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And the big winner is-

And the big winner is-

on Nov 16, 2010 in Houston Market 2010 | 0 comments

The judged show at the Houston Quilt Festival is the BIG ENCHILADA. The winner of the show gets $10,000. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a really really good prize for a quilt. This year’s winner was Sharon Schamber’s Mystique. Take a minute to enlarge the photo, by clicking on it. It’s got everything- Piecing, applique, trapunto, depth and HOLES! Yes, those black “borders” are actually ribbon weaving, open areas which makes this quilt so much more impressive. I was absolutely stunned. So were the judges, evidently. I’m sure you’ll see more pictures around the web of this lovely quilt. I”m thrilled to have seen it in person. Tell a...

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Festival Crowds

Festival Crowds

on Nov 15, 2010 in Houston Market 2010 | 0 comments

There was some crummy weather in Houston during the festival half of the shows. A cold front blew through, complete with lightning, thunder, rain and wind. Probably wouldn’t have even noticed, if our room wasn’t on the 12th floor- IN the thunder cloud. But as you know, weather is NOT going to keep a quilter from shopping at the biggest event of the year. Festival draws between 30,000 and 50,000 attendees every year. That means all of downtown fills up with crazed shoppers looking for the best fabric, the best fabric kits, tools and patterns. I was able to grab a few shots for you. (Though I did try to blur the faces where possible.) This was the crowd of people waiting to get into the festival on Thursday morning, the first full day it was open to the general public. More guests queue’d upstairs and even more outside. Hold on to your hats, ladies and gentlemen. The above picture was the lunch crowd on one HALF of the tradeshow cafeteria. Oh holy smokes, right? That is ALOT of ladies (and like 3 guys). This is a picture from upstairs, of course, of PART of the first 6 rows of vendors. There were about 22 rows, total. I’m telling you- if you are a quilter, looking for a place to BLOW UP your credit card, this would be it!!! I even picked up a few things at festival. Not as much as I had hoped, but just enough to cross a few gifts off the Christmas lists. =) Tell a...

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The Difference Between Market and Festival

The Difference Between Market and Festival

on Nov 13, 2010 in Houston Market 2010 | 2 comments

If you do not already know, the difference between quilt MARKET and quilt FESTIVAL is that market is a trade show open to shops and “industry only” type people. There’s alot of networking and wholesale shopping. Festival is open to the general public with only a few wholesalers staying through to do both shows. Its more like a traditional quilt show, only super-sized. In fact, there are over 1000 vendors at festival for your retail shopping pleasure. Both events are adjacent to the uber-competive gorgeous juried quilt show in the George R Brown Convention center, in Houston TX. Other than the differences on paper- let me tell you, Market was very young, hip and fashion forward, as far as colors and styles. There’s much more modern appeal and bright, in-your-face color shades represented. Festival, however, concentrates on the traditional quilter with only a dozen or so “young” looking booths. It’s really quite surprising to me. I know there’s the big whole Modern Quilt Guild movement and a complete SURGE in younger people sewing/quilting- but it just hasn’t made it over to the festival side yet. That was reflected in the attendees as well as the booths. As a younger person, I wasn’t totally jazzed about the festival. Having said that… I did manage to throw a good bit of things in the shopping cart. =) More festival reports coming soon- Tell a...

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Celebrities at Market

Celebrities at Market

on Nov 12, 2010 in Houston Market 2010 | 0 comments

Celebrities at market aren’t the usual regular celebrities. I mean really, if you don’t sew or quilt, you probably have NO idea who these people are. (Which is why its kinda funny that they are regarded as real, full-on autograph-signing celebrities.) None the less, for me, it still has the “oh my gosh, guess who I met!!!!” feeling. I mean, hey- I do sew and quilt. First up on my name-dropping tour: Tina Givens for Free Spirit. I’m using her Tree Top Fancy line in the cover re-design of the Military Mailbag pattern. I was actually carrying the bag at market, so it was fun to walk into her booth and have her recognize & point at my bag, first thing. very cool.I also got to meet and chat with Kate Spain, of Moda fame. Oh my gosh, I just love her painterly fabrics. I was sold with Fandango and now I cannot wait to get my hands on her Central Park line. She was so nice. And REALLY tall. I’m using Fandango on another pattern cover as well as in an up coming magazine project. (You’ll have to stay tuned to find out what, when and where.) Ooooh- and I totally got to meet Tula Pink of Free Spirit. She was so nice and down-to-earth. I’m working with her Parisville line in a little project coming soon. I wanted to meet her to tell her how much I like her fabrics, but then when I got to the booth- I was absolutely blown away by the quilts she had hanging. Check out the quilting on these! You must click on those to really enjoy the trapunto work and the unreal quilting. I also stopped by the Oliver+S booth. Now that booth is always very pleasing to the eyes and since no one was shopping yet, they totally let me paw all of the new knits for City Weekend by Moda. Now those are some seriously nice knits! They are as soft as you’d expect from a high-end ready-to-wear line, and they do not shrink as much as some of the other knits on the market. And of course, the other booths that are always gorgeous- Anna Maria Horner...

