Fall Quilt Market Update

According to Quilts, Inc.com Quilts eInsider, this year’s Market in Houston drew 2,634 registered attendees, with 1,614 of those people also enrolling for classes and/or events. 1,062 people enrolled for Schoolhouse Series, and 1,169 for Sample Spree.  But the real news about quilt market is on the vendor floor!

As always Fall Quilt Market thrills us with new ideas and products to rock the quilt world. This market was no different. As I wandered around market talking to vendors, taking pictures, and viewing amazing quilt exhibits I noted a few trends I think you will be seeing next year in your local quilt store.

Small woodland animals are still in abundance! Owls and foxes are still very popular, but add other little critters like raccoons, squirrels, and not so small critters: elephants, deer and bears.

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Laura Heine’s Collage Patterns were amazing, including the bear (above) and my personal favorite: the flamingo.  These patterns are going to be a big hit!  They were flying out of her booth.

2015-11-01 13.53.47Another perennial favorite, the butterfly, was popular at market. This stunner by designer Linda Frost was prominent in Fabri-Quilt’s booth.
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This Forest Fairy & Friends quilt by McKay Manor Musers combined small critters, butterflies, fairies and flowers. And the cute bright colors were also everywhere.

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I couldn’t resist this cat, sheep and owl.  And check out the cute puppy and colorful butterfly.  And that heart is adorable!

And did I mention hearts?  These paper folded birds and hearts were an amazing display in RJR fabrics booth.

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Still on the quasi-critter theme, there was a boat load of mermaids and other fishy things!  Those mermaid tail patterns were very popular, as was this amazing dress:

BOOTH_DRESS_2_LR INTOTHEDEEP_COVER_NAVYInto the Deep fabric line by Patty Sloninger was showcased by this over the top amazing mermaid dress! Whew!  Can’t you picture that at the “Under the Sea” prom?
Another critter to watch for this year is the swan.  Quilts, Inc. insist this is a new and coming trend.  These two fabric samples were posted on their blog. I especially like the little legs on the swans from Cloud9 Fabrics.


Another huge trend this fall was TUFFETS!  Tuffets, pillows, poofs, and cushions.  Oh yea, they were everywhere!  Check out these by Kaffe Fassett. (Photos by Red-Brolly.com.)


And check out these colorful fabrics and tuffet in the Jaybird Quilts booth. (Photos by Red-Brolly.com)
fall-festival-houston-market-2015-boothsEven Quilts, Inc.com included Tuffets among the big trends at this market.  They posted these pictures in their blog. (Photos by Quilts, Inc.com)


There was no shortage of bright colors in both solids and prints.

Some other trends I noticed. . . wool was everywhere!  Lots of primitives, as you would expect.  LOTS of primitive designs and quilts in cotton and wool.  But also wool in bright colors and mixed with cottons, trims, buttons, and oodles of bling!  BTW, bling seemed to be slowing down a bit but if you stayed for Festival, bling was everywhere.  It may not be new but it is still way popular.

Reproductions were still in evidence.  Moda had a new line of 30’s Playtime favorites and Paintbrush Studio features an impressive new line of Civil War shirtings by Barb Eikmeier along with a block of the month that is gorgeous.  Red Crinoline Quilts featured lots of patterns for CW repros, and there were plenty of other vendors showing gorgeous fabrics and patterns featuring these unstoppable repros.

Hoffman batiks and Susan Claire Mayfield (The Gourmet Quilter) teamed up to offer Susan Claire’s amazing Block of the Day Town and Country Quilt.

That_Town_and_Country_Quilt_-_whole_largeKits will be available from Hoffman and from your favorite retailer.  Get the patterns from Susan Claire’s website: The Gourmet Quilter.com.

One last trend I should mention. Modern quilts are still very popular but I was surprised by the number of traditional fabrics and patterns being featured.  Modern and art quilts dominated the quilt exhibition, but the vendors of fabric and patterns were selling traditional fabrics and patterns, with a big dose of whimsical thrown in for flavor.  2015-10-26 11.20.25


And what’s not to love about these cakes featuring these quilt fabrics.  Very clever!


