Tuesday, May 29, 2012


After three posts on my Kansas City Quilt Market trip, you've reached the final installment! If there are typos in this post, you will have to forgive this editor! I just got home from an eye appt. where I had my eyes dilated, so I cannot see the best. Not the best time to write a post, I know, but I was in the mood since I cannot do much else right now! With Quilt Market, I didn't have much of a chance to go to my other usual haunts but I did stop by two of them on my way into town. The first was Urban Arts + Crafts—a treasure trove of fabric, yarn, beads, scrapbooking paper, ribbons, and more. They even have a resident kitty but unfortunately I didn't get a good shot of Anni.

The shop carries lots of modern fabrics by designers such as Heather Bailey, Joel Dewberry, and Anna Maria Horner as well as modern-style patterns, notions, buttons, and ribbons.

The back of the shop is a yarn lover's delight with tons of pretties. I'm not a knitter, so I just admired the scenery!

In my continuing quest to stay organized, I am a sucker for pretty notebooks, and this shop had plenty of them. They also sold cute bags in matching motfis.

I was delighted by their selection of papers—unusual ones that I hadn't seen before at my local Archiver's store. I found the most adorable cat paper and another Japanese-style one with cherry blossoms.

They had some really fun new rubber stamps, including this cute line by Ruby Violet. A couple packages came home with me, though I just realized they aren't the ones pictured here. 

Afterward, it was on to another one of my favorite local stops, Nell Hill—the popular home decorating emporium of Mary Carol Garrity (The store is named after her grandmother and carries a mix of new pieces and antiques). The first thing I ever bought from her flagship shop was a small antique multi-drawer chest in which I store buttons. I love the way this shop's walls are colored in her own line of paint colors. It's a great way to get a feel for how they might look in your home before you buy. That's exactly what I did with my kitchen, which I ended up painting the same shade of blue as this room in the shop. It's called "Front Porch" because the ceilings on the porches of many old homes were traditionally painted a sky blue. This is also the color that we painted our porch ceiling.

This vivid green color leading to the second floor is also popular with customers seeking to bring the spirit of the outdoors inside. I think it would be a great shade for a sunroom or conservatory. I'm not lucky enough to have one of those but perhaps someday...

Melon and citrine seemed to be the colors du jour. Every corner of the shop seemed to have some sort of accent in those colors—or shades of them. 

Here they are again (only the green is slightly darker) on this charming wall shelf.

I love the green and melon combo in this inviting vignette.

Doesn't this cozy corner look inviting? I was tempted to sit down and relax.

For years, I loved going to Curious Sofa when I was in KC. It was one of my favorite shops and then it closed its storefront a couple years ago. As I was walking through a local antique mall, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the owner had opened a new booth there. 

In the same antique mall, I came upon these cute vintage pie birds. Does anyone else just love these things? My mother-in-law got me hooked on them about 13 years ago. These didn't go home with me but they were fun to see.

Last but not least, I must share a couple fun owl finds from my trip. This wooly owl is perched on an old rusty bedspring. I found the blue-and-tan wool fat quarter in the same antiques shop as the owl.

At another shop, I found these cute owl ear buds and a trio of owl pouches. The larger one is designed for an iPad or electronic reader—neither of which I have or really need at this point in my life, though my techie husband keeps trying to get me to buy an iPad. I'm sure I can find another use for the larger pouch. 

I hope you have enjoyed my 4-part Kansas City series. If you missed the other editions, be sure to check out my earlier three posts.

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Welcome to my third post on Quilt Market in KC! I wanted to take you back to the showroom floor, where I had a chance to visit the booth of one of my favorite fabric designers—Tula Pink. I've visited The Quilt Shoppe, which her mom owns, many a time when traveling to KC. You can read more about the shop and Tula and her fabrics at my earlier post here, where I shared pics of her Spring 2011 Quilt Market booth. There's even a pic of Tula herself. At this Quilt Market, Tula debuted two new fabric collections, The Birds and the Bees (pictured here) and Night Shade.

One of the things I really admire about Tula Pink is her artistic ability. She dreams up these designs and draws them from scratch! These vibrant swatches are from The Birds and the Bees collection.

