Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Big Fresno Fair

Well, I guess that I am the lurker. Enjoying what Colette has done and happy to just sit back and read. I was very overwhelmed with all of the Quilts that were on display at Fresno Fair these past 2 weeks, so felt that this was my time to write. The displays were amazing, the quilts were wonderful and it was such a treat to see such fabulous workmanship. Some names I recognized and some I did not and that was wonderful to see such a great interest in this wonderful median of quilting.

Do you recognize these girls? Nancy and her faithful cohort are educating the masses on what a wonderful Guild Fresno has and all of the wonderful benefits that the Guild has to offer.

Piecing and applique always make a wonderful quilt, and this one is no exception.

This was a wonderful quilt with the frog, that was just too cute for words.

Our Annual Quilting Retreat that we host at Bass Lake in both the Spring and the Fall has been commemorated by Kathleen P. Her memories, along with her roommates; who are photo transferred on the porch of the Chalet, are a wonderful tribute to their weekend of fun.

Quilters Paradise is the Official Sponsor for the following 2 categories at the Fresno Fair. One is for Best of Show in Hand Quilting and the other is for Best of Show in Machine Quilting. It was such a treat to see these 2 wonderful quilts hanging in such a predominant place, Glenda B was the winner of the Hand Quilting.

and Ann D was the winner of the Machine Quilting. Kudos to both of these ladies. Some of you might remember the wonderful quilt that Ann did for the Fresno Philharmonic last year as their fundraiser, it was done in Golds, Blacks and had the signatures of some of the guest artists that had performed for the Philharmonic.

Theresa P was the maker of this quilt, don't know what to do with those wonderful florals that are on the Market now; how about a vertical row Quilt.

Gerry P congratulations on a work well done.

Does this look familiar to all ? This Quilt pattern is one of those that withstands the test of time. Always beautiful, no matter what colors they are done in.

Devina got People's Choice, woo-hoo, you go girl !

Remember that there is always next year, so get started on those quilts ladies.

Until next time,


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Houston Quilt Market

We're home from market and have spent the last week playing catch-up. Maybe life will finally slow down a bit. Market this year was new for us as we found ourselves both buying and selling.

On the selling end, we were happy with the results of our first wholesale show. We received positive responses from everyone. It will be exciting to see our patterns show up in shops across the country. Here's a picture of our booth.

As buyers, we found so many new wonderful patterns, books, notions and fabric. A few of our favorites include....

Henrietta Turtle by Heather Bailey - I can't resist a turtle. Too cute!

Sophie & Friends fabric and pattern by Bonnie Blue Quilts - very sweet in pink and brown.

Junk Bag by Jackie Clark Designs - we loved this bag!

And this...not a pattern, just a cute way to use ribbons and trim. What little girl (or big) wouldn't love these jeans!

We have so many new items arriving daily and the girls will be madly sewing new samples for "Enchanted Evening and Market Preview", held on Thursday, November 19 from 5 to 8pm. This is a fun evening where we premier all the wonderful new items from quilt market and Old Town Clovis is decked out in all it's holiday splendor, complete with twinkling lights, holiday music and even horse drawn carriage rides.
Quilt Market always inspires me with new colors and designs. Now I can't wait to get back to sewing again. Hopefully I'll be able to find some free time, before all the craziness of the holidays begins. So check back soon for sneak peaks and more QP chatter.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Merced Quilt Show

It was a great show this weekend. So many friends stopped by to say hello. Here's a couple pictures of our booth.

They had some of this year's Hoffman Challenge quilts on display. They were awesome. Quilter's are so creative. Here's a few of my favorites.

These past few weeks have really been exhausting. But we're not done yet....

On Wednesday Barbara, Kathy and I fly to Houston for quilt martet. This year we're not only attending as buyers for the shop but will be selling our patterns for the first time ever at a wholesale market. It's been crazy trying to get everything shipped ahead while running the shop and vending at 2 quilt shows. So, ready or not, in two days were off....

Check back for quilt show news and more QP Chatter..