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Hexagons and diamonds were still popular, but less so than at last fall’s market.

Most of the store owners and buyers I spoke to were looking for pieced patterns, saying applique didn’t sell as well as traditional pieced designs.  Small projects and projects featuring pre-cut were still very popular with buyers.  And the truism never fails:  Samples sell!



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Designers Retreat 2016: Florida and New York

Quiltwoman Designers Retreat 2016

What a great way to learn, relax, re-energize and engage in networking with other designers just like you. 5 days just for pattern/quilt/craft designers.  Here is what you can expect:

  • Brainstorming about YOUR business
  • Open designing time and sharing – work on your own projects
  • Networking with other designer entrepreneurs
  • Marketing workshops
  • Speakers on business/marketing topics
  • New designer breakout sessions
  • Established business breakout sessions
  • Optional software classes: EQ7, Adobe Illustrator
  • Private-one-on-one business consulting sessions available with Nancy Dill (limited time slots)

The retreat package includes lodging, meals, snacks, swag bags, door prizes, retreat notebook and handouts, free wifi, and nearby shopping!

Space is limited so apply right away.

gunesin-nagiliSpring Retreat: February 16-20, 2016 in Sebring, Florida

At Historic Kenilworth lodge

Download application form Here for FL Retreat

campFall Retreat: August 3-7, 2016 in Silver Lake, NY

At Historic Camp Asbury

Download application form Here for NY Retreat

Here is what other designer (who attended last year) are saying:

Carol Steely

I got so much usable information from Barb Sackel’s Designing for the Market workshop my head is still spinning.  She broke all the aspects of pattern design down into bite size pieces of information. We learned about quilting styles, brainstormed how they cross over, looked at the demographics of the industry, learned creative ways to find design opportunities, and so much more. We discussed what makes a good pattern by dissecting it into all its individual parts. I’ve been able to implement so many things learned in this workshop on my own patterns.

Website www.funthreadsdesigns.com

blog www.funthreads.blogspot.com

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Reeze Hanson

ReezeThe Designers Retreat was an invaluable experience I think all designers should experience.  The marketing and networking information was especially beneficial to me as a relatively new business woman.  I really enjoyed the camaraderie and the beautiful setting, and there was a good balance of structured workshops and activities, and free time for designing, collaborating, or just enjoying the lake-side scenery.  The retreat was exceptionally well organized by Nancy Dill and Barb Sackel, and included a great mix of topics from a variety of perspectives including publishing, marketing, creativity, social media, working with video, working with fabric companies, wholesale, retail, and quilt market.  Of the three business and marketing workshops I attended this past year, this one was by far the best.  I took away lots of information and strategy I could use, and felt like I went home reinvigorated and ready to move forward in my business.  It’s a great value for the money.

Reeze L. Hanson,  Morning Glory Designs

Website: http://morningglorydesigns.com

Blog: http://blog.morningglorydesigns.net


Tina Dillard

logo-QuiltingAffectionThe QuiltWoman.com Designer Retreat, was an amazing experience for me.  The networking with other designers was one of the biggest gains for me. When I came to the retreat, the only people I knew were Nancy Dill and Barb Sackel, which I briefly met at the Spring Market in Minneapolis. By the end of the retreat I had 16 other designers I could network back and forth with.  I also gained a few new friends that I can communicate with all the time.  We bounce Ideas off one another and help each other grow our businesses.  As for the workshops, I gained the most from the Marketing, where I learned to find the One Big Thing (my niche in the market) and set it as my goals to meet it.  For me, I feel my big thing in business is the combination of Piecing and Applique Patterns.  Also in the Marketing workshop, we learned how to market ourselves, by building Email lists, blogs and Social Media.  I’m currently working on strengthening these areas. I know this will take time.  I look forward to the 2016 retreat to see how far I have gone from what I learned from this retreat.