You fellow Tula Pink and owl fabric fans probably remember this wonderful owl print from one of her earlier lines. It's virtually impossible to find these days.

If you haven't seen it yet, Tula Pink's new book, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink, debuted this spring! It features 20 innovative quilt patterns and cool companion accessories that will inspire you to play with color and design in a new way.

Next, it was on to Amanda Herring's exuberant booth. Amanda is the imaginative designer behind The Quilted Fish. She is also a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs and was debuting her new collection, Apple of My Eye. I think I have most all of her patterns!

It was a thrill to get to meet Amanda, who is just as sweet as she looks! She was so generous with her time. Despite being quite busy when I stopped by, she took the time to cheerfully chat with me and pose for a quick photo.

Amanda even generously gave me a copy of her brand new book, An Apple a Day, which features nine fun patterns for quilts, jewelry, home decor, and storage (including that cute fabric-covered box on the cover). You can order a copy of it here. I love how Amanda signs the books with "Hugs and Fishes"!

Another fun stop was the Adornit booth. Adornit produces lots of fun fabrics as well as scrapbooking supplies. One of the things I love about it is that it is a family-owned, woman-operated business. It was founded by Carolee McMullin and she runs the business with her three daughters, Georgana, Alison, and Jackie. That's Georgana and Carolee in the photo below. The quilt in the background was made with their new Capri fabric. I love the way that gray looks with yellow. I think I might have to make some more of my wool pincushions with that color combo!

The Adornit girls are responsible for producing one of my favorite owl fabrics pictured below. As you regular blog readers know, I am somewhat of an owl addict, and I love to collect owl fabrics.

Last Christmas, my friend Belinda made me this wonderful journal cover and drawstring bag out of Adornit's charming fabric.

For you fellow owl fabric lovers, I bring glad tidings of a new Adornit owl fabric line coming to shops in the fall. It's called Nested Owl and will be available in two different colorways—espresso and a brighter palette. Carolee and Georgana were very kind. After they posed for a photo, they gave me this adorable owl badge to wear!

I also enjoyed seeing the Basic Grey booth. When I worked with Scrapbooks, etc. magazine, a lot of the designers loved to use Basic Grey products. I was thrilled when they expanded into the fabric market. My favorite line of theirs was "Sultry". Did you check out those cute penguins in the pic? They plan to make a pattern of them in the future.

In my last post, I mentioned attending several Schoolhouse sessions, which are designed to introduce new fabric and products. I was excited to see one by Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S designs. She was debuting their new Straight Stitch Society patterns. A few weeks ago, I purchased her clever Apples to Oranges sewing kit. It has everything you need to keep your sewing supplies organized while on the go—a pincushion, a zipper pouch for notions, and an optional needle pad!

Leisl demonstrated their clever design and how they open to access the handy pouches.

She also passed out the Straight Stitch Society manifesto. Good advice, don't you think?!  If you can't read it, click on the photo for larger detail.

I couldn't miss the Riley Blake booth. This is a vignette of Lori Holt's new line of fabric, Millie's Closet. I absolutely adored her debut line, Daisy Cottage, which featured whimsical chandeliers, tables, and coffee pots in a wonderful palette of grays, pinks, yellows, and browns.

Annemarie Yohnk of Quilts Remembered had a terrific booth showcasing her small quilts inspired by times gone by. In addition to her lovely quilts, I was oohing and ahhing over her wonderful antique pie cupboard!

Annemarie's Schoolhouse attendees were treated to a bundle of aged muslin prints by Marcus Brothers Fabrics.

I also enjoyed attending Jo Morton's Schoolhouse session, which was packed to the brim with people. It was fun to see so many of her beautiful quilts in person. They paraded them down the aisle pretty fast, so you had to be quick with the camera! You'll have to forgive the lackluster photo quality; it was hard to keep up with them! As a LeMoyne Star fan, this one had to be one of my favorites. It brought back memories of attending a workshop on hand piecing with Jo Morton in Waterloo, Iowa, several years back. The Grout Museum there hosts a Cabin Fever quilt retreat each winter, and it's a great excuse to escape the house and sew with friends.

