I’m off to Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh in less than 24 hours! I’ve still got so much to do, but it will either get done or it won’t!
In the weeks preceding market, quilt shop owners are inundated with previews of new releases from designers, fabric manufacturers and publishers. It is fun to see the new releases, and helpful to preview some of what will be available at Market. I always go to market with a “plan” (although sticking to the plan rarely happens!) and so I pay close attention to new releases to see what I might find for Sweet Home Quilt Co. I thought it would be fun to give you a sneek peak at some of the new products I have on my list to see at Market.
First up, of course, is Moda! Not a lot to show you yet because they save the majority of the releases until we get to Market so they’re ‘fresh!’ As best I can tell, Moda has had nine early releases (in the last few weeks) and there will be at least 16 new fabric collections shown at Market! How’s a girl to choose?!?!?
Early releases include the latest Funky Monkey collection, Goodnight Monkey, and the new Shirtings collection from Terry Clothier Thompson, both of which will ship in July.
Also an early release from Moda is Tula Pink’s Hushabye collection in four colorways – Blush, Sky, Grass and Chocolate – I’m only showing Blush here but you can see the other colorways at Tula’s website. I passed on this collection when I first saw it, but I’ll be re-visiting it at Market. The colors are just yummy and it grows on me every time I see it. This is a follow-up to Tula Pink’s wildly popular first collection, Full Moon Forest (which is no longer available, of course!) including a new version of the much-sought after hidden owl paisley print. I know I won’t be able to get it all, but maybe at least some of it!
There are many new collections from our favorite Moda designers including a new Collection for a Cause named Alliance, new groups from 3 Sisters, Sandy Gervais, Fig Tree, Minick & Simpson and brand new to the Moda design team, Kaari Meng of French General fame! Can’t wait to see her new fabric collection! I usually see Moda first when I get to Market, but I’ve found that I tend to spend ALL my budget with them when I do that, so this time my plan is to scout out other collections first, and see Moda on my last day! Should be fun to mix it up some!
Patty Young’s second collection for Michael Miller is called Mezzanine. Isn’t it scrumptious?!?!? Can’t wait to see this up close and personal, too!
Also, from Michael Miller is the new collection from Paula Prass called Summer Soiree, which comes in three colorways. Of course, I’m drawn to the black, Manhattan, but the teal and pink are equally enticing!
Are you noticing a trend here? I think the winter has been too long for me – I’m craving bright and cheerful! But don’t despair, I may be leaning towards a few of the brighter offerings, but I’m still a traditionalist at heart! I hope I can be successful at getting a good mix of the two! You know me, I buy what I like and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t!!!
There will be many, many new books, patterns and notions released at Market, too. I’ve scouted a few that intrigue me so I’ll be checking these out for you.
Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka’s Treasures has two new books premiering at Market. Stop, Drop and Roll is both jelly roll and fat quarter friendly.
Her second offering is called Sizzlin Sixties and it features 60° angles – the easy way! I’m really interested to take a look at this book because I’m not a fan of working with 60° angles in the traditional sense, but I love the finished look; can’t wait to see her method. Take a look at Heather’s blog to see some of the projects included in these books.
Fast & Furious Quilt As You Go is new from GE Designs, and includes 17 projects – table runners, place mats, tote bags and more. I have so many customers who come in for help with the actual quilting of their projects, so I’m thinking these projects may be of interest when you need something done, done! There are several posts on Gudrun’s blog that show the projects in this book, so be sure to pay her a visit.
And lastly, I want to review this new block of the month from Sherri Falls of This & That called Cobblestone Lane. The info says it is a two-block-a-month design that can be completed in six months. I love the look of it, so we’ll see!
This is only the tip of the iceberg of what I’ll be checking for at Quilt Market, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this little sneek peak. I’ve got to get busy and finish up my to do list – Payroll (!), hang some new samples, packing, errands, oh man! I’ve gotta get busy.
I will try my best to post from Market, but rest assured there will be lots of pictures and stories to share when I get back next week. Be sure to pay Mike and the girls a visit while I’m gone so they don’t miss me too badly! Wish you were all going with me!