Dutch windmill quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell
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All The Inspiration at Quilt Market and Beyond

Sharon Holland Art Gallery Fabrics quilt market spring 2015


Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis. This is the twice yearly wholesale show for quilting and sewing industry people. The simple fact that I was allowed in makes me feel pretty giddy, and the experience was more than I could have hoped for. (Above is my friend, Sharon Holland, posing in front of her display for her new fabric collections for Art Gallery Fabrics. It is gorgeous! watch for it this summer)

Alison Glass designs, quilt market spring 2015


There were a few people on my short list that I really wanted to meet simply because I am a super fan. Alison Glass was one at the top…I had a great time talking with her in her gorgeous booth (above). She is really gentle and open, very easy to talk to. She has a new collection of Handcrafted fabrics coming soon.

So while it was really fun to meet people I admire (Katarina Roccella and Bonnie Christine are both adorable, I had a great conversation with Jen Kingwell, met Tula Pink and talked fabric, and discovered that all the ladies at Cotton and Steel are incredibly friendly and normal. Melody Miller actually complimented my dress!) But I really went to Market for business….hoping to meet some fabric insiders, editors, etc, and had success beyond all expectations!

Dutch windmill quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell


So here is what I am taking away: a mind swirling with ideas and potential projects and publications, patterns and fabrics! But I am also feeling very inspired to finish some of my current projects…make room for all the fun in the next couple of months.

I am not usually one to post specific goals and to-do lists like some bloggers do, but today I am making a commitment to spend the rest of May finishing. First up: quilting my baby Dutch Windmill (above) and my mini Eclipse, which I basted today.

Eclipse quilt by Sharon McConnell


I am also working on finishing up three patterns that are at various stages. Luckily I am traveling again this weekend…airplane rides are perfect for writing and proofing. And, lastly, some binding…

scrappy pieced quilt backing and binding


So, if I can harness the energy and momentum I feel coming out of Market and complete this list I will have three finished quilts (small quilts still count as finishes, right?) and three patterns ready to go. Oh, and there’s that top I have half pieced laid out on the floor…The good news is that I do this because I love it (and I am my own boss), so there are no real deadlines!

I hope you are all feeling inspired to create! There are many beautiful new fabric collections and books coming in the next few months.


7 thoughts on “All The Inspiration at Quilt Market and Beyond

  1. Sharon Holland says:

    I had so much fun hanging out with you at Market Sharon. You have so much talent and are going to be super busy–can’t wait to see what you’re up to next!!!

  2. amy deason says:

    Loving the blog. You are so inspiring! That show looks fabulous! Fabric is gorgeous! Wish I could have been there. Can’t wait to see your next pattern.

  3. Pam says:

    Isn’t it crazy fun?

  4. Chris jurd says:

    Glad to hear it was so,successful,for you. How exciting. Can’t wait to see a book or maybe a fabric line?
    Well done and I know you’ve worked hard for it.

  5. christaquilts says:

    I’m so glad you had such a successful trip! I can’t wait to hear more 🙂

  6. Sharon says:

    Thanks for the sneak peek at Quilt Market. It’s on my “one day” list. Good luck with your May deadlines — they look beautiful, so how wonderful when they’re finished.

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