Nov 8, 2006 - Quilting News    No Comments

Fall 2006 Quilt Market photos of designers and their new quilting patterns

Every year I take photos at the International Quilt Market of the Quilt Designers display booths whose products you can find in the QuiltersWarehouse catalog.  Designers were at Market showing their newest quilt patterns as well as refreshing our memories of their other favorites. 


Quilt Branch at Market

 I always try to get the designer in the photo if they are in the booth when I stopped by during this 3 day event.  The Quilt Branch (above) and Thistledown and Company (below) are just two of the 25 different designer photos you can see on our photo spread found here at QuiltersWarehouse. 

Thistle Down at market

I also saw that Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Deisgns and Gina Halladay of Quilters Buzz both have a number of posts on their blogs about what they each saw at this fall Market.  You should check them out.  Also, if you know of any other posts about Fall 06 Quilt Market that you would like to share, send us a comment about them.


Quilt Market Logo  International Quilt Market is sponsored by Quilts, Inc. and is a wholesale show for quilt shops.  It is the local quilt shops semi-annual conference where they can attend classes and shop the exhibit hall for fabric, tools, patterns and notions. 



Hope you enjoy the photos!  John Bruns, CEO


New Book From Lazy Girl Designs

Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs emailed me today and shared a sneak preview of her upcoming book ‘Bold Bags’.  Joan is pretty excited about this new venture, so I’ll share her comments and some of what I read on her blog for our Quilters Showcase readers. 

“I am so excited about my new project with Leisure Arts (LA). LA approached me to do a book with their new line of faux leather and mock croc purse products.  I fell in love with the materials as soon as I started to play with them. 

Bold Bags Leisure Arts cover

The handles and the shoulder straps are the big news for our bag-loving fabric crafters because they are a new offering and will work with many designs already available in the maket.  Fashion handles have been readily available for a number of years, but the selection has been limited to hard, mold-injected models or beads strung on wire.  LA is offering faux leather handle pairs and mock croc shoulder straps.  LA also offers letter-sized sheets of the same faux leather and mock croc which are easy to cut and sew.

Bold Bags Leisure Arts cover

‘Bold Bags’ by Lazy Girl Designs from Leisure Arts book should be available in November 2006.  ‘Bold Bags’ contains 7 bag projects and suggested retail is $8.95, 32 pages, full-color.  The projects range from easy to intermediate.  And here’s the inside scoop on one detail – we introduce yet another easy and fantastic way to install a zipper!”

You can see the entire line of ‘Exclusively You’ faux leather and mock croc products from Leisure Arts at:

Thanks to Joan for that fabulous preview and I will keep you posted on when this book becomes available at Quilter’s Warehouse.  I also found that Gina has posted more information about Joan and her new book on Quilter’s Buzz.    And if that isn’t enought, Joan has even more detail about the project on her personal blog found here

Quilter’s Showcase



Diane Dixon to participate in Cotton Spice Magazine’s Block-of-the-Month Challenge

Metro Quiltworks designer Diane Dixon is participating in the Cotton Spice magazine’s Block-of-the-Month Designer’s Challenge # 2, Meadowsweet. Her designed block is a detail from her current pattern Simple Floral Elegance. It will be revealed on Nov 15th! Visit the Cotton Spice website for more details.


Also from Metro Quiltworks their new pattern is Just in time for Christmas! Their “Christmas Party Poinsettia” is a table runner that combines an updated color palette with the no fuss fun of fusible appliqué! Appliqué shapes are layered to create gorgeous poinsettias to set off the perfect look for your Holiday table.

Christmas Party Poinsettia Quilt Pattern

You can shop for all of Metro Quiltworks patterns here!

Nov 2, 2006 - Quilting News    No Comments

Tea Cozy quilting pattern featured in Asian Fabric Magazine by Kona Bay

Asian Fabric Magazine

Ursula Riegel from “Designs to Share with You” is a special contributor in the most recent issue of the “Asian Fabric” magazine by Kona Bay.  (  

Tea Cozy at Kona Bay

The featured tea cozy (above) is part of pattern #DSY115 – “Placemats & Company”  (below) which you can purchase here . You can see all of Ursula’s patterns on her website at


Oct 3, 2006 - Quilting News    No Comments

New patterns for fall Quilt Market featured in American Quilt Retailer and FabShop News

As Fall Quilt Market 2006 approaches, designers are busy finishing up on the new patterns and items to be show this last week of October in Houston, TX.   Looking forward to this event, quilt pattern designers promote their newest in magazines. AQR cover Fab Shop News 

As a sneak peek, the ads that QuiltersWarehouse has taken out in industry trade journals in advance of Quilt Market  include  this ad (pdf)  which will be part of the next issue of American Quilt Retailer and  this ad (pdf)  that can be found in the FabShop News.   Your local quilt shop might subscribe to these magazines.

Designers with new products featured in these ads include:  Sew Unique Creations, Innovations, Backroom Quilter, Studio Kat Designs,   Seams N Dreams, American Jane, Clothesline Quilts, Thistledown, Perkins Dry Goods, Chickadee Hollow, Sentimental Stitches, and Designs to Share
Although some of these products can be found in the Warehouse Shops catalog already, many will not be available until the end of October.