quilt shows

Pour L’Amour Du Fil

A couple of weeks ago we had a stand at the fabulous French quilt show – Pour L’amour du Fil (For the Love of Thread)……WOW what an amazing quilt show.  This was the first time we had been to this show and we were a little nervous as our French is basic at best but it turned out to be a brilliant week and a show that we will definitely be attending again.  It was bright, vibrant, buzzing and the quilts on display were seriously awe inspiring.  We have to say a HUGE thank you to our fabulous french speaking friends, Mary and Mick – they were great and got stuck straight in (Mick got quite a following with his brilliant demos!)  They gave us a crash course in French quilt show vocab and so when they left us to our own devices on the last day we were very pleased to report that our French had greatly improved!

The show celebrated the 150th anniversary of Dear Jane and the quilts simply took our breath away – so much work and so much intricate detail.   The quilts were hung in two tiers and in numerous rows – when you first walked into the room it really was quite an incredible sight.

Not only were there Dear Jane quilts but there were individual exhibitions (which we’re ashamed to say we only found out on the second day as they were tucked away downstairs!).  These were wonderful exhibitions by Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably, Petra Prins, Polly & Laurie (you may know the ladies as Minnick & Simpson who design for Moda), Di Ford plus a few others.  They were all great but the we especially loved Di Ford’s exhibition.  Her quilts were stunning!

It was so easy to get to ( we got the ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo) and then a couple of hours drive from there – so if you like the look of this show then we highly recommend a visit as it is well worth it!

Three Quilt Shows in Three Weeks

Err….whose bright idea was it to do three shows in three weeks?! Actually, its a lot of fun – yes, a little exhausting but what a wonderful way to spend three weeks meeting and chatting to like minded people and all the time surrounded by what we love – fabric! The first show was the Quilt Festival in Kent. This was the debut show for this venue and what a lovely venue and so easy to get to. We have a feeling that this show will become a firm favourite in the diary to attend in the forthcoming years. We were situated in a great little corner and made some lovely new friends – Patchwork Prints run by Gillian James who combines her two passions – photography and quilting so do check out her website. We were also nearby the fabric marbling stand – fascinating and totally inspiring. We of course bought a marbling pack so are going to have a dabble! We also met a lovely lady, Jane Etherton, who had made our Basket Sampler quilt from our Jelly Roll Sampler book. She made her quilt using a 1930’s jelly roll and doesn’t it look fab! Jane had her quilt longarm quilted in a lovely 1930’s flower quilting design. Basket Sampler Quilt Last week we were at Malvern show – we hadn’t seen it since the renovation and new hall as last year the show coincided with one of the US shows and wow – what a difference a bit of paint, new lighting and flooring makes. It feels so much lighter and spacious. We always enjoy Malvern – possibly due to the gorgeous setting at the bottom of the Malvern hills. When we attend shows we always have a clear objective of what we want to show our customers and we always try and keep things new and fresh so there is always something different. For these shows we have introduced our new quilts made using just one Dessert Rolls. These are quilts that will feature in our new book out next May 2013. If you’re not sure what Dessert Rolls are then these are the new Moda pre-cuts that will be hitting the UK early in the New Year (Moda are launching them at Quilt Market this right now). They are twenty strips of fabric – 5in width and cut the width of the fabric. As with jelly rolls, we at The Quilt Room also cut our 5in Strip Rolls. You can just see three of the quilts behind Pam in the picture below. Pam at Malvern We also have been busy demonstrating the Creative Grids rulers- the Double-Strip Kaleidoscope Ruler and the 2 Peaks in 1 Triangle Ruler that go hand in hand with our two new Pattern Books. We have decided that we need a bit more of a ‘demo’ station so Pam’s husband, Nick, has been given his building order so maybe (just maybe) it’ll be ready for next week at Duxford! Pam demonstrating at Malvern. Now – if you attended any of the shows or are visiting us at Duxford did you remember to print off your discount voucher? It’s well worth it as you get a great BIG 10% off any purchase with us. We also have a great free competition which can win a jelly roll. All you need to do is put down your email address and you’ll get added to the prize draw. We will announce all the winners after the last show next week so keep checking the blog!

Festival of Quilts 2012

We have just come back from the brilliant Festival of Quilts 2012.  What a great show!  We were very lucky this year as we also had an exhibition showcasing  all the quilts from our NEW book Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts.  The concept our our book, Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts was to take inspiration from our collection of antique quilts (these were the quilts pinned flat) and then create our own modern day jelly roll heirloom versions.  It was hard work setting up the exhibition – those walls are tougher than they look and Annie and Natalie who helped set up were absolutely exhausted by the end of it.   However, it was well worth it and was so lovely to be able to share these quilts with everyone over the few days.

Below was our stand.  We had a nice big demo space at the front where we demonstrated the two Creative Grids rulers (2 Peaks in 1 ruler and the Double-Strip Kaleidoscope ruler) that go alongside our two new pattern books ……and demo we certainly did!  One of us was almost always demonstrating and I think both our voices were a little hoarse by the end of the show.

We didn’t get much chance to walk around the show but we did spot this pictured below.  It was on the Janome stand and they are had made these wonderful baskets from our High Fashion pattern in our book More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts.  This was just one of the baskets – they looked absolutely great and really showcased their sewing machines! 

