Category Archives: Quilt Market Report

Show Me the Booty

First up, is a little business. I’m a few days late announcing the winner of A Quilting Life by Sherri. If you’ll recall, I had everyone tell me their favorite cookie. If you didn’t answer “Oatmeal Raisin”, I threw your entry out!

Just Kidding.

The winner is Jen who said “Oatmeal chocolate chip are my favorites. Punk too. But I don’t make them often. I tend to go for the straight chocolate in the sewing room. No cookies necessary. :)” Send me your address Jen!

During my travels during the last month, I’ve done a bit of shopping and I thought I’d show you the results of my sins. From Quilt Market:

Thimbleanna: Market Shopping

That’s Sweetwater’s Road 15 in the back, Riley Blake’s Checks and Dots on the left, Anna Griffin’s Elegance in front and Robert Kaufman’s newest Cat in the Hat Prints on the right.

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I also got some Flower Sugar from Lecien (in the back).  We went shopping one day while we were in Portland, and I ended up buying quite a few fat quarters for an upcoming project from Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe.  What a cute little shop!  And ooohhhh — did you notice the cute plant markers that Brigette gave me?  She made them herself!  Thanks Brigette!

After market,there was the trip to Iceland.  Of course, I had to buy some Icelandic yarn!  In the back is lots of yarn for a Lopapeysa sweater.  More Lopi on the right for a little stripey scarf.  and I purchased the small balls of yarn on the left in hopes that they will work for some of Julie’s Little Cotton Rabbits.

Thimbleanna: Iceland Shopping

When I met Berglind in Iceland, she was so sweet and she gave me some wonderful gifts.  Among them are beautiful pile of fabrics and a new book, both by Gudrun Erla, an Icelandic designer who now lives in Minnesota.  I love them and I’ve already picked out a project in the Fast & Furious book that I want to try.  Berglind also gave me a DVD to show me how to knit my lopapeysa — how perfect is that?  I can’t wait to watch it and get knitting!  Thank you so much Berglind!

Thimbleanna: Iceland Shopping

And, of course, when I was shopping with Berglind, I had to buy some Tilda fabrics.  It was hard to only choose a few, but my resources were limited!

Thimbleanna: Iceland Shopping

Oink Oink.  I feel like a little piggy.  Now I just need to stay home and get some work done.  I have had some quilting time this weekend.  (In addition to helping TheFirstChild and SweetiePie pack their kitchen up for their move.)  I finished the quilt top I was piecing and I strapped it onto the Flynn Frame and started quilting.  What a mess — I’ve decided the older I get, the more I hate that frame.  Not sure I’ll be using it again.

Anyway, I quilted about 1/4 of the quilt and decided to bail out.  TheManoftheHouse and his trusty dental tool are very kindly helping me unpick the quilting.  New plan coming soon.

Thimbleanna: Unpicking

I hope you’ve had a good weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

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Quilt Market Part 2

Whew!  It’s busy, busy in ThimbleannaLand and I’ve barely had any time for blog reading.  I’m hoping things will get back to normal by the end of the month — and then it will be June.  Yikes!

So, back to Quilt Market.  Look Lookie — it’s the Lakehouse Girls!  It was so fun to see Ms. Pam Kitty and Holly again and we had a nice visit.  Look at all that PKM fabulosity there in the bottom left-hand corner.  I was going to say how much I love the Union Jack pillow, but I love it all!

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Here’s cute little Vanessa in her Moda booth.  She was swamped with people every time I passed her.

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And, speaking of swamped, there was no way to get a good, full-on picture of Ms. Ric Rac and her booth.  Everyone loved her adorable creations.

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What’s not to love?  How can you possibly resist a monkey on a tire swing???  (With a rhino photo-bombing the picture!)

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The. Dress. was the star of the booth though.  I Looooove that dress.  What a work of art!  Someone said that Jemma told them that the dress is very heavy.  It was so fun to see it in real life.

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And while we’re discussing Australians, I had a hard time leaving Jen Kingwell’s booth.  These quilts are fabulous.  I’m feeling a Steam Punk quilt in my future.

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I’ve always loved Anna Griffin’s sophisticated designs.  (It’s not her name, pinky swear.  ;-D )  The Eleanor line is just beautiful.

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And Anna Griffin has a new designer, Cori Dantini.  This fabric is soooo cute.  You will be seeing it again.  ;-D

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There was even a knitting pattern booth at quilt market. Deep South Fibers. Such cute knits.

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And a gorgeous smocked dress in the Deep South Fibers booth. With bees!

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And here’s my parting gift.  We thought these signs on the sewing chairs were pretty funny.  What does that say about quilters?  Hmmmm???  Maybe we should all post a sign like this on our sewing chairs — just as a reminder to get up and get moving LOL!

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So, that’s it for my quilt market pictures. Thanks for sticking with them and reading to the end. Now to get my sewing room cleaned a little so I can start a new project!

XOXO,
Anna

Quilt Market Part 1

Ok, let’s get this show on the road.  As I said in the last post, I didn’t get a lot of photos that I wish I had — it was just so busy.  Plus, in the past, I’ve always been helping Kellie, so it was possible to get photos of booths before market opened — without all the people in them.  Some of these photos are at weird angles — that means that someone was in the way, making it hard to get a good straight on shot.

