Stitchtopia News – Quilting in the USA!

November started with my very first visit to Houston and the 2018 International Quilt Market. Quilt Market is a credentialed event and I was honoured to be able to attend as an industry professional. Over 400 exhibitors offering

books, fabrics, kits, patterns and machines fought for my attention alongside a very long list of classes and events. The other half of the exhibition hall was dedicated to an array of over 40 special exhibits covering subjects as varied as In Full Bloom, showcasing floral quilts, a selection of quilts Inspired by Elvis, Landscape quilts showcasing how landscapes often inspire quilt artists, and our very own Janet Clare – My Story So Far, giving a great insight into where Janet seeks her creative inspiration and her design process. Janet also had a stand showcasing her fabric range; where she and her infamous apron was ever present!

If you would like to learn more about Janet’s design process and get a close-up look at her apron you can join Janet on our springtime holiday to Prague.

With so many quilts to marvel at and new people to meet and exchange ideas with it was lovely to see some other familiar faces too. Karin Hellaby had a busy couple of days signing copies of her Jelly Roll Bargello book. As usual, Karin will be hosting a number of holidays with us in 2019. Karin’s holidays are always very popular and sell out quickly so if you are interested in joining Karin on one of her tours next year follow these links and book your place now!

Stitchtopia Festival, 22 – 25 Mar 2019
Verona Tessile, Lake Garda and Venice, 24 – 30 Apr 2019
Textile Highlights of Vietnam, 5 – 20 Nov 2019

Houston Quilt Market is truly international; with exhibitors from Europe, the USA and Canada, and Australia, including Lynette Anderson who was there showcasing her fabric range.

We are very lucky to have Lynette hosting our holiday to Nantes and the Pour l’amour du Fil festival next year.

My three days in Houston passed very quickly, but I arrived back in the UK with great memories and plenty of inspiration for our future quilting adventures.

It wasn’t quite time to go home yet though; just as Quilt Market was ending in Houston, World Travel Market was starting in London. World Travel Market is a key event in the travel industry calendar with tourism professionals from across the world meeting to promote their destinations and exchange ideas. Here I met with just some of the people that help make our holidays a success in destinations such as Japan, South Africa, Vietnam and Myanmar and researched new destinations for us to explore in 2020. Look out for a sneak peek at some of our new destinations in the new year…

– Alison White

Head of Craft Product

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