International Quilt Market May 2009!

We’ve just returned from a fabulous week at International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, PA. We spent a day in classes learning about the latest and greatest products, and then 2 1/2 days shopping the booths. Here is a look at our favorite finds & designs!!! PS. If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, I highly recommend the restaurant Eleven on Smallman Ave- delicious!!!


We started Friday at the show with my favorite find of Market: Vicki Payne! I attended her Schoolhouse Series class and learned all about her new line of Home Decor fabrics for Free Spirit. Did you know that she hosts a show on PBS titled For Your Home? She and her daughter makeover homes and rooms and you can see the transformation on her tv show. Soon you will be able to see the fabrics we purchased on the show as well. I am quite excited to set up a display here at the shop and teach you all how to decorate your own home with nothing more than a staple gun!!! I love my staple gun!

Here's a look at Vicki's booth, so inspiring!
Here’s a look at Vicki’s booth, so inspiring!

Our next stop was my mom’s favorite booth at Market: Primitive Gatherings. We walked by the booth on Friday and she couldn’t stop thinking about it all day! We had to go back right away Saturday after our appointments so that she could place her order and get it out of her mind. She was so inspired that she even plans to make some of the models once the kits come in!! That is saying a lot!

Primitive Gatherings booth!

Primitive Gatherings booth!

Our next stop was the Whimsicals booth where we admired her adorable quilts and projects from her new fabric line that will be in our shop later this summer.
One of the biggest trends that we saw at Market was the return of home sewing of clothing!! Our absolute favorite children’s clothing line was Oliver + S. The clothes are beautiful and the packaging to die for! Who wouldn’t love a lifesize paperdoll?
We loved this company so much we decided to purchase ALL of the patterns they offer and book a trunk show for July 30th -August 12th! The patterns are already in the store, so stop in and find your favorite.
Oliver + S Pattern Company

Oliver + S Pattern Company

Speaking of cool clothing patterns… we also stopped by the Indygo Junction booth to chat with designer Amy and her mom about the newest patterns. We bought lots!!! I am especially excited to receive the Zipper Critters pattern… so cute yet so wierd!

Before our Moda appointment we spent some time chatting with Pieces From My Heart designer Sandy Gervais. Sandy always has one of the cutest booths at market. This year they even had a real pumpkin pie! Her two new lines are fresh and fun as ever. Gobble should be arriving in the shop soon and the floral group will come later in the fall.

Sandy Gervais of Pieces From My Heart
Sandy Gervais of Pieces From My Heart
Isn't that banner adorable? What a great idea!!
Isn’t that banner adorable? What a great idea!!

One of the things my mom wanted to find more of was embroidery patterns. We hit the jackpot at Bareroots! We purchased lots of great new embroidery and wool embroidery patterns. Here’s a look at their booth and some of our favorite projects.



One of the local finds that we discovered was this cute pattern company that makes card holders for any occasion. So cute!

These quilts have pockets for stashing cards at a party!
These quilts have pockets for stashing cards at a party!

On the final day of Market we took out the camera and went on a mission to find our favorite designer’s booths so that we could show them to you. First stop, Pearl Louise Designs… each Market we always sit down for a chat with Pearl and the gang. We bounce ideas off each other and talk about our favorite finds at the show.


Next stop, Anka’s Treasures where Heather was working on her latest fabric line that will be available later this fall. You can see the awesome quilts from her newest book behind her.


Then we were on to Atkinson’s Designs where Kirk and Terry agreed to adopt me for the photo. You can see the quilts from her Fonts book in the background. Terry also has a new line of fabric that will be available later this summer… it is beautiful!


Across the aisle we found Mary of MH Designs. Her adorable paper piecing patterns have been in our shop for years. She has some great new patterns that we will have in stock soon. It is always fun to catch up with her and her husband in their booth!


Next on the list was Kaye Englund in the Wilmington Fabrics booth. We chatted with her for a long time about her new fabric lines, which will be here soon! PS. I am not the greatest photographer in the world… always blurry…. oops!


We made a quick stop at Seven Islands, home to Echino Fabrics. This is one of my favorite places to visit. I am able to find the coolest fabric that is imported from Japan. SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Look for this bird fabric soon at the shop!

Look for this bird fabric soon at the shop!

Does it get any cuter than this dress?
Does it get any cuter than this dress?

I bet you didn’t know that I could be Vanna!

See the strawberry fabric? Yep, that's on its way too!

See the strawberry fabric? Yep, that's on its way too!

And, saving the best for last, Alexander Henry! This was our final appointment of Quilt Market and we were able to chat with designer Philip for awhile about babies! Yep, not fabric… he has twin girls at home that are 9 months old so we were able to swap stories about being a new parent. I love Alexander Henry! I even named a pattern after this fabric line a few years ago. Every fabric image is first painted by Philip or his sister Nicole… not your normal fabric designers. You can find lots of their fantasic prints in our shop, including the one he is holding.


That’s it… we headed home and started dreaming up what we are going to do with all of the fabric and patterns and books and notions and gifts and everything that we ordered. Some of it has already started to arrive in the shop… look for new models and displays as it arrives!


4 thoughts on “International Quilt Market May 2009!

  1. Wow, that looks like so much fun. And to be able to meet and visit with all of our favorite pattern/fabric designers. What a trip! Can’t wait to see what you chose for us.


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