Spring Quilt Market Day 1

Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City has begun in blooming color. From the purple exhibit hall carpet to the vibrant quilts lining the booths and the eclectic clothes worn by attendees, from the cherry trees in bloom along the wide streets to the snow-covered mountains surrounding the city, this place is FUN.

Sample Spree last night was a shopping frenzy, with women and men of all ages carrying around enormous tote bags filled with fabric, thread and notions. TV personality Eleanor Burns was there in a space costume, but Doug Kreinik stuck with his favorite Kreinik tshirt - don't want to distract attention from the threads. If you want color, get some Kreinik thread. We met lots of long-arm machine owners, embroidery companies, fiber artists, and quilt shop owners all looking for a little metallic to add to quilts. We sold out of red, copper, and purple machine sewing Gimp thread immediately.

We also sold our new Iron-On Bag o'Bits to the delight of people who have requested it for years. Top ideas for the bits include jewelry, gifts, ornaments, and other quick projects. It really doesn't get any faster than a fusible embellishment thread.

So far today, market has been busy. Hearing many shops say hand embroidery is becoming popular. We are next to the fun ladies of Moonthistle Designs with wool felt designs featuring Kreinik thread for stitch embellishments. The look is subtle but more eye-catching than the traditional somber wool look. Check out her "Party Crow" pattern (web site www.moonthistle.com).

We have a Bernina Artista sewing machine running in the booth. We will be decorating some pillows, making scarves, doing dome clicking and bobbin work. We love how versatile the new sewing machines are and the Kreinik threads sew smoothly and beautifully. We have one of our gold threads running on a Gammill long-arm right behind us and it looks stunning on black fabric.

This is just Day 1 of market and we are excited to talk with shop owners and designers, and are already inspired with new ideas. Wish you could see it! Stay tuned to Kreinik Facebook for more pictures.

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