Reports on shows, trends, and more
Report: Quilt Market 2009
Better than expected, and
beautiful as ever.
by Elle Joos (November 2, 2009)
Congratulations to Karey Bresenhan and her team on their 30th
anniversary of producing the industry's premier Quilt Market and
Festival. As they say, "You've come a long way,
baby" since the show's beginnings at the Shamrock Hilton.
Celebrating 30 years of Quilt Market and 35 years of Quilt
Festival, Quilts Inc. produced a beautiful show once again with
dozens of breathtaking exhibits, including one of my favorites, the Fabric
Forest, consisting of two-sided panels resembling trees in the
forest made by members of the Groebenzell Quilt Gruppe from Germany.
Of course, the many wonderful new fabrics and products from the
exhibiting vendors, including 39 new exhibitors this year, also
provided great sources of inspiration. From the look of the busy
aisles and reports of various vendors, business was better than
expected and even quite good for many of them.
Colors, Fabrics, and Designs
Reflecting trends in fashion, pretty colors dominate with yellow,
pink, blue. and green. Shades of brown were evident in traditional
combinations, or looked new with green and brown as in the new print
collection Chirp! by Katie Hennagir for Robert Kaufman (www.robertkaufman.com).
Turquoise with pink and soft lime, and blues and greens together
in retro-inspired paisley and floral prints stand out in the new
"Love" collection by designer Amy Butler for
This popular designer now has product lines that include desktop
accessories, stationery and gift wrap, and bedding, in addition to
her fabrics and patterns (www.amybutlerdesign.com).
Heather Bailey's nostalgic floral and geometric prints in yellow
and green or with pink were exhibited in her award-winning booth (www.heatherbailey.com).
In Michael Miller's award-winning, gnome-inspired booth complete
with charming house trailer, trees, mushrooms and gnomes, designers
Pillow and Maxfield presented Whimsy, their first collection
of very modern scrolls, medallions, and stripes in appealing shades
of green, turquoise, white, and rich chocolate brown (www.michaelmillerfabrics.com).
Another great take on shades of brown was in the print collection
from Daiwabo Co. (www.daiwabo-tex.co.jp),
one of several Japanese companies with lovely, saleable collections.
For quilters looking for fun and novelty, Timeless Treasures has
the answer with Empty Nest by Wing and a Prayer Design.
Charming chicken motifs combine with clever quotes and phrases for
amusing quilts, aprons, and other end- uses. This company is also
co-sponsoring the American Patchwork and Quilting 1 Million
Pillowcase Challenge with a pillowcase pre-pack of 18 prints to
assist retailers in promoting the making of pillowcases by their
customers for charitable organizations (www.ttfabrics.com).
Another way to give back while quilting comes from Della Q with
its exquisite 100% taffeta silk from Vietnam; a portion of the
proceeds support Vietnam quilts, a non-profit organization that
trains low-income women in the art of quilting (www.dellaQ.com).
If your customers are looking for organic fabrics, new exhibitor
Cloud 9 is off to a good start with an attractive line of 100%
certified organic cotton printed with eco-friendly dyes. (www.Cloud9Fabrics.com).
For felt customers, National Nonwovens introduced its
environmentally friendly felt, XoticFelt, made from bamboo (www.nationalnonwovens.com).
Adorable pattern lines for children's quilts and apparel continue
to gain momentum, including those from PinkFig (www.pinkfig.typepad.com)
which combine fabrics in very sweet combinations.
Izzy & Ivy, another first time exhibitor and booth winner (www.izzynivydesigns.blogspot.com)
and Amy Bradley Designs with owl-motif quilts that can be
personalized with fabric photos.
Other cool patterns include purses from Ellen Medlock, whose
brochure recognizes the latest in communication technology and
directs customers to Facebook and Twitter (www.ellenmedlock.com).
From fabric company Art Gallery, Pat Bravo has launched her new
line of patterns for bags and soft toys using colorful, lively
fabrics from her line (www.artgalleryfabrics.com).
Notions and Related Products
Accuquilt released 12 new fabric-cutting die designs, based on
customer feedback, for its award-winning (Innovations at
the 2009 CHA show) AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter (www.accuquilt.com).
This company also supported the American Heart
Association's Go Red for Women Expo in Omaha, NE this past
September. Good work!
Clover always has innovative products. Who doesn't need the new Soft
Touch Thread Pic, a versatile tool for hiding or removing stray
threads which also holds projects in place while stitching – and
they now have new shapes to make with their Yo-Yo makers (www.clover-usa.com).
Prym Dritz, another company with great tool ideas, introduced UV
Sterilizer Wand and Travel Wand, to disinfect areas in
hotels, restaurants, and public restrooms. (How timely!) Also, look
for the Petite-Press Mini Iron with four temperature settings (www.prym-consumer-usa.com).
To go with the company's Bias Tape Maker, Simplicity Creative
Group offered a perfect accessory, Winder Machine; for your knitting
customers, the Electric Yarn Ball Winder; and seven rotary cutting
machine blades to use with the Rotary Cutting Machine. (www.simplicity.com).
Simply Renee, first time exhibitor, offered Clip It Up! organizational
products for fabrics, trims, and scrapbooking (www.clipitup.com).
Speaking of organizing, June Tailor, known for its innovative
products, launched the Quilter's Planner/Organizer, to keep
quilt project details in one handy planner. Also new is Iron-On
Glitter Glamour, ink-jet-printable transfer sheets, (How cool is
Colonial Needle – the needle experts have expanded their line
with Sashiko Needle Sampler by well known designer Pepper
Cory, inspired by the classic Japanese needlecraft sashiko. (www.colonialneedle.com).
To better see what you are sewing, new exhibitor Mighty Bright
featured a number of lighting and magnifying products including Vusion,
a combination light and magnifier with a flexible gooseneck (www.mightybright.com).
Fairfield Processing introduced the industry's first fusible
batting made with a special blend of cotton and bamboo fibers –
another time-saving product that is environmentally friendly. (www.poly-fil.com).
In a lovely tribute to founder Jean Barr, an icon in the sewing
and quilting industry who passed away earlier this year, JHB Int.
presented a commemorative collection of exquisite buttons. The
company also unveiled, from their Green Harmony Collection,
buttons made from Coconut Palm, from the nut of the coconut palm and
traditionally used for Hawaiian Aloha shirts; and Corozo buttons,
which resemble ivory and are from the nut of the Taqua Palm tree and
now used for apparel, home décor,
and accessories (www.buttons.com).
Mrs. Barr, you are and will be missed.
(Note: Ellie is president of Ellie Joos & Associates,
a marketing, pr, and product development firm. To contact Ellie,
call 908-459-9269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)