The wonderful, whimsical world of Quilt Market: fall 2014 recap

We went. We saw. And we’re back from Fall 2014 Quilt Market to share what we experienced with you!

(For those of you who aren’t familiar, Quilt Market is a twice-yearly event where people who make quilt stuff—like us—and people who sell quilt stuff—like your local quilt shop—get together and find ways to get the latest quilt stuff into your hands.)

Quilt Market 35th anniversary
Day one: booth setup done. Time for dinner and some shut eye!

If you follow us via Facebook or Instagram, you know we were busy with Schoolhouses (presentations to quilt-shop owners), book signings, and oohing and aahing at all things Market.

An astounding display of red-and-white quilts in the exhibit hall. “Ruby Jubilee” celebrates 35 years of Quilt Market and 40 years of Quilt Festival.


Our favorite part of Market? We get to meet, reunite, and celebrate with our authors! And they were everywhere.

Our authors at Schoolhouse—debuting their books and quilts to quilt-shop owners from around the world.

Not one, but TWO groups of talented designers also debuted their work at Schoolhouse, sharing the spotlight to celebrate the release of two compilation books. Fun-Size Quilts:

Fun-Size Quilts designers
Fun-Size Quilts
designers, clockwise from top left: Cheri Leffler, Kimberly Jolly, Heather Valentine, Melissa Corry, Natalie Barnes, Jocelyn Ueng, Julie Herman, Debbie Grifka.

And A Flair for Fabric.

A Flair for Fabric
designers (each a designer of Henry Glass fabrics as well!), from left: Dana Brooks, Linda Lum DeBono, Mary Ellen Von Holt of Little Quilts, Janet Nesbitt, Leanne Anderson.

Our leader and high-energy Schoolhouse emcee, Jennifer Keltner, revealed our new pattern line for sale exclusively at your local quilt shop in January—Sweet & Simple!

Jennifer with new Sweet and Simple patterns
Look for them at your local quilt shop after the holidays.

That night everyone lined up to be a part of Sample Spree, a popular event that provides an opportunity to purchase samples of upcoming fabric lines.

Quilt Market Sample Spree
Acquisitions editor Karen Burns and marketing coordinator Mary Burns—aka the Burns girls—are starting Sample Spree with smiles. As you can see from the crowd, it can get a little crazy!

After Schoolhouse day came the three-day event known as Quilt Market, where people came to see our happy faces and our newly built booth:

Martingale booth at Quilt Market

And our authors’ happy faces—signing books, offering demos, and having fun!


Of course, there were plenty of wonderful, whimsical things to see too:

Quilted in Honor
Wonderful—after touring as part of the Quilted In Honor exhibit, a quilt makes its way back to the injured soldier it was made for. Here the soldier’s mother is presented with the quilt in the Island Batik booth.

Quilted Crow Girls wool for Marcus Fabrics
—sending many congratulations to Leonie Bateman and Dierdre Bond-Abel, authors of Country Elegance, on their new “The Seasons” line of wool with Marcus Fabrics!

Fall 2014 Quilt Market
(clockwise from left)— a patchwork dress for the modern quilter at the Free Spirit booth; a Volkswagen convertible parked on the Quilt Market floor; surfing cat fabric from Riley Blake.

Martingale booth at Quilt Market
—how about our own booth, where we featured a full-size baby crib, plus fabric bugs, horses, and pancakes with butter?

So much to see; so little time. But one thing we always see is the energy, enthusiasm, and talent of our authors. They never cease to amaze us! Click though to learn more about their new books, at or on the way to a quilt shop near you.

Until spring in Minneapolis—thanks for the memories, Quilt Market!

Martingale gang at Quilt Market

Does your local quilt shop attend Quilt Market? Tell us in the comments—and please let them know we’d love to see them next time!

7 Comments (leave a comment)

  • My local quilt shop, The Quilting Bee, is closing! So sad. The owner is retiring.

    —Mary Douglass on November 6, 2014
  • Yes they do attend quilt market and they order great fabrics for us.

    —Barbara on November 6, 2014
  • Is there a book or magazine of all the red and white quilts that were at that "Ruby Jubilee" quilt show? They sure are beautiful and love the way they were displayed.

    —Terry Schmidt on November 6, 2014
  • I am not sure which shops attend. I just know that as a Grandmother who makes quilts for my grands as well as many of my children’s friends new babies that these Moms are a Pottery Barn crazy which means requests for pinks and blues with grays or lavender and pink or navy blue! By the shower, everyone knows the baby’s gender. In the one case that the Mommy and Daddy to be didn’t want to know, the shop with their registry got a sealed envelope with the gender identified so that the blue or pink was put aside.

    Very few parents seem to want the brights that are now being shown by the fabric people! Maybe the quikt market people need to query their end customers!

    —Judi on November 6, 2014
  • If they don’t, they should! Unfortunately, most of the LQS I visit are 2-3 person operations, so they really can’t spare the owner for more than a day or two. Now if one of the Quilt Markets was held near San Francisco, that could be a day trip from here.

    —Lynne on November 6, 2014
  • The quilt of Valor shown was designed and made by Sarah Vedeler. She is the red head shown in the picture. Her quilt patterns and machine embroidery patterns are fantastic.

    —Cindy Freshley on November 9, 2014
  • My local quilt shop is Glad Creations, which opened in 1976 and is still attending Market every year. They provide great patterns, fabrics and classes in South Minneapolis!

    —Wynn Martin on December 24, 2014

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