Quilt Market Recap

Each May, Quilt Market finds us in a different city than the year before and this time it was Pittsburgh that played host with the quilting industry descending on the city for a week. We brought a crew excited to show off our newest releases to shop owners, pattern designers and other industry professionals.  Do you want a peek, too? Join us for a virtual tour of our booth, with new releases and patterns along the way. 


Ann Kelle has added to her Remix collection with new houndstooth, plus-sign and polka dot designs. Full of bright colors and happy messages, her booth was perfect for market meetings. Plus it gave us a chance to talk about her fabulous new mustache print, along with houndstooth and anchors, that are now available on our Laguna Print Jersey.


The Simple Streamers quilt was made using Ann Kelle's Remix fabrics with Kona® Cotton Solids: designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, pieced by Erica Jackman and quilted by Angela Walters.  The pattern will be available as a free download

Ramona Rose made the comfy knit clothing displayed against the chalkboard wall:  (from left to right) the Shoreline Boatneck Tee (Blank Slate Patterns), P.E. Play Dress (Ramona Rose), Coco Dress (Tilly and the Buttons) and the Greenpoint Cardigan (Hey June). 

Don't miss the cute little Snappy Mani Pouches up on the right wall! Designed and made by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, the pattern is already available for you to download and make one for yourself. 

We also introduced new fat eighth bundles of Remix prints.



Lunn Studios released several new lines this spring and Jaybird Quilts' new mini quilt patterns were the perfect way to show off their versatility


Using the Artisan Batiks: Concerto collection, Kristi Ryan pieced and quilted three mini quilts: Mini Northern Lights, Mini Radio Way, and Mini Lotus.  With Artisan Batiks: Nature's Textures (below), Kristi made three other mini quilts: Mini Come My Way, Mini Disco, and Mini Tiny Dancer


We were also able to share a little about the work that the Lunns do while in Indonesia. They are deeply involved in improving the lives of the Indonesian workers and this is evident by their extra efforts including installing (and now improving) the water treatment system, providing free lunch every day, medical care and safe drinking water for all their employees. They also established the first free public lending library in Solo, Indonesia where they teach English, craft and quilting classes. {For more info: read "Behind the Scenes of Batik Making."}


The real show-stopper was another paper-pieced beauty by Judy Niemeyer Quilting. Into the Northwoods plays up the dramatic color variations of Artisan Batiks: Northwood. Precisely pieced and quilted by Judy Niemeyer. 

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Pointillist Palette from Lunn Studios is back with new colors and gradients. Quilts included Flight Path, designed by Judy Niemeyer Quilting, pieced and quilted by Roger Kerr; Bargellos, designed, pieced and quilted by Lunn Studios; and Simply Sparkly, designed, pieced and quilted by Kay Sorenson.

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We released Valori Well's Blueprint Basics in January, with the Spring edition, but it was great to show off both the Spring and Summer color stories at Quilt Market with a variety of quilts. 


On the left wall we featured the Seasons quilt. Using both the available palettes in skinny strips, it was designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, pieced by Ramona Rose and quilted by Angela Walters. Hanging on the back wall is the Spring quilt which uses the Spring palette with Kona® Cotton Solids and was designed and quilted by Valori Wells, pieced by Ramona Rose Down the right side of the wall are a handful of mini quilts pieced and quilted by Ramona Rose using traditional quilt block designs. Draped across the drafting table to the right is the  Greta quilt, using Kona® Cotton Solids with Blueprint Basics in Spring and Summer palettes. The  Summer quilt uses only the Summer palette and was designed and quilted by Valori Wells, pieced by Ramona Rose. 



Beau Monde was featured on the middle aisle, getting lots of looks with its luxe metallics and Art Deco inspiration. 


With glamour and glitz, the Beau Monde booth showed off the beautiful precuts, along with  quilts. Cleopatra's Fan, placed on the back wall, was designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, pieced by Ramona Rose and quilted by Angela Walters. The pattern will be available as a free download from our website in late June.  On the right side, the Art Deco quilt showcases the collection's panel beautifully. It was designed, pieced and quilted by Mr. Quilt.

Across the aisle was Darlene Zimmerman's booth, a cozy display featuring her new collection, Penny and Friends.

