Jewel Box quilt pattern by Color girl quilts with RJR fabrics

Sharing Quilt Market: a Giveaway


Tipsy pattern by Color girl quilts with RJR fabricsI’ve been away recently attending Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. Quilt Market is a twice-yearly gathering of wholesale venders to showcase their products and sell to the owners of quilt shops and such.

This year, I decided to go and try to give my patterns and cards out to shop owners to introduce myself and patterns, and to (hopefully!) increase my wholesale sales. I also met with some magazine editors I am hoping to do some projects with. All in all, the event is super big, super exciting, and a bit exhausting. I can only imagine how it must feel for those actually investing time and energy in a display!

Jewel Box quilt pattern by Color girl quilts with RJR fabrics

One of the really fun things about Market is the reveal of all the new upcoming designer collections from the fabric manufacturers. I loved seeing all the pretty things made with Art Gallery Fabrics at their booth, as well as the new Tula Pink range (great color there!), and one I have been super excited about: “Uppercase” from Windham. I was a bit disappointed that Alison Glass didn’t have something new, though )-:

I was happy to be able to have several quilts on display in booths, including Hoffman fabrics (my Archer pattern, Below), my three wholesale distributors, and RJR. For RJR, I made a Tipsy quilt with the new collection, “One Room Schoolhouse” by Brenda Ratliff. See my post about the quilt, Here.

Archer Quilt pattern with Hoffman fabrics prints, by Sharon McConnell

Archer Quilt made with Sweet Tea fabric by Hoffman Fabrics

I have quite a bit of fabric left over from the Tipsy quilt, and I would love to share it with a couple of you readers! I have created two bundles of prints from “One Room Schoolhouse”, which doesn’t get to stores until July. Two people can win, you will each get a bundle of fabric. One bundle comes with my Tipsy pattern and the other comes with my Jewel Box pattern.

To enter, leave a comment on this post and answer this question:

I was pretty amazed at the huge variety of tastes and styles at Market, and I know quilt shops vary a lot. So, I am curious: what is your favorite quilt shop, and where is it?

I will choose winners next week, good luck!


Update, June 1st: This Giveaway is now closed…the winners are Rebecca and Lee. I emailed you for addresses. thank you all for your comments! so glad we support our local shops.

90 thoughts on “Sharing Quilt Market: a Giveaway

  1. Carole says:

    My favorite quilt shop is a local quilt shop here in Arlington Texas called Sew Fabricated they always have a good selection and the staff is very helpful

  2. Cathy says:

    I am such a fan of your patterns. My favorite shop is “Linda’s Country Quilts” in Davison, Michigan. Hugs

  3. Daenette More says:

    My favorite quilt store is The Quilted Corner in Cheyenne Wyoming. I picked up your pattern Twriling Fans off the internet and made it up in Cival War prints. I am teaching that class at the Black Hills Retreat at Mallo Camp just north of Newcastle Wyoming. The Quilted Corner was gracious enough to order your patterns for the retreat! I love it when a local quilt store is open to new ideas!

  4. Gigi Voegeli says:

    My favorite shop is on line, Hawthorne Threads.

  5. Susan K says:

    I’ve got two. Quilt Country in Lewisville Texas. And The Quilt Asylum in McKinney Texas.

  6. Liz F says:

    My favorite quilt shop is sacred thread and is in GA. Thanks for a chance at the give away.

  7. Kathy E. says:

    Congrats on stepping up and passing out your cards to interested folks at the show! That must be very exciting, especially to talk to magazine people!
    I haven’t been to too many quilt shops, but the last one I visited (and filled my cart) was in Branson, Missouri. It was called Quilts and Quilts and it was a beautiful, large store with great salespeople and superbly decorated!

  8. Diane Mehring says:

    Recently did a shop hop with friends thru Illinois to see Bonnie Hunter. Stopped at A Touch of Amish. Great shop with a lot of variety and friendly staff.

  9. Alisa says:

    Sounds like a great time for you! I love my local LQS – Hamels Fabrics in Chilliwack, BC, Canada. For online shopping I like Mad About Patchwork, located in Ontario.

  10. Martina says:

    My favourite quiltshop is my local quiltshop Cotton&Color in Riehen, Switzerland. It also sell fabric online which is very handy!

  11. Chris says:

    I really only have one quilt shop by me and it’s quite a drive so I don’t go too often. They are very nice though so I enjoy the shop.

