Fabric design, Quilt Market

Spring 2014 Quilt Market Photo Bomb, Part One


Carrie Bloomston shows her Paint Quilts

Carrie Bloomston of SUCH Designs shows off the sewing efforts of her sewing friends, including Sally Keller, whose quilt is pictured above.  Click over to Carrie’s blog to read all about the people who sewed with her beautiful new fabric, Paint.

Carrie Bloomston talks about her prayer flag project

Carrie discusses her Happy Flag project.  You can read more about that here.

Carrie Bloomston's booth

Melanie Testa, one of Windham’s newest designers, set up an incredibly efficient little print studio in her booth and was printing for all of Market!  Her infectious laughter and boundless energy kept us all going and we loved watching Quilt Market attendees strap on aprons and join Melly in her process.  Even Lotta Jansdotter stopped by to print for a bit! Check out Melly’s collection Meadowlark here!

Melanie Testa and Lotta Jansdotter

Melanie is a teacher, art quilter and author.  The designs that she commissioned from friends in the industry were inspriring and unique.  Keep your eyes peeled in a variety of quilting magazines in the next few months for more on these projects and head over to Melly’s blog to learn more anytime!

Melanie Testa and Meadowlark

Designer, Sarah Fielke, an Australian wonder came to our booth at Quilt Market after being on the road all over the United States teaching for weeks. Sarah’s brand of applique is stunningly bright and cheery.  Her classes can be found on Craftsy for those who want access to this girl-from-Down-Under here in the States.

Sarah Fielke shows her Enchanted Quilts

Sarah Fielke

Sarah’s fabric sewed up beautifully whether is was patchworked, appliqued or stitched into clothing. Read more about Sarah’s stitching journey on her blog.

Sarah Fielke's Enchanted applique

Lovely sewing by another Aussie, Sylvia Clough.

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Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew displayed her new collection Oh Clementine!  A traditional modern collection as she calls it, with elements for all quilters out there.  Allison highlighted her collection in a group of new patterns that you will be sure to want to feature in your shop! Check them out here.

Allison Harris with Oh Clementine

Also on display was an amazing quilt by Anne Sullivan, using the re-issue of Heather Ross’ Far Far Away line—the first time on quilting cotton.  This quilt will be a free pattern on the Windham website in June and available as a kit from Heather’s website.  Heather couldn’t be with us at Market this time as she was out promoting her new book, “How to Catch a Frog”, be sure to check it out.

Princess and the Pea Quilt 2

Here we have Petite Fleur by Carolyn Gavin for Ecojot.  This organic line sewed up into some beautiful projects by Casey York.

Petite Fleur by Carolyn Gavin

Part 2 of our Quilt Market photo bomb will be coming next week with photos of all the beautiful mini-quilts that were sewn for us by our awesome sewing community.  Stay tuned!


Windham Fabrics at Quilt Market Fall 2013

And a great time was had by all…



The booth:










Jerry Stube, with her new Block of the Month quilt for Windham Fabrics.


Our amazing designer booths:

Lotta Jansdotter



Dress by Green Bee Patterns.



Lily Gonzales-Creed



Marcia Derse




Melissa Ybarra


Here's Melissa, right, with Erin Schlosser, designer of this gorgeous quilt.



Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer of Ampersand Design


These amazing women flew in for one day to film a tutorial on the Fat Quarter Shop's YouTube channel! So keep your eyes peeled for that!



And more smiling faces at Market…


Quilt designer Amy Gibson stopped by the Garden Party Tango booth





Quilter Sally Keller, who made an amazing quilt with Marcia Derse's fabric for us.