And who can resist this star-studded quilt?! I just love its striking color combinations.

Jo's Schoolhouse attendees received these nice tote bags made with her recent Alexandria fabrics from Andover Fabrics (I featured some of those in a previous post. I think it's one of my favorite lines by her). It sure came in handy when shopping at Sample Spree on Thursday night!

I have so many photos of Quilt Market that it's been a real challenge to whittle them down and decide which ones to share with you. I hope you've enjoyed these additional scenes from Spring 2012 Quilt Market! If so, drop me a line to tell me what you found most interesting about this post. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Welcome to part 2 of my Kansas City posts–a little later than I wanted to post it. It's been a busy week editing quilt magazine projects and a new quilt book. As a book editor with Kansas City Star Quilts, I especially enjoyed seeing our booth at Quilt Market. Two of my authors had quilts displayed there. This one called "Pumpkin Blossoms" is from Dawn Heese's recent book, A Year of Cozy Comforts.

Also spotlighted was the striking feature quilt from Memories of Christmas Past by Betsey Langford and Carolyn Nixon. It was so fun meeting this dynamic duo at the KC Star reception on Saturday night. They were co-owners of the now defunct Quilted Heart quilt shop in Bolivar, MO, and the idea for this book came from a quilt-of-the week program that Betsey designed for their shop.

Sheri Howard's cover quilt from her most recent book, Pretty Petals, brightened this corner of the booth. Sheri is known for her whimsical style of appliqué. This is funny but just as I stopped by to admire her quilt, I ran into her and her sister! Talk about timing!

I quickly snapped this shot of the booth while I could get a clear shot between crowds.

It was a pleasure to meet first-time KC Star book author, Nancy Rink, while on the hotel shuttle over to the convention center. She had her own booth and the sweetest traveling companion, Mary, who helped her out at the show.

Nancy authored the new book, Away from Home: Quilts Inspired by the Lowell Factory Girls with her husband, Oliver. In this book, these two history lovers intertwined the story of the mill girls and textile factories with some fabulous traditional quilts. All the featured quilts were made with Judie Rothermel fabric by Marcus Brothers.

The Star also showcased several new books at the Schoolhouse presentations—brief seminars designed to give shop owners a preview of new products and fabrics. This charming quilt is from Nancy's new book. Attendees of Nancy's Schoolhouse were treated to a piece of fabric from Judie Rothermel's Mill Girls line.

Quilts from Edie McGinnis' new book, A Bag of Scraps: Quilts and the Garment District, took center stage at another Schoolhouse session. That's our boss, Doug, holding up the quilt.

After the show on Friday, I helped out with The Star's special quilt exhibit at the Press Pavilion in downtown KC. The exhibit was open to the public, and many of The Star's book editors and designers took shifts helping out as hosts. On display where more than 100 quilts from our books, including this Nine-Patch Pinwheel quilt from Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle's History Repeated: Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas. I was their editor on the project and it was fun seeing Carol's beautiful quilt in person again. I also enjoyed catching up with Betsy at the show.

This gorgeous red-and-green quilt from Jenifer Dick's The Circuit Rider's Quilt book, garnered a lot of attention while we were there. Jenifer is also an editor with KC Star books and I enjoyed meeting her at the show.

It was a treat to see Maggie Bonanomi and her editor, Deb Rowden, at market. This primitive work of heart is from Maggie's book, With These Hands.

Several quilts from the popular Blackbird Designs team were also on display. This one is from their Celebration of American Life book.

I also loved their Quilting the Garden book, which included this appliquéd beauty.

Carrie Hall fans will recognize this quilt from Barbara Brackman's Carrie Hall's Sampler book.

Here are two lighthearted quilts from Dawn Heese's book, Cottage Charm: Cozy Quilts and Cross Stitch Projects, which I edited.

If you're still in the mood for more market photos, come back again soon as I'll be sharing more scenes from the booths and Schoolhouse sessions, including a couple Jo Morton quilts. My final KC post will feature some fun shops I stopped by while in the area. For more photos of Quilt Market, see my previous post.