Between the beautiful fabrics and the amazing quilts, there was plenty to see and do in the vendor market at QuiltCon. I especially enjoy it as we don’t have many quilt shops in Bergen County, NJ. I can obviously get whatever I want online, but to see that much fabric live and in person was very exciting.
I can’t recall which booth this quilt was in, although I want to say Michael Miller Fabrics where I won a fun pen and pencil set. I took this photo for Maddie, who loves elephants, but was really taken with the beauty and realism of this piece.
This quilt was being raffled in a quilting magazine booth and is stunning. I love the dark background. I will definitely make this pattern. Now I justifiable to buy the magazine as I left my complimentary copy on the plane.
Perhaps one of the most viral quilts of the show came from the Moda Grunge Bar in this David Bowie quilt. Simply amazing. Awe inspiring. Even my brother, who doesn’t really get quilts asked why “don’t you do something cool like that?” I will get right on it. As if.
And now the swag, and the shopping.
There were lots of freebies and prizes to be won. Beyond packs of 2.5″ squares, I won an Aurifil thread and the Northcott panel. Jen and I both collect lapel pins so if was fun collecting the quilts pins through the show. And I appreciated the fat quarter samples I received.
I needed bobbins and needles for the longarm machine as well as bobbins for the newish Bernina embroidery machine. Beyond that I grabbed two simple patterns, a machine quilting idea book, and other random momentos. The pin cushion was a request from Rob to make loading quilts into the longarm machine easier. Can’t wait to see him wearing that!
From a fabric perspective, I loved the Adorn It booth. Those ladies were awesome and their designs so sweet. I have already made a quilt top from their owl-themed charm pack. I also really love the Blueberry Park collection by Robert Kauffman Fabrics and made a table runner top from that charm pack tonight. I wish I had gotten yardage of that.
I didn’t buy as much yardage as I had expected to. Many of the vendors were small local shops and they honestly didn’t have the newest collections. I had a list of 5-6 collections that I had hoped to buy from but couldn’t find them. I was also looking to collect some Moda Grunge for a project I am working on, but no one had enough of the collection to allow me to compare and select a palette. Fat Quarter Shop was a beneficiary of that as I ordered $300 worth of Grunge on the flight home!
It is probably worthy of vendors next year to try to get a sense of what the manufacturers will be featuring so they can offer it for sale. That said, the vendors and manufacturers were kind, helpful and a lot of fun to talk to. I enjoyed the vendor market as much as the quilt show.