Quilt designer, John Kubinec, with his quilt using

Windham Fabrics in the

Missouri Star Quilt Co booth



Announcing Mormor and Sylvia by Lotta Jansdotter

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Introducing two new collections by Lotta Jansdotter with Windham Fabrics.


        mormor    a colorful collection of 23 skus


        Sylvia    a black & white collection of 9 skus

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Lotta's description of her collection:

"This is the fourth fabric collection I have created together with Windham Fabrics; well actually it is two collections. "Mormor" is a vibrant and bright collection of prints. I added some new colors to my palette: the purple eggplant color, the dark grays and that wonderfully sweet coral color. "Sylvia" is my first all black & white collection, which is easy and fun to combine with all the colors and designs in the Mormor collection.

While I was designing these collections last fall my grandmother passed away. My mormor Sylvia lived a full, long and rich life, and she was a true maker most every living day. She taught me pretty much everything I know about sewing, crocheting and baking cinnamon buns.  She was a very inspiring person in my life and one of my biggest supporters. I want to dedicate these two collections to her."

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Lotta's Mormor and Sylvia collections debut to sales on October 1st.  You can see more about what Lotta is up to at her website and Facebook page.

And don't forget to visit with us at the International Quilt Market in Houston, October 26-28th.


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Fabric design, Modern Fabric, New Fabric

In the studio with Marcia Derse

Coming Soon: Renowned Textile Designer

Marcia Derse's

Debut Collections for Windham Fabrics



Debuting October 1st, 2013

Palette::a collection of 40 tonal solids

Mosaic::a textured collection of 24 skus based on Marcia's hand-dyes


Self portrait barn (2)

Today, on our blog, we are going to take you on a whirlwind tour of Marcia Derse's studio to find out more about her creative space and her inspiration!

In Marcia's own words… 


Edit palette


Editing my "Palette" collection on my living room table.












My latest collection, "Mosaic", was inspired by a project my son recently did. He
created a fridge puzzle in the style of a roman mosaic. The puzzle is
beautiful but insanely difficult. Looking at his little tiles on the fridge
prompted me to pull together other inspiration, a book on Pompeiian mosaics, a
postcard of a tiled floor that was in my studio, piles of broken pottery that I
keep around long after the plate has broken. From there the collection took


Print mosaic[3]


Studio 22[1]

My house
is the best part about where I live. It is an oasis. My husband and I love
restoring and spending time in our cozy old cape cod hunt club house. We
both have projects going on constantly, whether they are art projects or


Old tv

The collection "Palette"
is inspired by my cabinet full of hand-dyed fabrics that I look at everyday in
my studio~an ever growing vocabulary of color to play & create with.


















Sample strips flowing out of my closet storage.



In my studio, I start with a blank canvas; a bolt
of muslin, fabric dyes, and the primary colors in silkscreen paints. When I
mix, I gather colors, images and objects from everywhere. Anything that
catches my eye outdoors or in the studio becomes an artist's tool: pine cones,
spoons, brushes, homemade stamps, and bamboo pens.





Assorted root vegetables, an example of the random scenes that catch my eye for color and texture inspiration.





I apply paint with
abandon, exhausting the cups of color, trying every combination. Each piece of
fabric is a fresh innovative arrangement of color, form, and texture. I draw my themes from
the seasons or my travels or sometimes simply a new texture found in my

Van Gogh, The Bedroom painted by third graders. This was a window display at my children’s bookstore that I couldn’t bear to part with. Now I look at this gorgeous painting every day in my studio.



Saved samples of fonts from my printing press days where I set type upside down & backwards & where I fell in love with the ampersand.













My textile
design journey has been developing for 25 years.
My sisters and I all live in different cities and as a way to spend time
together, we used to take fiber art classes once a year at Arrowmont &
then QSDS. Sewing was a big part of our lives growing up and it was so
much fun to share the time together taking these classes and seeing what we
would all create. Liz Axfore, Connie Schele & Cherie St. Cyr & Sue
Benner taught the classes where I learned the techniques I continue to use and
play with today. I always hoped to take away one thing that I could explore
during the year in-between classes.



Make sure to visit Marcia Derse with Windham Fabrics in

our booths #2332 and #2333 at the International Quilt

Market in Houston, October 26-28, 2013.