Spring Quilt Market 2016

RJR BoothI just returned from Spring Quilt Market which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah this past week.  It is always fun to meet up with friends I have made over the years and some of our favorite vendors. It is refreshing to see the influx of young people who have entered the business and to see some of their innovative designs and ideas.

I came back excited about several people I met for the first time, and with new products and “gadgets” that we will share with you in the coming months.

Do you have a large stash of fabric, some of which you now know you will never use? Well, one of the people I met has the perfect solution. She is Phyllis Hause and she has a business called Aunt Philly’s Toothbrush rugs. The rugs are made from strips of fabric and have the appearance of a braided rug. The advantage of her technique is that you do not create braids that then have to be sewn together.  You just build the rug, sort of like crocheting, but different.

Jinny and Phyllis

Phyllis has had her business for more than 30 years and learned how to make the rugs from her grandmother when she was a child. I had such a delightful time talking to her and she has agreed to come to our shop this fall and teach some classes. We don’t have the dates or specifics yet, but if it is something you think you might be interested in, contact us and we will let you know as soon as we have the details.

I always enjoy seeing Kathleen Thompson from Quilters Dream Batting…our favorite batting!

Jinny and Quilters DreamRJR’s booth was delightful, with a large heart made for shelves with fabric covered books. They showcased my new Marrakesh quilt.

Jinny at RJR BoothIt is always fun to stop and have a chat with longtime friend Alex Anderson.

Alex and Jinny 2016Now that I’m back I have to get busy and pass some of what I found on to you.

Happy Quilting!