Today I just want to share a few favorite finds from Quilt Market.
I will start with a couple of products, and then talk mostly about what I love best, fabric!
First, I wanted to mention Hobbs batting. I generally use the Hobbs unbleached 80/20. It has been what I have used for 20 years, but I still learned something new about it. Did you know that it comes in bleached – and more importantly black? Just the other day I was wishing for a black cotton batting and a week later I find that my favorite batting comes in black! I also scored one of their wool battings, which I have been wanting to try for a long time.
Another thing that I wanted to learn about at market was using a double of batting. I had heard about machine quilters using 2 batts in a quilt and I got to feel a couple of them at market. I will say that two battings really does show off the machine quilting, but I do not like how it feels. It’s quite stiff and I imagine that it would be hard to sufficiently cuddle with. If you were hanging the quilt on the wall only, and were a fabulous machine quilter, I can see why it’s done. But for myself, I like to use the quilts and I don’t have fancy quilting to show off, therefore I will continue to do what I have been doing – 1 layer of the Hobbs 80/20 (or sometimes their Polydown). Does anyone else have anything to add about batting? I would love to hear what your favorite type is!
Here’s another little fun thing that I found. Have you noticed that cross stich is making a comeback? I did it in the 80’s and haven’t been tempted to try it since. But look at these cute things from Red Gate Stitchery –
I think it would be great fun to make one of these bracelets, or the necklace below. You can find them here. I thought they were even cuter in person.
One of the books that I found was this one by Indygo Junction. I like how they show one pattern, six different ways by changing up the sleeve, adding an accent fabric, etc.
I also loved their tunic pattern. It was also cuter in person
I plan to make mine out of the aqua fabric in the photo below. It is made by Art Gallery and is such a fun print. The other two fabrics are the new rayons that I saw at market that I wanted to try. These two are designed by Heather Bailey, but I also liked Cotton+Steel’s rayons. (All three were purchased at Hawthorne Threads. If you haven’t ordered from them before, they have a great selections of quilt fabric, knits – even rayons and denim.)
The coral below is some of the double gauze that I saw at market. It has beautiful texture, but my first impression is that it will be wrinkly. I will let you know how my top turns out.
Speaking of tops, here are two that I finished last Friday. Both are knits from Hawthorne threads. I will tell you more about them when I get some better photos.
And lastly, my favorite quilt fabrics from market.
I loved these shot cottons from Studio E. Studio E is owned by the same company as Henry Glass (who I design for). They also are much more beautiful in person.
You can see the beautiful texture a little better in the photo below. I would love to use the darker ones for some sort of block sampler quilt, with a grey background. (Hint – If you like these fabrics too, you should read all the way to the bottom of this post)
And – my favorite part about market – Sample Spree at the Moda table. You can have more fun there in 10 minutes than should be allowed. And as a bonus, what you purchase in that 10 minutes can keep you having fun all year long. How great is that? Below are 3 of the bundles that I liked. Listed from left to right – Canyon by Kate Spain, Hello Darling by Bonnie and Camille, and Tucker Prairie by OneCanoeTwo.
My three favorite bundles are: (again listed from left to right)
Farmhouse by Fig Tree Quilts, Gooseberry by Vanessa Goertzman, and Prairie by Corey Yoder.
Prairie was my favorite of all the lines. I love the cheddar yellow – which I haven’t seen a lot of lately, but loved in this combination of colors. It’s fresh and bright without being too bright. I’m also a little tired of so many pastels, and this is a little darker than that.
And here they are all together. I have never in my life bought so much fabric at once, but this will keep me supplied for my work projects for the next 6 months! Is really fun to know that the perfect fabric is waiting for me in the studio, whenever I have time to sew or a new idea comes to me.
If you would like to share in a little of the fun, I am giving away a fat quarter pack of those beautiful shot cottons – courtesy of Studio E. If you would like to be entered to win, just leave a comment in the comment section.
Stop back in next week to see if you won!