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A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick


Houston Market/Festival, What a Show!

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick1 Comment

I can finally see the light of day after playing "catch up" on everything that needed to be done after attending Market and Festival in Houston so I thought you may like to see a little of what goes on at these two wonderful shows! Market is for shop owners and others "in the business" to find the latest and greatest among fabric designs, notions, patterns, sewing machines and anything else you can think of, to make your little heart go "pitter-pat"! Since I am a pattern designer, it is the place to be, to show my newest patterns. I introduced two new patterns called, "Kiss My Stash" and "Merry Mouse Mischief" which were both hits!

Kiss My StashMerry Mouse Mischief

A typical booth at Market starts out looking a little desolate, but within a few hours looks pretty amazing!



Within 24 hours the show floor is transformed into something magical, which lasts only three days. Once Market is over, there is a two day break to allow some vendors to move out and others to move in for Festival, which is open to the public. It is a quilter's/sewist's heaven! This year there were about 1100 booths, walking shoes are a must!

Market Floor

When customers aren't shopping, they can view the hundreds of award winning quilts in the quilt show. This is just a sampling of the amazing talent displayed by quilters from around the world.


Shower Trees by Kathy Nakajima of Tokyo, Japan


Brilliant Rose by Junko Fujiwara of Narashino, Chiba Pref, Japan


Ben's Midnight Garden by Barbara Korengold of Chevy Chase, MD


Audrey II Plus 3 by Marianne Mulheren of Ukiah, CA

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon by Jerry Granata of Palm Springs, CA

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance? by Jan Reed of Grass Valley, CA


Eager to Learn - Afghanistan by Gillian Shearer of Tweed Heads West, NSW, Australia


Ewe Are My Sunshine

And the Grand Prize Winner, Ewe Are My Sunshine by Janet Stone of Overland Park, KS

We did manage to have a little extra fun since Halloween fell during Festival this year.

Happy Halloween

Hope to see you at a future show!

Signature Red




UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick4 Comments

Busy as a…. wait a minute, there has to be something busier than a bee because that has been my life for the past couple of months. I’m getting ready to pack up the car to head to Houston for Quilt Market and Festival and can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been creating patterns like a crazy person in preparation and am happy to be debuting three new full size quilt patterns and six Little Hissies! I blogged about Tweet in a previous post. So to keep you up to date, here are the other two newest patterns…. Me and My Peeps


We’ll be packing up the car tonight and heading out for the two day drive to Houston tomorrow morning. This is just a small sample of what is waiting to be loaded, not including suitcases, quilts, samples, and poles for the booth.

Gearing up for several days of fun with quilters from all over the world.

Houston Market

UncategorizedSandy FitzpatrickComment

I took the big jump and had a booth at Quilt Market in Houston, Tx from October 30 through November 1.  If you aren't familiar with Market, it's the place to go to try and sell your patterns to quilt shops across the nation and even internationally.  Shop owners come from all over for a few days of shopping to buy new patterns, books, fabric, and notions to carry in their shops.

I was a little nervous, occasionally thinking, "What in world am I doing? How do I know that people will really like my patterns? What if no one buys anything?!" (It was a long drive from North Carolina and I had a lot of time to think.) It had been one of those "someday I'm going to do this" things on my List.  With a little encouragement from the home front I decided this was the year to give it a try and I am so glad I did!  It was a great opportunity to show my stuff and get the affirmation I needed to keep designing more patterns.

I was fortunate to have friends to share a room with, go to dinner with and just have fun with! They introduced me to a GREAT TexMex restaurant called Ninfa's and we ate at the original Ninfa's on Navigation every night!  I know, I know, that seemed a little strange to me at first but the food was so good and there was such a variety on the menu that you really didn't have to repeat a meal unless you really wanted to.  I must admit I had the enchiladas with mole' more than once.

Thank goodness for Garmins.  If I had tried to find my way around Houston without this navigation system I would still be stuck in traffic!  We stayed a few extra days after Market to attend Quilt Festival and view all the wonderful award winning quilts in the show.

Debbie Caffrey was in the booth directly across from me, she looked so cute dressed as Robin Hood on Halloween.  Debbie was a wealth of knowledge to any questions I had as a "newbie".

Barry Beardslee brought a smile to everyone as he "flashed" his samples of Presencia Threads.

How exciting for Janice, Sonja, and Mary to see the quilt they worked on with friends.  This gorgeous quilt was entered into the "Group" category.

More gorgeous quilts from the show...

These amazing quilts were just a small part of the incredible quilt show during Quilt Festival.  Such an amazing group of talented quilt artists and very humbling to the rest of us.