June 1, 2010

International Quilt Market 2010

I was extremely fortunate to be able to attend the International Quilt Market in Minneapolis last weekend. It was an amazing event with way too much eye candy to share in a single post. What I loved seeing the most, of course, were the many beautiful flashes of embroidery throughout the show and its many beautiful displays.

Here I am with fabric designer, new book author, and all around awesome person Melissa Averinos. Melissa's new book, Small Stash Sewing, features a wonderful project for embroidered unicorn and moon pillows. And whaddayaknow, that unicorn was at Quilt Market, too! (Psst ... as Nicole blogged a few posts back, the unicorn pattern is available as a free download on the Wiley site.)

Me & Melissa A.
Me & Melissa Averinos

I had the pleasure of meeting Alyssa of penguin & fish, one of my favorite online sources for adorable embroidery patterns. Her booth was absolutely beautiful and Alyssa was one of the nicest people in Minneapolis. I can't wait to see what she does next!

Alyssa of penguin & fish
Alyssa of penguin & fish

Feeling Stitchy's very own Nicole (of Follow the White Bunny fame) also made her quilt market debut. Though she couldn't be there in person, she was well represented by a preview of her upcoming collaboration with fabric designer Lizzy House -- a series of embroidery patterns based on Lizzy's new fabric line, Castle Peeps. The fabric is amazing, and Nicole's patterns are sure to be, too. My mind is spinning with ideas of how to use them in some sewing projects ...

Bard embroidery pattern, courtesy of Follow the White Bunny

Wha'? There's that unicorn again! This time he's getting snuggly with the one and only Amy Butler. It was amazing for me to get to meet Amy in person -- I can almost singlehandedly credit her with sparking my interest in sewing and quilting via her amazing fabric designs. She is as warm & lovely in person as you might expect her to be. For all you knitters, Amy was showcasing some of her brand new organic yarn for Rowan.

Amy Butler and Melissa's unicorn, courtesy of the yummygoods blog

One product that caught my eye was this sleek little LED lightbox, perfect for embroidery patterns and other types of transfers. I sure would love to get my hands on one of these!


D'oh! There's that unicorn again!

Unicorn picture courtesy of the yummygoods blog

I had a great time at Quilt Market, and though it was my first time, I certainly hope it won't be my last!


  1. wow, I had no idea you were a man. Awesome! I have now popped over and seen there are many people who blog on feeling stitchy. By brother liked to cross stitch, but has had to switch to baking because his wife finds him doing needlecraft... weird.

  2. Loved the pics. And that Janome at the bottom! Love the colors! I'm a Janome-aholic and would love to have a vast collection.

  3. love that unicorn! i have a unicorn stuffie on my sewing desk and she often sneaks into pictures too!

  4. Hi John-

    Thanks for blogging about your Quilt Market activities!

    As a vendor at Quilt Market, I do not always get out and look at all the beautiful booths so thanks for sharing!!

    That's pretty cool you let your readers know what went on!!

    Douglas Eagleson
    President, Kona Bay Fabrics


  5. I am so pea-green with envy. All we seem to have here in The South are boring, fuddy-duddy, old lady quilt shows. Sure, there is amazing work being shown but rarely is there anything new much less booths with designers and products.

    Thanks for the tour of what you saw there. And if you get your hands on that spiffy light box do tell us all about it!

  6. Indeed! I'd love to have one of those LED lightboxes... what a fabulous idea.

    Looks like you had lots of fun. I was in need of some inspiration of the sewing kind... and post (and your blog) was a lovely post to start :)

  7. Woohoo John! I just loved Melissa's unicorn - it was so cute!