I wanted to continue my look at some of what I saw at Quilt Market. It’s always filled with so much that it’s hard to capture it all.
1. USAUS introduced its Half-Rectangle Triangle Ruler Bloc Loc set. The tool has a channel that grips the seam line, keeping it in place so you can square up the shape accurately. You have two tools, one for left facing seams, one for right. Fast and accurate! Also available is a new book, The Block-Maker for Half-Square Triangles. USAUS also has tools for squares and flying geese. (In case you were wondering, as I was, about USAUS, it’s an acronym for United States and Australia, the homes of business owners and creators, Janna and Paul Thomas.)
2. It’s not even Christmas in July and, of course, we were seeing Christmas fabric. Riley Blake introduced Alpine Wonderland by Sherry McCulley Studio. The delightful 23-piece collection comes in three colorways and features an alpine village, whimsical trees, an advent calendar panel, other prints and textures. Also in Riley Blake’s booth was a black and white (I saw lots of black and white) QR quilt. It included five QR codes that you could scan that took you to Riley Blake’s YouTube videos and blogs. Also loved the chevron fabric from RIley Blake.
3. New from Art Gallery Fabrics is Indie by owner and designer Pat Bravo. The collection is a cultural fusion of designs from all over the world featuring exotic florals and geometric prints. Colors range from deep purples, jewel greens, blues and majestic golds.
4. J. Michelle Watts Designs introduced the Quick Ripper, a battery operated seam ripper. It’s fast and lightweight. And, if you’re a longarmer and need to remove stitches, it will work from the edge of the quilt in. Definitely a time-saver when needed.
5. Also making its Market debut was Quilty, the new publication from New Track Media, edited by Mary Fons. It’s tag line is fresh patchwork + modern quilts. And, it is.
6. Michael MIller’s booth was fun of color and fun. With its themed “Pierre’s Famous Traveling Circus,” the booth featured pachyderms (elephants were a theme in several fabric lines and patterns) dressed in the fun spotted fabric that makes up this 49-piece collection of big dots, little dots, starlets, stars and harlequin squares along with circle prints and a stripe all in bright colors.
If you saw something new that you loved at Quilt Market or your local show, please share it below.