The last word…

Not from me.  As if?!?

There are just a few more things to write about Spring Quilt Market and then we’ll close that book.

A few of you asked about trends at Market and I wish I had a better answer for you.  I didn’t see anything that jumped out to me as an emerging trend – like punch needle, hexagons or English Paper Piecing have in years past – and I think there are a couple of reasons why that might be.  First, I missed four or five Markets in succession and I’m just getting back to seeing what’s at Quilt Market.  And I’m a little slow to notice trends.


String-pieced appliqued deer – stag? – by Rana Heredia of Sewn Into the Fabric.  Whether it’s called “string piecing” or “improv” making of your own fabric, I did see a few things with this kind of technique involved.  This stood out – it’s so much better in person.

The second factor is location.  With the cost of travel, shipping and attending Quilt Market, many exhibitors only go to those Quilt Markets that are withing driving distance so something that seems to be very prevalent might only be a reflection of a regional preference.  Location also factors into how many international exhibitors are attending; meaning, if the Aussies are there in force, you will see all sorts of wonderful embroidery and stitchery, and plenty of very scrappy quilts with lots of pieces.


These confections are by Natalie Bird of The Bird House in Australia – also so very much better in person.

One of my other favorite quilts had embroidery on it.  I’m not sure what it was about this one that I loved – the mix of Reproduction shirting prints with the random setting or the color palette.


This is by Kori Turner-Goodhart of Olive Grace Studios Patterns.

The last factor is more subjective – is it a trend or am I just seeing the things that I like?  A friend and co-worker noticed that there was a lot of pink at Market.  I must have missed that, perhaps because I was noticing the aqua and the somewhat muted, retro-40s colors.  I saw quite a few quilts with big-stitch quilting but I’ve noticed those in past years too.


These two quilts are by Madeleine Roberg of Domestic Strata.  Everything she showed at Market was amazing – I went by this booth a couple of times.  (I wasn’t alone on that – lots of people fell in love with Madeleine’s quilts.)

Since wool and wool projects always get my attention, I can’t say with any kind of accuracy that there was more or less wool in Minneapolis than in past Markets.  There was a lot of it and it was all beautiful.


Autumn Time by Norma Whaley of Timeless Traditions – Norma also does gorgeous quilts in a traditional-reproduction-primitive style.  That means she combines different colors and styles of fabrics to make things that are original and just plain awesome.

Minis!  There were mini-quilts in many booths.  But there were just as many in Pittsburgh last Spring, and with the Reproduction designers and quilters, small quilts and “minis” have been around for at least ten years.


With all the amazing minis in just the Moda Designer Studio, this was my favorite – Idyllic Mini from Sweetness by Corey Yoder for Coriander Quilts.  It uses Corey’s debut collection, Prairie.  (The Bella Solids are 9900-97 White and 9900-178 Etchings Stone.)

The same goes for bags – there were a lot of great bags.  The one really good trend is that with all the great bag patterns in the marketplace, it’s getting easier to find a wider variety of bag hardware and accessories.


This bag was in front of a very cool quilt made by Mon Ami by Basic Grey, fortunately, it was also my favorite bag at Market – the Maxwell bag by Abbey Lane.  (Though we’re going to have to make one for ourselves in other fabric.)

There was a lot of “modern” fabric and a lot of Reproduction and traditional fabric.  There were bright colors and muted colors, lots of neutrals and textures, and a variety of weights and fabric types/weights.  But is any of that new or a trend?  I don’t think so, unless the trend is that “there is something for everyone” and new products are finding a place in the market.  (But what do I know, right?)

You also asked about notions – rulers, gadgets, tools, etc.  The coolest “new” ruler is one that came out a month or so ago, the Itty Bitty Eights Rulers by Lisa Bongean for Creative Grid.  If you like piecing “small”, these rulers are terrific as they’re small and come with clear, easy to read 1/8″ markings.

