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QT at Quilt Market – Recap #1

Well, a few of us have returned from Quilt Market in Houston.  The Marketing group arrived in Houston last Wednesday to set up and prep for our biggest trade show of the year!  International Quilt Market in Houston is an industry convention for shop owners to buy fabrics, notions, and patterns for their shops.  They come from all over the world and visit exhibitors like us to see our collections, network, and get inspired!  It’s a great event with lots of color and creativity!!!

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Above, see how color & creativity SHINE in our Block of the Month quilt “Festival of Stars” designed by Pine Tree Country Quilts and our “Stained Glass” quilt designed by Cyndi Hershey. Both feature our new Ombre Scroll fabric. These are just being shown at Market and will be available to shops in March 2016 – I know… “Patience is a virtue”. 🙂

While at market, most of the companies meet with peers and also with potentially new customers, magazine editors, book publishers and the like.  Our team has been busy!  We were especially excited for this market as we have a completely new booth!   This market was the launch of our new booth styling – hard walls with plenty of room to hang and pin quilts/fabric as well as a space for creating visual vignettes!

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One of the 4 Booth structures we now have at QT!

Speaking of vignettes, our licensed artist/designer, Janet Wecker Frisch had her own section that she beautifully decorated to show off her collection, Sewing Seeds II which will be available in stores in March 2016.

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And… if the décor wasn’t impressive enough, she and Jo Packham, founder of “Where Women Create” got together for an Issue signing. The Winter 2016 issue features Janet’s studio and gives a glimpse into her creative world.

That was just a snippet of Market, we’ll blog again soon to share more with you!!!



A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.

                                                                                                                                 Harvey Mackay



Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

Off to Houston Quilt Market!!!

We’re leaving tomorrow AM – it’s GO TIME!

The Marketing group is heading to our big Fall Quilt Market trade show in Houston!  We have two booths this market, one for our new brand, Ink & Arrow and one for Quilting Treasures, of course!  We’re super excited to get there and see everything come together.

We’ll be posting to Instagram and Facebook during our trip, so please make sure to check them out!   The links are on the right of this page —>  over there —> so if you haven’t liked/followed us already, feel free to start now!!!

If you are a shop/pattern company and are attending the trade show, please be sure to stop by and submit your business card to enter our contest.  Three lucky winners will win an exclusive interview featured on this blog!   We’re calling it a “Shop Shout Out” and it will be a great way to promote your shop/business, share your story and your love of fabric!

So, off we go!  I’ll be back next week with the scoop!


Wherever you go, go with all your heart.   

– Confucius


 Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

 

QT Quilt Market prep continues…One. More. Week.


We are moving & shaking!  Crates are being packed, samples are arriving and our fabric is coming in every day!  Next week is the big event… we can’t wait!  Here’s a sneak peek!

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Samples – Aprons, pet beds, dresses, pillows, Oh my!
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         Fabric and more fabric with some fabric!

 

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        Brian & Andrea (employee-owners/Marketing Brand Managers) are ready!!!

 

While our quilt market prep continues,  fabric lines from the summer are arriving in stores now! Here is our “Thimble Pleasures” collection by Dan Morris.    We just love the retro/vintage feel of this sewing line.  There are so many great thematic prints and coordinating blenders, what will you create?

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To view the complete collection, click the link below!

Dan Morris Thimble Pleasures collection

 



Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.   

– Arnold H. Glasow



 Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

 

And the winner is…

We are so pleased to announce the winner of our contest ending September 30th!

Dixie Hamilton’s fabulous projects win the prize!   Using  our Janet Wecker Frisch “Draw Near” fabric collection, Dixie created a bag, needle wallet, dumpling dish and thread catcher.  Great work Dixie!!!

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Pattern for bag/needle wallet/dumpling dish – Sally Thompson. Thread catcher – Free Internet Pattern.

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Here is the fat quarter bundle with strips we are sending to you!

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QT Cuts: Quilting Treasures Color Blends

Thanks for all your entries, we will have another contest soon – check back!


“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky


 Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

QT is preparing for Quilt Market Fall 2015!!!

International Quilt Market… it’s happening… in a Month!!!   The countdown begins and we are a tad busy!   If you are unfamiliar, Quilt Market is like THE event for shop owners to get together, get inspired and buy for their stores.  Everything from fabric, to patterns, to supplies and even software for quilt designing is exhibited.  It’s overwhelming, in a good way!

Imagine rows and rows of beautiful fabrics and projects and all the thread and accessories you can imagine in one place.  For us, it’s our “Oscars” or “Super Bowl” or “Insert big event that is both exhilarating and exhausting” here.  Twice a year, we travel to market and while there is no trophy or acceptance speech, the satisfaction of showing our latest and greatest fabrics and ideas while interacting with customers is our reward.

After Quilt Market, there is a Quilt festival where talented artists submit their amazing work to be shown off and hopefully, win a prize.   That alone can be so inspiring and I often look at the projects in awe of the time and passion dedicated to this craft.  The festival is open to the public, however, the convention is for shop owners and industry professionals only.

In the weeks leading up, I will make sure to include you in some of the preparations we are making.  Our fantastic team here is dedicated to making this a success.  We are like Santa’s elves!

