I’m just getting back to blogging and writing a quick recap of our splendid time at the October Houston Quilt Market. Truth be told – we’ve been just a tad busy around here lately….having spent the last month closing down our brick and mortar store, Linderella’s Quilt Works, and wrapping up a few odd ends here and there, Colourwerx blogging had to take a back seat to everything else (and yes, – I realize I am a year between blog posts, but hey-who’s counting, right?)
Anyway, back to Houston….We had a single booth space just a few spots away from one of our favorite fabric companies, Free Spirit Fabrics. It was a great spot and so much fun to be just “down the block” from some of our favorite people like Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Heather Bailey.
As usual, Carl did a great job designing the booth. Like our previous booth at Houston (which I blogged about in “Colourwerx & Quilt Market”), Carl redesigned the 3-tiered truss system from a lightweight, metal EMT (electrical) conduit piping so that we could hang our quilts on drapery rings staggered apart for optimum viewing. The big advantage we had this year was driving to Houston, which meant we could take the entirety of the booth – piping, rugs, decor, displays and tables all in the car and all ready for set up in a day without having to leave the convention center. It was great! and a big relief to know that we had everything we needed packed and ready to go when we got there. The car was a bit cramped though and due to the 10 foot pipe extending from the front window shield to the back, I was resigned to the back seat for the ride-check out the photo to the right for my view for 16 hours there and back again! It was spacious but still in the back.
Carl also designed this nifty display table which was the talk of market…the table was a glass topped-metal bookcase purchased from Ikea -he added a cheap metal curtain rod with metal tie backs (bought at Walmart) and created a hanging rod on the front, perfect for displaying a quilt – what a genius!. Then our friend Nancy at Shutterbug Graphix installed the Colourwerx vinyl letters on the glass top which Carl highlighted with a row of bright LED lights…it was all very theatrical looking and splendid.
We debuted two new designs – “Mod Dog” and “Splendor” – both patterns are now available for purchase at your local quilt shops or on our website. “Mod Dog” was a huge success and was clearly the favorite of of all of our designs by the shop owners. We’ll also be blogging about these new designs and others soon – so stay tuned!
An additional thrill was to have one have one of our commissioned designs featured in the Free Spirit Fabrics Quilt Gallery. This was such an honor as this was a special exhibit set up by Free Spirit Fabrics to showcase new fabric collections with accompanying quilts (which will be offered as free patterns when the fabric collection is released.)
We were asked to design and make a quilt for Nel Whatmore’s new collection “Rosealea. “Rosealea” is a beautiful fabric collection chocked full of vintage cottage roses reminiscent of English countrysides. To the left is our design titled “Roundabout”. Carl designed this in the software program called, Electric Quilt 7 – I paper pieced it and Teresa from Quilting is my Bliss, did a magnificent job free motion machine quilting it! If you’d like a copy of the pattern you can download it for free on the Coats Crafts website.
There were a dozen or so other quilts featured in the Free Spirit Gallery too – some of our other favorite designs were Laura Heine’s The Dress, Tula Pink’s Designer Essential Solid, Kaffe Fassett’s Artisan and Anna Marie Horner’s Loominous.
And of course while we were away our trusty office manager kept a keen eye on all the activities at home. All in all, quilt market is always so much fun and we are now looking ahead to Spring Market in St. Louie!
Until your next colour fix~
Linda & Carl