To Market To Market

Squeeeeee!!!  Can it be true?  I’m finally finally FINALLY going to International Quilt Market in 2 weeks!  (You can’t tell I’m excited, can you?)

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Quilt Market…ahhhhh…every year, every season, I drool over photos plastered all over the web of decked out booths, exciting new projects, and of course star-studded spottings of my favorite quilty celebs.  It’s THE event…a massive, completely overwhelming gathering of not just the fabric obssessed, no, but the QUILT OBSESSED.  Does it get any better?  I think not.

Well this is my year.  Credentials.  Check.  Glossy brochures.  Check.  Enough super-cool outfits to last me 4 days?  I don’t know about that last one, but…um, did I mention I have brochures?

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But what’s really sending me over the moon?  I’m going to have a quilt hanging in the Windham Fabrics booth!  Eeek!  Now THAT’S exciting.

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My quilt is helping promote a collection called Lulu by Another Point of View, and it’s so funny because when I received the fabric samples and designed this quilt, I didn’t know who the designer was, but it turned out to be SO serendipitous…my design has everything to do with point of view.

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I wish I had a better pic of it to show you here (quilting and binding this week were like a crazy whirlwind, and now it’s dark and I have no respectable photos…but you get the idea).  Anyway, this quilt can be looked at in several different ways…bit of a Magic Eye effect.  You could focus on the bright alternating rectangles in the Lulu print…that’s what my eye goes to first.  Or you could focus on the white rectangle lattice- the chain link-type pattern.  OR, if you kinda squint, and let the white float up a bit…look past it, and you’ll see what the birds see when they soar over the Midwestern farmland…a patchwork of fields, or squares in this case.  I like that view best, so I’ve named this quilt “Bird’s Eye View.”  Anyway, so when I found out that the fabric designer was Another Point of View, I knew this quilt was meant to be!

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The back is an experiment in all things organic and improv.  I was determined to use up as much of the Lulu fabric as I possibly could, but alas, my scraps were anything but large.  Definitely no decent back-sized pieces.  But rather than whip out a solid, or something from another line (eek!), I decided to throw caution to the wind and get scrappy.  I laid out all of my scraps on the quilt top and just started playing with them…moving them around, until I came up with a loose “plan.”  It was more like working a puzzle than quilting, to be honest, and I didn’t even stop to do much trimming or pressing!  It was actually crazy fun.  I stitched the patches, then the sections together, to create a really dynamic, perhaps a bit dizzying, but definitely not lacking in originality, totally funky backing.

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Aaaaand, I wish I had a finished photo of it to show you at the moment!!!  Shucks.  I’ll post more about this quilt once I take some pretty pics tomorrow.

Well that’s my Market excitement in a nutshell.  I’ll keep you posted!

XO

Comments

  1. Oh, how fun! I am so happy for you. Congratulations on having a quilt at market! You deserve it!

  2. So exciting! Last year I went there all the way from Sweden, all by myself. I have now started my own quilt shop – the dream of my life!

  3. I would be squealing too if I was going to Quilt Market. Have a great time, and may Quilt Market be very successful for you.

  4. Hi Amy,

    At last all your hard work has paid off congratulations. I hope you have heaps of fun at the Quilt Market and that it be full of surprises and great successes for the future. I will continue to look forward to your blogs and pics. Your quilt is so pretty and can’t wait to see a proper photo once you have quilted it. As always happy quilting. Julie Beard Adelaide South Australia.

  5. Looking forward to pics of both the front and back when you can. Have fun for all of us at IQM. I still hope to go to IQS next year.

  6. Linda Mahoney says:

    I’m so happy for you! I love your new quilt. Have a wonderful time!

  7. Laraine Zegoski says:

    Best wishes, you will have a blast!

  8. I’d be squeeee’ing too! So happy for you, you’re gonna have a blast. (a bit green too, wish I was going!)

  9. Enjoy! What a fantastic trip it will be-cant wait to hear the details:). And congrats on the quilt-improv is so fun!

  10. Kathy Fair says:

    Congratulations on the getting to have your quilt be part of the International Quilt Market. What a fun time you will have. Love the name, Birds Eye View, fits perfectly. Have a great time.

  11. Congrats! on getting to go to quilt market and for having a quilt hanging there! How exciting and well deserved! Can’t wait to hear the details and see your pics!

  12. Amy, congratulations on getting to go to IQM. I love your quilt you designed and can’t wait to see all the photos of it (front and back!) when it is all finished! You will have so much fun, I can’t wait to read all about it when u get back!!! Have a wonderful and blessed time!!

  13. Woohoo, how exciting for you and your quilt, hope you both have loads of fun!

  14. Laura Hall says:

    Lucky you! Happy you are going-I can feel your excitement! Hope you post lots of great photos from the event…and your quilt–cute! The best part for me is the back-I love to make wacko backs out of the remnants/leftovers/small shreds from the front!

  15. Congrats Amy have a great time. Love the quilt front and back. Looking forward to seeing more pictures and hearing all about IQM. Your brochures are awesome.

  16. Congrat to you. Your brochure is really cute and inspiring. Can I hope in one of your bags? Have a fun time I wish I could attend a quilt market event they sound really neat. Enjoy your time there say hi your kiddos! Cheers to you!

  17. Congratulations, Amy! I hope you have lots of fun and that Quilt Market be very successful! :)

  18. Absolutely love it! You truly have a gift to be able to create like that. Congrats at your showcase! So exciting! Now I can say, “I knew her when…” Enjoy!

  19. Huge Congrats!!! You deserve this honor!!

  20. YAY!! I am so excited that of course I had to call you! :) Cannot wait to see you my friend! xo

  21. Hope you have so much fun! :-)