Fall 2017 International Quilt Market Recap
Whew! Market is always a whirlwind of Schoolhouse sessions, appointments, and running around the show floor (if we even make it out of the booth, that is)! We pack so much into such a short period of time, it’s enough to make our heads spin!
Even though it’s hard work, it’s also a lot of F U N! We LOVE catching up with our partner shops, giving our designers big ole’ hugs and high fives, and getting excited for the upcoming year with our industry partners. Here are a few highlights from Market weekend!
We kicked off the weekend with a jam-packed Schoolhouse schedule! ByAnnie talked about her Project of the Month program and showed off a whole bunch of samples featuring new Island Batik fabrics. You can learn more about available ByAnnie’s programs and trunk shows on ByAnnie.com.
Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works gave us a look at her newest Signature Collection by Kathy Engle, Blue Moon, and TONS of new designs and quilts. The tuffet from Tuffet Source and adorable Mini Mod Dogs pillows from Colourwerx were not to be missed!
Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis shared her new collection of bright, bold fabrics, Elementz, along with her newest designs (including her FABULOUS foundation paper pieced BOM, the Elementz BOM). She also gave us a look at the small projects that will be featured in the Elementz Blog Hop taking place early next year from designers Sew Many Creations, Bill Locke Designs, Swan Amity Studios, Fat Quarter Gypsy, Seams Like a Dream, and more!
Pauline McArther of Funky Friends Factory shared her funky friends with us, and we couldn’t get enough of them! Special thanks to our Ambassador team for bringing these cute critters to life for us!
We took a tour through the flowering south with Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios, who shared her lovely new BOM and passport program, A Garden for All Seasons and the five coordinating quilts, all featuring hew new Signature Collection, Southern Blooms.
Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots talked promotions and shared great ways to showcase new fabric collections in shops. Nan also shared her many quilts and projects, all featuring her Signature Collection, Northern Woods!
Four of our designers demoed their tools, tips, and techniques during Demo Alley, a new event at Quit Market this year! Jayme Crow shared her Boondoggle Ruler which is great for a number of Bella Nonna designs and fun fussy cutting. Jackie Kunkel demonstrated her Links and Curves Template Set and a great curved piecing technique. Kari Nichols demonstrated her Strippy Stars Ruler. Tammy Silvers featured the 30 and 60 Degree Triangle Rulers and how they are used to create the blocks in her new design, Cyclone.
NEW BLOCK OF THE MONTH PROGRAMS
We released four, yes FOUR! awesome Block of the Month programs at Market, each with a very different aesthetic.
LoveBug Studios’ newest gem is A Garden for All Seasons. The eight month program features fabrics from LoveBug’s new Signature Collection, Southern Blooms, and is supported with five additional quilt and home decor patterns!
The Elementz BOM (quilt on the right of the back wall) is a nine month foundation paper pieced program and features Tamarini’s bright, bold new collection, Elemenz. The paper piecing technique gives quilters perfect points!
Ramblin’ Star is a traditionally pieced eight month program by Quilting Affection Designs and features the Plum Delicious collection. While not required, this pattern can be made using Studio 180 tools OR Bloc_Loc rulers!
Bella Nonna Design Studio’s first Block of the Month, Hostas, features gorgeous green and white hosta leaves against a rich background of plums and is made with the City Culture 2 collection! The six month program uses raw edge appliqué techniques.
Ask your local quilt shop about these programs NOW! If you have a shop, you can enroll in any of these programs right now through your sales rep or by calling the Island Batik team at 760-602-0607.
THE PROMISE GIRLS EXPERIENCE
We’re thrilled to launch The Promise Girls Experience with industry partners Studio 180 Designs, Aurifil, Author Marie Bostwick, Canton Village Quilt Works, and Kensington Publishing. This is a new type of program for shops that stems from Marie’s latest book, The Promise Girls. If you’re a Marie Bostwick fan, or love to read and quilt, this event is for you! Ask your local quilt shop about the program and how you can be a part of it!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by at the show, and to all of our designers, Ambassadors, and industry partners for making this another successful show!