I’m back….. in spite of having piles of stuff to do to catch up, I wanted to post my official Market Report!
I’ve just returned from International Quilt Market in Houston where all the new goodies in the fabric and quilting industry are previewed and sold. It’s a total sensory overload …but still one of my yearly highlights.
My daughter Rachel and I did our presentation on our new book, Sew Easy Sewing, and we were pleased with the response. This was her first time at doing one of these marketing/teaching presentations, and she did a fabulous job. It was fun doing the mother/daughter thing…..we decided we’re a great team! In case you’re wondering (right!)….Rachel is the cute, young thing with the curls!
Besides meeting with companies I work with in the industry….I do a little shopping too. I’m always on the lookout for fabulous threads and funky fabrics….particularly silks and foreign fabrics such as Australian, Japanese, and African. I was lucky to find a little of all of them. I’ll be using those throughout the year in my work. The way I shop is to purchase what I like for my stash of fabrics….I never go out looking for a particular fabric. I just rely on my collection of goodies because I add to it wherever I go. I just wish I had more time to use them…..I do get some enjoyment from just looking at them and fondling them, but it’s not as good as sewing with them!
Here are a couple of great new things I discovered that you might want to check out on their websites….
Bendable Bright Light… this is an awesome little light that fastens right onto your sewing machine down by the needle. It’s unbelievable how much more light it adds. Even though I have great lighting around my machines, I know this will be even better. You can see it at www.bendablebrightlight.com
Kaleidoscope Kreator 2.0….. this is a softwear program that helps you take one of your photos and develop it into a variety of kaleidoscope designs that you can then print on fabric. Believe me, I’m not a techie person and am rarely tempted by softwear (horrors, no!) but this one was irresistible. Even simple enough for me to follow. I’m going to experiement with using it to develop kaleioscope designs from scans of the fabric I’ve designed…..Check it out at www.KalCollections.com
There’s so much wonderful, new product to look at, it’s hard for me to identify trends. It seems there’s a little of something for all tasts from very traditional to a little artsy. I did notice a number of booths with beautiful hand-dyed wools for sale which is a change from a few markets ago. The deep, rich shades looked absolutely delicious.
It was also fun for me to see my quilt Once in a Blue Moon exhibited with the rest of the quilts in the Creative Force ’07 exhibit. All of the fabulous quilts that were on display were a treat to see.
And, of course, I could go on and on, but I’d better tackle some of these piles of papers……keep checking the website…our new book will be for sale there soon!