Tina Dillard

Website: QuiltingAffection.com

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Trisha Dellavella and Mary Eeg

DSC_7565The most beneficial part of the retreat for us was Networking with Nancy as well as Barb and all the participants. We were particularly inspired by Nancy’s personal story and journey and how she took risks, expanded and followed her dreams with courage and stamina to overcome many obstacles. The emphasis on finding your own niche made us realize that when designing you must always consider your target audience rather than just your own personal preferences. What may appeal to you may not always please potential customers. Sharing ideas and experiences with a diverse talented group of pattern designers was most rewarding. Overall, Nancy was a huge inspiration to us.

Trisha Dellavella and Mary Eeg

Website: Hairbrained Happenings




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Washable Lady Products

And Now for Something A Bit Different – Washable Lady Products

Available at Quiltwoman.com

Femininewear is probably not what you normally think about when looking for wearable patterns. BUT sanitary pads are essentially teeny tiny quilts, right?! And, making them is both fun and empowering.

Just think: it’s an easy way to help the environment by reducing what you send to the landfill; it’s a lot cheaper over time than buying disposable pads and underwear; they feel great, they’re pretty and they work! And, contrary to popular belief, washing them is not gross – it’s actually kinda liberating!
See how quickly they stitch together:

1. Make the Inside Core and sew it to the top fabric

2. Sew the top and bottom together and cut out

3. Turn Right Sides Out. Close. Add a snap.


There is a pad for every stage of a woman’s life from her first period to light bladder leakage protection.


They make up in a snap. You’ll want a drawer full!

1. Circle Pad, sized for early years – ages 9 – 14
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3. Regular/Maxi Padspic7
4. Light Bladder Leakage Protection Pads

And they all come with a bonus panty liner pattern for everyday freshness too.
It only takes a fat quarter of your top and bottom fabrics to make 3 – 5 pads. The absorbent core can be flannel, cotton batting, old towels, etc. And, for light bladder leakage or extra protection for menstrual flow, add a layer of poly urethane laminate which is easy to buy in many big box stores or online if your quilt shop doesn’t carry it.

It’s a new day! Down with white, scratchy, papery disposable pads that no one really knows what they are made of! Give this eco-friendly option a try!

Click HERE to get the pattern.

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Fresh Fruits and Veggies





It is harvest season and gardens and full of bounty.  Bring some of that wonderful summertime bounty indoors with these great fruit and veggie patterns!

Use eight mouth-watering fruit and veggie fabrics to make this easy apron pattern by Rochelle Martin.  Simple piecing and great instructions make this project easy enough for a beginner.  A wonderful accessory to wear while you can tomatoes and freeze green beans.

Market Fresh Apron Pattern CTG-085

Finished Size: 29 1/2″ Long
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Designed by: CTG – Cottage Quilt Designs – Rochelle Martin.


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Add some great Fruit Stitch Mitts to your kitchen ensemble.

Fruit Stitched Mitts Pattern IJ-989

Two appliqued & embroidered mitts bring fresh style to your kitchen. Vintage apple (8”) & orange (7”) shapes are included. Slide hand into mitt-style potholder with fruit design and quilted back with insulated batting for protection.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Designed by: IJ – Indygo Junction – Amy Barickman.ij-989

These Woolie Fruit Cushion patterns are another great addition to your kitchen, sewing room, or office.  Wouldn’t they may adorable pin cushions?

Wooly Fruit Cushions Pattern TRA-125

These sweet apples, pears, plums and limes also make up into a sweet needle and scissor case.  Designed by: TRA – Tracy Trevethan Designs – Tracy Trevethantra-125


If you love to do hand embroidery here is an adorable set of Vintage Fruit patterns to embroider on hot pad, dish towels, or even quilt blocks.   They are just so fresh and sweet!

Vintage Fruit Pattern BAR-108

Product ID : BAR-108
Designer: BAR – Bareroots – Barri Sue Gaudet

How about a bowl full of fruit to set on your table?  The fresh fruits may fade but this fresh table topper or wall quilt will be yummy all year long.