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Market Trends- OWLS!

Market Trends- OWLS!

on Nov 11, 2010 in Houston Market 2010 | 1 comment

I know many designers and fabric-junkies are posting very insightful trends seen at market. My big trend report from market is : OWLS. All kinds, all shapes, all styles, all construction/fabrication styles. Just OWLS. I snapped pictures from around the show floor to showcase just a *few* of the unreal amount of owls. You’ll have to click on the image to see the many owls, larger. If you missed it yesterday- I’m sponsoring a give away over on p.s. I Quilt. Check it out, the contest ends on Friday. Tell a...

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Getting Ready for the grand opening

Getting Ready for the grand opening

on Nov 10, 2010 in Houston Market 2010 | 0 comments

Getting ready for the grand opening. The booth was set, the pattern titles were *almost* in alpha order and we were pretty much ready to roll! My Flapper Purse and Quarter and Dime quilt are on display in this booth, 1 of 5 booths QuiltWoman.com set up for the market and festival. Also in the picture are tea cozies. Sharon Watson of Bent Tree Hollow, is the brains behind those. Her patterns flew off the shelves and I do think, were easily the most talked about designs in our whole booth. You can see all her whimsical tea cozies on the QuiltWoman.com site. And- hey hey hey- if you are hoping to win a couple of these new ReannaLily Designs pattern titles, check out the give away over on p.s. I Quilt. Tell a...

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Parties at Market

Parties at Market

on Nov 9, 2010 in Houston Market 2010 | 0 comments

While I was at market, I was able to attend 3 parties. I stopped in at the Fabric 2.0 party. Now that was fun! It was a very young, like-minded crowd and seemed to be a REAL LIFE cross-section of many of the blogs I follow. Very cool to put a face to all those names and quirky blog titles. Unfortunately, I didn’t grab any photos at the 2.0 party. …that might be because I had driven 10 hours, starting at 6:15am, and pretty much rolled right up to the hotel, convention center, and then festivities. It was my first year to go to the “Moda Dinner”. Turns out, Moda pulls out all the stops for their customer appreciation dinner. They hired a live band, had 3 separate (very TEXAS) buffet lines AND even had a couple of professional country/western dancers to get the party rolling. Oh, and the best part- it was held at Minute Maid Park! I was lucky enough to attend that, and the Benartex dinner with my friend Nancy, who owns QuiltWoman.com AND a quilt shop in her home town. Now that Benartex dinner was a sit-down catered affair complete with party favors. Y’all know party favors from a fabric company are GOOD party favors! That party was held at the Houston Aquarium. Having never been to that aquarium, not only was the food/party nice, but the aquarium was quite unreal. Lots of money must have gone into the construction of that amazing place. ((I wish it was there when I lived in Houston- it would have been awesome for field trips.)) I particularly like the photo since it looks like the tank bubbles are coming out of the glass. If only I could have snapped a fish in the glass- now that would have been funny. Tell a...

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I made it to Houston!

I made it to Houston!

on Nov 8, 2010 in Houston Market 2010 | 1 comment

I made it to Houston over a week ago! I feel like I’ve been gone for a month, though. I went down for Quilt Market and Festival. I was able to work in the QuiltWoman.com booth, since they print and distribute my patterns. It was also the first time QuiltWoman.com has stayed through festival. I have a whole pile of photos and blog posts for you, in the next couple weeks. Tell a...

