Quilt Market Recap

 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.

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Quilt Market , the Fall 2013 edition

We did it! One more Quilt Market, one more chance to meet our customers, designers, reps, and those who make this industry as amazing as it is. We had a great time meeting with so many, but for those of you who couldn't make it to Houston, we wanted to make sure you got to see all the fab projects, displays and people, too!

We arrived with a team to put up the booth on Thursday and for the next two days, the booth team worked their way through crates and boxes, finding and placing the many displays that had been planned. What started as utter chaos, with the help of many hands, was transformed into a stellar booth display featuring many of our Fall 2013 releases.

Elisabeth was our Quilt Market hero!

Elisabeth was our Quilt Market hero!

We were lucky enough to have a nice roster of presenters for Schoolhouses including Michael Mrowka and Debra Lunn of Lunn Studios, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, Carolyn Friedlander, Allie Heath, Teresa Coates and Darlene Zimmerman.

The crowd went wild with their smartphones when Julie announced her new BOM, Park Bench, using Carolyn's new collection: Botanics.

Insta-love! It's the new BOM from Jaybird Quilts.

Insta-love! It's the new BOM from Jaybird Quilts.

Back at the booth, they were hanging up all sorts of fabulous quilts, including this Superkids Snapshot, made by our own Nichole Ramirez (quilted by Liz Hansen) using Ann Kelle's new Super Kids collection, some Kona Cotton solids and Ann Kelle's Remix.


There was so much cuteness in Ann Kelle's booth, eliciting squees and quick sits in the Remix-covered settee.

Loads of little projects using Remix and the new Remix Metallics, including the Pixelated Heart quilt, This and That lunch tote from Sew Sweetness, Urban Flotologie flannel footies, notebook cover, rain jacket and more. Many of these patterns will be available in the Patterns section of robertkaufman.com.

Find many of the patterns for these projects at robertkaufman.com

Find many of the patterns for these projects at robertkaufman.com

More Remix and Konas came together in the spectacular Remixed Geese, designed by Erica Jackman, sewn by our own Elisabeth Woo and quilted by the masterful Angela Walters.



Carolyn Friedlander hit the ground running with her second collections, Botanics. She spoke about the inspiration in the plants around her, as well as her architectural background.

Focus (on the left) is available from Carolyn Friedlander. Disco (on right) is from Jaybird Quilts.

Focus (on the left) is available from Carolyn Friedlander. Disco (on right) is from Jaybird Quilts.

Botanics is the name of both her collection and the appliqued wall quilt, a stunning example of her motto: Savor Each Stitch.



We're thrilled to offer up the pattern for the Cargo Tote, designed by Anna Graham of Noodlehead and featured in the Botanics booth.


The gorgeous new Lumina collection was showcased brilliantly by Judy Niemeyer in her Feathered Star quilt, featuring two colorways of Lumina with added shine from touches of Radiance.

Lumina Feathered Star by Judy Niemeyer, quiltworx.com

Lumina Feathered Star by Judy Niemeyer, quiltworx.com

The Kona display was a favorite for many with its unique display of all 271 Kona Cotton colors:


Stash Stack Quilt {tutorial}


This is a Stash Stack. Stash Stacks are bundles of 12 coordinated Fat Quarters. They are great to work with because the coordination of colors has been done for you!


Have you ever needed to make a quilt on short notice? If so this is the tutorial for you! Grab a Stash Stack and a solid and you'll have a quilt in no time! 


In order to make the quilt super soft I chose to use cuddle by Shannon Fabrics as the backing for this quilt.  It really makes you want to grab the quilt and cuddle with someone underneath it.


Download the full tutorial here.

{ Julie Herman blogs at Jaybird Quilts }

Get to Know: Darlene Zimmerman & Clothesline Club


1. Tell me a bit about you: name, location, affiliations, personal stuff. 

My name is Darlene Zimmerman, and I'm from a very small rural community in southwest Minnesota. I have a degree in elementary education, but after teaching two years I realized it was not for me. Instead, we started our family, and for many years I was a stay-at-home mom. I love all types of needlecraft-- crochet, knitting, embroidery and sewing. Then I discovered quilting and everything else went by the wayside


2. How did you get started sewing/quilting?

I have always sewed. I grew up in a family of six girls (no brothers). My grandmother sewed, my mother sewed most of our clothing, and we all learned to sew at an early age. I made doll clothes, embroidered and hemmed tea towels and then graduated into making most of my own clothes (including designing and making my own prom dresses). Later, when my children were small I also sewed craft projects and dolls.