  12. Carol says:

    There are several quilt shops near me. I really like Pine Needles at Gardner Village, Quilts Etc, and the newly re-opened Thimbles and Threads. All of these places are in the Salt Lake area.

  13. Melody Lutz says:

    My favorite is The Sew N Sew in Glendora California. They have 8 rooms of fabric!!!!!!!!!! One entire room of batiks, my favorites. The owner and I are sympatico on our batik color choices-she constantly says I shop for HER!

  14. Tracy Hudson says:

    My favorite quilt shop is online and its Fat Quarter Shop. Sounds like it’s a lot of hard work getting your patterns out there. Congrats on having your quilts on display too!

  15. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    I like the Calico Station, in Jacksonville Florida. With online shops, My favorites are Whittles and Rossville Quilts.

  16. Darnell Mack says:

    My favorite shop? Honey Bee’s quilt shop in Austin, texas.

  17. Marie Doyle says:

    My favorite shop is Fiddlehead Artisan Supply in Belfast, Maine

  18. Michelle M says:

    I have two local shops that I like. Prints Charming is in Fulton, MD, and I love their fabric selection, and Sew Vac is in Ellicott City, MD and is great for notions and us where I bought my sewing machine!

  19. Linda Krueger says:

    My favorite shop is Stychee Woman in Owensboro, Kentucky. It’s quite a drive, 45 minutes, but I love to stop in each time I have to go to town.

  20. Monica says:

    My favorite shop is Bear Paw in Towson, MD. I can go there and get everything I need and everyone is super helpful. They have such a wide variety of fabrics and tools.

  21. Judy Hudgins says:

    We are lucky to have two really super quilt stores here. Sewing Palace is crammed full of fabric, super helpful staff and tons of classes and ideas. However, Prickly Pear Quilts in only a few steps away from my job at the library and they are so nice and friendly, great fabric selection and are great at me popping in, telling them I need fat quarters of this-this and this and then popping back out to finish my shift and come back and pick it up later.

  22. Karen says:

    My favorite is the one in my town called A&E Pharmacy. It’s actually IN a pharmacy here in Pensacola. Thanks for sharing.

  23. AJ says:

    Gina’s Bernina in Knoxville, Tennessee. They have an awesome fabric selection, offer a variety of great classes with excellent instructors, and everyone that works there is helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. When my old sewing machine gave up the ghost last summer they did a great job helping me select the best machine for my needs and budget. I can’t say enough good things about this wonderful shop!

  24. Karen says:

    I always enjoy stopping at Bear Patch in White Bear Lake, MN and Millie P’s in Anoka, MN.

  25. Jan O says:

    My favorite shop is The Quilted Fox, a light, airy, and eclectic shop in St. Louis, Missouri owned and curated by the talented Louise Georgia.

  26. Linda Lynn says:

    My favorite shop is Golden Needles in Rockport, Texas.

  27. sharon says:

    I am trying to stay on diets both weight watches and fabric — my stash is taking over my 4th bedroom ( i need to use it)
    so, my fabric quilt shop is the quilt company in allison park pa, just outside of pittsburgh.
    I rent time on the long arm and take a few classes and try not to buy too much fabric
    I love jewel box quilt pattern

  28. Patti Levine says:

    My favorite is Bernina here in Las Cruces. They were one of the top 10 shops last year! What an honor for them. They have a wide variety of patterns and fabrics and all are so, so friendly and helpful. Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Kathie L says:

    I spend most of my quilting dollars at the Wooden Bridge Drygoods in Kutztown, PA. It is located on a Mennonite farm and has loads of fabric at good prices. THanks for the giveaway.

  30. Anu says:

    My favourite quilt shop is Intrepid Thread in CA. I’ve never been there myself, but my husband travels often to California for his work and I place an order which he then picks up. Living in Finland where quilting isn’t a big thing I would otherwise run out of fabric.

  31. Karen Thurn says:

    I have visited many different quilt shops when my husband and I took the challenge last summer to do the entire state of Minnesota’s Annual Quilt Shop Hop. From the 73 shops we visited, we saw shops in an old barn, old bowling alley, old school house, and old houses. I have to say my favorite is in Sherburn, MN that used to be a bowling alley. I was able to talk to one of the shop owners who showed me before and after pictures. The hop took us 11 days and we drove 4,343 miles. I am always looking for new scraps for my postage stamp quilt.

