For months, designers and manufacturers have had their noses to the grindstone in anticipation of International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh PA next week. This week they're shipping boxes of booth props, samples, books and patterns so that everything will be in place when they begin to set up their booths next Thursday. It's exciting ... a ton of work ... a bit of a gamble. Nerve-wracking. What if the quilt store owners hate all their stuff? What if everyone else has come up with something even better than they have? Lots of sweaty palms and sleepless nights just before market begins. I've been able to have sneak peeks at what some of the Minnesota designers have been working on ... thought it would be fun to let others see what they've been up to! Maybe it'll ease their jitters a bit. So ... in no particular order ... other than who's photos I come across first ... here's a preveiw of everything new.
Looks like we're going alphabetical. First up ... Anka's Treasures. Heather Mulder Peterson has two new books ... Stop Drop and Roll & Sizzlin' Sixties. If you guessed that the first one is filled with projects using jelly rolls, you'd be right ... but how about the second one? You're probably thinking rock-and-roll but really ... it's 60-degree angles ... only easier! Peek at the insides of these books on her blog. (Check out the adorable kids in her behind the scenes photos, too!)
Ok ... it seems kind of weird to show the back of a book ... but that's where the best picture is! Look at all the totes in Terry Atkinson's Big Bags, Little Bags! There's every size ... from small zippered ones to hold your sewing feet to the Bigger than a Breadbox bag ... some are quilt-as-you-go ... there are options too ... like zippers, pockets, different styles of handles. One is as cool as the next! (If the books get back from the printer in time, we might have them for the Govenor's Fishing Opener this weekend!)
Sherri Falls from This&That is introducing a block of the month ... Cobblestone ... at market ... it is completed in six months ... the blocks are big and you make two of the same one each month. We're taking pre-registration so give us a call to get on the list ... we'll call you with details after we get them figured out. Sherri has a bitty pattern called Nifty Notebooks that shows you how to make a cover for 3x5 notepads ... darling dolled up with rick rack. I'm hoping to see a sample or two when I get back from market!
In Frenzy by Debbie Bowles from Maple Island Quilts , every stripe will create an entirely different look. The design uses the line of the stripe to make a fun statement. No triangles to cut or stitch, just squares and rectangles create the blocks which will be different every time you stitch them together. Fun and no stress about matching up the stripes. Ok ... and not that I'm playing favorites showing two pix but here's another new pattern from Debbie ... she won't have these on her web site until after market and I know you want to see. Sidelines is easy for all skill levels yet graphic and bold. The four Sidelines blocks could create many different looks. Make it mini with the half sized blocks. You'll learn how to use a partial seam for easy construction in this pattern, too!
Oooo ... here's another cool one ... Fast & Furious by GE Designs. Seventeen projects including several terrific totes, some quilt-as-you-go runners ... all kinds of things you can get done quick. There's something for that bridal shower you'll be going to! Gudrun rushed us an order of books right after they came off the truck ... we'll have them for the fishing opener! Be the first to get your hands on one. (I know Chris and Deb already called dibs on two.) Gudrun has several other new patterns being introduced at market, too.
Look how great Four Patch Topper by Perkins Drygoods looks. It's one in Celine's Just For Fun! series and it uses the ever popular charm packs. It includes a short cut technique for making Y-blocks, too. It would be wonderful for a gift or to take along as a retreat project. Celine has a new book called Great Expectations, too. Four fabulous quilts with a medallion feature. She said everything would be loaded on her blog by tonight so you can sneak a peek.
I know I'm missing Linda Hohag from Brandywine Designs. She didn't get back to me when I emailed this morning ... but I know she has new things because she's part of the Minnesota Road Show. Maybe she's still packing boxes!
Unlike these designers, I won't be going to market as a vendor but I do have something new! Take a look at our Nesting pincushion. We've cut kits to have ready for the fishing opener this weekend in White Bear Lake ... stop in and pick one up ... or shop on our web and we'll drop one in the mail. I'm excited to see all the new fabrics and patterns the rest of the companies will have at Quilt Market. Hope you enjoyed this preview!