Sunday, May 24, 2015

Quilt Market in Minneapolis--A Quick Peek

The preparation for Quilt Market is always a bit of a stressful time, mixed with moments of "Aha!" and downright fun! This wonderful little pattern was created by a genius designer in England. If you want to know more about her, and download the pattern for yourself, go to this link: I made this one for the Marcus Fabrics booth at Quilt Market. It features their newest line of Aunt Grace vintage 1930's fabrics.

Jeannie made her pattern to fit her own sewing machine. I made this one a little longer, to fit my Bernina. The idea is so cute, though, I am making two more--one for a gift, and one for a sample to teach the class at the Fall Retreat at Dave's Bernina, St. George, Utah (and to cover my own machine when it is all finished).

This is the Christmas section of the Marcus booth. The little mini-quilt tree patterns will be featured in the July post on the Marcus Fabrics website. The little tree has cones I stitched together, and hung on the tree with a double-satin ribbon. I filled each cone with a red silk hydrangea.

Note the darling little rug at the base of the quilt. It is clothesline (not plastic-covered) wrapped with strips of fabric, stitched together on a sewing machine with a zigzag stitch (size 18 needle). Note the little fabric collage in the upper right side of the quilt--a genius girl named Sydney created this!

Check out the bright Amish quilt! Brilliant and beautiful! I created the little wool chicken quilt on the right--embellished Marcus bright wools with hand-dyed wool roving (with the Clover felting tool). Those of you who know me well know that I used to have a terrible fear of live chickens--based on an attack by a mama hen when I was 4 or 5 years old--and making fabric chickens seems to be part of my therapy. Ha ha. The beautiful jacket and skirt were made by Meredith, a friend from Dave's Bernina.

Marcus features fabrics copied from museum prints--their appeal to traditional quilters is very strong. The designers who created these beautiful quilts are talented women. You can see more of this sort of thing on the Marcus website!

I made this little wool pillow with some of the new brights--I machine embellished the edges of the wool shapes with my amazing Bernina machine. I always use Aurifil thread. This stuff is the best thread I have ever used--wonderful, clean, strong Italian thread. When they brag about their suits, shoes, etc., the Italians should definitely be proud of this product!!!!

Now, just look at this little vignette! These are just so appealing to me! Love the hexagonal quilt--and the fleur de lis 'birds' quilt spilling out of the antique frame! The 'bird' quilt was created by my cousin, Christine Echols--a quilt designer and long-arm quilter from St. George (Crab Apple Quilts).

The little dresses are from Violette Fields Threads. Love their designs!

Another fab quilt from Chistine Echols. Talented and modest Pati made the dresses. She could out-sew us all!

Now, I spent the first two days at the Marcus Booth helping Pati put the booth together, but I spent a great deal of time afterward walking the show and visiting Vanessa at her booth in the Moda Fabrics area. This Gooseberry line is Vanessa's second line, and her butterfly quilt is AMAZING!!!!! It turned out to be her number one pattern hit of Quilt Market (and that didn't surprise her proud Mama).

This booth had some wonderful modern quilts, in beautiful colors. I find myself drawn to these colorful places. Good displays always pique my interest!

Once again--the power of a good display. Love the little accessories, table, etc.

Check out the old Bernina in the corner!

Here is a display that I really loved! The colors of the flowers, the quilt--all of it just is wonderful! I saw the designer, and she looked like a teenager. I suppose that's a sign that I've been in this industry too long! Ha!


  1. Wow, everything came together so nicely. I really admire your work. You inspired me to become a doll maker. Thank you.

  2. Your booth looks wonderful, such a lovely and diverse collection of creations and displays. And Vanessa's fabrics and her butterfly quilt are really beautiful. You are a very talented family. And thank you for your kind comments about my caravan pattern. I feel extremely honoured that you showed it in your booth :)