Batik Fruit Checkerboard Pattern BS2-289

Barb just loves the look of fruit in the home. It feels so soothing. Let nature’s bounty bring tranquility to you too!  This wall hanging features a basket full of fruit and a checkerboard border.

Finished Size: 22″ x 22″
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Pattern designed by Barb Sackel of Rose Cottage Quilting.

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Designs to Share with You by Ursula Riegel

The head, the hands and the heart behind “Designs to Share with You” is Ursula Riegel, a Canadian designer located in beautiful Victoria, BC. She started quilting in 1991 and over the years has extensively taught quilt making classes which were all based on her own original ideas.pic 1

Her professional background in teaching helped her to write concise class handouts with clear step-by-step instructions. Repeatedly thankful students made positive comments on these handouts which in turn encouraged Ursula to publish her designs in pattern form. “Designs to Share with You” was born. As teaching classes was Ursula’s priority for some time she added only about one or two patterns per year. But once the first distributor had taken on her line there was no stopping.

Currently there are 127 versatile patterns with focus on traditional and contemporary styles and techniques and projects for every skill level and interest. You can find patterns for quilts with multiple sizes like Easy-Does-It and Ribbonworks as well as quilts that showcase specialty techniques like Waves and Flying High.piic 2

Over time it became apparent that Ursula’s placemat and table runner patterns had become especially popular. There are now 46 different designs in this category.  Spirals became the first of a series in circular placemats and table toppers in three sizes. The newest in this series is On a Roll. The more traditional A Handful of Runners and Pieced Placemats complement each other as the blocks can be interchanged to give endless possibilities.pic 3

Ursula also developed a technique which she calls “Press & Stitch”. This is a quilt-as-you-go method for curves and odd angles where self made bias strips cover the raw edges and the process of sewing down these strips at the same time takes care of the quilting. Examples for this technique are Clamshell Placemats, Easy Curves and Easy Elegance.pic 4

Other “Designs to Share with You” include art quilts like October Sky and Tree of Life.

Lovers of Christmas projects will find a tree skirt called Star Ribbons and fabulous no-sew Coiled Fabric Ornaments and Coiled Fabric Snowflakes which are ideal to use up scraps of fabric.pic 5

These 16 patterns give you a taste of Ursula’s designs. Of course there is plenty more to find on the designers page for “Designs to Share with You” on our easy to navigate website at www.quiltwoman.com.

Last but not least we should mention that “Designs to Share with You” is also the source for our Cutting Mat Cleaner. This is a small gadget that removes all kinds of lint from the crevasses of your rotary cutting mat and therefore prolongs its life considerably. It has been tested by 500 members of “Today’s Creative Home Arts Club” and has received an approval rate of 92%.

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Why I Love Scraps! by Deanne Eisenman

I love scraps because …. I always have a lot of them! I don’t think many quilters are actually without scraps. When I cut out a project, I usually end up with the side of my cutting table looking like this:

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 Quite a mess! I can put these to good use. Here is what I do when I am left with a piece of fabric that is smaller than 1/8 of a yard. I cut strips! Either 2 1/2″ or 1 1/2″ strips. I store them in bags, usually separated by light and dark colors and tans. Here’s one of my bags:

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 And with strips, there are endless possibilities! You can make my favorite block, the Log Cabin …

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… Or you can use the strips to add a scrappy pieced border to a quilt!

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Another great use for leftovers is to use them for a scrappy binding!

If it does not work to cut a leftover piece of fabric into strips, I separate those pieces by color and put them into bins to use in appliqué projects. Instead of having to cut into a larger piece of fabric for a small flower, I just dig into my appliqué bin of the appropriate color!

Here’s some of those bins:

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Another way I put scraps to use is to use them to make test blocks. I make these when I am trying out color ideas for a block. Instead of cutting into “fresh” fabric, I dig through my scraps for colors I want to audition and make the block. I can even make two or three different variations. Once I have chosen the color combo I want, I can purchase the fabric and make the quilt with no worries.

