Fabrics and Tools and Patterns, Oh My!

May 16, 2011

I'm at the RJR Fabrics booth, in front of the quilt I designed to feature Kashmir fabrics.  (And I didn't even plan to match the quilt when I got dressed!)

I'm settling back in after several days in Salt Lake City at International Quilt Market.  These events happens twice a year and are open to "the trade only" , meaning all those involved in the quilting industry.  It's much like the quilt shows you might have been to, except that all the vendors are selling directly to quilt shop owners rather than consumers.

There are hundreds and hundreds of vendors at the show including small companies making interesting notions, tools or quilting accessories . . . the big fabric companies (like RJR Fabrics, for whom I design fabric) . . . magazines like McCall's Quilting and Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting . . . publishers of books and patterns (including Breckling Press, my publisher) . . . thread companies . . . trade groups, website developers and consultants who help quilt shops market their businesses . . . and so many more.  It is truly exhausting to wander the aisles!

I always spend time in the Breckling Press and RJR Fabric booths, catching up with the folks that I usually just work with via email and phone.

RJR was launching two new fall Jinny Beyer fabric collections -- Colorplay and Kashmir.  Kashmir was inspired by my trip to India last fall.  We've received advance yardage and I am thrilled with the richness of the colors and with how crisply the patterns printed. The Kashmir collection should be available in quilt shops in late summer or early fall and the quilt pattern will be a free download.

 I took some time to autograph books in the Breckling Press booth.  Anne Knudsen, the publisher, is on the right.

Whenever I'm at Market, I'm always on the lookout for new ideas and old friends. I've spent more than 30 years in this business and it's always a pleasure to meet up with other quilting professionals with whom I've worked in the past or to see something that ignites a creative spark.  That's part of what keeps me going!

Happy Quilting!