QT @ Houston Quilt Market Recap #1

We’re back!  What a whirlwind!  Every year, summer ends and the anticipation of Quilt Market sets in,  and then POOF…it’s over!  We have two of these trade shows per year and this is our opportunity to share our newest fabric lines with shop owners, pattern makers, magazine editors, etc., etc.  It’s a great way to share our excitement for our upcoming collections!  Since this is an industry event, we wanted to share some of the experience of Market with you.

We had our main QT booth and also a booth dedicated to our Antiquities fabric brand.

First up, here’s our “Sneak Peek”  it’s a little display at the front of the convention center giving shops a peek of what they will find in the booth.  This year, we decided to have fun with yo-yos!  Who doesn’t love a fabric yo-yo?!?!?!?

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For the QT display, we featured “Bleecker Street”, a lovely little floral group featuring pretty and petite flower prints to brighten your day!  Just imagine riding your vintage bike down a cobblestone street in your favorite A-line skirt and kitten heels to grab a mochaccino with the girls!  This group coming to your favorite quilt shop in December!

From Sneak Peek to booth – here’s a few photos of the Bleecker Street display!

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Sigh… just lovely… we will talk more about this fantastic collection and our collaboration with Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Springs.  She’s one of our favorite designers who also collaborates with Aurifil!  You won’t want to miss that!!!

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Loving the pops of color and the geometric feel of these quilts & apparel.

Another important part of Quilt Market are the “Schoolhouse” events.  These classes present different topics to educate attendees on everything from using a new technique to building their business.   We were proud to offer our Schoolhouse, “I Don’t Sew, I Quilt”  which was in reference to the many shop owners who are die-hard quilting fans and, as a result,  may be missing out on capturing the sewing/diy-ing/crafting markets.  People love fabric and not just for quilting!   Our Creative Manager, Cyndi Hershey, and Regional Sales Manager, Sarah Maylath presented ideas on how to engage different types of sewists and quilters with fun projects, patterns and ideas.  It was a great way to share some of our ideas and experience!

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Attendees received a bag including a binder with class information and a selection of goodies!

Continuing the yo-yo theme, we had Yo-Yo Plinko!  Our Master of Ceremonies, Brian (aka, Marketing Brand Manager extraordinaire) brought the fun to quilt market with our game and great prizes.  We always like to share a little something with our shop friends who come to see our newest lines.  They had a chance to win fat quarter bundles, strip rolls, merchandise discounts etc., etc.

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Our friendly QT Game Show host!

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A shop owner taking a chance on a Plinko prize!

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Of course, we cannot forget our friends who also had booths at Market.  We wanted to be sure to shout out to them!

Our designers, Desiree Habicht and Janet Wecker-Frisch both had their own booths at Market and we displayed these panels in our QT booth to show off their newest lines!

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A few of our Studio 8 collections…

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These holiday collections will ship to shops in May 2017!

There you have your first look at Market.  So exciting for us to see everything come together.   Next week, we’ll show you our other booth, Antiquities.

 

 

Traveling Tuffet & What’s in stores!

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Brenda from Sew Creative Threads, Elkhart, IN

TRAVELING TUFFET ALERT!!!!!!!

The Tuffet is on the move!   Our mini-tuffet is off on her journey from Quilt Market in Houston!  First stop was the Shipshewana Fabric Show in Shipshewana, IN.  Our friend Brenda from Sew Creative Threads is holding our mini-tuffet.  The Ombre Scroll Stained Glass Quilt is featured on the wall.

 

 

Next stop: Our Traveling Tuffet made her way to Trevathan’s Sweep & Sew Shoppe in Hillsdale, MI.  What a fun shop window featuring QT’s Janet Wecker Frisch collection “Letter Stitch” .

Patti, is shown here in front of the great window display.

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Patty in front of Trevathan’s Sweep & Sew Shoppe

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Janet Wecker Frisch’s Letter Stitch Collection

If you are in the area, swing by and say hello to these friends of QT!


 

In stores now, our new collections, Heads Up by Studio 8 and For Love of Country by Dan Morris for QT.  Take a look, there are a lot of great creative possibilities!  See the full collection and patterns by clicking on their names above.

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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!