May 19, 2011

Quilt Market

Whew,

We're back from our whirlwind trip to Salt Lake City.  I always come back from market ready to conquer the world.  So many ideas are jumping around in my already jam-packed brain.  You'll have to stay posted to see what we've dreamed up for the shop.

In the meantime, here's a little photo tour of our trip.

We brought back quite a few of the newest patterns with us.  We posted one round of new product to the website this Friday.  More will be coming on the next few Friday's too, so check back often.

We headed on on Tuesday morning to allow plenty of time for quilt shop-hopping along the way.

First stop, Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Love their downtown.  Found a nice little quilt shop and an amazing gift shop nearby.  Had a little lunch, then took time for a photo-op by the Big Boot!  Waved at a trolley full of kids on a field trip. 




Spent the night in Green River, Wyoming.  This huge boulder was right behind our hotel.  It looks just like a teapot, do you think?




Wednesday we drove the rest of the way to Salt Lake City to see more shops.  Quilts, Quilts, Quilts, Etc was a fun shop.  They have two buildings that are across the street from one another. 




We also visited American Quilting in Orem.  Amy McClellan, one of our favorite wool pattern designers owns this shop.




Next stop, The Corn Wagon in Springville.  Love the character of this building. 






Pine Needles was in a quaint little village shopping center with antique stores and boutiques.   Supper was a mini-chicken pot pie at the bakery.  Mmmmmm.  They also served melted cheese on bread.  My kind of restaurant.

Visited a few more shops on Wednesday too, but must not have remembered to pull out the camera at those stops.

Headed to Downtown SLC to get ready for a full weekend of market.  So glad we had the opportunity to wander around downtown that night and visit some of the sites.







Thursday we started out running with a full day of Schoolhouse sessions and Sample Spree.

Got a sneak peak at some of the new quilts from the Let's Twist Again book . . . . coming soon.





Learned more about using the Lazy Angle ruler to get amazing results.  Julie Herman from Jaybird Quilts is a hoot. 
Love her technique for piecing her quilt labels into the backing of her quilts. 




So much to think about and we haven't even hit the market floor yet. 

Can't ever get enough wool felt.  Found some little framed wool trios from Bits and Pieces by Joan.


Had a great chat with the gals at National Nonwovens.  We tried to convince them to make a winter-white shade of wool felt.  Something between Straw and White.  Don't you think that would be great?  If this is a color you'd like to see, give them a call (800-333-3469) and let them know.  I keep thinking that if enough people request it, we'll get it made!!! 

Riley Blake had a tree made from fabric and a painted bike in their booth.

Michael Miller went all out, as usual.  Note the super-hero in the phone booth.




Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies won the Best Single Booth award for her display.  Way to go Emily.



New stitchery patterns from Crabapple Hill.  Outstanding as always.



Discovered a new-to-us designer, Red Button Quilt Company.  Loved her combination of cotton piecing and wool applique on her Candle Mat Trios.



You know we love everything Moda.  Who can resist a Country Fair?


Yummy goodness from Fig Tree Quilts.  I think I could do my whole house in this color palette.




A ferris wheel with sock monkeys.  Only at the fair . . .


Camille busy writing up orders at Thimble Blossoms.



The newest addition to Moda's fabric design team . . .Cosmo Cricket.   You know you loved their scrapbook supplies, how will you be able to resist their fabric? 



Can't wait to get Sweetwater's newest line, Hometown.  There is a focal print that contains hundreds of town names from their blog readers.  Cozad made the list!!!  Whoo Hooo!!!



I could have stayed in the Moda aisle all day, but there were other fabulous booths to discover as well,
so we eased on down the road to . .   (Insert cheesy music here)

Our friend Amy at Under the Garden Moon. 
Amy is the sweetest gal you'll meet. 
I feel in love with her Americana sampler.
Hint, Hint . . . . You may see this project again at a store near you . . .
Stay tuned for more info.



Had a chance to catch up with Heather Mulder Peterson in Anka's Treasures Booth. 
Her Christmas line of fabric should be arriving soon, followed by her next addition of citrus inspired tones.
I have my eye on several of the quilts from the new Livin Large 2 book.




Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts seemed to be everywhere this market  -  cute booth, awesome schoolhouse session and demo-ing rulers for Checkers.  I'm exhausted just watching her.

But seriously  -  these quilts rock!  You'll be amazed at how many different designs
you can make with the Lazy Angle ruler. 

We were so impressed that we've decided to change our original plans for this year's
Quilting on the Prairie Retreat and instead will be offering some classes on this technique. 

Be sure to check out our website for more information in the next week or two.





Oh goodness.  Shannon fabric has brand new styles of Cuddle fabric. 
I'll just snuggle up now and take a nap.



Lynn from Bloomin Minds.  Always good for a little comic relief. 
(Nice Silvery Moon runner, right Lynn?)


Simply gorgeous new wool projects from Wooden Spool Designs.




Fun new projects from Suzn Quilts including a quilt-as-you sew project and Santa Countdown banner.


New from Atkinson Designs:  Trio of Pillows, Reader Wrap, and Wine and Dine.



Chatting with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.


And last but not least . ..  enjoying an ice cream treat at Jillily Studios.



Hope you had a great virtual tour.

Mark your calendar for June 16th for our famous Market Preview party. 
We'll have a wide variety of new product demos, tons of samples,
and will give you a behind-the scences tour of our market experience. 
Subscribe to our e-mail newsletters or check out the
events page of our website for more detailed information.

Thanks for sticking with us this far. 

Leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite picture is from our trip. 
We'll host a random drawing from the comments for a $20.00 gift certificate
to our store so you can score some of your own favorite products.
Drawing will be held mid-afternoon on May 26th.

16 comments:

Gail S. said...

Wow!! What a F*U*N time it looks like you had!! My favorites are Fig Tree Quilt (agree with you - love the colors!!!) and Crab Apple Hill Designs - just beautiful :)

Wonderful quilt stop along the way and downtown SLC looks so pretty!!

Maureen said...

An impossible task to pick only one. The colors and patterns of all the ladies are amazing! My eye keeps going back to
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. The symmetry of the designs and the way her technique frames the motifs appeals to me. Thanks for sahring your trip with us!

Sequana said...

I love the look of the ice cream bar. *L* That was so creative of them. Of course, they won the award for creativity - well deserved.

Margie said...

Anka's treasures. Love the look of those quilts.

Jeanne said...

My favorite is Heather Mulder Peterson's booth. I love her quilts!!

(I loved all the pics of UT, too.)

Linda said...

You made it pretty hard to choose a favorite! I like the booth pic of Bits & Pieces by Joan. Love the trios! I also liked Wooden Spool Designs. I'm in a totally wool phase now! Thanks for all the variety.

Sharon S. said...

Wow, loved the thimble blossoms booth, the colors are great. loved the Fig tree quilts booth too. Crap Apple Hill looked interesting too. What fun you must have had.

Barb said...

I enjoyed the pics of your stops along the way and the various wool pattern designers and their booths. My favorite picture is of you and your double fisted sorbet cones LOL

Lorie said...

My favorite was Red Button Quilt Company. I especially loved the Candle Mat Trios! I will have to get these patterns!

Marianne said...

I love the wool patterns from Wooden Spool Designs!

Homespun Handcrafts said...

Red Button Quilt Company, but all are gorgeous eye candy. To be there must have been heavenly!

fezziwig35 said...

Definitely the photo with Amy at Under the Garden Moon. I love her patterns!

m t nester said...

There were pictures of really neat quilts it makes it hard to choose. I really liked the quilt done in white with big pick flowers that was to the left of the man serving Connie ice cream. Looks so fresh and springy!

Linda said...

Hi. Loved your pictures of the small quilt shops and all of the quilt market pictures. Would have loved to have been there. I especially liked the Thimble Blossoms and Cuddle fabrics. Thanks for sharing with us. Linda Musser

Gwen Books said...

Love all the great pictures, I cannot wait to hear about all your fun and new ideas. To pick only one favorite picture is almost impossible :) I would have to say Jilliy Studios Ice Cream Shop (love the flower quilt in the background) and then of course Temple Square would have to be my other fav!!

Pam said...

I liked the picture of Connie with not one, but two ice cream cones!!