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I enjoy being part of the “Troy Team”!  It is a pleasure to be designing fabrics for them!

We had a busy Market, but I made sure to take some photos of my booth and the entire Troy booth.

Here’s the entire booth, just before Market opened. On the right side, the sales team and on the left side, the Troy’s Riverwoods Collection designers

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Owners of Troy Corporation are Terry and Dorothy Troy.  They distribute many different fabrics from different companies.  They also have their own in-house designs, Riverwoods Collections.

I can’t say enough good things about their fabric line, Riverwoods.  The hand is fantastic, the colors are beautiful and the line is a dream to work with.  The Troy’s do not skimp on the quality of their fabrics and it shows.

Riverwoods has several different designers, creating their fabric lines. Some of the designers were at Quilt Market and here are some of their booths.

Pearl Louis always has a lovely booth!  Here she is, in a beautiful booth, just filled with quilts!  Here new lines; Blizzard Bunch  and Napa.  Napa is a collection that Pearl and I worked on together.  More about that below.

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I always enjoy seeing Pearl’s fabrics and her patterns. They are always so pretty!

You can see more of her patterns here and her fabric lines here.

Kimberly Rado, from Starry Night Hollow has a fantastic creative flair and is just fun to be around!  Her booth was so striking and I just love her new lines; Les Meowserables and Graffetti

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The Blue Underground is another new designer for Troy’s Riverwoods!  The Blue Underground Studio is a company started by Amy Walsh and Janine Burke. I love their modern and fun designs, just so creative!  You can see more about The Blue Underground here.

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Their new line; Xanadu is beautiful, so colorful and just fun!

My booth is pictured here.  Click on the photo, to see an enlarged photo.

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I love the booth!  You know, as you prepare for Market and plan out a booth. . . you just never know how it will turn out.  You plan and plan, make samples creative displays and hope it all comes together.  Well, everything just fell into place and I couldn’t be happier with the booth!

Here’s a bit of a close-up of the booth and a look at my Go Team fabric line.  

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In another blog post, I will show each new fabric line in more detail, but here’s a sneak peek:

We’ve added 6 new colors to the Serendipity line!  A sky blue, cardinal red, evergreen, willow, spice and ink!

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Napa is my newest batik line!  The colors are so pretty!

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This is the fabric line that Pearl and I worked on together.  She created the beautiful cotton prints in this line and I created the batiks.  You can see the entire line here.   The colors and prints flow together flawlessly.  They can be used separately or together.

I just love my Midnight Blue fabric line. It’s been so popular and we’ve had so many good comments about it.

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While at Market, I had the opportunity to chat with Abby, from Annie’s crafts. They have a lovely catalog and several of my quilts are in it. Midnight Blue Star is one of them and it is a favorite of mine.

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As I talking to Abby, it hit me. . . many of you who read this blog, may not know the quilt pattern and/or kit is available from Annie’s and may be interested to know about it.

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Over the next few weeks, I will mention some thoughts from Market and also mention different quilt items available in different catalogs.

The Midnight Blue Star quilt is lovely, but very quick quilt!  While it looks very hard, the surprising part. .  . NO set-in seams!  Just fun piecing with a lovely quilt when you are finished.

You can see more information about the quilt by clicking here.
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To see more images from the Midnight Blue fabric line, you can click here.

I’ve just returned from Quilt Market and Festival in Houston. While preparing for Market and my Festival classes is always hectic, I enjoy them both so much. I always enjoy my Festival classes, so much fun to see returning quilters who have taken my classes before and meet new friends.

I also love Market, the excitement about new items, the inspiration of the quilt show and re-connecting with so many of my friends. It seems in every aisle, I run into someone I know, hugs are exchanged and the latest news is shared about family, and what’s new in their quilting life. I think that is one of the best part of Market, running into old friends. I left Market and Festival tired, but extremely happy and re-charged!

One friend I ran into was Eileen Fowler. She is the associate editor of Quiltmaker magazine. She shared with me some fun news. Quiltmaker used some of my Java Jewels batiks and my Serendipity fabric line in one of their videos.

Java Jewels – click here to see more

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Serendipity – click here to see more

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It was so much fun to see my fabric lines in the video and I loved the block they created/demonstrated! Great video, Eileen!

You can see the video here.

Interested in learning more about the video, Quiltmaker or the 100 Blocks magazine?  Information is below. Enjoy!

untitledQMLearn how to use up your collection of pre-cuts to make fun, scrappy blocks. Eileen Fowler shows how pre-cut 2-1/2″ strips, 5″ charms and 10″ squares can all be used to make Boxed In, a block designed by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 2. You’ll also see how simple changes to the block can make exciting new versions. This block is available: 200 Blocks book and My EQ Boutique.

Karen Combs is a internationally known quilt teacher, author and fabric designer. Visit her web site at http://www.karencombs.com

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