Here are some pictures from our prep work.  While we work year-round, the months leading up to the fall and spring markets are nothing short of BUSY!!! I am glad we can take a minute to share what is going on with you!

 

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Fabric collections sneak peek!!!

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Fat Quarters are Coming!!!
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Look at these colors!!!

 

 



 

         Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a                  day in your life.

Confucius



 Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

 

 

Add to your stash… Hitting stores in September… Sassy & Devon from Studio8!

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From fashion to home decor, these fabric lines have everything you need to be stylish!    Which collection shows off your style?   

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Don’t forget, you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle by sending us an email to qtblog@cpw.com with pictures of your QT fabric creations!



Fashions fade, style is eternal.

Yves Saint Laurent



Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

September is National Sewing Month! Enter our contest to win a Fat Quarter Bundle!!!

Even though we sew all year long… September is dedicated as National Sewing Month!

In honor of this great month-long celebration of sewing, we are extending a special invitation to you.  Submit a project photo (or two) using QT fabrics to me at qtblog@cpw.com and you could win a fat quarter bundle of one of our newest collections!  Just send your name,  images, and a brief description  (including which QT fabrics and collection name if you remember) and we will select a winner by September 30th.  Everyone gets inspired and we get to see your unique creations!  It’s a win-win!   We will share your project here and on our Facebook page and Instagram.  Let’s show off your creativity!

Click on the icon below and learn more about the history of  National Sewing Month!   NSM2015_580x70



I got a sewing machine for my husband!  Good trade, huh?

– Author unknown                         via: http://www.quotegarden.com



Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!

We must ask you about your Stash!

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Let’s face it – we all have our fabric stash.  We will discuss this again and again.  I am unapologetic for mine – it is part of who I am as a creative person.  You never know when you will need that 6″ strip of fabric from 1978.  It’s really really really important to keep it,  just in case.

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 QT fabric stash…stock-pile…ummm hoard?

Here’s some of our QT stash… I was thinking that we should all take pictures of our “stash” and put the hashtag #MustAddtomyStash  Don’t forget to include #quiltingtreasuresfabrics Facebook is always a great way to show your stuff too!  Post a picture to our wall and/or tag us!

I still have fabric that is untouched in my “organized” plastic drawers, just screaming to be used.   Why do we do that?  For me, I know it’s because I want to be hit by the epiphany truck… just the right project for the right time…  You never know!

Having said that, here is the first of an ongoing theme to feature for our blog “Must Add to my Stash”  Take a peek, these collections are hitting the stores in September and will be a nice addition to your stash 😉

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 What do you think?… Must add to your stash??? It's a Ruff Life


If I want to calm down, I’ll buy some fabric, get a pattern, shut myself in a room and stay there for days, really happy. And at the end of it, you get a bedspread or some curtains or something to wear – it’s lovely.     Twiggy


Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!


 

Welcome to our very first QT blog!

At QT, we are dedicated to all things fabric and fantastic, all things that are Quilting Treasures! We are so proud of our heritage… did you know that we’ve been around since 1807…over 200 years in the fabric industry… WE KNOW FABRIC!

I’m Tiffany, I will coordinate the blogs that we post here at “On the QT”.  I will gather information to share with you and make this a fun stop for ideas, inspiration, and hopefully, some laughs along the way! I am an experienced textile designer/artist turned product development turned marketing manager. In these roles, I have designed the fabrics, helped turn them into products and all the while, talked about how fantastic they are… I am excited to start this blog adventure with you!

It is really something special to be part of a company that is so rich in history. I kind of get my geek on when I think about the many years of fabrics and countless projects that are out there because of this company! If you are a history buff, you’d love to see some of the great things we have in our library. Imagine a fabric swatch book from 1850 with production notes and details… I will definitely want to share that in an upcoming blog!

One of the most exciting things to know about us is that we are employee owners. We are proud of our history and nothing shows it more than the many long-term employees that are dedicated to making this company shine! We are constantly re-inventing ourselves, keeping in touch with the market, our customers (shops) and consumers. There’s something really satisfying about getting feedback on our collections! It’s a great feeling to share our passion for fabric and we hope you will join us to learn more about how we strive to keep everyone included in the creative effort. That includes our shop owner customers as well as quilters/sewers/crafters and DIY-ers who enjoy fabric and who want to imagine and create…just like us!

Our goal is to inspire you and help you find your fabric groove. We have a lot of different licensors and designers as part of our family of brands. We provide a variety of styles and genres to get your imagination flowing. There is something for everyone! We love fabric, we want to share that passion with you and hear about your QT favorites as well as your proud creative moments. Each of our brands was specifically developed to cater to different styles and audiences. Of course, you could love one, a couple or all of them! Our newest brand, Ink & Arrow is launching in December, we are very excited!

We’ll use this blog to feature upcoming collections… sharing what is trending and tips for how to make your ideas come to life! We’ll showcase designers and projects and ideas that can be passed along to other “fabric fanatics”.

We want to hear from you! If you have a blog post topic idea, let me know! This is what it is all about! Leave a comment, shoot me an email, we want this to be interactive and a place to collaborate!


“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have”   Leonard Nimoy


Until next time…Use QT to create something that is fabulous…something fantastic… something FABTASTIC!