Designer Fabrics at the 2013 International Quilt Market: Part I

I had the privilege to attend International Quilt Market in Houston, and couldn’t resist featuring several fabrics designers I had the chance to chat with while walking around the show floor.

Each of them told me the same, amazing fact: They had received samples of their fabrics one or two weeks prior to the show. If you really think about this, that gives each of them barely enough time to create the quilts, handmade home decor and clothing featured in their booth spaces! And their work was brilliant, nonetheless.

Here are some my favorite fabric collections from the 2013 International Quilt Market:

Andover Fabrics

International Quilt Market Features: Fabric Collage

Downton Abbey

Quilt shop owners crowded to the Downton Abbey Schoolhouse session to learn more about the new collection for Andover Fabrics. Inspired by the popular television series, this licensed fabric collection features muted colors and sophisticated prints.

Art Gallery Fabrics

Woman Smiling in Front of Booth at International Quilt Market

Frances Newcombe: Safari Moon

Safari Moon by Art Gallery Fabrics designer Frances Newcombe is filled with happy jewel tones and influenced by the beauty of African wildlife. The fabric line will release in December 2013.

Two Quilts on Display at International Quilt Market 2013

Here are two stunning quilts displayed in the Safari Moon booth, showing off the fabrics in both a pieced design and an appliquéd quilt. Frances is excited to join Art Gallery Fabrics, with this being her first collection with the group.

Woman at Booth at International Quilt Market 2013

Jeni Baker: Dream in Vintage

Jeni Baker debuted her third collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, called Dream in Vintage. The designs are inspired by vintage sheets.

Colorful, Multi-Patterned Quilt at International Quilt Market

Here is the new fabric line displayed in Jeni’s popular Half-Square Triangle Sampler pattern.

Fabric Designer in Booth

Angela Walters: Drift

Bluprint instructor and Art Gallery Fabrics designer Angela Walters showed off projects featuring her new collection Drift. Many of the items in her booth were cleverly re-purposed (such as a girl’s dress swapped out with a new skirt), conveying a beachy theme.

Fabric and Clothing on Display

What you may not realize is that in addition to making the projects for her booth in just over a week’s time (her fabric samples arrived just before Quilt Market), Angela also quilted several projects for other designers exhibiting at the show! Angela also announced that she’s been busy working on her third book, which will release next May: The Free-Motion Quilting Workbook.
Fabric, Clothing and Accessories at International Quilt Market 2013

Leah Duncan: Meadow

Designer Leah Duncan showed off her new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, called Meadow. The floral-inspired fabric line features colors similar to her previous line Tule: spring peaches, yellows and blues, including a bold navy.

Rapture Booth: International Quilt Market

Pat Bravo: Rapture

Due out in November, Pat Bravo’s newest collection for Art Gallery is called Rapture. I had the privilege of hearing Pat speak about the topic of fabric design at the Sewing Summit conference this fall, and she mentioned how important it is as a fabric designer to “bring it” every time, and not rely on your successes with a previous fabric collection. With her newest collection, available in two colorways, it’s apparent that Pat has done just that.

 In the Beginning

Stack of Rainbow-Colored Fabric
Photo via Handmade by Alissa

Alissa Haight Carlton: Modern Solids

With her modern design aesthetic, it only seems natural that Alissa Haight Carlton would release a line of Modern Solids through In the Beginning Fabrics.

Kokka Fabrics

Garden Booth, International Quilt Market 2013

Ellen Luckett Baker: Garden

Designer and author Ellen Luckett Baker was at Quilt Market to share her new fabric line for Kokka, which is called Garden. The wall of Dresden flowers with embroidery hoops displayed her coordinating prints perfectly. She shares more projects featuring the collection at her blog, The Long Thread.

Michael Miller Fabrics

Glitz Booth, International Quilt Market in Houston, 2013


Glitz from Michael Miller was released in October. This was one booth I could just sit and look at all day, with its serene colors and pops of shiny gold fabric.

Items on Display at Wee Wonder Boutique

Sarah Jane: Wee Wander

With jewel tones and whimsical prints, Sarah Jane introduced her Wee Wander collection at fall Quilt Market. The fabrics will release in January 2014.

Moda Fabrics

Various Booths at International Quilt Market 2013

Bonnie and Camille: April Showers

Bonnie and Camille will release the new April Showers line for Moda Fabrics. The nautical-themed Moda Quilt Market booth displayed a bubble machine and featured several new designer collections as well as the popular Bella Solids.
Vanessa Christenson Smiling in Front of Beautiful Quilt

Vanessa Christenson: Color Me Happy

Vanessa Christenson will release her newest collection with Moda Fabrics. Color Me Happy features prints and coordinating solids. These actually pair perfectly with her line of thread for Aurifil.

