Monday, November 7, 2016

Notes from Fall Quilt Market 2016

I'm shocked how long it has been since posting! So much to do, all the time but social media has become a very important aspect of designing fabrics, quilts, and publishing.  So I need to make you a priority!  I post faster and definitely more often on Instagram and Facebook. Instagram is my favorite of the two.

So here is my little corner in the Moda Designer Studio!  I had so much fun designing and making these quilts for this Market.  The fabric range simply kept begging for more quilts to be made!  I finally settled on 5 patterns, but have 8 quilts total.

This sampler is the 6 month version of the 12 month Block of the Month program designed by my friend Julie Hale of Bits 'n Pieces in Michigan.  She did an awesome job with my fabric line.  The line is called Rachel Remembered. More about Rachel in a minute.

Besides the debut of a new line of fabric, I have a wonderful new book with Martingale, Treasury of Quilts, based on quilts from my block exchange group, the 19th Century Patchwork Divas.  I'm thrilled to show you some quilts from the book, even though the photographer is not the best, ME!  It was my pleasure to co author the book with my friend and fellow Diva so founder Carol Staehle. Below, the tree quilt is on the cover and belongs to Deb Otto.  On the right is my quilt, Stacked Baskets.

Another tree quilt, by Stacey Barrington

On the left Sunburst by Annette Plog and on the right by May Freeman is the the album exchange, enhanced by darling baskets on 3 sides. (wish I had thought of that!)

Both of these are Carol's quilts. 

Sorry I didn't get more photos! where did the time go???

On the left is the new book, the right is another new book, Mini Marvels, a compilation of oh so cute little quilts from 15 Moda designers.

My project in Mini Marvels. 

Dinner with friends is always a Market treat. Top row: Margo, Peg, Annette. Seated: Me and Julia. 

I only took one food photo.  The most wonderful simple cucumber and tomato salad EVER from Southern Goods.  Don't know if you can see, but the pale yellow base for the salad is pureed deviled eggs! OMG! genious!!!! also pickled onion, fresh dill and pepitas.  I'm swooning just thinking about it.

Here is what I missed while away...Madison's last soccer game. Here she is with my son, her Uncle Matt, who happens to be in charge of the league.  I showed this photo to everyone I could find....It made me so happy. Thanks Rachel for sending it and the Halloween photos.  Yes, I missed Halloween. [insert sad face here]

Cutest witch ever in a pumpkin patch!

But Goldilocks for Halloween. An uncooperative bear, AKA Murphy is beside her. 

Long week plus away, but now home and back to work!  Be watching, things are happening and I'll be posting.  Thanks as always for following me.  

~Until next time,


  1. The quilts from your book are beautiful! I'll have to be on the lookout for it to add to my collection!

  2. Lovely post, Betsy. Great pictures of beautiful quilts, family and you and your friends! "Congratulations."

    Hug's, Carolyn

  3. What a great post. Nice to have you back. I'm not a fan of the fast pace and drama of Facebook so I am happy with Blog posts. I can't wait to get both books! Your booth looks beautiful. I have made a vow to go to Houston next year. All my friends had way to much fun without me!

  4. Your new book is amazing. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

  5. You Divas are still DOING IT. So glad to have you all as great mentors in my life even if only through seeing your work. I continue to learn from you. Thank you for your work.

  6. Cutest little Goldilocks ever! Love your new fabric line and your quilts. I've also been drooling over pictures I've seen of your line that is just now hitting shops. I know that I'm going to need to own it! Hope you had a great time at Market!

  7. It's always so good to read your blog post's Betsy!! I wish I could have been there to see your "corner" in person!!
    Yes!! Madison is just the cutest little witch and Golilocks I have ever seen!

  8. The Diva's quilt's are amazing and I look forward to getting the book. And yes, that is the cutest witch I have seen. She is adorable and so happy and cheerful!

  9. Lovely to see a post from you again and such a wonderful post it is. Gorgeous quilts, yummy food (oh, there is some delicious food to be found in Houston) and such sweet kids. Great!

  10. Loved all the show quilt pictures. Darling granddaughter! I'm so excited about your new book. I'll start the search now. :)

  11. I just recently found your fabrics online and I was just gobsmacked! Such beautiful, rich colors! I've broken the kitty jar thus far and I cannot wait to receive them or your new book that I've ordered as well. Lovely!!