When you are done with the test blocks, you can add a few scrappy borders to it and have an instant mini quilt! They make great gifts! 

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So do you want to try a scrap quilt and are not sure how to get started? Try a “planned” scrap quilt. Take a quilt pattern for a quilt made with one block make each block separately using different colors (but still coordinating). Another way to get scrappier is to do it while buying fabric. If a pattern calls for 1 yard of blue, consider buying 4 fat quarters in different blues or other colors in that color family. Do the same for the other colors in the pattern. You’ve instantly made it scrappier!

The key to enjoying scrap quilting is to let go and have fun! Buy smaller cuts of fabric in many colors from your local quilt shop instead of larger cuts of just one color. Once you build up a stash, it’s fun to go “shopping”  there and experiment.

Happy Quilting!

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Bag Adventure

I am a bag lover.  Tote bags, hand bags, shopping bags.  And there has never been a better time to indulge in a new bag than the summer season when I can’t leave the house without a bag on my arm.  To save you time, I am featuring a few of the MANY bag patterns available for summer sewing.

This is just so summery looking!


This is Still Waving by Susan Rooney Patterns (SRP 1015).  I love the smaller accessory bags included in this pattern.  A dramatic piped, wave edge, a cell phone pocket, key fob, inside pocket and 3 pouches to organize money, makeup and change. All full size templates provided in pattern. Designed by Ruthann Stilwell.

Finished Size: 14″ x 10″
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Designed by: SRP – Susan Rooney Patterns – Susan Rooney & Ruthann Stilwell.


The Breezy Blooms Bag by Susan Rooney Patterns (SRP 303) is another great summer selection. Don’t you love the bright flowers on these sunny bags?
Rounded shape with lots of pockets are great features of this small purse pattern. Unique expanding pocket on back, two zippered pouches and a wristlet strap are also included. Feature applique or embroidery on the flap to show your creativity.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Designed by: SRP – Susan Rooney Patterns – Susan Rooney & Ruthann Stilwell.


The Emma Shoulder Purse Pattern is a great messenger style bag.  And I love having a project where I can use some of those big buttons I have collected.  Emma is a very versatile shoulder bag. It’s traditional design fits any occasion. The narrow strap lends a youthful appearance. There is plenty of room inside, owing to the side and bottom gusset. Pockets are all around inside, including a pen pocket. The flap closes with a magnetic snap and provides security for your things. Options for this pattern include length of strap and depth of purse. Perfect for everyday or evening wear.

Finished Size: 11 1/4″ Wide x 7 1/2″ Tall x 2″ Deep
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Designed by: JB2 – Jeanne’s Bags – Jeanne Nivard.


The Ursula & Emily Purse pattern by The Creative Thimble is another roomy and functional purse pattern.  Leave your bulky bags behind and take these small wonders with you. Ursula and Emily are small sized purse patterns with all the pockets you could ask for. Open the magnetic flap on the front to reveal 6 credit card slots and one ID window. Also up front is a zip pocket large enough to hold paper money. On the back there is a slash pocket the full width of the purse to hold coupons and receipts and on the sides are pouch pockets for sunglasses, phone or water bottle. The lining includes another zip pocket and two patch pockets. The purse closes across the top with a zipper. Ursula has an adjustable handle that can be worn across the body or on the shoulder and Emily (Ursula’s alter ego) has dual shorter handles.

Finished Size: Approximately 10″ Wide x 7 1/2″ Tall x 4″ Deep
Skill Level:Intermediate
Designed by: TCT – The Creative Thimble – Laura Martell.


