilt Festival competition.
After spending hours in the midst of all that talent, I wondered what makes us create. More specifically, why do you embroider? Post your comment and you could be the lucky winner of Machine-Embroidered Monograms for the Home and a 15 Minute Embroiderable Nightlight!
Last week we asked if you had tackled something that you thought was going to be easy but instead was humbled by the challenge? The winner of Machine Embroidery with Confidence by Nancy Zieman is…Linda Kwolek!
“Yep, I’m there. My current project is making shoulder patches for a friend at work for his Salvation Army Unit. What started out as one, became 3. He only has pictures of what he wants, colors, size and dimension. I’m just getting into digitizing and said I’d be happy to volunteer my time and would enjoy the challenge. Little did I realize how out of my territory I really am. He has come up with many different ideas for the now 3 different patches. I’m happy to say, they are ready to be embroidered out.”
Since so many of you have been participating on this blog, one of our partners has taken a notice and wants to reward one of our readers with an embroidery machine. Check back Monday afternoon to see what all the hype is about and enter for a chance to win a new embroidery machine!