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October 31, 2014

Missing Market

By Edie McGinnis

Edie McGinnis

Edie McGinnis

There I was, sitting on the sofa with my foot tucked under me, whipping binding to the back of a quilt. I needed to get the quilt down to The Kansas City Star to have it photographed and just had about 3 more feet to go. I needed to get up, so I set the quilt aside.

My foot had fallen asleep, and when I stepped down on it, my ankle rolled over and down I went. Splat! I laid there a few minutes, muttered a few expletives, got up, limped back to the sofa and surveyed the damage. It didn’t look so great, but I went back to work and finished up the binding.

By 4 that afternoon, I was having X-rays taken of my ugly, swollen foot. The good news: It wasn’t broken. The bad news: It was badly sprained. The really, really bad news was that I was supposed to leave for International Quilt Market soon, and the doctor said it would take from six to eight weeks for my foot to heal.foot

Victoria Findlay Wolfe made a duck slipper for me.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe made a duck slipper for me.

I set my own parameters for making a decision on whether to go. If I could get my shoes on, I would be on that plane. If not, I would stay home.

I missed market.

Kansas City Star Books has been vending at International Quilt Market since 2000. I have been to every market we have been to except one, and that was when my youngest son was getting married.

In my eyes, market is a magical place. It’s where I have learned so much about quilts and quilting. I have watched the trends coming and going and seen the changes that come sneaking in the back door and take people by surprise.  I’ve also seen the trends that have marched boldly into the place and said, “You better look at me, because I’m not going to be ignored!”Market sign

Market is also the place where I have made so many friends. Friends who know exactly what I mean when I say I breathed a sigh of relief because I got all my quilts made in time to hang in the booth. Friends who share my love of fabric, scissors, antique quilts, new quilts, vintage quilts, any kind of quilt you can dream of or about. They are the people who have given me so many insights into the business and answered every question I have posed.

One of the friends I have made at market is Linda Collins. She’s from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She’s one of those people who is easy to be around and has a great sense of humor. She owns Quilts in the Barn and, right before market, wrapped up a workshop featuring teachers Brenda Papadakis and Patty Harants. Linda barely had time enough to do the dishes before it was time to leave for Houston.

Linda and I had planned to have a leisurely dinner and catch up with each other on Monday evening after market closed. I had to send her a message saying I wouldn’t be able to make it and canceled our dinner plans.

I was disappointed I was not able to go. I whined. I moaned. I complained to anyone who would listen. I even complained to the people who didn’t care whether I went to market. I’m sure it didn’t bother my youngest son, who I had lined up to feed my cats. And I can bet that the cats were happy to have me here to open the can of food every day when they wanted to be fed.ally earl

Linda is one of those friends who knew how much I would miss being there, and she took steps to make sure I saw many of my friends, even if it was just in spirit. She enlarged the picture of me that is used as my author photo in the books I’ve published with Kansas City Star Quilts.  She toted the picture around and snapped shots of me with friends.Linda Collins

I opened up Facebook and saw the pictures Linda had posted. Seeing them was so funny. You’ll notice she even took me for coffee.coffee

Jo, Polly, Edyta, andIt’s good to have friends! It’s even better when they are the kind of people you can laugh and joke around with, for those are the people you can also cry with and who really get you. Thanks for thinking of me, Linda! You’re one of the best.

Edie McGinnis is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Friday.

October 30, 2014

A Delicious Bobbins’ Bargain

This week, Mrs. Bobbins is thinking healthy.

bobbins bargains logo - 200 wideShe is always one to find a good deal out there in the quilt world. Now she brings her amazing talents to you … with her weekly Bobbins’ Bargains!

Every Thursday, Mrs. Bobbins will select one of our books and offer it to you at a very special price … 75% off the current listed price!

Better yet, your shipping is FREE in the continental U.S.

Better, better yet, “Five Gets You a Freebie!” If you order a Bobbins’ Bargain just five times (from five different sales), you get a free copy of any of our books! Take your pick. We’ll contact you by email once you’ve qualified for a free book and take your order.  Plus your shipping on that one is free as well. Easy as pie!

This week’s Bobbins’ Bargain is Fruit Salad: Appliqué Designs for Delicious Quilts, by Bea Oglesby.FruitSalad

Appliqué artist Bea Oglesby presents a new collection of her original designs – 27 fruits, grouped into four quilts by categories: berries, citrus, exotic and common fruits. Also included are Bea’s own refreshing recipes for serving fresh fruit. As Bea says, five servings of fruit a day simply is not enough!

96 pages, 9 x 11 inches, softcover

Click here to see a YouTube video of the book.

The book is on sale for $22.95. Your price using our Bobbins’ Bargains promotion code is just $5.74, plus your shipping on this book is free in the continental U.S.!

(SHIPPING NOTE! Please allow 14 business days for delivery after Wednesday, Nov. 5, the last day of this week’s sale.)

Be sure to use this promotion code before checkout:

BOBBINS75

Please make sure to click the “Apply Promotion Code Now” button after entering the code. The discount won’t apply unless you do so. Please verify that you’ve received the discount before checking out.

Click here to order. And remember  …  your shipping of this book is free in the continental U.S.!

October 29, 2014

What I Learned at Quilt Market

By Donna di Natale

Donna di Natale

Donna di Natale

Now that International Quilt Market Houston 2014 is history, it’s time to look back to see what we discovered.

Quilt Market, like any other trade show, is a lot of work. It is always fun and interesting to see old friends,  make new friends and talk to shop owners from around the world. I tried to speak French with a shop owner from France but found that Mr. Peister’s 11th grade French class faded from my brain many years ago.

