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One Fabric Kaleidoscope Quilt pattern by Jason YenterOne Fabric Kaleidoscope Quilt pattern by Jason Yenter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One fabric Kaleidoscope quilt pattern by Jason Yenter featuring Unusual Garden fabric by in the beginning fabrics

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Australian Quilt Market 2017

Posted 28/11/2017

Last weekend I attended our annual trade show for shop owners. So much to see over two days and each day starts with a 2 hour show and tell session from suppliers and designers, showcasing their new products and handing out the occasional goodie bag. I find these sessions invaluable for deciding what new products to bring back to the shop and get handy tips on many aspects for retail success.

 Centre Stage quilt by Tula Pink featuring All Stars, Pom Poms, stripes and solids by Tula Pink coming in April/May 2018Centre Stage quilt by Tula Pink featuring All Stars, Pom Poms, stripes and solids by Tula Pink coming in April/May 2018

The special guest this year was Tula Pink. Tula has been designing fabric for 11years. Tula's was there to debut her next range of fabric for Freespirit Fabrics. As this will be her 25th range of fabrics, Tula wanted it to be special, so she has chosen six designs from the previous ranges and recoloured them in three new colour palettes and also designed new stripes, pom poms and solids to match. The excellent thing about all of Tula's ranges is that at least one of the colour palettes is carried over from previous ranges to enable the new fabric to mix in perfectly with the old ones. The above quilt Centre Stage is just one of the new projects featuring the new ranges. I was lucky to meet Tula and honoured that she sat and chatted to me as I ordered the fabric.

Tula and I chatting about the new All Stars fabric rangeTula and I chatting about the new All Stars fabric range

Choosing what fabric to buy is made easier when you can see it in the flesh, made into quilts and other projects. Below is a sneak peek of a few of the ranges which will be available early next year.

Look for Musings by Valori Wells, Hand painted batik Mandalas from Wacky Jacky, Ar Deco by Snow Leopard Designs, All Stars by Tula Pink, Pom Poms, Stripes and solids by Tula Pink and Sprinkle Sunshine by Kim Christopherson

New fabrics arriving early 2018New fabrics arriving early 2018

 

Look for the following new projects from Elizabeth Hartman, Claire Turpin, Quiltworx and Alaura Poole (daughter of Monica Poole)

Greenhouse, Delightful Desert, Lisa the Unicorn, Pick & Mix, Summer Solstice, Southern SkyGreenhouse, Delightful Desert, Lisa the Unicorn, Pick & Mix, Summer Solstice, Southern Sky

Some other new projects will feature in our Summer School classes and as new Block of the Month kits

Pineapple pin cushion, Fields a Flutter, Mandala hoops, Applique BOM, felted notebook and needle case, Aurifil Thread Club, Sprinkled with Love BOMPineapple pin cushion, Fields a Flutter, Mandala hoops, Applique BOM, felted notebook and needle case, Aurifil Thread Club, Sprinkled with Love BOM

 

Another highlight was watching Stephanie from Hoffman fabric doing fabric folding demonstrations. Stephanie shared heaps of new ways to fold fabric. You will see lots of examples in store on your next visit.

fabric folding demo with Stephanie from Hoffman Fabricsfabric folding demo with Stephanie from Hoffman Fabrics

Details of all the new arrivals will be uploaded to the website and online store are they become available. To keep up to date with the latest new arrivals, classes and projects, simply subscribe to our enewsletter. 

Cheers

Ang

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