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Photos and News from Houston International
Quilt Market & Festival
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Each year, Kala and Celia travel to Houston, Texas to the International Quilt Market. This is a trade-only show, and a wonderful opportunity to see all that is new and upcoming. The bonus is that we get to see the stunning quilts of the Internation Quilt Festival, a juried show.

The first day of Quilt Market is "Schoolhouse Series". These are rapid-fire quick classes (about 15 minutes to a half-hour each) taught by the pros. Kala and Celia split up to get the maximum learning opportunity.

The first night of Quilt Market is "Sample Spree". An insane event where the vendors are selling their products. They limit the number of people attending and it always sells out, it's always packed. We equate it to the old Wedding Dress sales at Filene's Basement - sheer mayhem. But what things we got! Samples, fabrics ahead of when they will be released, kits like McKenna Ryan's "Sand In My Shoes".

Then we spend Saturday and Sunday searching for beautiful fabrics and fun new products and patterns at the almost 1,000 merchants and companies there. Fun, fun, fun. We can't wait to show everyone what we've found! We also had the incredible fortune to view the quilts of the juried International Quilt Festival. Each one a work of art and breathtaking. They always humble and level us.



Photos from Houston International Quilt Market 2010
Day One: Schoolhouse Series

Jinny Beyer taught Color Theory. By using a pallette, she proved that the lights and the darks are what made the in-between shades shine.See photo above, in middle. Most attendees chose the quilt on the right as favorite.

Karen Montgomery

Quilting with Curves

Jinny Beyer

Night One: Sample Spree!
Sample Spree

This is HALF the line waiting to get in the ballroom where Sample Spree is held. Insane but fun.

Days Two and Three: Quilt Market

"Quilts of Valor" Booth. Watch for "Quilts of Valor" fabric at The Fabric Garden.

The designers of Minnick and Simpson

Me and My Sister Designs
Lynne Hagmeier, Kansas City Troubles
Carol McLeod, Aunties Too Patterns
Susan Pennoyer, Common Thread Designs
McKenna Ryan of Pine Needles

Rachel Cross, Creative Grid Creator

Bambi Fabric, coming soon
Kala at the Northcott Stonehenge Display

Cinderella Fabric, coming soon

Cinderella Fabric, coming soon
McKenna Ryan's "Sand In My Shoes" - Kits available


Happy Quilting!
Your friends at The Fabric Garden

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