Judy Niemeyer took Darlene's reproduction in a different direction with her beautiful, paper-pieced Southern Belles quilt. Draped over the rocking chair is the Hanky Panky quilt, designed by Rachel Shelburne, pieced by Darlene and quilted by Stone Ridge Quilting. On the wall behind is the Penny & Friends quilt, designed and pieced by Darlene Zimmerman, then quilted by Stone Ridge Quilting. The children's dresses include the Family Reunion dress, Playdate Dress and Puppet Show Dress, all from Oliver + S and sewn by Andrea of Knitty Bitties.

And she got to let everyone know about her new thread collection with Aurifil! Look for new designer boxes from Ann Kelle, Valori Wells and Carolyn Friedlander, as well.

Valori showed off the gorgeous Journey quilt, made with a blend of Quill and Blueprint Basics Spring palette, designed, pieced and quilted by Valori Wells. On the facing wall is a revision of the Greta quilt with its flying geese on a gray background; again it was designed, pieced and quilted by Valori Wells. 



We are so proud of Carolyn Friedlander for winning the Single Booth Award at Quilt Market, but it's easy to see why they chose her booth. Packed with beautiful projects, including the new Totem quilt and Post quilt on the left wall, as well as a dozen-plus projects and quilts from her new book, Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting with Mindful Design

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Jennifer Sampou's booth caught plenty of eyes with its bright and fun look, including quilts, tassel bunting and apparel. 


The amazing Rocket 88 quilt was designed, pieced and quilted by Latifah Saafir, using her bias strip technique to highlight both the Color:FULL and Studio Stash Yarn Dyes fabrics. The floor poufs were made using a Better Homes & Gardens tutorial by Melissa Parga. Ramona Rose made the settee cushion, as well as the throw pillows. Hanging on the right wall is the hex-tastic Delight quilt designed, pieced by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, and quilted by Angela Walters. The Cappuccino dress from Liesl & Co. and the Hide & Seek dress from Oliver + S were made by Hailey Glenn at Sew L.A. 

Down the middle aisle we were able to showcase a number of Kona quilts, as well as introduce the new Kona designer palettes. We kicked it off with Elizabeth Hartman, the clever quilt designer behind the Oh, Fransson! blog and author of several books including Patchwork City: 75 Innovative Blocks for the Modern Quilter coming out this fall from Stash Books. Elizabeth curated the first Kona Designer Palette to design the gorgeous and cheerful Aviatrix Medallion quilt.


Another stack of Kona® colors were used for the City Shops quilt (above). Designed by Cherri House, the pattern is available in her book City Quilts: 12 Dramatic Projects Inspired by Urban Views (C&T, 2010). Pieced by Jamie Gonce and quilted by Angela Walters


The corner of the Kona booth was filled with a variety of quilt styles, starting with Crystal System quilt on the left. Designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, the quilt was pieced by Maria Vilar and quilted by Angela Walters.  The Lucky Stars Block of the Month minis were designed, pieced and quilted by Elizabeth Dackson of Don't Call me Betsy; the Outburst quilt was designed, pieced and quilted by Kyndra Brown; and the Pure Color Table Runner was designed, pieced and quilted by Jenelle Clark of Echinops & Aster.

A fan of Kona® Cotton Solids, Alison Glass kindly designed the geometric Timber quilt, blending brights and neutrals. Pieced and quilted by Jamie Naughton of Quilty Cakes

Our Precut Pop Up Shop was filled to the rim with every kind of precut we offer: hexes, charm squares, half square triangles, skinny strips, roll ups, fat eighth bundles and fat quarter bundles! And of course there were quilts along with it, including (from left) Mini Tiny Dancer, Mini Disco and Mini Radio Way from Jaybird Quilts; Block a Dot quilt designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, pieced and quilted by Ramona Rose; Scrappy Spots designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, pieced and quilted by Karen Dumont; Hexie Helix designed, pieced and quilted by Liberty Worth; and the Turning Triangles quilt designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. 

Thanks to all our many sample sewists, quilters and designers. We couldn't have done it without you! To see more projects, close-ups and the people behind the scenes, check out our Spring Quilt Market 2014 album on Flickr.  

See you in Houston!