Quilt Market and Festival is held annually in Houton Texas. Last week over 50,000 quilters attended the Festival which is open to the public. Market is held prior to Festival and that is where companies show their new products for the coming year. There was so much beautiful fabric, millions of yards of thread and every notion and conceivable quilt pattern –it was overwhelming to try to take it all in.

Coats & Clark featured our Star brand of quilting thread in our booth along with our Dual Duty XP threads. Star Threads are especially for quilters. Thread artist Terry White was demonstrating thread painting using Star Multicolors in our booth. She created 24 new multicolor combinations introduced at Market. Be sure to visit our Star website to learn more about Star threads.

The big buzz at Market was the appearance of Ty Pennington from Extreme Home Makeover. He has designed a line of fabrics for Free Spirit Fabrics and was there to present the fabrics, and oh yes, sign autographs.

A big attraction at Market and Festival are the beautiful quilts. All of the winning quilts are on the Quilts, Inc website. They are the highest level of skill and talent.

One of my favorites was this haunting portrait by Hollis Chatelain from Hillsborough, NC. If you look closely, you can see faces in the quilting of the overall face.

Another favorite was a pattern from Ruth Powers called “So Much Thread.” I think it would be fun to make this in some of our new Star Multicolor combinations!

The booths themselves are fun to see. Some of the vendors are very creative. This booth was like stepping into a cloud of pink!

Here are some more views of our booth! Look for new Star Threads and many more new quilting goodies in your local quilt shop.


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Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

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