19 Oct 2009
October 19, 2009

Seen at Quilt Market

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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.

Another fun part of market is seeing the fantastic quilts in the booths and in the Special Exhibits. I was partial to this one of old spools in the Lavender Rabbit booth. I love the spools threaded on the dowel for a hanging rod.

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.

Speaking of color– with all of the quilts, fabrics and threads, market is great place to see color trends. It’s a little overwhelming because you literally see everything, but still, themes do emerge.
One of the trends this year was softer colors. Not pastels exactly, but strong feminine hues like those in Amy Butler’s collection above and in the photos below.
Heather Bailey’s new collection, Nicey Jane for Free Spirit fabrics, combines green, aqua and pink.

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!

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Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

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