Fall 2015 Quilt Market Recap

Just eight days ago I was flying to Houston and getting my booth set up. Months of planning, sewing, and anticipation are now over. I am so happy with how everything turned out as well as the chance to meet many of my social media friends in person. 

Coastline is my third fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. This nautical-inspired textile line will be available in quilt shops and online in January 2016--just in time for spring sewing!

As part of the Art Gallery Fabrics large booth, I had a 12 foot long wall so I could display quilts and projects made with my fabrics. 

The quilt above the table is called "Cross Sea" and is designed, made, and quilted by me. The 72" square quilt and is very easy to make. Once this fabric line is available in January, Art Gallery Fabrics will have the instructions posted for this quilt on their free pattern page

Here I am on Friday (set up day) before the show. We just finished putting the booth together and I am standing in front of my painted seascape mural and my handmade sign.

I did a painterly loose brushstroke mural onto a painter's drop cloth. Not having the mural rigid or on traditional stretched canvas allowed me to roll it like a rug and ship it to Houston.

The sign I made is a hollow foam core board base covered with homemade paper mache clay. Once the paper mache clay was dry I painted it to look like driftwood. The lettering for Coastline is made from mod podged and painted clothesline. The logo rectangles are foam core board covered with Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Element solid fabrics then glued in place. My name is cut out using a Silhouette Cameo cutter. I used their thin chipboard and glued 10 layers of cutout letters together to get that amount of relief. 

The most exciting part of going to Market is getting to spend time with other designers, shop owners, and bloggers. Art Gallery Fabrics designers pictured from left to right: Maureen Cracknell, Bari J., Pat Bravo, Amy Sinibaldi, and Sharon Holland.

My decorator Shorebird will appear in an upcoming Quilt Mania magazine. I had some fun with mixed media crafts and sewing this time!

Home decor weight canvas is now available in selected prints from each AGF fabric collection. Sandbar Lagoon is the canvas print for Coastline. I made a rug from the canvas as well as the thongs on the sandals. When the Coastline LookBook comes out sometime in January I will have instructions for how to make a canvas rug and post it here on the blog.

Art Gallery Fabrics knits are so soft and luxurious to wear. Pictured below are items made with prints from my Coastline collection. 

If you want to see more of what goes on at Market and see the displays in the other Art Gallery Fabrics boothes, follow the AGF blog to see videos and more Market recaps.