I've now been home since Tuesday and there's been some progress on my missing luggage - I have one bag, but not the good bag with all of my clothes, all of my book projects that I'd picked up at market, projects for Quilt Now....all kinds of really good stuff. I have to say, it's put a real dampener on everything and I'm not feeling quite as cheerful about fabric as I was.
Still - Quilt Market happened and it was great and now I'm going to tell you a bit about it (well, I'll tell you in bits and bats - it'll take a few posts).
There were 2 really obvious trends this time round. The first one was Cotton + Steel, the new designer collaboration from RJR Fabrics led by Melody Miller. There'd been a lot of hype about this on the run up to market, with many many sneaky peeks but no full shots of any of the designs. Even shops could pre-order blind but weren't shown any pictures. It was clever, and built up a ton of anticipation.
The whole collection is on quilting cottons (there are voiles and cotton/linens too), and each of the 5 designer's collections have a common colour palette and are accompanied by a collection of basics that will tie the whole thing together.
The reveal of Cotton + Steel was really well marketed. The lead up online with the sneaky peeks and the videos that told the story as they went (which are well worth watching, the process of making fabric is always fascinating), it all added to the anticipation of what was to come. Then the full reveal was in the very first session of schoolhouse sessions - they'd booked out the whole session and instead of a small room with up to 100 or so people it was held in a huge room with around 1000 or more people (the first 700 got a tote bag and charm pack - and there were a lot of disappointed people!)
Is it worth the hype? Realistically, nothing is, it's just fabric - but Cotton + Steel is really great. The basics are worthy of hype alone. They're a really fantastic set of blenders and stash builders that have metallic accents (metallic is the second big trend from market - you have no idea how happy that makes me, I love me some metallic ink!) and come in some gorgeous colours. It's a beautiful collection on it's own, and worthy of any stash.
If you want to pre-order Pink Castle have it listed already (and read more about the collection on the pink castle blog) and they're also starting a Cotton + Steel monthly club. Regular yardage will ship in July and the monthly club will start in August. It starts at $30/month for FQ bundles and by the end of the year you'll get 144 prints (12 per month). It's a really cost effective way of getting all of the fabrics over a longer period of time, and a bundle in the mail every month is always a lovely treat, isn't it?
Find out more about the club here.
Simply Solids also have the basics listed for pre-order to save disappointment come July when everyone buys buys buys
The Village Haberdashery also has pre-orders. PLUS if you order by the end of today you'll be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of 2 limited edition tote bags. Click on any of the links below to take you the relevent collection (it'll open in a new page)
Melody Miller's Mustang
Rashida Coleman Hale's Moonlit
Alexia Abegg's Hatbox
Sarah Watts' August
Kim Kight's Homebody
Cotton + Steel basics and solids
everything (with 10% off)
Read up on Annie's blogpost about the line on the daily stitch too!
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