Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Market Floor Maze

The vendor floor opens the second day at 9:30.  It seems like miles of exhibitors, all with more than the eye can see or the brain can absorb.

Jill had seen a striking quilt pattern in an Aboriginal fabrics presentation M+S Textiles Australia hosted at Schoolhouse. We sought out Aardvark Quilts to find the pattern.  Pam Dinndorf and her husband Pat were happy to show us their booth.   We admire her philosophy of "simple patterns - simply exceptional quilts."  Her upcoming pattern, Matrimony, is pictured here.
A recent issue of Quick Quilts Magazine has this pattern called Aboriginal Underground.

Our friends from Blue Underground Studios Amy Walsh and Janine Burke had lots to show us.
In their own booth we were particularly attracted to Rear Window, one of their newest patterns.  It is on the table behind Amy. (With the random blue object and the fresh flowers.)  Rainy Monday is hanging on the wall behind her.
Blue Underground patterns are also included in luscious silk kits from Brewer Quilting and Sewing Supplies.  The first is In and Out So Red and the second is The Gift Silk Collection. 

Our timing was great in Valori Wells Designs booth.  We were very pleased to meet Jean Wells who inspired our original Tuesday explorations with her book Intuitive Color and Design.  Our early blogs discussed some of her techniques and our use of them.  She was very gracious and supportive and we encouraged her to write another nontraditional book.  We were intrigued by Valori's large scale line of fabric, Nest, and the patterns she has designed to use them.  Their innovations in the industry are to be admired. 

The Robert Kaufman booth was inspiring.  Two patterns made up with new fabrics really attracted the eye.  The first is designed by Elizabeth Hartman and is called New Wave.  The second is Unfurnished by Ashley for Robert Kaufman and it will be a free pattern.  Both are very graphic and enticingly modern.  Check out their blogs and the Robert Kaufman site.

We were often happily sidetracked by fantastic purse, wallet, and zippered pouch patterns, clever and cute kids clothes, knits reappearing in clothing and quilts, felted wool embellishments,  and cuddly soft crafts.  It was a wonderful two days!
Till Tuesday.

1 comment:

  1. Those aboriginal fabrics ... any chance Quilting Connection will be getting some of these? Just catching up today, and eagerly awaiting the Flickr instructions. Thanks for sharing the market experiences.


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