I was fortunate enough to get to wonder through Spring Market for one day. There was so much to see and take in, and the atmosphere was like a big celebration or festival. I had the best time.
The Moda area was by far my favorite. They had a huge amount of space, inspiring decor, and I think most every Moda designer was there. I easily spent the biggest part of my day going through their booth. Moda has done a much better job of photographing and blogging about market than I ever could, and if you've not seen their videos check them out here. Moda market pictures are everywhere and I'm sure you've seen all their new designs multiple times by now, I won't make you look at all of my pictures too, but I do want to share my top 3 Moda pics.
This is Atelier by 3 Sisters. This quilt is red and circular, and perfect, I love it.
This is a jellyroll pattern and it's called Fine China. The fabric line is by Sandy Gervais and is called Rambling Rose. I think it's a little different look for Sandy, and I love it too.
This fabric is "My Best Day Ever" by Prairie Grass. I'm embarrassed to say it wasn't my best day ever when I met the designer, April Rosenthal. I was immediately drawn to this fabric because it's my favorite happy starburst candy colorway and I was really excited to see blueberry added to the mix. So I'm looking over the fabric, checking out the patterns, and I ask some person loitering in the booth if it was OK to take a few pictures and post them to instagram. The loiterer said that would be fine and would I mind adding @amrosenthol to my post. I said sure and probably asked 3 times how to spell it and wondered who AM Rosenthal was. Well now I know, and I must confess that April was the sweetest most unassuming person and I regret that I didn't know who she was so I could tell her how much I loved her new fabric line. Although she might have picked up on that based on the number of pictures I took and how long I stood and looked at everything. To make it up to her I hope you'll stop by April's blog here and check out her patterns here, she has several. The patterns in the picture above are Modern Hex on the left and Dahlia on the right, they are available 6/1 and the fabric should be in stores this October. April, I enjoyed meeting you, even if I didn't know it was you! ( I really need to get out more, how embarrassing!) I plan to buy this line of fabric, it's the least I can do! (smile)
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts also had a very inspiring booth.
That quilt on the ladder is going to be in her next book. I wrote down the name of the book but lost it before I got home. But I'm sure once it's released we'll all know the name. I've always wanted to make a quilt using that Virginia Reel block. I think this one looks like Virginia Reel on steroids or Medusa's head. And I don't mean that in a negative way, I love it. I think it could have several different looks depending on the fabric and the placement of the fabric.
Edyta did some great demo's and the one she did to make this star block inspired me to buy the pattern, and it comes with a template. I hope to give it a try soon. It sure looked easy when Edyta made it.
Now for some pictures of some things that maybe you've not seen before.
This is Lucy in a Hurry by Cherry Pie Designs. You can check out all their patterns here. This pattern is based on the Lucy Boston pattern but is supposed to be made easier using their method.
These cute stockings are 6 inches wide by 14 inches long.
This pattern is for a wall hanging. During the majority of the year it looks like a normal patchwork quilt, but for Christmas it turns into an advent calendar!
Somerset Patchwork, they are probably most known for their Mrs. Billings pattern.
This pattern is Star a Day. These stars are hand pieced and finish at 3 inches. I guess you would only want to make one a day!
Two booths had great patterns but did not allow pictures, and I respect that, and I won't copy their website pictures here. But I hope you'll go check out Esch House Quilts, Holiday Sweater was my favorite pattern, and Under the Garden Moon, where I liked Simply Dashing and Cobblestones. Cobblestones will be available sometime in June.
A couple of other areas where I spent a great deal of time were the Martingale and C&T Publishing booths. They each had all their latest quilt books out where you browse to your heart's content. Since I don't have a local quilt shop I'm usually looking at books through Amazon. It was such a treat to get to see what was available and drool over every page in the book, not just a few. I made a list of books that I would like to add to my library.
Being able to attend market reminded me how vast and varied our quilting community is. I'm so happy I got to see familiar products up close and personal and be introduced to new ones.
The big buzz at market was the new fabric lines being introduced by Cotton and Steel. They are a division of RJR Fabrics and consists of a group of 5 designers. It is my understanding that each designer has their own fabric line, but that all of the fabrics from Cotton and Steel and each designer play well together and also share a common solid line of fabrics.
I heard the Cotton and Steel fabric at sample spree was gone in an instant. And while I, like most of you, will be waiting for this fabric to start hitting store shelves before I can own any, I was at least able to pick up a Cotton and Steel tote bag.
So this is my final market giveaway. To enter please leave a comment on this post telling me what quilt is on the top of your To Do List, pattern and or fabric. I always love hearing what you're planning to make next. This giveaway will run through the end of day Saturday, May 31st. Please leave a way for me to contact you if your name is drawn.