Several of the Quiltmaker staff were in Houston for International Quilt Market recently. We each had a different agenda—I got to visit with designers. It’s nice to reconnect with designers from past issues of Quiltmaker and QM’s 100 Blocks, but it’s also great to meet new ones and see what they’re bringing to the quilting community.
We started Friday night with Sample Spree—it’s an opportunity for quilt store owners and their staffs to purchase products before the show opens. It’s always a crazy time with people lining up several hours before the doors open.
Before it got too crowded, I had a chance to see a couple of our designers.
Lynette Anderson has had blocks in 100 Blocks, volumes 1, 3 and 4. Check out the cute slippers she’s holding!
Market started on Saturday. At the George Brown Convention Center, there were 23 aisles filled with designers, fabric companies, notions companies and more, all promoting their newest products. Here are a few of the designers I visited with.
Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts stopped by our booth. She’s had quilts in a couple of regular issues of Quiltmaker, plus blocks in 100 Blocks, volumes 2 and 3.
Celine Perkins of Perkins Dry Goods has been in a regular issue of Quiltmaker. Both she and Susan Knapp have had blocks in 100 Blocks.
Susan Marth has had blocks in 100 Blocks, volumes 2, 3 and 4.
Sue Daley had a block in 100 Blocks, volume 2.
Robin Koehler had a block in 100 Blocks, volume 2.
Sue Marsh of Whistlepig Creek has been in several issues of Quiltmaker and has had blocks in 100 Blocks, volumes 1 and 4.
Arlene Stamper and Melissa Harris have had blocks in 100 Blocks, volumes 2 and 3.
Debbie Caffrey designed our 2011 mystery quilt Secret Window and had a block in 100 Blocks, volume 3. And, yes, that’s a spider on her head. It was Halloween after all!
Jo Morton has been in several regular issues of Quiltmaker and had blocks in 100 Blocks, volumes 2 and 4.
Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs has had blocks in 100 Blocks, volumes 1 and 4.
Thomas Knauer designs fabric for Andover and we’ll be featuring his newest collection, Pear Tree, in a quilt in our March/April ’12 issue.
This is Judy Martin, block and quilt designer extraordinaire. Did you know that Judy has designed well over 900 blocks and quilts and that years ago, she used to work for Quiltmaker and our sister publication Quilter’s Newsletter? We had a wonderful dinner with Judy and her husband Steve one night. You’ll be seeing more from Judy in upcoming issues of Quiltmaker and 100 Blocks.
Whew! That’s a lot, and it doesn’t cover half of who I saw at market. You’ll be seeing more from these designers and many others in future issues of Quiltmaker, as we work hard to keep great quilt ideas coming your way!