So, off the bat, the Moda booth that you’ve probably seen everywhere by now.  All those leaves were so pretty.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market Portland

Moda did an interesting thing this year with their designers.  Rather than have them each have full booths, they had mini-spaces next to each other.  Here are Sweetwater and Bunny Hill.  What a relief this must have been for their designers — much less work in a mini-booth.

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Riley Blake.  Those chevrons have popularity staying power.

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The modkid booth was really cute.

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I love her new fabric — all those letters.  That colored alphabet that is third from the bottom in the quilt reminds me of an old Ikea print that I never managed to find.

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Mo Bedell’s pretty booth.  I think maybe she got an award for her booth?

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Heather Bailey did a fun thing with the wall of her booth.  This was a giant embroidery done with yarn. She also had real, live sod on the floor of her booth — can you see it?  I would have liked to see that on Sunday afternoon.  Did they water it every day LOL?

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This is a quilt in The Quilted Fish booth.  There were a lot of people at the front of this booth, so I had to take pictures of the side walls.  That cute little wall hanging to the left was made by Stephanie.  I was so sad that I didn’t get a bigger picture of it.  I’ll bet she’ll post a better picture soon.

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Another pretty quilt in The Quilted Fish booth.  And I missed the pretty little quilt by Jana – maybe she’ll post it on her blog too.

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This was an adorable booth.  Hudson’s Holidays Designs.  I’d never heard of her, but her stuff sure is cute.

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I loved this booth.  Busy Bee Quilt Designs.  Check out the famous Union Jack quilt in black and whites.  And I love that circle quilt on the couch too.  I need a quilt in those colors for our family room.

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Ok, that’s enough for now. I saved the best for last — Next time!

XOXO,
Anna

Back Home Again

Hello Hello! I’m back from my whirlwind trip to Quilt Market in Portland. I came back last night on the red-eye and got home mid-morning today. It’s been a busy day, so I haven’t had time to go through all my pictures. I do have a few pictures to show you, although it was such a quick and busy trip that I missed a ton of details. I had the same problem with my instagram pictures and I finally gave up on them.   Sorry.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in here and tell you about a fun little visit we had with Heather Ross. She’s Back! and she has a sweet new line called Briar Rose. Look at her cute booth.

Thimbleanna: Heather Ross

Here’s a look at all the prints in her new line. (You can see individual shots of each print  Here).

Thimbleanna: Heather Ross

This is my favorite print. Heather told us all about the little bees. She said she is the mama bee on the left and the bee on the right is her nanny with her little girl. Then, she laughed and said “I don’t even have a nanny!”.  I love bees anyway and knowing the story makes it even cuter.  Check out that stinger on Mama Bee — I forgot to ask Heather what THAT means LOL.

Thimbleanna: Heather Ross

While we were at market, I grabbed several fat quarter bundles of Briar Rose to put in my little shop.  This line isn’t due to ship until July, so you can have these prints early!  There are 20 prints in the bundle and they retail for $70.00.  I’ve put them in the shop on sale for $60.00.  They’ll ship in a flat rate envelope for $5.90 postage in the continental U.S.  If you’re outside of the US and you’d like a bundle, shoot me an e-mail, I’ll figure out postage and then send you an invoice.

Thimbleanna: Heather Ross

You can find the bundles Here.
SOLD OUT. Thank You!

I’ll be back soon with pictures from market!

XOXO,
Anna

Spring 2012 Quilt Market: The Fabric

Well kids.  Another week whizzed by.  I’m glad it’s over too — my travel is done for awhile so I can look forward to a little sewing and maybe clean up this pigsty a little.

So, finally, my last market report (I hear all of you screaming yipee out there!) — the fabric you’ll be seeing in quilt shops a few months from now.    Before the fabric, here’s a quick pic for Meredithe and all the Billings girls out there.  Just to prove their gorgeous quilt was at market.

Quilt Booths

My last two posts have shown a lot of the fabric that I really liked (like Sarah Jane, PKM, and those Riley Blake Chevrons) that I didn’t see at sample spree.  I didn’t manage to snag Vanessa‘s new color line either, but here’s a pretty close up of her new fabrics.

Quilt Booths

And look!  I was snooping around the United Notions booth and she has an Aurifil line of thread to match.

Quilt Booths

I thought this new Dr. Suess fabric in baby colors was cute.

Quilt Booths

Here are my sample spree snags.  At the Lecein booth I grabbed this line called Quilter’s First Collection.  I don’t like all the fabrics, but I love the collection of basics in the group to the right.  (No one does basics like Lecein.)

Quilt Booths

From Moda, the plan was to get Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille and Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater and I managed to get them both without being trampled by the crowd.

Quilt Booths

When you buy something from Moda, they give you a bag.  I LOVE this year’s bag.

Quilt Booths

It even inspired me to get the line of fabric that contains the bag print.  It’s called Odds and Ends by Cosmo Cricket.  I wouldn’t have noticed it without the bag (and the table cloths on the tables) but I’m sure glad I did — there are some very cute prints in this collection.

Quilt Booths

And that’s it! Too much fabric, as usual, and I have no clue what I’ll do with it. It’s sure fun to fondle though!

Have a great weekend. Mine is going to contain some sewing, how ’bout yours?
XOXO,
Anna