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International Quilt Market recap – Spring 2019

Last week I got to attend International Quilt Market in Kansas City, Missouri. This is the semi-annual trade show hosted by the sewing and quilting industry. It’s not open to the public, but an opportunity for industry professionals and wholesalers who are marketing to the shops, presenting upcoming fabric collections, new notions or other products available to sell at independent shops. It’s always fun to see what is coming to stores over the next six-months and I thought I’d share a little preview of what I saw!

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

International Quilt Market

This was also my opportunity to introduce my own latest upcoming fabric collection, Sugarhouse Park, produced by Riley Blake Designs. All of the new patterns for this collection will be coming out this summer and fall and the fabric will hit stores in October! Because I’m in a booth at Market now, I have less time to browse the floor, but I did get to snap a few pictures to give you taste of what’s up and coming in the Quilting world!

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

This year I got to share a booth with my friend, Bev McCullough of Flamingo Toes who was introducing her upcoming collection, Rose Lane. Bev has such a great eye for details, especially darling embroidery. In this collection she’s introducing a darling panel with that giant cat, as well as the printed designs for the hoops and pillows. So clever!

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Another upcoming favorite from Riley Blake is this darling Pemberley collection from Rachel of Citrus & Mint Designs. The details are so sweet (somehow I didn’t get any good close up pictures, but trust me, it’s adorable). And how darling are those period Empire waist dresses? 

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Also beautiful is Lori Holt’s latest collection Granny Chic coming this summer. I will never ceased to be amazed by Lori’s creativity. The Teapot quilt and House pillow will be available as kits. The large quilt is called Granny’s Garden and will be Lori’s latest sewalong project on her blog in a few months.

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Check out these two cheerful collections, Under the Canopy – a pastels Jungle collection also by Rachel of Citrus and Mint, and Melanie Collette’s (of Hello Melly) debut collection Flutter and Shine.

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Also upcoming from Riley Blake Designs: It’s the Berries by Jillily Studios, Rhapsody by Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane, and Something Borrowed by Christopher Thompson, The Tattooed Quilter.

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Other Riley Blake favorites included Chloe and Me by Melissa of the Polkadot Chair, the wonderful Sue Daley and her new collection, Paper Daisies, Love Letters, a darling vintage inspired Valentine collection by Lindsay Wilkes of the Cottage Mama, the delightful Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs (are you familiar with her quilt patterns? They’re amazing!), and the darling, floral, Sew Retro by British designer, Sara Davies.

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

More eye candy: Lola Dutch fabric by Sarah Jane, inspired by her own successful book series, Lola Dutch! Saying hello to Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and a debut collection, Pink Lemonade by Tessie Fay.

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Another person whose creativity never ceases to amaze me is Elizabeth Hartman. Her latest collection, Adventure, and patterns feature African-savannah-inspired animals. Also blowing my mind this market: Violet Craft and her Unicorn Abstractions pattern as well as Giuseppe Riboudo’s (aka Giucy Giuce) and his micro-mini log cabins and pineapple blocks. I always look forward to seeing what inspiration Alison Glass has for me too.

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Another very favorite source of inspiration: Jen Kingwell. Her use of fabric and color just makes me want to start cutting up all the fabric…

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

More saturated color from Anna Maria Horner and Tula Pink. Naturally.

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

From Moda designers: it’s always fun to see what’s new from mother/daughter duos Bonnie & Camille and Sherri (of A Quilting Life) and her daughter Chelsi. Loved this sachiko stitching from Zen Chic, and lots more ombre color from Vanessa Christensen of V & Co.

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

Pat Sloan is one of my favorite people in the industry. She’s always so excited to share and help. She just introduced her newest collection with Benartex, called Bonnie Lane after her mom. 

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

And International Quilt Market is not just about fabric – lots of notions and accessories are also available to retailers. Sallie Tomato has an amazing selection of contemporary bag-making accessories and hardware including, cork, handles, and metal zippers. The girls from Ruby Star Society had some fun new accessories as well – how fantastic are those ironing board covers?!

International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

So, there you go. A slice of Spring 2019 International Quilt Market. It’s always fun to anticipate and be inspired by what’s new in the quilting world. I feel SO lucky to get to be a small cog in that wheel. I’m especially thankful (and lucky!) to be a part of the Riley Blake Designs team!      International Quilt Market featured by top US quilting blog Diary of a Quilter

As much as I love the fabric-y fun parts of the quilting world, it’s really the people-part that I love most. I love these talented folks who create so many beautiful fabrics as well as patterns and projects that have been part of my own creative-inspiration for years. It’s always fun to see what they come up with next!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosemaryflower
    May 24, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Amy, I love all of the photos. I know you had a good time. I have been to a small quilt expo here in Northern Virginia. It is always inspiring. I always enjoy your adventures to the big time Markets. Your booth is wonderful

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    Candace Allan
    May 25, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for the peek into the show, lots of eye candy in colors and designs. A million good wishes for your continued success!!

  • Reply
    Robin Greer
    May 25, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing all of this! I’ve been sewing for decades and never cease to be amazed at what’s out there!

  • Reply
    jsandvoss
    May 28, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Congrats to you Amy on your new collection! Unfortunately we did not exhibit so I love finding posts like yours to bring me up to speed! Hopefully we’ll see you at Fall QM!

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