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Quilt Market Pittsburgh Wrap Up

Last month I was in Pittsburgh with the Indygo Junction team for our biggest show, Spring Quilt Market! This is the show where we debut most of our new pattern designs for the year. For 2014 we have a whopping 24 new patterns and two new books. (It’s been a busy few months – with more to come!) This year I wanted to focus on creating patterns with a purpose – functional patterns that can be used at your own home, or can be given as gifts.

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Here is the Indygo Junction team posing in our neighbor Moda’s adorable booth. I am wearing our new Modern Silhouette Vest in Metal Grey Crossroads Denim. Betsy is wearing the Urban Tunic in Ty Pennington fabric.

Quilt Market is important because it is the pulse of the industry. When I am at the show I can talk to the store owners one-on-one about what their customers are really looking for. Over the years many of these store owners have become friends and I always look forward to catching up at each show.

Inspiration is a one of the best take a-ways from Quilt Market. I love seeing what other fabric and pattern designers are creating. I also get to see the newest tools and notions that are out. As I walk the show I make note of any new buckles, buttons, zippers or sewing tools that I can use in a new pattern. I want to push our pattern designs so that they take advantage of the newest “technology” in the sewing world!

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One opportunity I like to take advantage of at Quilt Market, is the option to teach a Schoolhouse. The day before the show officially opens is Schoolhouse day, where the shop owners can spend the day taking 30 minute classes given by designers and companies to educate them on the newest products, marketing ideas and more. This year I taught two classes. The first, Creating Dollars with Denim, focused on my Crossroads Denim line and new book Dimensional Denim. I discussed the many uses for Crossroads, event and marketing ideas for the fabric, and debuted 5 gorgeous new colors; Wisteria, Cactus Pink, Ice Blue, Mushroom and Pistachio! Xroadsnewcolors

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The other class I taught was on the upcoming book release The Magic Pattern Book. I’m very excited about this book, which will be released in August. Inspired by Mary Brooks Pickens’ Magic Patterns, I have designed 6 base garment patterns (dress, top, skirt, cardigan, coat and accessory) from which another 6 garments can be created – giving the reader patterns for 36 different projects!

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It’s been a few week since we returned from this whirlwind trip and I am still excited and inspired by the people, products and designs I saw at market. I want to share our new pattern line with you. Leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win a variety pack of our new patterns and book! The contest will run through June 27th, 12:00 pm, US residents only please. Good luck!

 

 

125 Comments

  1. Karen Propes

    Love this concept, the book and patterns would be such a fabulous addition to my sewing library. Can’t wait to try some new outfits with these patterns.
    Thanks for the chance.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  2. NannyPenny

    Wish I were a ‘stay-at-home’ woman…I dream of what I could be sewing every morning before work. Love your work!

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  3. Bonnie Nyquist

    Wow! that colored denim is just so fresh! I am so in love withj that Modern Silhouette vest patern. Your book looks so interesting, cannot wait to read that,denim itself is a just forever fabric. Recycling is great,but yardage is a luxury!

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  4. Jamie Vowell

    What a fantastic treasure! Would love to win this! Jamie V in MT

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  5. Darla E

    Love the look of the dimensional denim.

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  6. Amber

    Wish I’d been there to take some classes! These look great, especially love the denim!

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  7. Sheryle A

    This is so creative and new. Can’t wait to add some dimension to my denim. Thanks for the chance to win and learn.

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  8. Janet T

    Love denim! Really like the pattern book.

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  9. Victoria M

    The Magic Pattern book looks like a system that could really create a wardrobe. Love the urban tunic.

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  10. Chris Lynch

    Love the new books and denim! Hoping to carry in my shop soon.

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  11. Melissa Gerber

    I love the new books, especially Magic Patterns. Sounds like you had a good time at market.

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  12. Diane

    So much inspiration! Very exciting stuff!

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  13. Jeannie D

    The new denim colors are beautiful… The books look like a lot of fun too!

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  14. Carolyn

    Love, love denim.

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  15. Judy Marsh

    Love your stuff ! Pick me please!

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  16. Joyce Meinhardt

    I’ve been anxious to give your denim a try, and the new patterns & book look so intriguing! Keep inspiring us! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. Joan April Blazich

    I love the new monster dress up doll! What a perfect non-sexist doll for any child! I have to get this one.

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  18. carla mckinney

    Love your books!

