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. 


  1. Thanks for sharing all the photos...can't wait to see some of these things in my LQS!

  2. I have enjoyed all the recap posts - thank you for sharing! I'm also a fan of Tula Pink - I did not know she was from Kansas City (my DH's hometown!) and I appreciated the close-up views of her new line. And the Straight Stitch Society Manifesto was a hoot AND right on target!

  3. nice opinion. thanks for posting.

  4. Fun to see the modern fabrics and the reproductions. The manifesto is the best!

  5. Thank you Kimber for sharing all of your posts of your quilt trip. It sounds like you had a fantastic time as always. I love reading about your trips. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Mary

  6. Kimber - In the picture of Annemarie above, there is a quilt displayed to her left (our right). We bought that pattern at market and have it almost made up. It's well written and quite attractive.

  7. I love your recap posts! I'd have to say my favorites in this one are the Apples to Oranges kit and Jo Morton's bag. Although it's hard to pick just a couple since Tula Pink is in there too. What fun you had! Thanks for sharing!


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