Meet Penelope. She is a charming purse with twin pockets on both exterior sides for quick access to keys, cell phone or grocery lists. She has just a touch of rick rack to accent the front of the purse. She has a unique shape that expands with snap magnets on the sides to open up for more interior room. She is zipper free but has an interior pleated pocket that is designed to hold your cell phone (fits an Iphone perfectly) or your lipstick and compact. Her handles are adorned with an accent strip to make them unique and pop. She is designed to be a sturdy purse that doesn’t slouch.
She is easy to construct. Approximate completion time for an intermediate sewer is about 2 1/2 hours. Completed size is 14″ wide, 11″ tall, 4 1/2″ deep. She would look adorable with any color combination. Let your creativity flow and sew one for yourself. The “paper” version of this product is a CD.

Finished Size: 14″ Wide, 11″ Tall, 4 1/2″ Deep
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Designed by: SM2 – Sew Michelle – Michelle Dorsey.


Julia is a satchel purse that can be worn cross-body or on the shoulder because of its adjustable strap. The pattern offers a fixed length strap option as well. This purse offers lots of security in its zippered exterior pocket and zippered closure. Inside, pockets and a key fob helps to keep you organized. Lots of room, security and hands-free use makes Julia very versatile.

Finished Size: 12.5″ x 10.5″ x 2.5″
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pattern designed by Jeanne Nivard of Jeanne’s Bags.


The Flapper Purse is one in a series of patterns by ReannaLily Designs that feature military uniforms repurposed into contemporary, fashionable designs. Special instructions for working with the uniform are included. Thank you for supporting our troops!

Finished Size: 17″ x 7″ x 4″
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pattern designed by Jen Eskridge – ReannaLily Designs.

Click HERE to see more great bag patterns!  Which one will you be making???

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Blog Hop is Hopping

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Hello Quilters!

The Blog Hop has begun! For the next week we will be hopping around seven QuiltWoman.com designer blogs. Each day…starting today…there will be a new blog post by one of our designers featuring a new technique, project, or tutorial. There will also be a free giveaway!

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Here’s a list of all our participants:

8/4/2015 Tammy Silvers http://www.tamarinis.typepad.com/

8/5/2015 Carol Steely funthreads.blogspot.com
8/6/2015 Heidi Pridemore www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com

8/7/2015 Kathie Donahue http://www.prairiecottagecorner.blogspot.com

8/8/2015 Toby Lischko gatewayquiltsnstuff.blogspot.com
8/9/2015 Jessica J.E. Smith www.quiltHacks.com

8/10/2015 Diane McGregor http://www.castillejacotton.net/blog

Have Fun and Happy Hopping!

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The Quilter’s Toolbox: Thread

There is nothing a quilter likes more than a new gadget! We love our tools and care for them with a reverence akin to a good friend. I broke my favorite acrylic ruler a few years ago and mourned its loss for weeks. Of course I still have the two halves and use them when I need a shorter ruler!

But a quilter’s tools can also be serious business. In this video, Barb Sackel presents a great list of the basic tools all quilters should have.

In the video Barb briefly discusses thread.  I would like to share some important information about selecting a good thread.  Polyester, Poly-Cotton, and Cotton threads which are used in quilt piecing and garment sewing comes in a variety of thicknesses, or weights. This can be confusing and choosing the right thread becomes easier when you know some of the qualities of thread.


Thread is made of a series of filaments, twisted together and wound on a spool.  The number of filaments and the tightness of the twist all affect thread performance.  Typically quilters choose a medium 50 weight three-ply thread for most sewing tasks.  Here is what that means.

The most common weight system specifies the length of the thread in kilometres required to weigh 1 kilogram. Therefore, a greater weight number indicates a thinner thread. For example 100 weight thread is very fine. (100 kilometres of this thread is required to equal 1 kilogram) 50 weight thread is common for sewing and quilting. 30 weight thread is heavier and thicker.

Sometimes you will also see the work TEX is sometimes used to refer to thread weight. According to Wikipedia, “Tex is the mass in grams of 1,000 meters of thread. If 1,000 meters weighs 25 grams, it is a tex 25. Larger tex numbers are heavier threads. Tex is used more commonly in Europe and Canada.”

