Sunday, May 11, 2008

Getting Ready for Spring Quilt Market

Last week, the quilt I designed and made as a sample for Quilting Treasures arrived at their offices and I was so pleased to hear that they love it.  The name of the quilt is: "Kids Shine II", and the name of the new fabric line they're promoting is called: "Kids Go Green", by Kari Pearson.  The quilt pattern will soon be available on their site, so please check it out to see if it is something you'd like to make.  The quilt design has 4 15" Rising Sun blocks in the center that make up a large, 30" sun.  It is quite colorful and cheerful.  Russ Adams of Back Porch Quilters did the quilting on it, and Quilting Treasures requested that it be embellished, so I added bright sunflowers, pink accent buttons, and a butterfly and two dragonflies.

Each Market, there is a "class" you can take called Sample Spree, where you can see all of the newest lines of fabric in fat quarter bundles and purchase them for sample quilts.  This is what I did at the big Market in Houston last October.  I purchased Moda's "Swell" line and created my free 2008 Block-of-the-Month through my website.  Going to Sample Spree is terrific in that it gives shop owners and designers a chance to view all of the fabric lines coming out at one time.  This saves going around to each booth during the Market and provides an opportunity to see what lines have potential for current or future designs.

I'm looking forward to spending time at Market, this next week, and look forward to discovering new opportunities for SuzGuz Designs.