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  19. Judy

    I can think of many of your patterns that I would like to have. Especially like th monster doll with buttons, zippers etc for children to learn how to use.

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  20. Donna Maurer

    LOVE ALL of those denim ideas!!! I’d love to win the package….

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  21. Marie Markowski

    This inspires me to get back to some sewing and quilting! Been away too long.

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  22. carolyn

    Love the dimensional denim!!!

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  23. Julie M

    Denim is always in style & is so comfy! I’d love to win the patterns & books! Love your ideas.

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  24. NannyPenny

    I love to recycle and denim is my favorite. It’s great to have a book featuring dimensional denim; especially by someone whose work I appreciate and adore!

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  25. Christine Craog

    I love sewing with denim. I am so glad you have designed new patterns. My Daughter and Granddaughter really likes to wear denim and I get tired of the same patterns. Thank you so much for giving more options.

    I attend the Quilt and Craft market every year in Phoenix, AZ. I love, love, love it. So, I can understand your excitement. I look so forward to it every year.

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  26. Heather

    The new books sound informational and I love the idea for your sewing centers in shelters!

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  27. Carol Gardner

    The only thing better than denim – denim in lovely new colors. And a book about new ways to use it.

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  28. Judith Martinez

    That looks like a great book! I love patterns that can be used multiple ways!

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  29. Nancy Arenas

    Love the colors of the Crossroads Denim. The Dimensional Denim book sounds interesting too.

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  30. Gay Lynn

    I love your denim colors! I am sure your new book will be a hit too!

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  31. becky j

    WOW..makes me want to sit up to my machine and start a new sewing project…hey, I think I will!! 🙂 thanks!!

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  32. Sharon

    Love the denim – it never grows old. Patterns are always exciting.

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  33. Olivia Kuebler

    It is always fun to see what you come up with next. What an inspiring talent you are.

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  34. Deb Praus

    Grew up a sewer, now a quilter but looking to sew some garments as I can’t find what I want out there. Your book looks like just the ticket for me. The new patterns are wonderful, I would use the totes, the organizers and the pet bed! Absolutely wonderful. Thanks!

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  35. Janet

    Quilt Market sounds like such a great time. You and your team are so creative and come up with such wonderful ideas. Great job!

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  36. Jacklynn Grimm

    The new denim colors are beautiful!! Makes me actually want to sew something for myself, which I haven’t done in YEARS……a Cutting Edge Jacket in Wisteria would be awesome! Thanks for the give away!

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  37. Cynthia F

    Love the denim colors. The pattern book looks very interesting. Makes me want to do more selfie sewing!

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  38. Evelyn

    Looking forward to seeing your new book — lots of possibilities!

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  39. Su-sieee! Mac

    Congrats on the publication of your new book and patterns! I totally like the idea of being able to make many outfits from a few patterns. Practical and cost effective for someone like me.

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  40. Teri

    Need to start sewing clothes again, this would be a great place to start! Love denim!

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  41. Chris Lynch

    I love the denim idea and your new books. Hope to carry them in my store soon.

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  42. Tanya Watson

    looks like all had a great time. I love to learn new things and you pattern book looks like just I could learn a lot and love making things. I am excited about the new book

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  43. Jenny Stumpff

    The books look fun! I love to go to he quilt show when it comes to KC. Can’t wait to see all the new patterns!!!

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  44. Kathy Spanjer

    Both the denim and pattern book look interesting. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. Barb S.

    Love the new denim colors, especially the Pistachio, love the cover of your new book too!

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  46. Joan Bauer

    It would be fun to have basic patterns and use my imagination to finish it. The Dimensional Denim book with the new colors looks super. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  47. MelodyJ

    This book sounds really good and interesting.

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  48. Vivian

    Always could use new Ideas for fun things to make

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  49. Annette Deardurff

    Love the new colors of crossroads denim, particularly wisteria !!

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  50. Cindy Dahlgren

    Sounds like you had a great time and introduced a lot of new product.

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  51. Karen A

    I’m fascinated by the Dimensional Denim designs. I love the new colors of the denim too.

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  52. mandy whalen

    Markets are such fun, I have been to markets both as a buyer and a seller so I have seen both sides. Looks like you have a variety to choose from.

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  53. Lee Ann Bailey

    I’m really intrigued by the magic patterns book. Can’t wait to check it out!