Sewing Machine Quilt, Quilted Pillows

As with each of her previous fabric lines, Vanessa has released coordinating quilt and sewing patterns under her brand V&Co. These include her Handmade, Lucky Stars, Flower Box and To the Point quilt patterns.

RJR Fabrics

Cotton + Steel Booth at International Quilt Market

Cotton + Steel

Just before Quilt Market kicked off, five fabric designers announced that they were joining forces to promote their new fabric company, Cotton + Steel, in partnership with RJR Fabrics. The five founding designers are Melody Miller, Kim Kight, Sarah Watts, Rashida Coleman-Hale and Alexia Abegg. At Quilt Market, the quintet released a short video documentary detailing their journey and describing their hopes and dreams for the new company.

Michelle and Alexa Abegg at International Quilt Market

I also got to talk with Michelle (left) and Alexia Abegg (right), who were just across the aisle promoting their company, Green Bee Patterns. They are excited to release several new patterns this Market, which are displayed across the walls in an eye-catching, minimalist display.

Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Carolyn Friedlander: Botanics Booth

Carolyn Friedlander: Botanics

Following up on her popular fabric line Architextures is fabric designer Carolyn Friedlander. Her new line Botanics will release soon with Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Bold Quilt Blocks on Display

Carolyn’s background in architecture shines through in her interesting quilt block designs, which are each like mini works of art.

Quilts in Robert Kaufman: Kona Cotton Solids Booth

Robert Kaufman: Kona Cotton Solids

Kona Cotton released new colors for its cotton solids collection (pictured). The beautiful quilt in this booth was pieced by Latifah Saafir and quilted by Angela Walters.

Ann Kelle: Super Kids and Remix Slicker Booth

Ann Kelle: Super Kids and Remix Slicker

Kelle Boyd (pictured right) is the designer behind Ann Kelle Designs. I got the chance to meet her, and even though I’m looking at the wrong camera, you can still see an adorable umbrella sewn from her new Remix Slicker fabric for Robert Kaufman.

Teepee and Quilt Blocks at Remix Booth

The child’s tent featured in the booth is sewn from her Super Kids fabric, which pair well with her beloved Remix fabrics.

Riley Blake Designs

Quilt Featuring Patterned Guitars

Bee in My Bonnet: Gracie Girl

Here’s a quick peek a fabric line that’s coming soon from Riley Blake Designs: Gracie Girl by Kassidy and Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet. Riley Blake shared lines from several other designers via their Instagram feed.

Rowan and FreeSpirit Fabrics

Anna Maria Horner: Dowry Booth at International Quilt Market 2013

Anna Maria Horner: Dowry

Several designers are releasing new lines this season with FreeSpirit Fabrics including Anna Maria Horner (pictured) and her new line Dowry. Others include Joel Dewberry, Nel Whatmore, Tina Givens, Valori Wells, David Walker, Jennifer Paganelli and Heather Bailey. I’ve captured photos of several booths in my Quilt Market Flickr set.

Sparkling Diamonds quilt - FMQ detail 2

Photo via Don’t Call Me Betsy

Denyse Schmidt

Denyse Schmidt also debuted a collection of solid fabrics for FreeSpirit at Fall Quilt Market. This Sparkling Diamonds quilt was designed by Elizabeth Dackson using the new fabrics.

Gorgeous Quilt at International Quilt Market 2013

Amy Butler: Hapi

Amy Butler debuted her new line Hapi for Rowan (pictured above). Victoria & Albert Museum featured prints from the new collection Vintage Florals.

Windham Fabrics

Lotta Jansdotter: Mormor & Sylvia Booth at International Quilt Market

Lotta Jansdotter: Mormor & Sylvia

Textile and surface designer Lotta Jansdotter debuted her fourth fabric for Windham Fabrics collection at Houston Quilt Market. Mormor, a colorful collection in her signature style of monochromatic, colorful prints is complemented by Sylvia, a line of all black-and-white prints.

Decoration and Dress on Display

Lotta decorated the booth with strings of fabric leaves in her neutral prints from Sylvia, and an Amelia Dress made from one of the larger-scale prints.

Wow, that’s a lot of new fabric, and I didn’t even get to feature a fraction of the booths and fabric companies represented. Lesson learned: Next Quilt Market, I’ll add an extra day to my trip! Luckily, fellow Bluprint blogger Sherri McConnell also attended Quilt Market. Come back to the Bluprint blog tomorrow to see her favorite designer fabrics from the show!

Did you see any new fabric lines from Quilt Market that really caught your eye?

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