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Fall Market Review

I had an absolutely wonderful time at market!  Well, really, before I even got to market… look who sat right behind me on my  connecting flight from Minneapolis…Roseann from Rosebud’s Cottage!

I’d like to share pictures and a few things that went on in Houston….

There’s never a dull moment at market and this time was no different.  Again, by chance, Brian and I ended up spending some of Thursday evening with Terri and Tom Degenkolb (Whimsicals), Gudrun Erla (GE Designs) and a couple other gals from Red Rooster Fabric.

Friday (the day before the market floor is open) kick-starts the action…

Twice as Nice; Quilts with Scrap-Saving Bonus Projects, my new book, was debuted at a Schoolhouse session sponsored by Martingale.

Mary Burns helps me show a quilt.

Martingale donated three books for the door prizes and I have to admit it was kind of fun to sign them for the winners.  The crazy part…I actually  didn’t get to look at the book before the presentation.  These three ladies saw it before me! It’s truly…hot off the press!

Book signing

Friday night, Laurie Baker (my technical editor) organized a dinner with authors that she has worked with.  It was a really nice time getting to visit with these talented ladies!

Back row: Eva Larkin, me, Laurie Baker, Donna Lynn Thomas
Frong row: Gail Pan, Kim Diehl, Rebecca Silbaugh

Saturday brought me to the Martingale booth where I was able to do demos on the technique used in the book.  By the way, the projects all use the Clearly Perfect Angles in a new and unique way!


Following me on the Martingale schedule was Kim Diehl and Laurie Baker.  Yes, the same Laurie who is a technical editor.  But, the fun news is that she co-authored a wonderful book with Kim, Homestyle Quilts!

Kim, Laurie and me at the Martingale booth

I used the most fabulous flannel fabric from Maywood Studios, “Woolies“, for the quilt To Sir, with Love and the bonus project, Head over Heels.  This pair is one of my favorites in the book and I was really happy when it was choosen for the cover.  Maywood borrowed it for their booth and they said there were a lot of comments on it!  Yahoo!!

Maywood Studios/E.E. Schenck

Early Saturday morning I was a guest at a breakfast sponsored by Bernina for the artisans and the media.  It was not only fun and informative, but I was able to visit with some people who I had long admired.

The 700 Series made it’s first market appearance in Houston. Here is my dream machine…


Bernina also had a new booth design. They are so energized…it’s contagious!

Bernina booth

Market finds:

I was able to walk all the aisle between events and I’d like to share a few things that I ran across.

This is my favorite find and I predict it will be a BIG hit.  Quint Measuring Systems came up with a new ruler design called, Reverse-A-Ruler, that you turn over depending on what color of fabric you are working on!  The lines are either black or yellow and are so easy to read.  They are so new that they don’t even have a picture of them up on their website yet, but you can find size information.


I had the privilege of meeting  Theresa at the Iowa State Quilt Guild retreat.  She has a fun new game (I got to play it last summer) called Trader’s Dice and a cute pin keeper notion, Pin Pals.

I met this talented lady, Gail Pan,  at spring market and we have stayed in touch since.  I’m happy she is now joining the Martingale family (she even gave me a sneek peak at one of her projects)!!

Gail Pan

Sunday night I was invited out to dinner with a bunch of designers and shop owners.  I had the BEST time!!!!! Partly because I sat next to these super talented ladies from ADORNit.

Georgana Hall,Carolee McMullin, me, Jackie Berryhill

Before my last demo on Monday, I had to stop by their booth to chat.  Can’t you tell by their smiles they are just fun to be around??

Ann, from Bunny Hill Designs was introducing new colors into her popular Moda fabric line.  She always comes up with such charming ideas.  I even got to sign her autograph dog… 


Moda always has a creative booth and this year was no different.  Isn’t this trailer cute?


And look who I happened upon…Ty Pennington! Women were lined up to get a picture with him.  I was just fine watching  🙂

Of course, it would be a shame not to look at the exhibit quilts.  They are truly amazing!  I did not see every quilt because of time constraints, but here are a few that I thought were unique.  If there is a close-up, really pay attention to the details.  WOW!

Applique, ruching and quilting details.

“Emily” Kathi Carter

“Present” Toshiko Matsuo

All done by hand including corded trapunto.

“ElaTEd” Ted Storm (Delftware inspired)

“Flowers in My Heart” Noriko Kido

“Baltimore 2011” Yoriko Kawasaki

“Creation Springs Forth” Betty Ekern Suiter (all done by hand!)

“Indian Whimsy” Deborah Kemball


Oh, and one last thing before heading home:  Stopping by the Quiltmaker booth to pick up my button:


100 Blocks; Vol. 6


Don’t forget that next week,  November 5-9, is the  100Blocks Blog Tour!!    My day is Thursday to show you “Holiday Doily”, so please be sure to stop back in for your chance to win some prizes!

Until we chat again (next week),






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  2. janita says:

    It all Looks delightful. Enjoyed all the photos and especially wishing that the cute little camper were mine. I enjoy Gail Pan’s creations. I have been following her the last year. Yea for the new book being released! That must feel wonderful! I love Maywood Studio fabrics. I imagine your quilt to be delightfully cozy 🙂 Thanks for sharing the fun. Janita

  3. Lois Rogness says:

    Fun Stuff, thanks for sharing!

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