3. What do you like best about quilting?  

I like every aspect of quilting, but the best part is playing with fabric, color and design.  Even my spare time is filled with quilting!

Quilting has also put me in touch with women all over the world who have quickly become my friends. This common interest bonds women of all ages and backgrounds together. Think of all the friends you have made through quilting! 

4. What is the hardest thing about quilting?  

That's an easy question-- not enough time!


5. How much time do you sew or quilt during an average week?

It really varies. It seems to be feast or famine. Some weeks I have office work or pattern writing to do and don't have time to sew. Other times, such as when a deadline looms or a new collection of fabric just arrived, I do nothing but sew, sleep and eat for weeks. Ideally I would like to sew everyday, all day. When I relax in the evening I always have either a hand applique or hand quilting project that I pick up.

6. Do you name your projects or label them? 

Yes, I always name my "babies", but also forget what I've called them. Labeling? I always recommend it strongly as I am also a quilt historian, but am not good about following my own advice. 


7. How did you start designing fabric?  

It happened as a lucky accident. I was demoing my tools at Quilt Market, and there was a new fabric company in the booth next door. When I looked at their fabric swatches, I noticed they were old designs, but in modern colors. I commented that their colors were wrong for the time period, and they promptly asked me if I could do better! After Market I sent color swatches and a selection of vintage fabrics that showed how the colors worked together, and that was how my first "Granny" collection was created. I designed 30s fabrics for Chanteclaire Fabrics for eight years, and for Robert Kaufman Fabrics for the past 5 years.

8. What is your favorite step in the fabric design process?  

I like all the steps, but probably creating the different colorways for each design is the most fun.

9. How did Clothesline Club start?

I had so many requests for patterns and ideas for using the 30s prints, and many shops were asking for a 30s club.  


10. What can people look forward to this year in Clothesline Club?  

The three collections; Buttercup, Sweet Pickin's and Sweethearts are some of the best collections I have ever created. The projects range from large to small; and teach a variety of techniques. 

11. You also design tools & rulers for Simplicity... tell us more!

Back in 1991 I was teaching quilting in community education classes. While teaching, I discovered a need for a quarter-square triangle tool (cuts triangles with the long edge on the straight of grain). I had my husband cut the triangle out of plexiglas and discovered how well it worked with an existing tool, Easy Angle. I contacted that company and after only nine months I convinced a man (non-quilter) At EZ Quilting to manufacture and sell my tool, Companion Angle. This was my ticket into the quilt industry. I also started publishing pattern books at that time. I now have twenty tools with EZ Quilting (Simplicity), and have published five books with EZ Quilting and seven books with Krause (F & W Media), with a new book coming out Fall 2011.

12. What inspires you? 

Anything and everything. The colors of nature, the colors and designs of antique quilts, and the world around us. There are pattern, design and color everywhere we look, and we just need to pay attention to it.

13. Anything else you want to tell us?

I would just like to give a big hug and thank you to everyone that has helped me along the way; to friends that have encouraged me and fellow quilters who use my tools, sew my designs and buy my fabric! I have been so blessed to be a part of the quilting world for almost twenty years.


Darlene's Booth at Fall 2010 Quilt Market

-Want to join the Clothesline Club?  Ask about it at your Local Shop.


Where to Buy Section

of the Robert Kaufman site will be updated with the 2011 Participating Shops soon.

-Also you can see more photos from

Darlene's Booth and Quilt Market on Flickr



Photos from

Julie Herman

Interview questions from

Nicole of A Stitch in Design

as seen on the

Philly Modern Quilt Guild Blog


I'll be back on November 19th with A Little Birdie Told Me!

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{ julie herman blogs at 

jaybird quilts


Mon Sheri Waves {tutorial}


As promised I have a tutorial for you today!  I've always been interested in doing a quilt with the traditional Drunkard's Path block... but putting a twist on it.  Once I saw the Mon Sheri fabric I immediatly had my idea.  I decided to set the blocks on point and arrange the colors to create waves.

