Houston Bound

Next week is International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. Regrettably, we will not be attending even though a few of our quilts did make the trip. You may remember we attended Spring Quilt Market to introduce ourselves to distributors, make contacts with fabric manufacturers, and research the possibility of one day having our own booth at Quilt Market (still a dream at this point!).  It was a very worthwhile trip, and the contacts we made led to some great opportunities and increased pattern sales.

These days, we are tweaking our third pattern for *hopefully* a late October/early November release.  In the meantime, we have made several different examples of both One Big Cabin, and Modern Fortune.  After seeing the pillow Doris made for her niece, using the owl applique from One Big Cabin, we wanted to make a feminine version of the entire quilt.  So, Doris selected these fabrics from her stash:

and made this quilt (not yet quilted when we took this photo):

But, that didn’t really give us the fun, atypically colored critters we were going for, so we made yet another girl-y version:

Final shot of this to come; but Trina quilted it in the eleventh hour last week and shipped these sweet little critters off to be displayed at Market in Houston!

We’ve made several different versions of Modern Fortune over the past 4-6 weeks as well.  This one is very close to our cover quilt, and is available as a kit from Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa (follow the link to contact them to order a kit):

Here it is on the design wall, before it was quilted:

and this one is hanging as shop sample at Quilts and Other Notions, in Creston, Iowa.  It is also available as a kit, made from the collection, Puttin’ on the Ritz by Bunny Hill Designs.  (Again, contact the shop directly to order this kit):

Our baby size of this pattern creates it’s own “scrappy” binding from the fat quarters you use for your blocks–a nice bonus:

The version we made to send to Houston is a completely different look, in bold blues and yellows, it is a vibrant quilt (again, shown here prior to being quilted):

Doris showed you a twin sized version last week, that hung in our guild show at the AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3-6, 2012, here is another shot of it with one of the baby quilts from our pattern cover photo:

While we are looking forward to being able to make some quilts that are not One Big Cabin or Modern Fortune variations, it has been fun to see these quilts come together in different colors, styles and manifestations.  (Secretly, we hope that we are not the only pattern designers making 6-10 versions of every.single.quilt.)  Are we?  If we are, we probably don’t want to know.

This was a fun surprise… it’s One Big Cabin made by our first customer to purchase a pattern, Linda Brandhagen.  She emailed this photo to share with us–isn’t it adorable?  Thanks, Linda!

If you have purchased (or won!) a copy of any of our patterns, and made something from it, please share it with us in our flickr group.  We LOVE seeing them made up by other quilters!

To purchase either pattern online (in print or digital format) visit our shop.

Spring Quilt Market

So, it’s over.  Well, for us, it is.  We’re driving north on I-35, drinking Coke Zero and Diet Coke (respectively), our minds are reeling with ideas and new info, and making our to-do list (it’s a page and a half single spaced already!!!)  Yikes!

We learned our share about pattern distribution (left two dozen with our first distributor!), what it takes to have your own booth at Market, and just about anything else we needed to know.  Lots of good information collected and crammed in in a very short span of time.

We had our share of fun… and made our own fun as the day went along.

Partied with Chewy and Darth…

Row House Creations meets Star Wars

Hung with some new friends… Ran into some familiar faces from home…

Fellow Des Moines MQG Members Jill & Marny (Modern Quilt Relish)

flirted with Linus…

Trina meets her “Peanuts” crush, Linus

And even got chummy with Tula Pink at the end of the day!

The lovely Tula Pink, Tricia, Doris & Trina

Just to name a few.  We added to our series of silly partner photos as we went along (see Linus pic above) which we’ve uploaded to flickr for your enjoyment..

We sewed blocks for an upcoming pattern this morning in the hotel room.  Sewing on a lazy Saturday morning after a long day on our feet at Market was just what the doctor ordered.  Very calming and therapeutic…  Check out time was at noon, so we loaded up the luggage cart and headed out to the Escape.  The challenge became fitting all of this…

How quilters travel

into this…

The Challenge

…along with Trina’s 60 yards of batting from Thursday’s Machine Quilter’s Showcase!

It all fit!  After a relaxing lunch, we headed back downtown to the Convention Center to visit a few booths and visit with a few folks we spoke with yesterday and deliver some patterns.  Tomorrow: we rest.  Monday: we start tackling that long to-do list (see first paragraph)!

To see all of our Spring Market photos, visit flickr.

Happy quilting,

Doris & Trina