I was at the International Quilt Market this week, and international it was--there were vendors and quilt retailers there from all over the world. It was truly an amazing experience. The convention center in Houston is huge. Wendy went with us, and John did all the grunt work including driving, hauling our stuff around, and buying our meals. I posted a few pictures on Facebook, and Allison has put some on Instagram as well for you all to see. Many of you show so much interest in this retailers' event that I thought I would give you a bit of a peek into what we experienced.
Wendy and I attended a few early morning classes including Pleachet. We'll be telling you more about this handwork technique later as we perfect it and feel ready to teach it. We also learned more about using the Stripology ruler from Creative Grids, taught to us by the designer Gudrun Erla. That was exciting and there is much to share with you.
Schoolhouse was super fun. From 10:00am until 5:30pm we took thirteen classes, each one thirty minutes or fifteen minutes. With five minutes between classes, we had to find the next classroom in this huge convention hall. The Schoolhouse event began with a presentation by Aurifil with Alex Veronelli on how threads are made and the processes they go through. Now I see why the better quality threads cost a bit more.
Can you find Wendy?
There she is.
Barb and Mary of Me & My Sister Designs gave a great class on their new book coming out next month -- 12 Pack Quilts. We can't wait to share this with you.
One of our Schoolhouse classes was a presentation by Annie Unrein, designer of the ByAnnie bags. She is offering a bag of the month class program that we will be sharing with you.
Penny Haren and Gudrun Erla shared their tips and techniques with log cabin quilting and the Stripology ruler.
If you think all the beautiful fabrics and quilts you see at Prairie Point are amazing, you should see this place. Our heads were swimming with ideas we could implement into our offerings here at the shop. Let me show you a few.
Cheryl Phillips showed us what she does with the 10-degree ruler. Yes, we bought these patterns. This will make a great class.
Elizabeth Hartman has a new fabric collection out and new patterns. It's amazing to see the youth in her creativity.
Jenny Pedigo and her sister Sherilyn have new patterns out with the Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler®. Yes, I bought these patterns too.
Bloc-Loc has a new pineapple ruler. Wendy is on top of that one. Good for her!
Under the Garden Moon's Amy McClellan and her sister were there with Amy's Stitching Society hexagons. She made hers into a whole quilt!
Susan Marth with the Suzn Quilts Tiny and Mini Dresden rulers showed us what is new with her: a monthly program we will offer.
Remember Anne Marie and her quilts from our own Schoolhouse last March? She had a beautiful display. The last day we were getting tired.
Wow! Deb Tucker is a vibrant person! She can match Wendy in enthusiasm any day.
Moda Fabrics has an outstanding presence there as always.
Julie Hermann with her design company, Jaybird Quilts, is another young designer.
What new trends did we see at Market? Lots of new tools and techniques to help both the beginning and the seasoned quilter be more efficient and accurate in her or his sewing techniques. Young designers are continuing their creativity; so many of these creative ones are not even thirty yet! This is very encouraging for the industry. Wool continues to grow in popularity. Traditional is still in. Modern is not going away. There is so much for baby. Cuddle, double gauze, and clothing are everywhere.
Wendy wanted a picture with Deb Tucker; I wanted one with Alex Veronelli.
The entire event would not be complete without a few trips to our favorite grocery market in downtown Houston.
The whole event gets us pumped up. Our goal here at Prairie Point is to provide you with the fabrics, tools, and information you are looking for in an independent quilt shop. We are so excited to go to Market and find new things for you!