Fall Quilt Market 2014 Wrap Up

What excitement! What fun! What fabrics! Today I will share just a taste of the quilt market experience, the wholesale tradeshow for the quilting industry in Houston, TX. It consisted of a day of presentations, 3 days of shopping and a peak into the quilt show hosted by the International Quilting Association.

Market-SwagThis is just a fraction of the goodies I received at market!

Day 1 – Schoolhouse and Sample Spree

The first day was schoolhouse, where fabric designers, authors and other companies gave 10-30 minute presentations on their latest and greatest. I was able to sit in on several of the Martingale/That Patchwork Place author presentations (taking notes for when it’s my turn to shine at next year’s fall market.)

20141030_dana_schoolhouseDana Bolyard showing quilts from her new book Imagine Quilts. We got to hang out quite a bit and get to know each other better over the weekend – she’s super fun!

carolyn-friedlander-presentIt was a full house when Kaufman fabric designer Carolyn Friedlander entered the room. I had to snap this action shot of Modern Sewciety host Stephanie Kendron getting pictures of the action! And yes, Stephanie is just as fun in person as she is on her podcast!

Sample spree was that evening – a time when fabric companies let attendees buy precuts of all their goodies on a cash and carry basis. I was like a deer in the headlights that night and although I was there to witness the chaos, I opted out of buying anything. I figured I would just order it for the store later, anyway!

Day 2 – Shopping and Networking Galore

Jason ModaJason kept track of all the precut orders we placed with our fabric sales reps so that we would stay within our budget. That’s very important for these types of shows!

Quilt market was not only productive for ordering loads of precuts for our business, it was a great place to network with many of the big names in the industry. I spoke with designers, editors, marketing reps and fellow bloggers and made connections that will most likely lead to future work in the quilting industry, so that was exciting.

Heather-AlissaI had so many awesome conversations about modern quilting with movers and shakers in the industry like Heather Grant and Alissa Haight Carlton. They have big plans for the Modern Quilt Guild and I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful organization!

That evening it was parties galore! Moda and Kaufman hosted customer appreciation parties complete with food and music, and the modern quilt guild presented a mixer so that fellow online friends could meet and chat in person. If you ever get a chance to attend a social media meetup, I highly recommend it. 🙂

Day 3 – Checking Out the Quilts

Show Farm Fabric QuiltThe License Plate Quilt, part of the Farm to Fabric exhibit hosted by Clothworks to showcase their American Made Brand of solids.

We took a break from shopping on the 3rd day to check out the quilts from the International Quilt Festival. Be sure to check out my previous post about the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many quilts under one roof!

Each year Interweave publishes a special edition magazine called “International Quilt Scene” showcasing highlights from the show and market. It was pretty surreal when I found out they decided to include my quilt “Spiraling Out of Control” as one of two quilts chosen to represent modern quilts at the festival.

Quilt Scene MagazineIt was pretty fun to see my quilt in the pages of International Quilt Scene magazine.

 Day 4 – More Shopping

We wrapped up our shopping on Monday, checking our lists and making sure we attended to all needed business. I can honestly say there’s nothing quite like seeing designer quilts made from designer fabrics that really get the creative juices flowing.

I will leave you with just a few of the beautiful booths that were on display. I have ordered precuts of all of these and they will be here before you know it. I can’t wait!

Booth Jen KingwellBeloved designer Jen Kingwell debuted her first line with Moda. It’s sure to be a hit!

Booth Kaufman 2You just can’t go wrong with Kona Cotton solids from Robert Kaufman!

Booth Pat SloanPat Sloan is definitely one of my favorite people in the industry. We got to chat for a bit at an industry mixer and I got to meet her hubby, too – aka “The Shipping Dept.”

Booth Zen ChicModa booth by Zen Chic – I love the modern vibe!

Booth Jennifer SampouJennifer Sampou with her latest collection Black and White for Robert Kaufman

tula pinkTula Pink‘s next line, Elizabeth is sure to be a hit. I love the throne!!

cotton-and-steelCotton and Steel debuted their second collection – and we ordered all the precuts!

It certainly was a great weekend, and I can’t wait to do it all again in 6 months!

22 thoughts on “Fall Quilt Market 2014 Wrap Up

  1. Victoria Carroll-Parkhill says:

    Thank you so very much for posting the Clothworks Textiles license plate quilt! Candice Hoffman did a great job coordinating that project for American Made Brands, and I was honored to have been chosen to send in my design for New Hampshire (bottom left row). It’s such fun to see it! Thanks again!

  2. Michele says:

    Oh wow! And more wow! I can just imagine how fabulous it all was. I do hope to see it myself one day. And thank you so much for posting the picture of the American Made Brand license plate quilt. This is the first time I’ve seen it and it is so great to see my block as part of it.

  3. Laura Belkin says:

    I’m not surprised that Spiraling out of Control was chosen. It is one of my favorites! Come to think of it, I am surprised as my pick is seldom everyone’s pick! Oh well, they got it right this time!

  4. Jeri Niksich says:

    I’ll be going this weekend, I don’t have a blog just a beginning quilter. This will be my very 1st show of any type I am beyond myself with excitement, even my husband is getting excited to take me & carry my bags!!

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