Well, we are meeting in St. Louis! I am excited and a little nervous. This is my first Quilt Market. However, everyone has been very helpful and supportive. Today I attended Schoolhouse which is a series of short presentations (15 or 30 minutes in length) that focus on a particular new product or technique. Here is the Schoolhouse Quilt that I saw at the check-in table:
I have always loved the Schoolhouse block, so I felt right at home.
The next thing I needed to do was decide which sessions to attend. That was hard! I wanted to go to all of them!
I decided to go to the 30 minutes sessions so that I wouldn't run out of energy moving from room to room every 15 minutes. All of the sessions that I went to were great, but I have chosen some highlights so that I can get some sleep tonight.
The first session that I went to was given by one of my favorite designers, Darlene Zimmerman. She presented her new fabric line Windowsill Garden from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. With this line she has included two pre-printed embroidery block panels. One panel is designed for redwork embroidery. The lines are printed in red. The other panel is designed for colorful embroidery, and the lines are printed in the recommended color.
I loved Darlene's embroidery panel for Birds of Liberty! However, I love the new panels as well. I am in a real dilemma because I have not completed the Birds of Liberty panel! The required stitches are basic: Outline, French Knots, and Lazy Daisy Stitch. As she pointed out embroidery is the perfect travel stitching project, plus it is relaxing. I actually brought some embroidery with me to Quilt Market in case I had some time to sew. It looks like that is not going to happen. Darlene also discussed the history of embroidery. I found it fascinating, but it will have to wait for another time. Tomorrow I am going to her booth to see her demonstrate embroidery, A photo of one the quilts made from the redwork embroidery panel is below. The pattern is a free download on the Robert Kaufman website.
I also went to see Missie Carpenter present her method of English Paper Piecing which uses freezer paper and starch. Take a look of one her sample quilts. The hexagons are 1/2" on a side!
You may remember my recent post concerning making hexagon quilts with no Y-seams on the sewing machine. Well I enjoy English Paper Piecing as well. In fact, I am working on a Christmas Wreath made from hexagons that are 1/2" on a side, but it does not compare to the complexity of Missie's work. She is giving a demonstration tomorrow as well, and I plan on attending.
I also saw Kim Schaefer's new Brushline fabrics from Andover Fabrics.
They are beautiful! Take a look at a quilt that is from her new book, Festive Fall Quilts:
Finally, I took an hour-long class tonight taught by Morna McEver Golletz entitled, "Social Media Marketing 2.0 Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Oh My!" I could not believe how much I learned in one hour!
About 100 people signed up for this presentation. I was sitting toward the front. Many of my questions concerning social media were answered. We were even able to stay after and ask questions. I think that I will save details until another day, but here are some highlights.
Technical aspects were discussed as well: the use of member only pages on a web site, how contests can increase engagement, and how to schedule your time.
Well tomorrow the Exhibits open at 9:30 am, and I have a class tomorrow night. So it sounds like another rewarding day. I would love to hear your comments or questions concerning Quilt Market.
This post originally appeared on JANDABendQuilts.com.
I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.