This was the 30th anniversary of Quilt Market in Houston, TX. The market is a trade event where shop owners come to purchase fabric, thread, patterns, books and more (lots more!) for their stores. It is also a chance for them to see the newest products and latest trends. Quilt Market is one trade show I enjoy, even though the days are long and my feet get tired! I enjoy it because most of the shop owners are quilters themselves and are passionate about it and then there’s all of those beautiful quilts!
Here is a shot of our Coats booth. We featured our cotton machine and hand quilting threads and our Dual Duty XP threads.
The designer booth’s are another favorite at market. Fabric designer’s go all out to create a booth that reflects their creativity. Here is Amy Butler’s booth featuring her new collection “LOVE” for Rowan fabrics.
Love fun notions & tools? There is no shortage of them at market. I thought these bright purple gloves were great! Color makes everything fun. These are called GrabAroos and they protect your hands and give an extra grip for free motion quilting, sewing and embroidery.
Pink was prominent at Quilt Soup pattern company:
This quilt, Dancing Flowers by Sue Harvey combines all shades in the same intensity:
Wish you could go? Market is a trade show but it is followed by the largest quilting show in the US–Quilt Festival. 50,000 plus quilters descend on Houston to see the quilts, attend classes and shop. If you have never been and love quilting, put it on your calendar for 2010–and take an empty suitcase!
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.