  32. Clara Chandler says:

    It is difficult to have one favorite quilt shop since I’ve lived in several states. Each shop has a unique personality, based on shop owner, locale and customer preferences. In Washington state, I’d choose Quilted Strait in Port Gamble; in Arizona, The Quilt Basket in Tucson would be favorite and Oregon, you’d find me at the Pine Needle in Lake Oswego. Thank you for the chance to give these shops recognition. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

  33. Peggy says:

    It’s difficult to pick just one!! My favourite online shop is Mad About Patchwork in Stittsville, ON, Canada. But I also love Hawthorne Threads in NY, and Pink Castle in Ann Arbor, Michigan (and many others).

  34. Peggy Terzian says:

    Isn’t that like picking your favorite child? I am so lucky to have many wonderful quilt shops close to me here in Southern California. One of my favorites is The Creation Station in Buellton, but I also love the vibrant creative energy of the Fat Quarter Shop online!

  35. Shauna Trueblood says:

    That is easy, for local it is Quilt Country in Lewisville, TX. They carry a large variety of fabric and are always willing to help you pick out fabric. The staff is super friendly. For online nothing beats Fat Quarter Shop, they have everything, ship fast and have some great sales.

  36. diana says:

    Oh~depends on what I’m looking for~Speckled Hen for general fabrics, Holly Hill for brights, Pine Needle for modern, Fabric Depot for the “football field of fabric” experience 🙂

  37. barbara woods says:

    our closest is 40 minutes away named” the Stitchery”

  38. Lynda Hermann says:

    I have all my quilting done at a local shop called Fiddlesticks. I am so impressed with the shop owner who knows every bolt of fabric in her store, can look at a project and know just what fabric is needed to complete it, can look at a project and know just the right pattern to use for quilting and so much more. This young lady works every day in her shop and well into the night with her longarm business.

  39. Delaine says:

    I don’t have a local quilt shop, so my favorite shops are on-line. Connecting Threads is one of them – they have fantastic prices and variety of fabric. Thanks!

  40. Allison says:

    My fav local shop closed! Sigh!!! I had been going to her store since my kids were little – she remembered them all, knew what I liked to sew on and was so generous to everyone! Miss her! My local stores are not the same level of customer service so I won’t say who they are

  41. marta manole says:

    I live in San Francisco bay area and have around quite a number of quilt not have a favorite,like them all…thank you…marta

  42. Bonnie Larson says:

    I love all kinds of quilt shops, but my local one is best. They all know me by name. haha

    Thanks so much for sharing. I love the fabric and pattern!

  43. Terry says:

    I prefer to shop online since I can find whatever I’m looking for…not always the case locally though I do try them first, so I’d have to say that the Fat Quarter Shop is my favorite.

  44. Lori Matsui says:

    My favorite quilt shop is Circa 15 in Kirkland WA. They always have fabrics I can’t find any where else and a extensive collection of modern fabrics in particular. I have to mention my second favorite as well which in Keepsake Cottage fabrics in Bothell WA, they have a huge selection but not not as many of the modern ones.

  45. rosa says:

    My favorite quilt shop is a local one that is more or less 110km far away and it`s my favorite because I love touch fabrics and have yummiest fabrics though I buy almost all my fabric by internet in USA.

    Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great and amazing time at Market.

  46. Carole Williams says:

    My favorite quilt shop is right here in my hometown. It is Rachel’s Quilt Shoppe in Staunton, Virginia.

  47. Manya says:

    In Tucson we have several great quilt shops. I am an avid supporter of all. Two favorites are Quilters Market, and the Quilt Basket. I have been a huge fan of your work for quite awhile. Keep up the awesome designing you do. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks!

  48. Anne-Maree Matthews says:

    Sounds like you had a great time at market and hopefully a successful one. My favourite store is Quilt Lovers Hangout in North Ft Myers, FL. It’s huge and I seem to spend hours there when I visit.

  49. Gail says:

    My favorite shop is Piece by Piece, in Eugene, Oregon.

  50. Tarnia says:

    My favourite shop is pretty much whichever one I walk into. I am very fickle, but also love curating fabric so much, that any shop is a source of temptation. Heaven forbid I ever make it to the States, I think I would move into Hancocks of Paducah and never leave, so maybe its my real favourite.

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