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Spring Quilt Market

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Just one of the many beautiful displays at Spring Quilt Market.
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A fun Christmas collection you'll soon see in your local quilt shops.
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Smaller projects with online patterns from many of the fabric companies were displayed throughout the booths.

First, I would like to say that Portland is beautiful and a great place to hold Quilt Market. It's a wonderful city. The view from my hotel room was exceptional. There are fabulous restaurants and parks, and the rail system is fantastic. It's certainly a city worth seeing; I hope that someday I will have more time to explore.

Market started with the usual flourish. The doors opened, and the race was on. Shop owners, designers and the media pushed their way onward. Once through the doors, the crowd thinned and fanned out in all directions. I had little time to look because of a looming appointment. Meetings kept me busy for the most part of the first day. I did manage to check out a few interesting booths in route to my appointments. Many of the interesting things I saw you will see in coming issues of Quilter's World.

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The hustle and bustle that is Quilt Market.

I met with many of the top textile companies to see what was fresh and new in quilting fabrics, and I was truly impressed. I usually do see plenty of beautiful fabrics, and I tend to have a very wide range of likes, but this market was a bit different. The collections were a bit smaller with more basic lines, and what really stood out to me was how lovely the fabrics were, not just trendy.

I noticed a considerable amount of smaller projects such as totes, purses, pillows and personal items. A lot of those projects were created with panels. The colors were beautiful, but I couldn't see where any one color stood out above the others. I think we are going to see a wide range of well-thought-out, gorgeous fabrics in the next six months. I, for one, love this idea. I love being able to find all colors and textures when I am inspired to make a quilt. I think we are in for a real treat in the months to come, and I hope it continues. Quilting is evolving again, and I think it's for the better. Be prepared to be dazzled!

Many of the new patterns and designs are leaning toward simple, clean lines. I guess the modern movement is here to stay. Quilting is definitely spreading into the younger generation, and that is a great thing. It will ensure that this form of art will stay alive.