eclectic elements spring quilt market 2014…

we are back from attending the spring quilt market in pittsburgh, pennsylvania this past weekend.  it was so exciting to launch my second collection of eclectic elements fabric with coats/westminster.  the response from our debut launch last spring was so good that all of the original 24 designs are still being produced in addition to the 13 new designs shipping in june.  thank you all for the support of this fabric collection, and for embracing it’s unconventional place in the world of textile.  thanks also to the team at coats/westminster for allowing me to stay true to my creative self in designing this line that i consider “perfectly imperfect”…

here’s a glimpse of the booth from quilt market, and many of the amazing samples created by the following talented designers – thanks so much to each of them for sharing a piece of their unique style and craftsmanship: paula cheney, richele christensen, scott hansen, amy friend, tammy tutterow, carol caraccia, nancy roelfsema, patricia petty, michele crump, and connie fong.  i love the nostalgic inspired designs of eclectic elements fabrics, and the variety of skillful projects made with it…


we arrived at the convention center on thursday for set-up day of the booth.  there were crates to unpack, fixtures to build, props to organize, signage to hang, and samples to display.  it all came together beautifully thanks to the help of paula and mario (and of course super dave).  it was really great to see the projects for the first time and actually get to hold them and see the craftsmanship than went into them.  the booth looked incredible with the eclectic mix of 37 fabric designs, artful projects, all displayed with a touch of vintage goodness including the coolest upholstered chair…


once again the talented scott hansen from blue nickel studios designed and created the quilt that hung on the back wall of the booth.  this is my favorite of all time that he has named “hashbrowns for breakfast”.  i know scott is working on a pattern for this quilt that will be available on coat’s website later this year.  we also had the talented nancy roelfsema who created a beautiful quilt to showcase the fabric and also worked tirelessly everyday of the show writing orders for the fabrics through notions marketing – thanks nancy…



in addition to working my booth with nancy, i also spent an hour each day in the sizzix booth demonstrating the vagabond machine and many of my sizzix die designs.  it’s always fun to showcase the versatility of steel rule dies especially the new frameworks that had many attendees blown away by the awesome projects richele christensen made using them…


there were so many amazing projects in the booth, but my personal favorite would have to be this funky owl crafted by tammy tutterow.  it’s a design i saw on pinterest, but  we couldn’t locate a pattern or anything for it.  so i challenged tammy to recreate one similar to it, needless to say – she didn’t disappoint…


like i said, there was the most amazing projects displayed throughout the booth including a stunning layered apron, home decor lamp shade and memo board projects, creatively designed pillows, and versatile bags and totes.  everyone who stopped by the booth was simply blown away by the projects – take a look at some of them…

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so i hope you enjoyed this creatively inspiring glimpse into the spring quilt market.  here’s a look at the 13 new designs of eclectic elements fabric shipping to stores in june.  we were lucky enough to grab a few fat quarters of the new fabric to share with some of you!  leave a comment on the blog and tell us your favorite new design, and we’ll pick some winners on friday 5/23 – thanks for sharing the journey…t!m



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462 Comments to “eclectic elements spring quilt market 2014…”

  1. Linda Southworth says:

    Please tell me there will be a pattern for the gorgeous owl. Oh, and for that beautiful apron!

  2. Linda says:

    These fabrics are over the top for me…just gorgeous…I live in Vancouver area, Canada. Do you ship to us here and where oh where can I find them? I appreciate your help, thank you. 🙂

  3. Velvet Pearson says:

    Maps, music, rulers, and shabby flowers! How’s a girl to choose? This is another great addition to the fabric line, Tim! I hope someone will have a tutorial for those enormous fabric flowers you’re standing next to (hint! hint!).

  4. Shelley says:

    Wow! Tim your new fabric line is GORGEOUS!! My favorite is the bottlecaps with the flowers being a close second. Awesome, awesome designs!!

  5. Linda Bell says:

    Oh my Tim I just love them all but I will have to say my favorite is probably the music and then the pacific ocean one. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Rosann says:

    First … THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this post! I LOVE seeing your booths and to see this “up close and personal” is so AWESOME; these Designers are the BOMB … talk about take you to your HAPPY PLACE …YES I TOTALLY ENJOYED this !! These new fabrics are so awesome … love revisiting them!!!

  7. Nicki says:

    Oh my word! these are gorgeous, floral one is stunning! i must have them all… now!
    the projects are totally amazing, this is also another must have 😀

  8. Dorothy says:

    WOW! Awesome! Today’s post has inspired me to get my sewing machine out and get creative. I love the new fabrics too…the map, stamps, rulers…I can’t wait to get them! as always, Thanks Tim!

  9. s mellows says:

    wow Tim, you and your design team are going to take fabric crafting to a whole new place! You must be really inspired to be so inspiring!

  10. Eva says:

    So PRETTY!! I am consumed with the feeling “I want it, I need it!”

  11. Karen Schaefer says:

    I love the giant flowers made from your fabrics! Is there a pattern available?

  12. I have been away all week so missed the chance to comment on these for a prize, but I love them.. even better than your first release. I love all of them but I think the Photography ads and the map are my favorites.

  13. Becky Walker says:

    The apron and the purses have me thinking of sewing again!

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