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Road Trip

Road Trip

on Oct 27, 2010 in Houston Market 2010, pattern | 2 comments

Tis the season to pack up the nice clothes and hop on over to Quilt Market. Yes, as a work-from-home pattern author, for the most part every day is jeans and a t-shirt. (Except for teaching classes and going on sales calls, of course.) In fact, planning for market means having to try on all the “nice” stuff and make sure it still fits. But after that is done and it’s confirmed that I will NOT go naked at market (though I bet that would get some people talking!) I have to pack the *real* things for market. I’ve got a list and a list that goes with that list and a sublist of sorts. God bless the post-it note people. I will not have an independent booth this year- boy that would be a whole binder’s worth of lists! I’ll be in the QuiltWoman.com booths #357-369 through quilt market AND the Houston Quilt Festival. I’m taking a Military Mailbag to be displayed in the booth and a couple other samples (1 and 2), should we need them in a pinch. And lets not forget other things like “new pattern” postcards, tear sheets, business cards, water bottles, rolling cart, make-up, gel thingies for my shoes… I’m telling you- its going to be great!!! lists.lists.lists. Even better, I’m driving to Houston, this year. As it turns out, I live 2 streets away from the George R Brown Convention Center. Seriously. Sure, those two streets are I-35 and I-45 and will last about 10+ hours, but still- two streets! Waaahhhhhoooooo!!! Charge up the iPhone, queue up the Pandora. One thing I’m really looking forward to is the Fabric 2.0 party at The Grove. I think it will be all the buzz and I was thrilled to get my invite a couple weeks ago. The party is on Friday. and I’m driving on Friday. It should be close, but I’m super excited even if I roll from the driver’s seat to the social, in one fail swoop. Hopefully, I’ll be a good blogger while at market and take a million pictures to share with you. And blog from the event, of course. We’ll just have to see where I can get the...

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Military Mailbag & Express Mailbag RD2-029 LIVE!

Military Mailbag & Express Mailbag RD2-029 LIVE!

on Oct 7, 2010 in accessories, business, Houston Market 2010, pattern, sewing, website | 1 comment

(larger, Military Mailbag) As promised, I’d be back to tell you when the newest pattern in the recycled uniforms collection is live and available for purchase! Well- its today. RIGHT NOW! (smaller Express Mailbag) Hooray hooray hooray! Head over to QuiltWoman.com to purchase your copy today. Remember- there are two bag sizes and two strap designs for you to mix and match to create the perfect messenger style bag for all your needs. Edited to add: AND- This just in this title is available as an instant download, e-pattern! See the other Recycled Military Uniform patterns at ReannaLily Designs.com. Tell a...

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New Pattern: Military Mailbag & Express Mailbag RD2-029

New Pattern: Military Mailbag & Express Mailbag RD2-029

on Sep 29, 2010 in accessories, free spirit fabrics, Houston Market 2010, northcott fabrics, pattern, recycle, sewing | 1 comment

Tis the season to tell blog land all about the seasonal pattern releases. I’m releasing 5 for the October International Quilt Market and this is the last one of the 5. Whooooh– …of course, if you subscribe to the ReannaLily Designs newsletter, you’ve already seen the sneak peek of all 5 titles…This pattern is called the Military Mailbag & Express Mailbag RD2-029. The pattern has two sizes and two strap options (spaghetti straps OR cotton webbing). You can mix and match both elements to create a one-of-a-kind bag, just for you. It started out as one bag, to feature the Capri line of fabrics by Northcott (also used in the Diamond In the Rough Pattern RD2-208) The fabric line has this amazing 22″ wide stripe in the collection. I really wanted to showcase that stripe on the flap of the messenger bag. In fact, the flap on the larger bag, 10″ x 16″ would be great for any piece of fabric that you’ve purchased, but you just cannot cut it apart because its so beautiful. I think we’ve all done that… The larger bag is made with fabric yardage, but if you like, the large bag pieces can actually fit 2 per fat quarter- giving you the option for a fun scrappy bag. …speaking of scrappy… As my tester (Mom!) was working on her sample, she mentioned that it might be super easy and fun to make the bag in a different size- possible a size that features LAYER CAKES! So, with her permission, I added in a second bag size to include 10″ squares. The smaller bag is called the Express Mailbag. (bag construction and photos by Karen Morello) Now, you can showcase fabric on the flap, quilt on the flap OR show your support for our troops on the flap. As with my bag patterns, this pattern includes details for sewing with military uniforms. You can recycle the camouflage BDU or (as pictured) an ABU or ACU to let the world know that you support our troops! You can add name tapes, unit patches or any other embellishment to the bag. This will truly be an original creation once you are done mixing the elements. I think...

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New Pattern: Diamond In The Rough RD2-028

New Pattern: Diamond In The Rough RD2-028

on Sep 27, 2010 in Houston Market 2010, northcott fabrics, pattern, quilt | 1 comment

…another new pattern coming soon to a quilt shop near you… This pattern is called Diamond in the Rough (RD2-028). The pattern features the absolutely gorgeous Capri Line for Northcott fabrics. (Which look amazing when they aren’t the size of a tiny thumbnail quilt in a blog- you’ll have to click the link to see the designs. They look like painted pottery.) I slipped in a sneak-peek of the design a while back on the blog. Thankfully that method-test quilt went so well that I ended up including the large size AND a baby size in the pattern. There are diamonds, there are circles, there’s applique and a bit of fussy cutting, should you opt for the large striped border fabric- so it will be released as an intermediate pattern. Not to fear though, the pattern should get you from beginning to end without too many cuss words. Tell a...

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