International Quilt Market 2012 ~ Houston

Now that my October Series has wrapped, I’m ready to get back to sewing, gardening, and all the rest.

I have a couple of new tutorials in the works, another road trip to share, my fall garden, and lots of sewing.

Before I get to all of the above, I want to share the latest from the International Quilt Market in Houston.  Which I attended this past weekend.

This year I decided to attend the Friday Schoolhouse Series.  This is where many of the vendors do a 15-20 minute review of what they are offering this year. 

There were 2300 vendors at Quilt Market, so obviously, I didn’t go to 2300 classes.  But, I did attend a few and now have the inside scoop on what’s new in the world of sewing.

One thing I noticed this year that had been absent in previous years is the embracing of digital patterns.

Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom is now offering ePatterns through stores.  This is a huge step in a new direction for sewing world.

Why does this matter?  Well, think of a local sewing and quilting store.

Inventory decisions are made at Quilt Market. Now, these stores only have to carry a poster of Sis Boom patterns rather than shelves of patterns customers may or may not want to buy.  Good for the designer ~ good for the retailer.

That is how your local store will be able to stay financially afloat and still provide you with tons of pattern choices.  Everyone wins.

The other change I noticed was the embracing of garment fabrics.

Keep in mind that this is a Quilt Market, but this year many of the designers were also showing rayon’s, velveteen’s, and voile’s in their fabric collections.

This is HUGE.  I think it signals the resurgence in garment sewing.

Look for garment fabrics from designers like Amy Butler, Valori Wells, and Anna Maria Horner.

At previous Markets, the only type of garment sewing was aimed at quilters and looked like this.


I don’t know about you, but I’m NEVER wearing a jacket that could double as a quilt in my guest room.

This is more my style:

These garments are unique AND gorgeous.  Did you happen to notice the silk dupioni in the hoodie on the far right?  That’s what I’m talking about.  Cute, original, elegant, chic.

One of the best things about QM is getting to see the different designer’s booths.  Like the one above from Amy Butler or Anna Maria Horner’s below.

Lots and lots of colorful booths.
David Butler {Parson’s Gray} had a little something for the guys:

And one booth wasn’t a booth at all, it was a campsite!


But, hands down, the best part about QM is getting to be with your tribe.  Everyone speaks sewing.  Everyone loves sewing.

I made new friends like Sarah and Caroline.  Visit them and show some love.  These were the nicest girls and I am happy to call them new friends.

I also got to meet and visit with Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated.  Meg couldn’t be nicer.  We connected through both sewing and homeschooling.

Meg is just starting to homeschool; I am a homeschooling pioneer.  Hang in there Meg, it only gets better! 

And, she has some awesome new patterns.  Watch for this great dress pattern and her new Skinny Jeans Pattern.  No zipper jeans!

And then, at the very end of the day, I ran into Dana, who is one of my readers and pattern customers.
Could it get any better?



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  1. says

    How nice of you to take us along on this adventure. It’s all lovely, but I’m not sure about that guy’s jacket!

    As a “seasoned” home schooler–one boy just finished college and the other is now in grad school–I second that it only gets better as you go along. I wouldn’t trade those years for anything.

  2. says

    Hi Leslie, you even put us in your post. You are so nice! So nice to meet you. Can’t wait to see what all that quilt Market inspiration brings to your next sewing adventure.

  3. says

    I agree! There were so many pretty wearable fabrics and patterns. NOT the quilted jacket.

    I found your blog by googling “what Amy butler wore at market.” I’m trying to find a tunic to make. :)

    Also Lantana? Is that the pretty yellow bushy type flower I see around these parts? I’m not too far away. I love those! Your garden is lovely!

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