And it’s almost ready…

Thursday is a busy day – finishing the booth, Schoolhouse and Sample Spree… so instead of lots of text, how about lots of pictures.


Pretty picture – the booth is just about finished, only a few last minute things remain to be added.  I’d say 97% finished.  This was taken after I’d left Sample Spree – we were just about cleaned out at the Moda tables – at about 9:15 pm or so.

If you’re not familiar, Schoolhouse is where companies and individuals can apply for the opportunity to do a 15- or 30-minute presentation about their product, book, fabric, patterns, etc.  It’s designed to be very educational and it usually is.  Some are very entertaining… others need to turn down the microphone so as not to drown out – and disrupt – the presentation next door.  (Ask me how I know this?)


A very sneaky picture – they’re watching Lissa, waiting for her to start, not seeing that I’m taking a picture.

Moda had several Schoolhouse presentations, including three in a row: the Frivols, Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts, and then the Moda Designer Schoolhouse.


Miss Fig – she’s a very good speaker.


This is what the Moda Sample Spree tables look like before the doors open.


Getting ready… organizing… the calm before the crazy.


Now it’s a little crazy.  There will be a video later this week.

As for the booths, by the time I left Sample Spree, the Moda booth is finished and the Designer booths are also “mostly done”.  With everything they have to do and coming in at different times, some will still get a few finishing touches first thing Friday morning before Spring International Quilt Market 2015 officially opens.  (That’s always how it is announced at 9:30 am the first morning.)


Lynne Hagemeir – Kansas Troubles.  Lynne’s new collection – Sunflower Song – and quilts are beautiful.  That little pillow down in the corner, if it goes missing, it wasn’t me.  It was there when I left…


Jan Patek and Hawthorne Ridge.


Janet Clare and her gorgeous new  collection, Nocturne.  The mix of colors is subtle, elegant and spectacular, and I love the quilts she designed for it.


Me & My Sister Designs – the quilt in the lower right is the booth next door, I’ll have that finished booth tomorrow.

Barb – Barbara Groves is here by herself this time, Mary is missing the fun this time (Hi Mary!).  The sisters kind of have two collections they’re showing, Hi-De-Ho and Dot! Dot! Dash.  Hi-De-Ho will be out in July and Dot! Dot! Dash. will be in stores in October.


Brenda Riddle and Windermere – it’s beautiful and there are linens!  Brenda’s collection will be part of the Frivols, the collection will be available in October.  Or November… one of those.  (Link coming soon.)


Tucker Prairie by 1Canoe2 – this is the debut collection by one of the new Moda designers.  You might know of Beth and Carrie from their amazing artwork, calendars, notecards and paper goodies that “some of us” seem to collect and not be able to actually use.


Bright Sun by Sherri & Chelsi of A Quilting Life.  A new mother-daughter design team, Sherri McConnell and her daughter, Chelsi Stratton.


Purebred by Erin Michael.  That’s Wilbur on the floor.  It isn’t a rug, it’s a quilt and it has plexiglass laid over it.  Using Erin’s painting and fabric design, Holly created the much larger horse image in Bella Solids.  It was so terrific – and much coveted – that a digital image was printed.  So Wilbur is going to be a quilt kit that comes with the fabrics for the backgrounds and the patches, and a 60″ x 60″ printed panel that can be fused-stitched onto the background.  The panel will also include some smaller images that can be used for a pillow, tote-bag or on the back of the quilt.  (I LOVE this quilt.)


Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic also has two collections at Quilt Market… okay, three.  Modern Backgrounds – Paper and Ink – and For You.  As always, Brigitte’s quilts are spectacular.


Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs’ Kindred Spirits. As always, Anne has a beautiful Block of the Month quilt with applique, embroidery and piecing.


Vanessa Goertzen of Lellaboutique and her new collection, Gooseberry.


Mon Ami by Basic Grey.  That little bag next to the Layer Cake – the bottom of it is recycled jeans, the lining is one of the cutest prints in the collection.  If this little bag goes missing – or any of those on the shelf next to it – it wasn’t me.  Scout’s honor!


Prairie by Corey Yoder – another debut collection by a new designer for Moda Fabrics.  You might know her by her blog, Little Miss Shabby, Corey has a new pattern company, Coriander Quilts.

More later… but you knew that, right?

I have more pictures to take!

And I need to shower first.

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21 comments on “And it’s almost ready…

  1. Terry says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. It was such a great look at some of the quilts and booths.

  2. Nancy says:

    What fun! It’s as close to being there as most of us will get. Will be looking for my fav Primitive Gatherings in your next batch of photos!

  3. pam says:

    WOW!!! Love the seeing the beautiful designers booths. The quilts are glorious.

  4. Rachel P. says:

    Oh Carrie, you outdid yourself! Waiting (im)patiently for the next set of photos ~ including my favorite Designer’s Booth~Fig Tree Quilts! Thank you for an amazing job! #figtreequilts

  5. Bobette says:

    Thank you so much! I feel like I am there for sure. I am so happy you went to work at Moda. Looking forward to your next photos!

  6. Marge Dominic says:

    Love it love it. Keep those pictures coming. Great job.

  7. THANK you for the wonderful pictures!! I enjoyed every moment! In fact I think I will re-visit…many times!

  8. Ellen says:

    Love the photos Carrie. Thanks for taking us on the tour.

  9. Jacqueline says:

    Love seeing the booths. Thanks for taking me along.

  10. Helen says:

    Thanks for the photos! Love that Wilbur quilt! And Sherri’s new line.

  11. Susan says:

    I love seeing all these before pictures, and the Sample Spree. It’s really grown since I was in Houston about 25 years ago!

  12. Thank you so much! I agree with Nancy about most of us not ever getting there. Yet I am kind of glad because right now I am thinking I might be too tempted after all your comments about “if that goes missing…” Could I be a thief? I don’t think so…

  13. Judith Blinkenberg says:

    You have posted the first pictures I have seen!! Thank you so much. I love them all!

  14. I’m drooling enviously as I browse through all the pictures of your beautiful new products. Oh my Kansas Troubles and Jan Patek……….oh my goodness. When these come out I just might get in a bit of trouble……….. All are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing the pictures. Have fun!

  15. dorothy says:

    THANK YOU!!! love the pictures and commentary–soooo glad you’re at Moda now and can blog professionally 🙂

  16. ruthquilts55 says:

    Looks simply yummy!!!!

  17. judireiss says:

    I can’t believe how absolutely gorgeous the fabric lines are! I have an extraordinarily busy 6 months ahead, but I will have have time tos it and stitch. Thee fabrics and projects are just too appealing!

  18. Tracey Holzer says:

    Awesome! That table full of fat quarter bundles made me drool!

  19. Ann Packard says:

    Take me away to a quilt market!!!

  20. Ellen says:

    It’s so fun to “be” at Market with you all. Can’t wait for the Gooseberry and Corey Yoder collections to get to the LQS.

  21. […] Here it is, Allison’s finished quilt displayed and the main feature of their section of the Moda stand at International Quilt Market (shamelessly pinched from the Moda Cutting Table blog) […]

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