Hey everyone! I’m Jennifer Mathis, a pattern designer, modern sewist and blogger at Ellison Lane. I’m delighted to be guest blogging today at Sewing Secrets sharing all about my recent trip to Houston for International Quilt Market. It was my first trip to market and boy what a whirlwind!

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Quilt Market is a total burst of color and hum of activity.

It’s a trade show where vendors display their latest fabrics, threads and products to shop owners and businesses. There are publishers, sewing machine companies, threads and fabrics around every corner! It’s some serious eye-candy!

It takes place in a huge convention center over three days, and Schoolhouses (classes and lectures) are held the day before. I designed a quilt and 3 projects for Coats and Clark featuring their new Paper Piecing Thread and presented at their Schoolhouse to showcase some of the fun things you can make when paper piecing. This new thread is great because it is fine and strong, two perfect qualities for paper piecing.

Paper piecing was definitely a trend I noticed at market. Besides my quilt in the Coats’ booth (pictured below)

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there was a fabulous paper pieced butterfly by designer Heather Bailey and

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some amazing paper piecing by designer Carolyn Friedlander.

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I definitely see paper piecing as a trend that appeals to both modern and traditional sewists and one that has staying power.

Perhaps the most obvious element of Quilt Market is the abundance of color!

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Booth by Carolyn Friedlander

Bold, saturated color was everywhere.

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Art Gallery Fabrics

Booth by Sarah Jane

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Booth by Anna Maria Horner

There seems to be a balance of large prints with smaller, geometrics and a healthy does of blenders.

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Booth by Tula Pink

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Iza Pearl Booth | Windham

Solids are a personal favorite of mine and I was happy to see more offerings of solids from many fabric companies.

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Free Spirit Solids along with Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner’s Booths

I saw many patterns and prints that feel very fresh and would appeal to many different sewists.


Booths by Pat Bravo, Leah Duncan and Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics
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Booth by Ann Kelle

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Cloud 9 Booth and Free Spirit Booth

My forecast for quilting and sewing? Color and lots of it, prints both big and small and and something for everyone and every taste.

This is just a sampling of what I saw on the floor and will be coming your way via retailers in the next 6 months. Start saving your pennies now!

Hope you enjoyed this peek into market. Be sure to stop by Ellison Lane and say hello!






About the Author

Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

3 Responses to Quilt Market was a total burst of color and hum of activity
  1. Awesome displays..love them all! Thanks for letting us see all these beautiful works of art.

  2. It was generous of you to take the time to show us (who could not attend), a glimpse of the wonders of Quilt Market.

  3. So honored to see a picture of my Iza Pearl Garden Party Tango booth from Quilt Market!! 🙂 Thank you for including it on your blog!!


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