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.


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!



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



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!


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 Responses to “Quilt Market Pittsburgh Wrap Up”

  1. 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.

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

  3. Bonnie Nyquist June 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    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!

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

  5. Love the look of the dimensional denim.

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

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

  8. Love denim! Really like the pattern book.

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

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

  11. Melissa Gerber June 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

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

  12. So much inspiration! Very exciting stuff!

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

  14. Love, love denim.

  15. Love your stuff ! Pick me please!

  16. Joyce Meinhardt June 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    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!

  17. Joan April Blazich June 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm

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

  18. carla mckinney June 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Love your books!

  19. 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.

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

  21. Marie Markowski June 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm

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

  22. Love the dimensional denim!!!

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

  24. 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!