Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Market Report

To Market, to Market....Schoolhouse presentation given,  new fabric introduced, reconnected with good, faraway friends...a really good trip! 
Introducing...Catherine's Courtyard, my newest line with Newcastle Fabrics. 
Yes, I've changed fabric companies. Isn't this chintz print beautiful? The photo I have of the coordinates isn't the best. We will have to wait for Newcastle Fabrics to get the line uploaded to their website.
Here is a group picture of the inspiration fabrics. Not all made it in the line. lol I wish! Like the Gone to Texas antique quilt, the log cabin has many great fabrics....perhaps a sequel?
Interesting log cabin, started by hand then with same fabrics, piecing is completed by machine. Makes me wonder if made by more than one person. and who owned the fabulous scrap bag? All prints in the courthouse steps quilt are 1830-60 at the latest, so did the maker have one of the very first machines? Lizzie got her first machine in 1861.
My Schoolhouse presentation went well.  I always forget something but,
15 minutes is not enough time!
A nice market recap appeared on Lori's Humble Quilts blog...thank you Lori!
Lizzie got lots of attention, the KC Star booth sold out of all the copies they had with them on Friday, first day of Market.
The American Quilt Retailer, a wonderful trade magazine, gave a very nice review of Lizzie's Legacy in the most recent issue. Here is the clipping. Wow. It made me cry! Thank you!
And I here there is also a very nice review in Primitive Quilts magazine. Thank you!!!
I'm not very good at taking Market photos. I'm a buyer for LSHQ, so I was pretty busy looking for new fabric and block of the month programs. Paula Barnes new Hampton Ridge is beautiful and I fell in love with the wool projects at Heart to Hand.
I went out one night with friends for dinner and soaked up a little local flavor of Portland.

Chandelier inside Voodoo Doughnuts

Note the gorilla holding court among the array of sweets.
Weird, interesting place.

Just look at the these diet busting gems!

The signature doughnut...Silly, sugary fun with friends.
Will blog more when time permits. I intended to have more to add to this post, but Mom is not doing well at all and my time has been very limited.  Haven't been able to sew since even before market. During Market, Mom had to go to a respite facility, then came back to my house a week ago today. She has stopped eating and we are keeping her as comfortable as possible.  The computer is in her bedroom so I can keep an eye on her  while I type.
It is a difficult time in life, but I'm so thankful for this time with her.
Blessings to all.
Until next time~



  1. Sounds like a wonderful time at market, I'm anxious to see what new cones into LSHQ.

  2. Keeping you in my thoughts!! Looking forward to spending time with you at Houston later this year. Love the new fabrics and can't wait to see them. xxx

  3. as you know I can't wait for this fabric line to come out! voodoo donuts are amazing ! thinking of you and your Mom....

  4. The fabrics look gorgeous, just right for broderie perse.
    Thinking of you, hope all goes well for your mother

  5. Glad that market went well for you and Lizzie! Can't wait to see your new fabric line. Hugs to you and your mom - will be thinking of you.

  6. Love the new fabrics. You and your mom are in my prayers.

  7. You did a great job at Schoolhouse despite the speed!
    It's nice you can take care of your mum. Hugs...xxoo

  8. Wow! Your newest fabric line looks gorgeous, look forward to seeing more of it!! Sounds like you were very busy at Market and congratulations on getting such great reviews for your latest publication.
    You also seem to be very busy at home too, I wish you and your Mum well!

  9. Betsy, my first boss told me that you have only one mom. I had just started working, but he supported me in taking whatever time off I needed as she was gravely ill. I still think of that statement whenever I am juggling/struggling with too many things in my life. Not surprised your book did so well. I am looking forward to visiting LSHQ when I am soon settled in Texas.