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International Quilt Market is offered twice a year; Spring
Market in middle to late May moves around the country, Fall
Market is always late October in Houston the week before the
International Quilt Festival. Quilt Shop owners, teachers, and
anyone involved in quilting attends. Vendors include fabric
companies introducing their new lines, designers showing new
patterns, teachers presenting new techniques, all the sewing
machine companies showing off their new machines and others
showing new gadgets to make life easier for the quilter/sewer;
almost 600 vendors. It takes all of the three days to view it
all…and I more than likely missed something.
The day before Market officially opens there are two big
events. First is School House, this starts at 10 am and runs
until 6pm. It consists of 15min and 30 min sessions of
presentations. There are 12 to 15 presentations going on at
the same time. At 8 am they hand out a book listing all the
possibilities. The problem is there is usually 2 or 3 I’d like to
go to but alas…I cannot clone myself and have to choose one,
hopefully the right one. This is where you see new products
demonstrated, authors praising the advantage of their new
book, fabric companies sing the praise of their designers and
the new fabric line, entrepreneurs nervously showing their
invention. It is a long day!
After a 2 hour break Sample Spree starts at 8pm and runs to
10. It is usually held in a Ballroom with rows and rows of
tables. This is where you can buy samples of the great things
you saw at School House and will see during the next three
Most of the new fabric was very modern, bright colors, lots of
orange, green and pink. There were a couple of new
reproduction collections. One that was particularly nice was
Windham Fabrics Frist Ladies by Nancy Gere. There is a block
of the month that uses this fabric and is just outstanding. Each
block is named after a first lady with a story to tell and of
course the stories are included.
Of interest for long arm quilters is Superior Threads new top
tension gauge. I have not installed it on my machine yet but it
I have saved the best for last. A ruler company has asked me
to write directions and patterns for a couple of new tools they
are putting out. As if I don’t have enough to do now. Will let
you know how it goes.
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