So which thread should I use? Many quilters prefer 50 weight 3ply cotton or poly/cotton thread for piecing. If you are paper piecing you may want to use a slightly heavier thread (40 weight) and a 14/90 needle to perforate the paper better and stand up to the tugging of paper removal. If you are doing a miniature quilt with tiny pieces, consider using 60 weight thread (and a size 10/70 needle) to reduce bulk in your seams.

Polyester thread is a synthetic fiber with great strength and durability.  Because it can be dyed easily it comes in a huge range of colors and is generally less expensive than cotton thread.  It tends to have a sheen, because the synthetic fibers catch the light and are slightly reflective.  It is the go-to thread for machine embroidery for this reason.


Both cotton and poly thread can be variegated or striped to create a multicolor effect.  The better variegated threads have a shorter color repeat (from an inch to several inches).  Cheap variegated threads will have a longer repeat of 12″ or more and don’t blend in quite as well in projects.


Silk thread is fine, expensive and lovely to work with.  It is great for hand applique and and machine applique.  It comes in a variety of weights as well.  50 weight silk is great for machine applique.  100 weight silk is very fine and is used for heirloom hand stitching or hand applique. Silk dyes beautifully so there are lots of colors to choose from, but the cost of silk often puts quilters off.

Each spool of thread is marked with the color, fiber, number of plys or filaments, and weight or TEX of the thread.  Next time you are shopping for thread read the label.  You will be amazed what you can learn from such a tiny circle!

Happy Quilting from QuiltWoman.com.


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Trends from Spring Market

What a feast for the eyes!  Spring Quilt Market is in the books but the sights and sounds will be coming to your local quilt shop any day.  What was cool, new and memorable?  Where to begin?!


Brights are back!  Of course they never really left but they are back in force in vibrant batiks, bold prints, and shimmering textures.  You will be delighted at the sheer breadth of designs available this summer.

cotton and steel by anka

Neutrals and grays were still in attendance, and some delightful modern looks were looking resplendent in muted yellows and edgy greens, but they were less prevalent than at Fall Market.


I think the long cold winter had everyone battling back to life with vibrant, fun, and furry new trends.


Speaking of furry– owls and foxes were there in abundance this spring, from whimsical to menacing these woodland cuties were donning every color and texture from dots to stripes.  Look for great patterns and fabrics featuring these and more woodland beasties this summer and fall. Add bunnies, deer and bears to the mix as well.  Critter lovers will have a great selection.  And check out this lion!!!

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Solid fabrics were a significant presence at Market with most of the big manufacturers showing off a line of saturated colors and coordinating pastels.  Lots of gray on the side, but not the main dish.  Other neutral players were stepping up to snag the spotlight, including pale peach, muted teal and lots of purples.

Other trends I spotted?

You couldn’t miss Nancy and the Ditsy Quilters showing off artwork from Nancy’s new fabric line in the booth.


Lots of embroidery—both hand and machine, but especially machine embroidery and applique.

Many traditional designs and fabrics—lush florals in subtle colors and soft palates

Primitives and wool still have a strong showing, with wool applique making a very strong appearance.  Primitives are making a resurgence along with darker colored fabric lines and 19th century reproductions.  Several very nice 1930’s  lines were back in the line-up as well. Check out Robert Kauffman, Maywood Studios, Moda and Lecian Fabrics.

Hand dyes never go out of style and were shown in many booths and applications.   And organic cotton was featured in a number of booths.


Gizmos and Gadgets—so many I will only mention a few but will give a much more in-depth discussion of new tools in my next post.  Gotta haves include our own Easy Binding Winder, demonstrated by inventor Rex Moreland and quilter and shop owner Peggy Benjamin. This was a huge hit at market and the first really useful new tool (that is not electric) in this shade of pink to come along since the lawn flamingo.

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And check out the new Add-A-Quarter ruler.  It is going to be a big hit.  Yup, its new and you won’t need an index card any more to fold your fabric and paper.  Watch for a tutorial in a future post.

Wait. . . There’s more!  Ok, it can wait till next time.  Till then, keep stitchin’!

Reeze Hanson at Morning Glory Designs

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