The International Quilt Market started on Thursday and runs all weekend long in Houston, Texas. It’s an insane industry trade show that happens twice a year. Fabric companies and quilt shop owners attend to view new fabric lines and show off and sell/buy like mad. They transform a huge warehouse into a fabric mecca. I’ve never been to Quilt Market but I’ve followed it (read: stalked it) on Instagram and it looks insane and amazing. Quilt Market also involves an incredible amount of behind-the-scenes sewing (what better way to sell fabric than to see it sewn into something fabulous, after all?). For the last few Quilt Markets I’ve sewn for the lovely Cloud 9 fabrics folks. But, this time around it was extra exciting because they have released organic knit fabric. Knits!! Organic Knits! I die. In classic Cloud 9 style, they are super soft and the designs are so sweet and classic.
I made a tank top in each of the newly available prints, 22 in all. Here’s a little sampling:
I will be releasing an exclusive free pattern for the tank top through Cloud 9 soon and I’m so excited. Nothing beats a basic tank, after all! I want to do some tweaking, but these are the basic look. I’m thinking about narrowing the top of the tank top and adjusting the arm scythe but I love the sweeping hemline.
These stripes are some of my favorites from these new knit fabrics. Totally delicious. I love how the stripes look running in two different directions here.
In addition to making the tank tops, I also made Gina, Michelle and Jess (the beautiful women behind Cloud 9) each a Julia Cardigan. I’m hoping to catch glimpses of them being worn on Instagram. Don’t these cardigans show off the amazing fabric so well? Bonus is they are super cozy/comfy.
Are you stalking Quilt Market on IG? It’s quite the event, right?