It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


It is the most wonderful time of the world. Quilt world that is, fall quilt market in Houston, Texas. It is when manufactures’ come to show, share, and sale their products with the quilters of the world. What will be the color of the year? What is the newest gadget or the best book?

Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics stated that Navy is now the new black. Olive is the green of the year and Sea Blues, Aqua and Turquoise Greens are happy nature neutrals.   Warm golds are the accent color. The Navy and Aqua looked very pretty next to each other.

I saw several fabric companies offering true Reds. Red and white, red with black or gray. Grays are still very noticeable. Pastels are widely noticeable but in richer colors not washed out or grayed down. Batiks are everywhere. Every company has a line of batiks.

Patrick Lose now has his own fabric company. If you are not familiar with his name, you are with his fabric. His line with Moda , ‘Moda Marbles’, is still a staple after a decade. He is offering a sweet collection for girls (of all ages) with flower motifs of pink, orange, and yellow with a ring of white around them, reminiscent of stickers. It is called Anna’s Garden. His blender collection of blues and greens are right on the mark. For the boys (again of all ages) ‘Let’s go Camping’. The collection has bears, fishing equipment and prints of other camping stuff. He has several other collections just as nice.

Lecien Fabrics of Japan has a collection by Samarra Khaja called ‘Geogram’. It is modern in print but appealing to all quilting taste. I received a door prize package (we all did) of 4” square charms and I can’t wait to use it.

One session featured new books. Several look great, C & T author Patty Murphy ‘Piecing Makeover’ has lots of tips to help beginners  and experienced. John Kubiniec’s new book ‘New Spin of Drunkard’s Path’ looks exciting. I have always liked the Drunkard’s Path block but he has divided and pieced to create new patterns and appearances. I wish I had thought of it.

I also noticed several companies making precut circles usually in 7” or 5” circles. My guess is for Hexies. Animal prints (not patterns) are gaining popularity. Besides the fox and hedgehog of last year, I saw whales, dogs, llamas, rabbits, and more. These prints are small, multi directional prints in primary and rich pastels that will work well together.  It will be an exciting year in the quilt stores.

Pictures are: Market Floor before opening morning, Patrick Lose and Carolyn Perry Goins, Samarra Khaja designing for Lecien Fabrics, Samarra’s Quilt, the Schiffer authors attending – Renelda Peldunas-Harter, Mary Kerr, and Carolyn Perry Goins. More pictures to follow.

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