Scissors.  It seems like there were 157 different styles or types of new scissors being shown.  The most interesting to me were the angled “table-top” scissors by Fiskars.  The blade and handle are angled so that you can slide the scissor blades along the table for easier  cutting while still holding your hand at a natural angle.  This is the Razoredge 9″ Tabletop Scissor – there are three different sizes, and then three sizes of the Easy Action model which has the same off-set angle.

Fiskars 9-inch Tabletop Scissors

They look weird, don’t they?

After the needle-companies collaborated to make the eyes of needles smaller, and therefore harder for me to see, I am always on the look-out for a good needle-threader.  So when I heard that the folks that make the Hiroshima-Tulip needles had a new threader designed to use with their super-tiny-eyed needles, I went looking for it.


This is the Suitto Needle Threader by Tulip.  Is it any different than the cute needle-threader by Clover?  For most needles, there isn’t much difference.  But for the very fine Tulip needles, this one works far better as it was designed for use with the Tulip needles.

Clover has finally come out with a new little iron – the Wedge Iron – to replace the much-loved, much-missed craft iron they discontinued several years ago.  It’s not that there aren’t other small travel-sized irons, it’s that the Clover iron had a sharp point that made it particularly good for prepping applique work for the non-needle-turn applique folks.  (Aka “the Barbarians” to some needle-turn – and back-basting – applique afficionados.)


Clover Wedge Iron

The other Clover tool that several people were talking about and looking for were some new bodkins.  It’s that thing you can use to thread a drawstring or elastic through a casing.  Think of it as a really long, thin safety pin – that’s what most of us use if we don’t have a real, actual bodkin.


There’s the Flex ‘n Glide for threading – it has an elongated eye for threading something thin.  The Clip ‘n Glide is for threading elastic that won’t fit through the eye of the regular bodkin, it grips the end securely.  And the Elastic Lock Set firmly holds elastic preventing it from slipping into casing.  While I don’t use these tools a lot, they’re the kind that are always great to have when you do go looking for them.

My favorite new notion is this one… it’s a rotary cutter that can be adjusted.  For what?  I haven’t quite figured that out.  But the picture of the Fiskars Adjust Handle Rotary Cutter with the instructions makes me laugh so as soon as it comes into the warehouse, you can count on me to try it out.  Giggles and grins, right?

Fiskars Adjustable Rotary Cutter

I’ll put Band-Aids on my grocery list now so I’m ready.

For those of us who liked and used The Angler, Quilt in a Day has come out with a similar type template for sewing connector corners, half-triangle squares and straight lines.  It’s called the Sew Straight.

(The Angler is no longer available.)

Quilt In A Day Angler




As for what’s happening here in Dallas, “life” is returning to “normal”.  (Quotes because I’ve not been around long enough to know what the real “normal” is yet.)

There was a lot of rain in North Texas over the Memorial Day weekend and that was probably perfect as it gave everyone an excuse to stay home, nap, relax, nap and so on.  And sew on!  (I did some of that this weekend, pictures coming soon.)

I’m finishing writing the new patterns while others are working on the layouts and diagrams.  They’ll be sent off for proofing and those “should” be ready by June 1st.  (It’s a “quote-y” kind of day, isn’t it?)  Everyone else is working on finishing up Market-related projects and going forward with the new collections.  Quilts have already been shipped off to different places for shows, photography and I’m not sure what else, and the deadline for the next catalog is less than a month away.  So once the new patterns are finished, I have to finalize a couple of quilt-ideas for the next batch of Frivols and a couple of collections.  There are a couple of magazine and book compilation projects to finish and an ride-along with one of the sales reps to schedule.  And that’s just me!

And then there’s that whole other thing that I’m not supposed to talk about it… it’s in less than five months.

But you didn’t hear that from me, right?


(P.S. Be sure to come back on Friday or over the weekend – rumor has it there might be some kind of Market-related giveaway.  But you didn’t hear that from me either.)

