Quilt Market Spring 2018 Portland

Quilt Market Spring 2018 Portland

My first Quilt Market! It was nice to visit the beautiful Pacific Northwest and visit Quilt Market.

Quilt Market is a credentialed trade show and not open to the public. As a media company, we were invited to attend so we can report on trends, new products and more. Quilt shops from around the country came to see (and buy) beautiful fabrics, notions and more for their shops. I can hardly wait until I see some of the new fabrics and products in my local shops!

Market has more than 1,000 exhibitor booths offering wholesale goods and is the primary catalyst for the $3.7 billion annual quilting industry in the U.S. The first day of Market is Schoolhouse that provides extensive education to shop owners. In addition to the exhibitor booths, the next three days include Take and Teach classes that demonstrate products and give shop owners a taste of educational programs that they can take back to their customers.

We met amazing people and found so much inspiration. Now, to find more time to sew!

What’s Trending?

Hand work.

Kathy Schmitz Forest Park FriendsKathy Schmitz and her folk inspired Forest Park Friends embroidery patterns.

And we saw quite a few vendors with sashiko threads, needles, fabrics and more. Sashiko is here to stay!


Lots of beautiful wool embroidery projects, and hand dyed wool, like these beautiful colors from Local Farm Girl.

Local Farm Girl

Make it easy.

June TailorWith a younger generation embracing sewing and quilting, many vendors featured projects to help build confidence and success for beginners. June Tailor has a variety of new kits with preprinted batting to make it easy to flip and sew to make stockings, placemats and more.

Sassafras Lane Designs

Youthful & happy – joy in the creative process.

Yes, there were some traditional quilts and utilitarian projects, but aisle upon aisle of booths with bright fabrics and quilts just made us smile. These are the kinds of projects that bring joy – maybe even whimsy – to the creative process.

Beautiful clear and bright colors.

The projects and fabrics were overwhelmingly in bright clear colors. Gone are the greyed and muted, everything is bright and happy!

New Products Introduced at the Show


Around the Bobbin introduced a few new patterns including a Hot Stuff Oven Mitt with a silicone overlay, Cappuccino Bag pattern that is a cross-body style and Nestlings set of three nested baskets to help you organize and decorate.

Funky Friends FactoryFunky Friends Factory has a great selection of amazing stuffed toy patterns and introduced Belinda Butterfly and Monty Manatee at this show.

MJ Kinman adds more bling to her patterns with a Birthstone Series Block of the Month kit, as well as The Birthstone Series – April Diamond and October Birthstone: Pink Tourmaline.

Deb Messina with Quiltblox introduced three new patterns perfect for a confident beginner – Bouquet, Over and Under and Welcome.

QuiltoniQuilt along with Toni from Quiltoni livestreaming on Twitch as she shares her new patterns Happy Painter and Evil Robot!

Reets Rags to Stitches introduced a new Little Monsters Bag pattern perfect for kids on the go, Kids Dance quilt pattern that is a modern juvenile quilt and Holiday Bellringer and Ornaments pattern.


Oh, so many beautiful fabrics!

HaeraeHaerae Company might be one of my new favorite lines! They brought six beautiful designs and ten solids in soft organic cottons.

Cloud9 Fabrics introduced Fanciful by Rae Hoekstra, an homage to blooms and blossoms inspired by Rae’s late grandmother, Grace, who loved all things floral and fancy; Business Class by Jessica Jones focused on all of the things we do; Homestyle by Eloise Renouf that is a contemporary take on the shapes and patterns found in and around the home.

Fiber on a WhimFiber on a Whim introduced hand-dyed cotton velveteen to their line of textured fabrics. Beautiful range of colors, and oh, so, soft!

Elizabeth’s Studio introduced three new lines, Come Unto Me by Abraham Hunter, Butterflies and Moths by Carl Brenders and Panda Bears by Howard Robinson.

GertieMichael Miller has two new staples for your stash – Marble Collection and Hash Dot, which is a collection of textured tone-on-tone dots in a variety of colors. Also, you’ll find a new line by Gertie! 50’s inspired prints are perfectly fun and fanciful.

Paintbrush Studio has three new print lines – Market Medley offering a fresh taste on classic produce, My Pet Family with puppies, kittens and their favorite toys and Ring Ring featuring rotary phones, vintage advertisements and fountain pens. They had all of their gorgeous solids in their booth, too.



Guidelines4Quilting has a new ruler that catches the fabric edge for instant, accurate alignment and includes a new clip-on finger guard for safer rotary cutting.

Kimberbell Designs new Orange Pop Rulers have extended corners to make squaring up blocks easy and accurate. They have an open frame that allows you to see the block and keep the ruler level for precise cutting.

Yazzii has three new bags to keep your projects organized!

WeftyWefty has a cool new tool to help with weaving.


More Pictures from Market!


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