Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall Quilt Market & a Sidetrip to Galveston

I attended the Fall Quilt Market, held in Houston, two weekends ago.  I LOVE Quilt Market!  So much inspiration and excitement.  Always a great way to see what's up and coming, and what's here to stay (at least for awhile).  As I walked the aisles with my friend Linda, these were some of the trends that I noticed: 

Simple Shapes, Large Designs and Vibrant Color -

Robert Kaufman Kona solids booth
Robert Kaufman booth
sorry, didn't get the name on this booth
Ella Blue booth
Quilt at the In The Beginning booth
Quilt at the Riley Blake booth

I love these quilts at the Franklin Quilt Co. booth

Christa Watson's Charming Chevron
 (Christa is my good friend and she had no idea her quilt would be at Market.  Boy was she delighted when I emailed her this picture! Hop on over to her blog and read all about it.)

Younger Designers - 

Vanessa Christenson of V & Co.
Jeni Baker of In Color Order
Camille Roskelley (that's her husband minding the store)
Free-Motion Quilting & Modern Quilts

Lots of books on these subjects
Retro -

Quilting Treasure's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
April Showers by Bonnie & Camille/Moda
Bags -

London City Bag by Pink Sand Beach

 Scrap Happy Purse  by Crazy Mom Quilts
Ombre bag by V & Co. (to be in a future magazine)

Zipper bags at the Riley Blake booth

Colors that are hot right now - navy, aqua, emerald, gray, hot pink and orange.  Love the way designers are mixing navy with aqua, navy with emerald, and even emerald with lime greens.  Solids continue to be popular.  Using dark blue, gray, green, yellow and other solid colors for backgrounds give a project a modern, yet vintage look.  (What's old is new again...)  Other notables - dense machine quilting, solids woven with shades of the same color, ombre, chevrons and denim.  Something for everyone.  

My husband came with me this time and we snuck (sneaked?) in a visit to the Gulf.  We rented a car and drove to Galveston, which is only about 45 minutes south of Houston.

On one of the piers
We had beautiful weather that day.  One of things we did was ride the ferry to Port Bolivar and back.  Such a fun little ride - we saw dolphins playing along side and in front of the boat.  (Sorry, no pics of them.)

The only decent picture of both of us.
One of the ferries coming in

This girl from the desert southwest isn't used to the humidity and my hair was a mess the whole weekend.  : /  

Linking to: Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday
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  1. What a fun trip! So fun to see it from your perspective :-)

  2. How fun to get to go to Texas for this quilt show! Always love seeing what's new. Great get away for you and hubby. Humidity does that to my hair too. Thanks for sharing with SYC