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27 thoughts on “The last word…

  1. Carrie, in a previous post you asked about what your blog readers would be interested in seeing from the next (can I say this??) Quilt Market. I think it would be fun, and informative, if you could share with us the type of experience that shop owners have. What do shop owners do when threy’re at Quilt Market? Thanks to this and other blogs and Instagram, your readers have a pretty good idea what it’s like for vendors and designers, but how does that experience differ for the shop owner?

  2. Good info, Carrie. I need to get one of those needle threaders. Love the tulip needles but, wow, they are hard to thread. On my to-learn list is big stitching. Laurie Simpson got me interested in it, but with the move and all, I haven’t tried it yet. Time to “just do it”!

  3. Do you know when or where the Clover Wedge Iron will be available for purchase?

    Carrie you are doing a wonderful job with Moda !

  4. I love your posts! Moda is such a huge presence in the industry, this makes the company feel a little less corporate and more personal.
    I’m curious about the Sew Straight tool. I use a piece of 1/4 tape in the bed of my machine instead of marking seam lines, but what are all those extra lines for? Am I missing something amazing by using only my little piece of tape? Do you know of any demos for this tool?

    1. When you use your tape to guide a square under the needle for something like a connector corner, it’s easy when the square is small because you can always see a point aligned with the tape, right? But what happens with a bigger square or corner? This is when this tool helps because it’s all about keeping the angle-alignment straight as it’s stitched. 🙂

  5. I am pretty sure I would love, love, love your job, but for now I am a pedal pusher aka nursery person selling plants…

  6. Did you see much in the way of paper piecing at Market? Also, Moda features their line of batiks… why is it not showcased more?

  7. Your posts are always “entertaining”. Sorry, just had to throw in some quotes. Margaret had a good idea, what is it like for the designers? Also what’s up with the designers not blogging any more? They rarely do, I even find my favorites are changing because of this. When they blog it sparks my brain to some fun ideas.

  8. Thanks for all the post-market info! And I’ll be back on friday but psst, don’t tell;-)

  9. Carrie,
    I am trying to reserve some fabric for your new VIOLA pattern. Can this pattern be made with a fat quarter bundle and additional fabric? I am thoroughly enjoying your posts. Thank you.

    1. A FQ bundle will do and you’ll have some leftover. From Farmhouse, I used FQs of the four green prints for the stems and leaves, F8s of 8 prints for the flower pots and mostly F8s for the flower prints. That means the flowers used a FQ of some prints and F8s of everything else. The background is my very favorite American Jane Pindot in Ice Cream. 🙂

  10. What a great, informative, post! I love gadgets myself. I want those new scissors and that iron! I interested in that new rotary cutter. I have heard it’s less strain on wrists. I enjoyed seeing the quilt styles. I have made a few bags but do not use them. Thank you for your blog.

  11. Carrie, I also enjoy the blog since you are there. Never really looked at the Modal website till I found out you were working there. Keep up the fun posts!

  12. All thoe new Clover notions are good to know about, I’ve struggled with elastics and casings for years! Looking forward to your next posts. And no, I won’t tell anyone your next show is in late October in Houston……..

  13. I’ve enjoyed ALL your Market posts. The photos have been great – really gave me a feeling of being there. Would you consider adding video? Short conversations with designers about their new lines, patterns, notions?

  14. I would love to go to Quilt Market just to ‘feel’ all the beautiful bolts of fabric! I would want to see every exhibit there.

  15. Thanks so much for sharing Quilt Market pics and new gadgets/notions. It’s great to get a fill for who designers are and what seems to be the latest at Market.

  16. United Notions has carried the Clearly Perfect Angles for years. It’s easier to use with more markings, a fabric alignment key and stays in place even when changing a drop-in bobbin (no repositioning tabs needed) as compared to the Sew Straight. In fact, Eleanor Burns used the Clearly Perfect Angles (see videos on her site) before coming out with her “version”.

    1. Yes, we have! And it’s a terrific template that I’ve mentioned before. I love it – and yes, I love that you don’t need the “key” to align it. These products were just the new-at-Market products, and several people have asked about The Angler in the past. (I always recommended your Clearly Perfect Angles as a “step-up” substitute.) 🙂

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