International Quilt Market, Houston 2013 #2

Quilt Market may be overwhelming. The George Brown Convention Center is huge and there were over 700 booths. I know I didn’t see them all as I was eager to see the quilt exhibits too and there wasn’t enough time to do it all. Here’s a sampling of some of the booths that I particularly enjoyed for a variety of reasons.

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There was such an array of colorful threads at the Superior Threads booth with all the bobbins neatly lined up. The Be Colorful booth with Jacqueline de Jonge’s wonderful quilts was a real eye-catcher. I admire her geometric patterns as well as the vibrant colors.

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This Fairfield tower of sculpted batting was cleverly designed. Once again as in Portland, Micheal Miller Fabrics decorated a booth beautifully this time in elegant blue and white.

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There was much buzz about Andover’s new line of Downton Abbey fabric. On the day of the Schoolhouse presentations, they unveiled this new fabric line and 1,500 people attended! They have a design named for each of the Downton ladies. The quilt in the background of both pictures was made by President, Nancy Dill. I’m sure this fabric will hit the shelves in many quilt shops very soon.

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Anthology Fabrics had their amazing quilt canopy over their booth and many attractive quilts making the booth very inviting. The star quilt was particularly striking.

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Jordan Fabrics had a wonderful display of table runners/bed toppers and it was inspiring to see. I enjoyed reconnecting with Mary and Joe Koval at their antique quilt booth. About 10 years ago, I purchased a lovely antique blue and white Bear’s Paw quilt from them which I have upstairs over the banisters in my house. They always have some real treasures. The backdrop quilt is silk from Pennsylvania and dated between 1790 and 1810 – a truly magnificent piece.

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