October 22, 2014

Anticipation

By Donna di Natale

Donna di Natale

Donna di Natale

The countdown has begun, and the excitement is building.

International Quilt Market is the country’s only wholesale tradeshow for the quilting industry. It happens twice a year, in the spring and fall. It is not open to the public. Shop owners from all over the world attend market to order new products that will arrive in their shops in the next few months.

Of course, the most anticipated products, at least for me, are the new fabric lines. Last year, I wrote about purchasing a fat quarter of each of the fabrics in the new Downton Abbey collection. That was certainly one high point for me during that market. But this time, I’m anxious to see what new fabric the companies have to offer. There seems to have been a proliferation of new designers and manufacturers in the textile industry. It’s starting to be overwhelming, yet exciting.Basket of fabricDA collection

New tools and how to use them are important to most shop owners. Anything that makes quilting quicker, easier and more accurate helps encourage people to quilt and helps teach new quilters. Many tools are introduced at the Schoolhouse sessions, which are held the day before market opens. There is always a whirlwind of activity. Exhibitors sign up for 15- or 30-minute sessions, during which they introduce their latest products.

Schoolhouse sessions run concurrently, which means there might be eight to 10 sessions all going on at the same time. Shop owners pick and choose which sessions they want to attend. Believe me, 15 minutes goes by quickly, and you must stay strictly within your allotted time. Shop owners only have 5 minutes to get to the next session, so they are up and running at the sound of the bell.

Kansas City Star Quilts will feature these books at market: Autumn Splendor: Folk Art Quilts and Projects, by Dawn Heese; Blooming Patchwork: A Celebration of Appliqué in Quilts, by Deanne Eisenman; It’s Elementary: Schoolhouse-Inspired Quilts for Home and School, by Kim Gaddy; Fabulous Wool Felt: Stitch 17 Fun Gifts and Projects, by Suzanne Cosmo; Just Treats, No Tricks: Bewitching Quilts and More to Celebrate Autumn, by Betsy Chutchian; The Little Things in Life: Quilted Projects to Brighten Your Day, by Heather and Elissa Willms; Optical Illusions: Innovative Designs for the Modern Quilter, by nine top designers; Stitches in Rhyme: Mother Goose Embroidered Quilts (and More!) for the Modern Nursery, by Donna di Natale and Amy Ubben; Then and Now Quilts: Yesterday’s Inspiration – Today’s Techniques – Tomorrow’s Treasures, by Joyce Dean Gieszler; Thistle Down Moon: Fresh Primitive Projects Inspired by an Old Quilt, by Maggie Bonanomi; and Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I, by Denniele Bohannon and Janice Britz.

Look to the left of this blog post or click on the links above to see the covers of these beautiful books.

We will present Schoolhouse sessions on Friday and have book signings on Saturday and Sunday. These are always popular because shop owners enjoy meeting the authors in person. Some of the shop owners will take autographed copies of books back to their shops to use for special promotions or prizes. And, of course, the authors enjoy meeting the shop owners and hearing how they plan to use their book in their shops.

Each fall, International Quilt Festival is held the week after International Quilt Market. Festival is open to the public. Many of the exhibitors stay over and sell their new products directly to the public. I’ve never attended festival but have heard that it is the biggest quilt show and sale on Earth. That may be exaggerating a bit, but if it is anything like quilt market, I can believe it. Hundreds of exhibitors; thousands of quilters. What more could one ask for?

Stay tuned for exciting news from market. We will post photos of our authors and visitors to our booth on Facebook and Twitter while at market, and next week, I’ll tell you about some of the new products I found.

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

October 22, 2014

Meet Our Authors!

International Quilt Market is this weekend in Houston, so it’s time to start thinking about the events you just can’t miss. We hope our Schoolhouse sessions and books signings make your list!quilt market houston 2014

Here’s the schedule for our Schoolhouse sessions, Friday, Oct. 24:

Heather Willms and Elissa Willms, The Little Things in Life: Quilted Projects to Brighten Your Day, 1:35 p.m., Room 352F

Janice Britz  and Denniele Bohannon, Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I,  2:10 p.m., Room 362C

Deanne Eisenman, Blooming Patchwork: A Celebration of Appliqué in Quilts, 2:10 p.m., Room 352F

Dawn Heese, Autumn Splendor: Folk Art Quilts and Projects, 2:10 p.m., Room 362B

Donna di Natale for Suzanne Cosmo, Fabulous Wool Felt: Stitch 17 Fun Gifts and Projects, 2:30 p.m., Room 362B

Betsy Chutchian, Just Treats, No Tricks: Bewitching Quilts and More to Celebrate Autumn, 2:30 p.m., Room 352F

