Reports on shows, trends, and more
Quilt Market 2004
Technology continues to make major
by Ellie Joos (November 15, 2004)
The International Quilt Market celebrated its 25th Anniversary in
the newly expanded Houston convention center with more vendors,
buyers, and extraordinary exhibits. According to Quilts Inc., vendor
exhibits were up 13% and preregistered buyers were up 14%. To
celebrate this special anniversary, attendees, exhibitors, and
teachers were also treated to "Silver Celebration"
refreshments and free admission to the always beautiful and
inspiring Bernina fashion show.
Here are some of the highlights of the new products and trends at
Darker colors were appearing once again with browns and deep reds
leading the way, although bright colors and patterns are still
strong. The Asian influence seems stronger this year, and wools and
wool felt are becoming a staple. Embellishments such as beading and
embroideries are very apparent, perhaps influenced by the many
decorative embellishments being used in read- to-wear. There is a
growing interest in photo-transfer techniques with new products and
books to teach computer savvy quilters (or the
not-so-computer-savvy) how to create successful projects. More of
these products were available than at past Markets.
HP introduced several new printers including the Deskjet 9650
to accommodate wide rolls of fabrics for printing. Also new is the
Photosmart 8450 with photo editing tools built in.
Milliken The Printed Treasures program of fabrics for
photo printing has been expanded to include peel-and-stick and
iron-on packages for crafting and scrapbooking.
Electric Quilt Printables are packaged inkjet fabric
sheets including the large format, 11" x 17"; there as
also a great new book for techniques and inspiration, Blending
Photos with Fabric by Mary Ellen Kranz and Cheryl Hayes.
ColorTextiles Color Plus Fabrics, printable cotton and
silk fabrics in a number of weaves such as sheeting, lawn, poplin,
silk chiffon, twill, and crepe de chine, and put-ups of products in
packages or rolls. (The owner of ColorTextiles had an interesting
background; she was the daughter of a printer but returned to the
industry after spending time as an Army nurse.)
ScrapSmart this first-time exhibitor has been in the
presentation business for many years and is now bringing its line of
CDs to the quilting market. Victorian Fashions is a
collection of 171 images from 1860s Paris Fashions and the new Sewing
CD features 239 vintage images for cards and envelopes.
Blumenthal Crafts Crafters Images features the artwork
of licensed artists such as Mary
Engelbreit, Sue Dreamer, and others; and PhotoFabric was
offered in 100% silk and three types of 100% cotton.
Home Arts vintage images on CD, with as many as 459 images on
Fabric, tools, and other necessities.
Janome 1600 High speed straight stitch sewing machine in
several models for the home sewer or for the industrial customer.
Plan Bee its always fun to see a new product developed by
a frustrated consumer. In this case, two quilters, Jessi Jung and
Connie Scharff , developed a fabulous, elegant quilt-planning binder
with everything one needs to organize her projects. It's being
distributed by Dritz.
StenSource introduced The Creative Iron, which is
fusible fabric art. The introductory line offers more than 150
Design Originals packages of bottle caps in gold tones or
colors; they were first introduced in the scrapbook market and now
are used with the most adorable little quilt projects.
Riri "Zippers to end all zippers." Wow! this new
exhibitor had the most incredible upscale zippers, including
sterling silver plated and 24k gold plated, velvet tapes and cotton
tapes that can be dyed or painted.
Back to Back Alpaca luxurious battings in 50/50 alpaca/cotton
and 60/40 alpaca/wool.
Kandi Corp. certainly in the right place at the right time
with wonderful-iron on crystals and beads, including Swarovski
crystals, pearls, etc. New are display rack programs in high-end
assortments and value packs.
EK Success returned to Quilt Market with its Remnants
Collection, charming adhesive-backed tags, frames, and other
fabric embellishments for the quilt industry
Gita Maria another first timer, with lovely charms in
sterling silver or glass enamel on sterling. (Note to Karey in
her opinion, from all of her 20 years of doing trade shows, this was
by far one of the most professional)
Springs building on the success of the art work of Donna
Dewberry, a program called Art to Sew features very appealing
"hand painted" quilt panels with coordinating squares and
Lakehouse not only was the booth, decorated with bright
Chinese lanterns, eye-catching, but also the bright-colored fabrics
were very appealing.
Free Spirit becoming known for its eclectic mix of fabrics
from the bold and brights from Jane Sassman to the Signature
Style collection of reproduction quilts. Another newcomer was Fiesta
by Terrie Mangat; this artist is inspired by Mexican and African
influences to produce a carnival of printed motifs.
In the Beginning Fabrics a gorgeous line, Kimono Art,
by MLiss Rae Hawley was inspired by her collection of kimonos.
The company also offered The Collage Collections, inspired by
a fabulous quilt from c.1895, Boston Pavement.
Olfa the company's approach to the show was to promote its
education program with great printed how-tos and more projects on
Congratulations to Karey Bresenhan and her entire staff for
another beautiful show and heres to another 25 years of
creativity and inspiration that the Quilt Market provides to
buyers, designers, teachers, and editors.
Note: Ellie is president of Ellie Joos & Associates, a
marketing, pr, and product development firm. To read Ellie's reports
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