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  54. Kelly Aubert

    I can’t wait to see your book with the base patterns. What a great idea!!

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  55. Rene Bolton

    Looking forward to your new book!

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  56. Mary Sue Wysocki

    Looking forward to seeing the Magic Pattern book. I really love the Vintage Notions book and refer to it often. The new patterns look great too. I will be looking for the denims at a store near me soon. Keep up the great work.

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  57. Connie Cain

    I have all kinds of denim from my sons old jeans that I have saved for over 20 years. Keep saying I am going to make a quilt with them. 🙂
    clc97423@gmail.com

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  58. Christine Lakin

    I love the denim and the books. Lots of new things!

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  59. Betty

    I enjoy the many ideas your website and Blog have given us

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  60. NCMama

    Sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait for the magic pattern to come out.

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  61. MS Barb

    Your denim colors are interesting…and I would love to have a copy of “The Magic Pattern Book!” I love the diversity of pattern usage!

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  62. Carol Heier

    I like the sort your stuff organizer. I think my Mom would enjoy having a place to put her essentials when she is sitting in her recliner.

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  63. Christina Gonzalez

    I want to win! Love the Wisteria Denim and cannot wait to check out the new book.

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  64. Christina Gonzalez

    Cannot wait to see the new book. Would love to win!

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  65. Jen K

    Both of your new books look like a lot of fun. Definitely going on my “want” list!

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  66. Lee

    What great patterns and fabric! I love the pistachio denim!

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  67. Deborah

    I really like your ideas for denim – would love to win this!
    Many thanks for all the inspiration!

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  68. Sandy Allen

    Looks like a good time was had by all. Can’t wait to see all the new patterns!

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  69. Kathie L

    denim is such a good fabric for clothing, especially kids.

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  70. Marilyn S

    The dimensional denim book looks like a lot of fun. I would love to use some of the worn jeans that I have been saving for the past few years to play. Thanks!!

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  71. sally

    love your things

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  72. sally

    I am inspired by your site and blog, would love new patterns,

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  73. sally

    Inspired by your site and blog, would love the patterns!

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  74. Jane

    The magic pattern book looks intriguing!

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  75. Wendy

    Your Magic Pattern book looks very interesting. I used to make clothing but wasn’t thrilled with the outcome so, I just make quilts now. Maybe this will give me a new perspective on sewing clothes. Love the new denim colors! Thanks!

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  76. NancyB from Many LA

    Thanks for the great post = and a chance to win!

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  77. Marjory W.

    Glad you had such a good and successful market experience. I love the new Crossroads denim colors!

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  78. Debra Kay Neiman

    I love Indygo Junction and wish I could go to market. Crossroads Denim looks wonderful too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  79. Deb

    Beautiful patterns and love the new denim!

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  80. Cathy Gillette

    love the idea of doing the structural sewing with denim! and the magic pattern sounds like it has INFINITE uses and possibilities. looking forward to seeing them in the stores, and the possibility of winning some patterns! Thanks Amy!

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  81. Jan G

    I LOVE INYDGO JUCNTION!!! Thank you!!

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  82. Deb E

    Functional patterns are always a hit with me and my multitasking. New tech in sewing is exciting too. Love the new patterns.

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  83. Peg G

    I teach sewing to kids all summer and one class is “Denim Goes Green” using old jeans and new denim fabric, as well as a design and sew class, among others. Both your books would be put to good use.

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  84. Betty

    Enjoy using your books which are crafty creative!! I love sewing projects. Your new book, “Magic Pattern” looks enticingly fun, too. I also want some of that cactus flower denim!!! Would love to attend a quilt market. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your QM experiences.

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  85. Kelly Sas

    August can’t come fast enough when I can get your Magic Pattern Book! I have a SIL who attends Quilt Market each year because she is one of two owners of a quilt shop in WI. It always sounds like such an inspirational, exhausting and fun time. Your denim colors are wonderful!!!

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  86. Regina Harris

    Your books look they will have lots of useful information. Thanks for the offer.

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  87. Pamela

    Wish I could have been with y’all! Looks like a Great time. Thank you for the contest and the opportunity to win your patterns and book.

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  88. LadyD

    Love the new books you’ve presented this year; would especially love to win The Magic Pattern book.

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  89. Shelley Lee

    I can’t wait for the Magic Pattern book to come out!

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  90. Lori

    looks like you had fun, love the denum colors and all the patterns….

