For the trade only – Quilt Market happens just twice a year and it is ‘the place’ to preview the newest fabrics, patterns and notions that will be arriving at your local quilt shop in the coming year.
Like most Quilt Markets it was exhausting but very energizing…. The ‘exhausting’ is in the designing, making and preparing all of our quilts for display, coming up with a new look for our Colourwerx booth (see below for a couple of snaps) , designing and printing handouts and brochures, and the final step – hoping that it all arrives (including us and the quilts) in one piece to the venue and on time.
The ‘energizing’ is actually just being there – being able to view and or try out the latest fabrics, notions and patterns, seeing a vast variety of quilts all made with different techniques and styles, and lastly and most importantly catching up with friends and colleagues and meeting new ones. Here were a few of our favorites:
We were also thrilled to see several of our ‘secret sewing’ designs hanging in the Free Spirit Fabric booth and Quilt Gallery. ‘Secret sewing’ – meaning we were not able to reveal them to you until now because the fabric had not yet been released.
Which brings me to this important note: We get asked alot “….just exactly what do you guys do….” – well, aside from the obvious fact that we sell patterns for our original designs and make quilts (and we make alot of them!), we also design quilt patterns and make quilts for many well known fabric companies. Hence, the term “secret sewing”.
For example, a new fabric collection is due to be released in the next 6-9 months but the fabric designer may be a well known painter or illustrator and know very little about quiltmaking…so that’s where we step in….we are contracted by the fabric company to take the fabric collection and design several patterns highlighting that collection…then we are asked to develop one or several of these designs further by writing a pattern and actually making the quilt for display – it is great fun but it is also ‘top secret stuff’ as we can’t reveal to you what we are up to until the collection is released.
Back to Spring Quilt Market, we designed and made five quilts that were on display at Spring Quilt Market, and these were fairly “top secret” until about 2 weeks prior to Spring Quilt Market. Some of these designs had been in the works since January so it was mighty hard not to tell you what we were up to….
We’ll highlight these designs later but here’s a short preview of them hanging in the Free Spirit Fabric Gallery of Quilts. And we must give credit to our dear friend Teresa at Quilting is my Bliss – she custom quilted all of these and did just an absolutely fantastic job! If you see a quilt you like, then jump on over to the Inspiration page on the the Free Spirit website to download the free pattern – some of these are available now and some are coming in a few weeks or so, plus there are loads more free patterns there by other fellow designers that are super terrific, so check it out!
And finally – Colourwerx (meaning Carl and I) designed and debuted three new patterns which are now available at your local quilt shops – they are also available for purchase on our website! PDF versions of these are in the works and should be available by the end of June! (drum roll….) They are: ModCats, Mod TV and Mix It Up! All are super fun patterns and incorporate the slash ‘n sew method we love!
All in all, a great time was had by all and now we’re turning our thoughts towards the Houston Quilt Market in October (yes, October already!)
Thank you to all for following along with us, and until your next colour fix~
Linda & Carl