It is fair to say that by the end of the show were were happy but oh so tired.  We all slept well that night!  Usually the Festival of Quilts earmarks the last show of the year for us but not this year!  Oh no,  we have decided to do three more shows so October and November are going to be a busy months.  We will be at the Autumn Quilt Festivals at Kent on the 18th-20th October,  Malvern 26th-28th October and lastly at Duxford on the 2nd – 4th November.  You can buy tickets and find our further information by visiting Grosvenor Exhibitions.

First day at market

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We weren’t really sure what to expect but we had a great first day even though our feet were very sore at the end of it! We managed to have a quick half hour to check out the Moda stand and they have some great new ranges! Also we love some of the new Anna Griffin fabrics.
Pictured below is Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilts who stopped by.

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We also caught a glimpse of this wonderful stand which we’ll be definitely checking out again tomorrow.

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We also loved the new Sweetwater range!

Sample Spree

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It feels like two days in one. This day does seem never ending but wouldn’t miss it as such an amazing experience. Pictured is us at Sample Spree, the preview night before market. We have also roped in two fabulous helpers, Mandy and her friend Kate. This is us just setting up before the masses arrive! It is most important to be first in the queue – don’t want to miss anything and people started queuing over two hours beforehand and normally that’s where we would be!
It was a great evening – very busy. We didn’t get much chance to walk around but the Moda stand was its usual six deep- crazy busy. We have spotted some nice ranges which we will be investigating further over the next few days.

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Not a great picture – but that was one corner of the room just before the doors opened.

Schoolhouse here we come!

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Schoolhouse is a series of presentations that run throughout the day with the main aim of introducing new products that are being launched at market. This was our first schoolhouse where we did the presenting. Very nerve wracking but great fun and we had a full house although whether anyone could understand our accents is another thing! They seemed to like us.
Now quickly having a well earned cocktail and then off to Sample Spree this evening which is a preview evening where we’ll be launching our new patterns and pattern books.
Think we’re going to sleep well tonight!

Setting up

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This is our booth. We’re next to Primitive Gathering – we stocked their great Little Gathering range last year and they have a new range out which we’re very excited about seeing. They also very kindly lent us their step ladder – that was one thing we really couldn’t fit in our suitcases. Still lots to do and we can’t really finish until after our Schoolhouse presentation as we need the quilts for that. So just an empty shell at the moment – but it will all come together (we hope!)

First night in Kansas City

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After a long flight we arrived with all our luggage still intact which was a huge relief as we have taken everything for our stand- so suitcases are packed to the max! Although we did nearly miss our first flight as Pam and Mandy Shaw of Dandelion Designs (who was on the same flights) were too busy chatting!
Kansas City is known for fountains (apparently is second after Venice with the number of fountains), jazz music and barbecues. So we went and had a lovely fish barbecue dinner with strawberry mojitos and then collapsed into bed (from tiredness, not mojitos!).
So today we set up our stand. Our bunting which was the one thing we forgot is being sent out to us so hopefully we’ll get that tomorrow. We’ll keep you posted with lots of pictures.
The picture above is the view from our hotel room so just a short walk to the convention centre.

NEC and Home Again

NecHere is Nicky still looking remarkably cheerful at the NEC. She was probably dreaming about her holiday. I’ve just taken her to the airport as she is jetting off to Los Vegas for a week. I’m back in Cornwall with yet more rain – it really has been a dreadful summer.

The NEC was a great show – it really gets better each year. We took most of the quilts from Jelly Roll Quilts – you can just see Daisy Chain hanging on the left – plus the quilts on the back wall are for the new book – all very exciting.

Everyone was so complimentary about the book – thank you all so much – and we heard that we have now gone into a third print run! Amazing as this means that nearly 50,000 copies have been printed since May.

We managed to get our Catalogue out before the show so if you haven’t received yours yet maybe you have slipped off the mailing list. Just phone up and the girls will send you one out. Nicky has put everything on to the web site now so everything can also be ordered on line. So as Nicky is probably arriving in Los Vegas about this time – I’m off to the pub for a Cornish night out!

Sandown… and my feet are still hurting!

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We have just finished the National Quilt Championships at Sandown which was a really good show this year. It is however incredibly tiring and to make matters worse I had to get back to Cornwall for this morning so I had to have a really early start and I left Dorking at just after 4.30 am.

On the left is Nicky last Thursday on set up day putting the finishing touches on our stand and below is Nicky on the first day not looking quite so relaxed!

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If you receive our email updates you will have read that if you came and said hello it would entitle you to a free Quilt Bag for Life. I know we hope that people read our emails but even so we were amazed and delighted at how many people came to say hello – it was such a good way of meeting our regular customers.

Now the most exciting part of the show for me was that I bought a quilt – not just any old quilt but one I had been hankering after ever since Nicky quilted it a month or so back. It is a reproduction of a quilt made during the American Civil War in 1863 by a Jane Stickle of Vermont, USA. and made famous by the Dear Jane book which contains all of the 169 4½in blocks designs and intricate border.

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Eventually I want to hang the quilt at home and I have just the perfect place for it. It is however such an exquisite piece of work that I feel others should be given the chance to see it first and we’ve come up with the idea of a series of free workshops – yes I said free – where you can come along and sew a block and admire the quilt. Check for details in our Workshop Programme which is due out 1st July. It can be viewed on line or pop into the shop and collect your copy. This is one you don’t want to miss.