I was thankful that she spoke enough English for us to communicate. I learned that while France has very high quality fabrics, it does not have the beautiful quilt books and patterns we have in America. So that was the focus of her trip – books and patterns to take back to her shop, where she will translate yards into meters. I forgot to ask how “fat quarter” translates into meters.

A shop owner from Brazil gave me a photo of her shop. It was beautiful – with bolts and bolts of fabric and shelves of books, most in English.

Quilting is also alive and well in the Netherlands. Once again, they have marvelous cotton fabrics, but for beautiful quilt books and patterns, they shop in America and translate all the measurements. It is a good thing so many people around the world speak, read or write English. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a block exchange that went around the world?

If you are wondering what was new at market, it’s a bit difficult to tell. Yes, there were lots of new fabrics, but I didn’t see one overwhelming color pallet or design genre. And there were lots of pattern designers, both new and ones we’ve seen before, but I didn’t see any particular trend. Traditional, primitive and modern all played well together.

If there was a new trend at market it might have been the presence of more nonquilt sewing projects. Clothing, accessories and home decor projects were fairly abundant. My friend Amy found a set of fat quarters and some patterns to make cute dresses for her granddaughter.

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While helping set up our booth, I was pleased to discover that Bar-Maids from Washington state were setting up just down the aisle from us. I love, love their all-natural products, especially the Lo-Lo Bar and Southern Comfort stick. I get really dry skin from handling paper and fabric. The Lo-Lo Bar makes my skin soft again without being greasy, and their scents are all heavenly. If your hair is misbehaving from static electricity, just smooth some on your hands and then run your palms over your hair before the lotion completely soaks in. It will tame your hair without making it oily. The Southern Comfort stick isn’t just for your “southern hemisphere” but can be used anywhere, anytime to sooth and soften.  I stocked up on my must-have products, along with a couple new products. My skin is happy now.

My favorite product discovery was Bo-Nash Fuse It powder. I admit I can be an easy target for fast-talking sales reps, but I’m pretty sure this product is for real. It has been on the market for 18 years as Bonding Agent 007. Seems that MGM was worried about some quilter calling Bond, James Bond, to ask about fusing a quilt sandwich. So as not to keep James from his busy life saving the world, the name was changed to Bo-Nash Fuse It Powder, and it is attracting more attention than ever.

Fusing powder looks like fine salt. Lightly sprinkle it on anything you want to fuse (fabric, batting, lace, paper), layer it between the custom fiberglass cloth, iron and voilá, your fabric is fused, repaired or embellished. And the fabric is still soft. One 2-ounce bottle is supposed to baste two queen-size quilts – no pins and no basting stitches required. It also mends holes, which is going to come in handy for my husband’s favorite sweater, which evidently was a delicious appetizer for some moths.

At each quilt market I reward myself with a trip to Tenny Roché’s booth for a prized sewing treasure from the past. This time, I bought two treasures. The first is a silver-plated spool holder with a pincushion in the center, complete with vintage thread.

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The other is a, well, I don’t know exactly what it is. A pincushion? Doorstop? It could be either. It is paper pieced on pressboard of some kind and hand-stitched together. I don’t know what it is stuffed with, but it is heavy. Anyone care to take a guess at what it might be?

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As you may know, Kansas City Star Quilts author and editor Edie McGinnis wasn’t able to attend market this fall, but Mary Koval sent her a care package that included this lovely vintage fabric and a sample of her new fabric line,Tree of Life. I’ve enjoyed it for the last few days but will soon have to turn it over. This task will be made easier knowing that it is going to a loving home.

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I’ve posted a few pictures taken at market on my personal Facebook page.

To those of you flying into Houston for Quilt Festival, have fun shopping and thank you for keeping quilting alive and well the world over.

Donna di Natale is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Wednesday.

October 29, 2014

Mrs. Bobbins

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October 22, 2014

Bobbins’ Bargains – and Friendship — Spans an Ocean

This week, Mrs. Bobbins is paying tribute to the strong bonds that quilting creates.

bobbins bargains logo - 200 wideShe is always one to find a good deal out there in the quilt world. Now she brings her amazing talents to you … with her weekly Bobbins’ Bargains!

Every Thursday, Mrs. Bobbins will select one of our books and offer it to you at a very special price … 75% off the current listed price!

Better yet, your shipping is FREE in the continental U.S.

Better, better yet, “Five Gets You a Freebie!” If you order a Bobbins’ Bargain just five times (from five different sales), you get a free copy of any of our books! Take your pick. We’ll contact you by email once you’ve qualified for a free book and take your order.  Plus your shipping on that one is free as well. Easy as pie!

This week’s Bobbins’ Bargain is Friendships in Bloom, by Marjorie Nelson and Rebecca Nelson-Zerfas.FriendshipsInBloomMed

This collection of 20 quilt projects and 50 patterns is a hands-across-the-sea experience, the beautiful result of a group of Michigan quilters who teamed up with their counterparts in Norway to create striking round-robin quilts.

The book also shows you how to set up your own round-robin experience. More than 180 pages.

Click here to see a YouTube video of the book.

The book is on sale for $25.95. Your price using our Bobbins’ Bargains promotion code is just $6.49, plus your shipping on this book is free in the continental U.S.!

(SHIPPING NOTE! Please allow 14 business days for delivery after Wednesday, Oct. 29, the last day of this week’s sale.)

Be sure to use this promotion code before checkout:

BOBBINS75

Please make sure to click the “Apply Promotion Code Now” button after entering the code. The discount won’t apply unless you do so. Please verify that you’ve received the discount before checking out.

Click here to order. And remember  …  your shipping of this book is free in the continental U.S.!