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  91. Therese Burr

    Always enjoy your creativity

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  92. Cheryl Unger

    I know that these patterns can be used by me and especially my daughter that has transferred old clothes into new ones for her two daughters. She is quite the thrifty shopper.

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  93. Colleen

    You are so awesome to give fabrics away! The new book looks awesome!

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  94. Jane Luxenberg

    I love the variety of crossroad denims and the variety of manipulative techniques and patterns.Gives new range to discovery due to the added durabilty of denim. Many ideas for recycling denim articles.

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  95. Lynn Paul

    Looks like a fun time! I’d love some more patterns to inspire me, always happy to see more ideas!

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  96. Karen

    Posting away! I just LOVE INDYGO Junction!!!!!!!!

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  97. Sherry Fram

    Love all the pictures and love the colors for the denim! The dimensional denim looks interesting too!

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  98. Corinne D

    The new denim colors are so pretty! The Magic Pattern book looks fun and interesting, too.

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  99. Ann Sewell

    Love that your focus this year is “patterns with a purpose”! It helps keep sewing fun & exciting… Exactly what it should be!

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  100. Judy Brennan

    LOVE your new patterns! You are so inspirational, Amy. Keep up the great work. Glad market was GREAT!

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  101. Judy Townsend

    I really need some new clothes patterns. Love all of your patterns!

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  102. Marilyn S

    Amazing! I would love to go sometime. Congrats on your book and other great stuff! Thanks

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  103. Tina

    Would love to try the magic patterns!

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  104. Cecilia

    I would love to go to Market and attend the Schoolhouse classes. Thanks for sharing.

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  105. Kathy G.

    Your Magic Pattern Book looks terrific – can’t wait to have it! Thank you for all your inspiration.

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  106. Pam Harris

    I know a few lucky people who got to go – unfortunately, I was not one of them. They said the caliber of the quilts was amazing, along with all the product, patterns and so on. Maybe next year. thanks for your sharing

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  107. Ginger

    Love all the new products!

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  108. Debbie L

    Would really like to try the dimensional denim. Lots of possibilities!

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  109. Lori Chvojka

    I am always looking for something new to make. I am working on quilts for my 9 grand kids. And have 2 1/2 left to do but I would love to make dresses for my 4 grand daughters!!!

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  110. Anna Nusbaum

    Amy,

    Thanks for the posting on Quilt Market. It’s always interesting to hear from folks who attend.

    Your new books look really neat and I love the denim colors.

    I’d be tickled “Cactus Flower” if I won the package of goodies!

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  111. Lisa Bianco

    Would love to go and check out everything mew and exciting …and of course people watch

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  112. Lisa Bianco

    Looks like a blast ..would love to go to some day <3

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  113. anne macklin

    Love to see what you are all wearing! Wonderful inspiration~

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  114. Wendy N

    This sounds and looks like fun! I would love to go to a quilt market and just admire all the great works!

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  115. Linda Fuchs

    Love the cactus flower and wisteria denim!

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  116. Glenda

    One of the most fun things for ME is to see what YOU all are wearing to market! Creatives inspire each other. Love the outfits and seeing the new ideas — and new book!

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  117. Kathy Bumb

    Love the new denim colors – so many ideas – so many sewing projects.

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  118. Linda Burrell

    At 70, I’m hardly pat of the “new generation getting interesting in sewing. But making my own garments gives me pleasure and saves me money. I’d love the pattern book.

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  119. Lainie

    I am so excited about the new book! So much to sew, so little mind… 😉 Love the new denim colors as well!

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  120. DebbyG

    Agree, looks like fun! The flower with spools & zipper is so creative!

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  121. Carole S.

    OOO! Your new pattern book looks right up my alley. I do still love single-use patterns, but I have a strong appreciation for versatility, and your Magic Pattern book looks like the very definition of versatility!

    Thanks for the offer, and can’t wait to see how Market inspired you!

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  122. Diya

    Your book concept sounds so very exciting. It will be a great addition to my Sew Book nspired series on my blog. Count me in for the draw please:) TheHobbyHarbor

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  123. Amy DeCesare

    Thanks for an interesting glimpse into Quilt Market, beyond the booth photos. I love those new colors for denim, and the books sound fascinating.

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  124. RazzBari

    Sounds like a fun time was had by all! Love the wisteria denim…

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