Carolyn is back with more information about last week’s International Quilt Market! If you missed her first post, please click here.

Hi again, it’s Carolyn Beam back with more from spring Quilt Market in Portland, OR. Last week I shared what Quilt Market is and some of the fabric companies who exhibit there. This week you’ll see some of the other companies and designers who were there along with a special treat at the end.

Along with fabric manufacturers, notions companies are showcasing their products.

Colonial Needle Company carries needles, threads, yarns and other needlework supplies.

AccuQuilt carries die cut machines and dies to help speed up your quilting process.

The Warm Company used a fun camping display to promote their batting and fusible products.


And some companies got a little creative. This friendly dinosaur could be seen wandering the halls around Benartex.

Visiting with designers in their booths is always fun—seeing their new patterns, learning about their new tools and fabric collections.

Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream, has a new block-of-the-month and she was demonstrating her braid tool.

There are always fun designs in the Sassafras Lane booth. Kristy Wolf and her daughter Shayla Wolf are the duo behind Sassafras Lane Designs.

Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs has a new fabric collection called Rose Garden that will be available soon. Her new quilt patterns featuring Rose Garden were all on display.

While the main focus of Quilt Market is shopping by store owners for new products and fabric for their stores, there was also a small display of prize-winning quilts sponsored by Riley Blake fabrics and presented by the International Quilt Association. I’ll share a few with you to end this Quilt Market recap.

My Town and Country by Shirley Guier won a Judge’s Choice award for Traditional Applique. Design source for this quilt was Susan Claire Mayfield, That Town and Country Quilt Book, Block-of-the-Day for 2016. Shirley saw the original raw applique quilt in Houston but wanted to make it with machine embroidery. She digitized her designs either modifying or completely changing the blocks to customize her quilt.

Baskets and Blooms by Rita Warnock won third place in the mixed technique category. This quilt was her answer to year-round springtime.

Dad’s Blue Truck by Tonya Littmann won an honorable mention in the Art-Pictorial category. This quilt represents the 1950 Chevy truck her dad drove when she was a kid. She said she has memories of sitting on the fender with her back against the warm hood.

Uptown Rail Fence by Maria Shell won third place in the Innovative Pieced category. Maria calls herself a bit maker—she makes bits and then sews them into larger and larger compositions. She organized this bit collection into one vary large Rail Fence block.

A Village for All Seasons by Karen Eckmeier won third place in the Art-Whimsical category. Karen loves to create Happy Villages, which she’s been making since 2003. This quilt gradates in values and colors from top to bottom. She used a color palette of the four seasons. The colors of the trees and river match the seasons.

Marchen (Fairy Tale) by Kayoko Hibino won first place in the Handmade category. She wanted to make a quilt to express the world of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. She imagined medieval buildings in Europe and enjoyed each scene while making this quilt.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this little tour of Quilt Market and quilt display.

I don’t know about you, but I am really inspired to get into my sewing room right about now!! Happy Sewing!