Although it was less than two weeks ago, spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis seems like the distant past already. Since we got home, we got the kitties used to having us back, had two sewing club meetings and two embroidery club meetings, finished two newsletters and almost got caught up with the mail and email!
My husband Dick, daughter Cathy, and my “other daughter Cathy” (daughter Cathy’s assistant ,who also helps me with the New and Noteworthy columns in the newsletter) and I all went to market. It’s the place we go to twice a year to guess at what you’re going to want us to have in the store, and spend lots of money on new fabrics, patterns, and tools. (Cathy said she only ordered about 1,000 bolts this time!) Although I had to spend one day in the hotel working on the newsletter to be sure I’d meet my deadline, I saw all kinds of projects and products to get excited about.
Here are a few photos.
This is Angie Steveson from Lunch Box Quilts. I discovered her at a convention a few years ago, and we’ve loved her embroidery collections. One of my favorites is Everything Baby, but her Halloween Fun Quilt was fun, too! Look at this wonderful one for fishermen! It will be in the store shortly.
We got Larisa Bland’s book, Piece in the Hoop, in the store a while back, and I was delighted to see that she has more than the book! She has a large selection of embroidery collections, and I came home with big bags of them for our embroiderers. Be sure to take a look at them.
Sue Pelland was demonstrating her rulers for cutting leaves or petals, and I knew I’d have to make a quilt from this fantastic new tool. I could only carry home one size ruler and the pattern, but we have more on the way. With her ruler, it’s so easy to cut dozens of these shapes, with fusible on the fabric, then fuse them in place for raw edge applique. When I get a few models quilted for our upcoming quilt shows, I’ll be starting a project with the Leaves Galore rulers. (59219) The Quilter’s Chalk Line will be a big help keeping the lines straight, too.
You can always see what’s new on our website by clicking on “New Items” on the left side of any of our pages. Our web gal, Cheryl, puts them up as fast as she can, and lots of goodies pour in after shows like this, so we keep her really busy!
(To find the item on our web page after clicking on the link, hold down the “Ctrl” key and touch F. Enter the item number in the box, and you’ll be taken to that item!)