AQM 2016 Wrap-up
Wow! We spent a whirlwind 3 days in Melbourne last weekend hunting down beautiful fabrics, gorgeous threads, patterns and books for you at Australia’s annual trade show for quilt stores, Australian Quilt Market (AQM). We were spoiled for choice and are now thoroughly exhausted after walking roughly 20kms over 3 days.
It was great to catch up with some of our favourite Aussie designers and add to our selection of their products. We picked up some more of Leesa Chandler’s Melba fabric range (in the cream and orange colourway – yummo!) and heard all about The Great Australian Bag Challenge she’s hosting. If you’re a keen bag maker and would like to join in you can check out all the details here.
The Ella Blue girls have all been really busy with several of them launching new fabric ranges over the weekend. Emma Jean Jansen’s ‘Eureka’ range, inspired by the Victorian goldfields, contains a range of mining related images. We particularly loved the Gold Vein print in various colours. Melanie McNeice’s ‘Mini Fun Fair’ range features gorgeous small scale prints and coordinates with a circus theme. Jodie Carleton has drawn on her love of stitching with her sewing themed range ‘Sewing School’. And amazing new designer, Cathi Bessell-Browne of Gertrude Made, released her first collection containing stunning fabrics with the look and feel of vintage barkcloth, a looser weave cotton fabric that was readily available in the 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s in Australia. Some of the samples made from this fabric had us wanting to dive in and start stitching straight away! Keep an eye on the website in the new year as some of these fabrics start arriving in store.
Nikki Tervo, designer of the gorgeous Quiltmouse stitcheries and quilts, inspired us with a range of small stitcheries that are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. And of course, if you’re going to start some new hand stitching projects you’ll need some beautiful threads, so we spent some time with the lovely ladies at Cottage Garden Threads. We managed to squeeze 10 of their vibrant Signature range, variegated thread colours into our suitcases so we’ll pop them up on the website soon. A pre-printed stitchery pattern partnered with one or more of these threads would make a great Christmas present or stocking filler for someone special.
Quilting patterns were also on offer just about everywhere we turned. So over the next couple of months you’ll be able to choose from a great selection of new patterns from the Creative Abundance girls, Leesa Chandler, McKenna Ryan, Elizabeth Hartman, Jaybird Quilts, Alison Glass, Zoe Clifton and Fig ‘n’ Berry Creations. And there’ll be plenty of pre-cuts available for completing those patterns that are pre-cut friendly.
We were also privileged to hear the stories of two wonderful designers. Toni Coward of Make It Perfect shared how her beautiful children inspire every single pattern she designs. And guest international designer, Anna Maria Horner, shared what led her to designing quilting fabrics, where she gets inspiration for her new patterns, and her design process. She also stunned us all by revealing that she does all of this while raising 7 children! We don’t know how she still managed to look so fresh and energetic.
There’s lots more we’d love to share but we need to go and start unpacking everything. Remember to keep an eye on the website for all the new items and let us know what you think.