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do!  I've prepared a PDF tutorial for creating the quilt as well as a YouTube video.  The YouTube video goes through cutting your blocks and sewing them together using the Curve Master foot.  I saw this foot demonstrated at the Lancaster AQS show and was amazed at how easy it was!  Typically sewing curves requires a lot of pins and with this amazing foot it doesn't!  It was one of my best purchases of the show.

quilt details

fabric is Mon Sheri by Khristian A. Howell {avaialable in october}
pattern - Mon Sheri Waves
designed by me
quilted by ... {not quilted yet!}
started on 7/3/2010
top finished on 8/26/2010
quilt measures - 48" x 67.5"

Thanks again for joining along with me and my new column A Little Birdie Told Me.  I'll be back on September 10th!

{ julie herman blogs at jaybird quilts }

So many possibilities with solids

When I first started quilting almost everything I made had three fabrics in it. A loud busy print and two solids or tone on tones to match. For almost a year I went alone with my 1 + 2 = an entire quilt plan. This is what happens when you are self taught and have no quilters in your life to guide you!

Nevertheless one day I woke up and discovered I had choices. It was information overload and my quilts for quite some time were all over the place in style. As time went on I found myself using less and less solids. Someone along the way had misguided me and told me that solids didn't have life to them. This came during my "learn from real quilters" phase that turned out to be "all quilters have their own rules" phase. In time I developed my own voice and a renewed love for solids.


Today I'm going to share with you a few works in progress that I have going on with solids, tips for how I keep track of mine, and a lot of yummy photos of fabric.

My personal style right now has led me to a place of mixing prints with solids. I love the high contrast that can occur when mixing the right solid with a print. Initially I was using mostly white, black & grey. Recently I've been on a green kick as well as experimenting with using many different solids in the same project.

remix with leaf quilter's linen
the pattern is a set of free tutorials on my site



i'm using kona chartreuse along with remix charms for karrie lyne's charm pack quilt a long


i have a lot of trimming to do!


i also have a work in progress with tufted tweets & an assortment of colors of kona solids.


a bold string quilt!


{ made without foundations... i'll show you how soon! }


Yummy Photo Time
Back in july when i had the opportunity to spend some time at RK i took a ton of photos!


did you know that RK has charm packs in an assortment of combinations of solids?


more eye candy


and a color card is a must have for any solids fan!


aisles and aisles of kona solids on rolls

solids on rolls.jpg

as needed they are put onto bolts and shipped out to shops
i was incredibly tempted to take a roll home with me...
but i couldn't figure out how to get it in my purse without anyone seeing.  oh well.

solids on rolls1.jpg

Storage & Tracking
One major noticeable difference that solids have from prints is a lack of a printed selvage with information. This is because solids are dyed and not printed. Even with a color card i was often forgetting which color was which and mixing them up. Then one day i had an aha moment!

My solids on mini-bolts.

My solids on mini-bolts.

using a fabric safe pigma pen i now write the color and number of each solid on the selvage of my solids {sometimes while i'm still in the quilt shop!}


sometimes i want to use lagoon... and sometimes i want to use peacock.. and very often i can't remember which is which!


as i use up the solid and cut off the name i make sure to re-write it further down the piece


So what about you?...

Do you have tips for keeping track of solids?
Storage tips?
Any works in progress with solids you want to share?


A Visit from Jaybird Quilts' Julie Herman


Last Tuesday, Julie Herman decided to spend the morning and afternoon at Robert Kaufman prior to making her way down to the Quilt Festival in Long Beach. If you haven't heard of her yet, you will in the near future; Julie is starting to make some real noise in the quilting industry, producing anything from quilts and pillows to stylish purses and tote bags. We at Robert Kaufman see loads of potential in Julie (after all, she is only 27!) and can't imagine her moving anywhere but up. So, you can imagine how excited we were to show Julie how the company functions behind the scenes - how a line of fabric goes from the design stage to production, and everything in between. And we could tell she was just as excited to be here: When we allowed her to gather all the free selvedges she needed for a new quilt project, the look on her face was absolutely priceless - like a kid in a candy store!

If you spent only moments talking with Julie, you would be able to see just how much energy and passion for quilting she possesses. And we think that's exactly what the quilting business always needs - new, energetic quilter's that are motivated enough to maintain the industry for generations to come.

If you would like to learn more about Julie, just visit her blog at www.jaybirdquilts.com. We will be interviewing Julie in a couple of days, so make sure to take a look at that...it should be very interesting.