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Hello from the 25th International Quilt Market in Houston! posted: 10/31/2004
by Dori Hawks Printable Page
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October 31, 2004 (Happy Halloween by the way!)

I am at the wholesale Quilt Market looking for some new products and trends in Quiltmaking to tell you about, and am staying through the whole week for the 30th Annual International Quilt Festival (the retail show). It is fun and exciting to walk through the 626 exhibitors in 1180 ˝ booths and see all the new fabrics, patterns, books, threads, rulers and other notions that will soon be in your local quilt shop. The Quilt Market is where all of your local quilt shop owners are right now trying to pick out just the right things for you to make some great new quilts.

Classic Cottons (A Made In America Company) has some wonderful new fabrics that you are going to love. Their booth looks so wonderful I have included some pictures for you to get a first look at the new luscious fabrics.

Classic Cottons Booth International Quilt Market

ASN Publishing has some great new quilting books out, including one that has my Nine Patch Flannel Quilt in it with a pattern based on a Rachel Greco design. The book is called “Favorite Gift Quilts In A Hurry” They also have my latest book called “A Quilter’s Book of Baskets.”

Scrap-Bags Booth International Quilt Market

I met a new friend over the Internet named Jamie Kalvestran with her business Scrap-Bags. She has handbag patterns and some of the neatest postcard quilt patterns; the absolutely newest thing in quilting. This is a picture of Jamie in her booth at Market. We will see more about Jamie and her projects at when we post an article about her written by Hallye Bone. Look for it soon.

Barbara Siedlecki of Cabin Fever Crafts has a new and easy way of making Overlapping Prairie Points with a great stencil. How easy it is to get them even with less work! (Barbara is the designer of the Seminole Sampler Block of The Month on

Prairie Points by Barbara Siedlecki

There is one other trend that you might find interesting and quite fun. Michael Miller Fabrics always has a wonderfully decorated group of booths with a definite humorous tone at the wholesale Quilt Market. This year their theme is bedtime. All of the salesmen and women are wearing long PJs and bed slippers! The tables they are writing the orders on look like beds. It is fun and gives us all a little chuckle! In that same vein, Cindy Taylor Oates has a new book out called Pajama Party that includes long and short pajamas, a night shirt and duffle bag that will hold a sleeping bag. Everything that you need for your next quilting retreat! Wouldn’t it be fun to have a pajama challenge for the next overnight event at your guild?

There is one more day of Quilt Market, then we have two days of recovery (ooohh our sore feet!), the announcement Tuesday evening of the big winners ($76,750 in total money prizes) from the International Quilt Association show (Best of Show wins $10,000), and then Wednesday evening is the big Preview night of the International Quilt Festival. There are over 450 classes, lectures, and events, over 1800 quilts on display and over 1000 booths for the over 52,000 attendees of Quilt Festival. (So we will be walking some more…..)

Look for more news on the 2004 IQA Quilt Contest winners later this week. We will also attend the Bernina Fashion Show on Thursday and will have results of the voting for the Best Garment for 2004. I am teaching some classes here at Quilt Market and also during Quilt Festival, so will have a chance to make some new quilting friends. Look for another article about our quilt vacation here in Houston!

Dori Hawks

©2004 Dori Hawks

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