Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | By Tammy Silvers | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving Quilt Market Report

Usually after Quilt Market, I do a general Quilt Market report.  You know – the usual “blah-blah-blah” about all the terrific new patterns, books, tools and fabric – ah, the new fabrics….isn’t that what drives a lot of this??….but I digress.  I was focused here and definitely had a purpose!  Ha!

This Quilt Market in Houston was as exceptional and inspiring and overwhelming as any of the previous markets.  Lovely fabrics, beautiful new patterns, projects and books by all sorts of talented designers, and of course, fun new tools to make all your quilty dreams come true.  Oh, and did I mention all the luscious new fabrics????

But this market, at least for me, had a different impact.  Hurricane Sandy chose this time to make her presence known to the east coast.  Many of our quilt friends and families were threatened by her potential impact.  Airports were shut down.  Entire areas were evacuated.  Others had to hunker down to wait out the storm.  And while everyone appreciated the beauty that surrounded us at Quilt Market, the pull of hearth and home was stronger.  Many had to leave early – with hearty wishes of safe and speedy travel – to rejoin family before the storm hit.  Others, while drawn to home, couldn’t go home because of cancelled flights.  Plans were changed, exceptions made, and as always, quilters gathered and supported one another.

This Quilt Market presented new fabrics (yes, the fabrics!) and patterns and tools – and like always, provided the bi-annual opportunity to renew distance acquaintances and friendships – but it also reminded us of what is really, truly important, each and every day.  Our loved ones.  Friends.  Family.  And as we approach turkey day (with all that wonderful food that is going to make the last few months of dieting a real challenge!) and thoughts of thanks, I think that we are all a bit more aware of what we are thankful for.  Escaping the storm, surviving the storm, having friends and family that reach out to help in times of need, having loved ones to cherish.  This Thanksgiving, as always, I am thankful for those that love my designs, those that hate my designs (because you can’t grow and develop without challenges), for all my quilty friends, those I’ve met and those I’ve yet to meet, for my friends in general, and especially for my family, which provide the foundation for all that I am and I do.  I wish all of you a warm, wonderful, safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Tammy Silvers

Outside the Line Designs, www.otldesigns.com

About the Author: Tammy Silvers

Tammy has been quilting since 1991. She has taught at a variety of fabric shops as well as local county Parks and Recreation facilities. She has also designed and self-published several of her own quilt patterns, and from 2006 through February of 2013, was part of the design team Outside the Line Designs.  She now has her own design company, Tamarinis. She enjoys working with virtually every fabric, however, she prefers batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints: “If it clucks, it goes in a quilt!” is her motto. Having a background in art and literature, Tammy looks for ways to use “words” in her work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. Tammy is a Georgia native and currently lives in Marietta with her husband, children, two dogs, and her favorite fat cat.

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