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Piccolo at Quilt Market 2019

May Gibbs at Houston quilt market

It is with a sad heart I write this. Sad because it feels like the entire world is in Houston again this year for Quilt Market except me! I am seeing so many amazing pictures come through of phenomenal booths and some of my favourite people meeting more of my favourite people. Lets not even talk about the wonders of sample spree.

Still at least I can live vicariously through the 4 quilts I sent on their way last week. It was an honour to represent some talented designers into their first foray at quilt market under the Nerida Hansen umbrella. The turnaround time was super super tight (and I mean no sleep, lots of crying and foot stomping tight) but even I was impressed with what I managed to pull off in only 5 days especially when you factor in a School fete to help at and all the sport the kids play, coach and attend. Can we take a second to appreciate what 150 cupcakes look like though – and yes the rainbows went first 😉

Bake stall cupcakes

Now I have promised myself I wont talk too much this blog post because I am aware I have a tendency to waffle on and on and forget most of you are only here for the pictures. So lets get into sharing the fun stuff!
May Gibbs at Houston quilt market

First up the divine range from May Gibbs Official. The clever Ellie Whittaker took the stunning artwork of May Gibbs (a celebrated Australian author and illustrator) and turned it into the most delightful fabric line.  I didnt want to cut up the line too much and lose the sweet detail in the pattern so used an upcoming pattern of mine The Rising Star to showcase it instead (more details on that coming soon).

May Gibbs at Houston quilt market

I couldn’t stop there though because those prints were dying to be made into Christmas stockings – how bloody sweet is that main print with the koala in the boat. If I had a baby now it would be my nursery in a heartbeat! These stockings would be perfect for a first Christmas keepsake and I am dying to make a Santa Sack next.

After working with May Gibbs I turned my attention to the divine work of Jos Proust. I have worked with her fabrics a few times over the years (remember my sewing room update or the Australia Day picnic?) but those birds never fail to delight me. I used my newly released Apple Pie Cushion and upcoming Lemon Squeezy quilt pattern for this range and love the end result. Clearly so did Superman, our cat, because I could not get him off the chair when taking photos!

I am obsessed with this lemon squeezy pattern – OBSESSED! The pattern is currently with testers so I have a lot more to share on it in the coming weeks. I will tell you though that it is perfect for large scale prints and scraps, it is literally the perfect pattern.

Holli Zollinger at Houston quilt Market

When I saw the scale of the Holli Zollinger range I may have gasped a wee bit. After all prints this size are not traditionally used in cot size quilts – but once I realised the Tiger needed to be the star it was a short leap to my Oh Captain quilt pattern – another one due to go to testers any day now!

I think this one may have ended up my favourite make to be honest – I loved the colours and the boho vibe. I even added a wee bit of trim for extra fun. For the cushion I played around with quilting and love the end result. Funny side note – we had to pull our garden hedge out recently and I have added some temporary bamboo screening while the plants in front regrow. I was lamenting the fact I had lost a photo backdrop and then the very next quilt I made suited perfectly – go figure!

The TIny Garden at Quilt Market

Last but certainly not least is my Missing Link Set for The Tiny Garden. This set was so much fun to make and came together really quickly, like all of my patterns do. The range fit the design perfectly too for a cot size quilt.

The TIny Garden at Quilt Market

I genuinely regret the fact I didn’t get enough time to photograph this set in more detail due to the tight turnaround but I can tell you the Missing Link Quilt pattern is dropping in TWO days and if you love the cushion then I suggest you keep an eye on the next issue of Make Modern magazine …… winky face winky face.
Piccolo Studio in the Nerida Hansen Booth
So there you go – four quilts, three cushions and two stockings in a divine range of fabrics all sitting pretty right now at  Quilt Market – next year I hope I am right there alongside them but for now I am still so excited I am represented there for the fifth year in a row.

Sarah xx






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