Maggie Bononami, Thistle Down Moon: Fresh Primitive Projects Inspired by an Old Quilt, 2:30 p.m., Room 362C

Donna di Natale and Amy Ubben, Stitches in Rhyme: Mother Goose Embroidered Quilts (and More!) for the Modern Nursery, 2:50 p.m., Room 362C

Melissa Corry, Tia Curtis and Angela Walters, Optical Illusions: Innovative Designs for the Modern Quilter, 2:50 p.m., Room 352F

All of our book signings will be in our booth, No. 2053. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 25:

Donna di Natale and Amy Ubben, Stitches in Rhyme: Mother Goose Embroidered Quilts (and More!) for the Modern Nursery,10:30 a.m.

Betsy Chutchian, Just Treats, No Tricks: Bewitching Quilts and More to Celebrate Autumn, 11:30 a.m.

Janice Britz and Denniele Bohannon, Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I, 12:30 p.m.

Maggie Bononami, Thistle Down Moon: Fresh Primitive Projects Inspired by an Old Quilt, 1:30 p.m.

Dawn Heese, Autumn Splendor: Folk Art Quilts and Projects, 2:30 p.m.

Melissa Corry, Tia Curtis and Angela Walters, Optical Illusions: Innovative Designs for the Modern Quilter, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 26:

Joyce Dean Gieszler, Then and Now Quilts: Yesterday’s Inspiration – Today’s Techniques – Tomorrow’s Treasures, 10 a.m.

Deanne Eisenman, Blooming Patchwork: A Celebration of Appliqué in Quilts, 10:45 a.m.

Heather and Elissa Willms, The Little Things in Life: Quilted Projects to Brighten Your Day, 11:30 a.m.

Follow us on Twitter, check our Facebook page and visit this blog for updates during market. Hope to see you there!

 

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October 21, 2014

Warehouse-on-Wheels Sale: Nebraska

WarehouseOnWheels-page-0The Cornhusker State is the next stop for our popular  traveling book sale!

Kansas City Star Quilts is working with five Nebraska shops to bring you great prices on 30 beautiful books during the sale, which runs through Nov. 2.  During this special sale, books will be as much as 75 percent off, with prices as low as $5.50.

In the next few days, we will run interviews with the shop owners on this blog site to give you a behind-the-scenes look at these great shops.

The shops are:

OGALLALA:

Silver Thimble Sewing Center, 108 N. Spruce St., Ogallala, Nebraska 308-284-6838

LINCOLN:

Calico House, 5221 S 48th St., #4, Lincoln, Nebraska 402-489 1067

NORTH PLATTE:

The Quilt Rack, 101 W. Front St., North Platte, Nebraska 308-532-2606

HEMINGFORD:

Pat’s Creative, 7355 Gage Road, Hemingford, Nebraska 308-487-3999

YORK:

The Quilt Basket, 718 N. Lincoln Ave., York, Nebraska 402-362-5737

For more information and a list of all the sale books, click here. And if you’d like to see our Warehouse-On-Wheels sale come to your state, let us know on our Facebook page!

If you have questions, please call the shops for more information or send email to weaver@kcstar.com.

October 20, 2014

Mrs. Bobbins

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For more quilty laughter from Mrs. Bobbins, get The Big Book of Bobbins by clicking here! Just $16.95!

October 19, 2014

Block 10 Now on Store Site

Here is the 10th block in Kansas City Star Quilts’ 2014 block-of-the-month project, a tribute to those who served in World War I. This block is called Dove in the Window.

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Where Poppies Grow … Remembering Almo commemorates the Great War, which started a century ago, in July 1914. Denniele O’Kell Bohannon of Louanna Mary Quilt Design in Harrisonville, Missouri, and Janice Britz of Bee Merry Farms in Peculiar, Missouri, designed this year’s quilt as a remembrance of Almo Ebenezer O’Kell, Bohannon’s great-grandfather.

Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy in Kearney, Missouri, did the free-motion quilting.

The finished quilt is 72 inches by 83 inches.

The pattern for this block appeared in the October 19 Kansas City Star. The Star will publish a new block on the third Sunday of every month. Go to the Living tab, then House & Home. To read the story about the quilt and this month’s block in the online version of The Star, click here.

Every month, we will offer the current block on this site as a free download for one week. The blocks then will be available for $3.95 at the Kansas City Star Quilts Store.Where Poppies Grow High res

To buy Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I, click here. The book has all 12 blocks that make up the quilt. Two color variations and setting options are given for the main quilt. Three more striking quilts, two variations of a table runner and a poppy pin and pincushion round out the projects.

To buy Block 10, click here.