Spring Quilt Market recently took place in Minneapolis, MN and Sizzix was there! The show wasn’t open to the general public, so we made sure to take lots of photos to share with you here on our blog. What’s so great about Spring Market? It’s one of the two times each year that Sizzix and the rest of the quilting and fabric industry release new products – so this is a great place to get a sneak peek at what’s to come!
SCHOOL HOUSE & SAMPLE SPREE
The show officially started on Friday, but pre-show activities kicked off on Thursday. Sizzix sponsored two School House sessions, where buyers, bloggers, and others could hear about the latest and greatest. Our first session featured our brand new designer for quilting and sewing: Kerry Goulder – aka Kid Giddy.
We’re thrilled to welcome Kerry to the Sizzix Quilting family! She gave a talk, showed her brand new dies, and showed sample products she’s made using the dies. Kerry’s new dies include:
Doll – 660537
This die includes the body, as well as several fun accessories like hair, a tie, a bow, a heart, glasses, a pocket, and more! These highly customizable dolls can be made to look like a loved one, or their look can spring from your imagination!
Hedgehog – 660530
This little guy is so cute! Consider filling him with different materials, including stuffing and lavender.
Owl – 660531
The owl is a great project to make with scraps, and can easily be made into an ornament, too!
All three of these adorable dies are very versatile and fun. For example, they can each be made as 3-D pieces, or used for appliqué on a quilt or project.
Sizzix Quilting Manager, Linda Nitzen, demonstrates how easy it is to prepare multiple layers of fabric for cutting. You can cut up to 8 layers of cotton fabric in one pass - what a time saver!
Next up at School House? Victoria Findlay Wolfe!
We’re thrilled that Victoria is expanding her die line with Sizzix to include dies that are compatible with the fabi machine, since her initial three dies were designed for the Big Shot Pro and are very popular.
Victoria’s new dies include:
These quilts show just a few of the ways you can use Victoria's new dies - the possibilities are endless!
Sample Spree is a big deal at Quilt Market! It’s an opportunity to purchase a limited amount of new product from participating companies – often at a significant discount. Hundreds (if not thousands) of shoppers lined up for Sample Spree on Thursday night, and Sizzix was happy to take part in the fun. We sold some of our brand new dies by Kid Giddy and Victoria Findlay Wolfe, new dies by Jorli Perine, and other Sizzix Quilting dies. We also had some machines on hand a great prices, and shoppers were super excited about the product and the deals!
A teeny tiny section of the loooooong line that wound through the convention center lobby...
Calm before the storm! Kathy Ranabargar, Kid Giddy, Linda Nitzen, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe
A machine and some dies, please...
Shopping fun at Sample Spree!
QUILT MARKET OFFICIALLY OPENS!
The convention center was buzzing with excitement when the show finally opened on Friday morning! Sizzix staff had prepared a wonderful booth displaying our machines, including the fabi, the new Sizzix Big Shot Plus, and the Big Shot Pro. The booth featured vignette’s for each of our designers and product lines, including:
Our display in the show's Sneak Peek section featured the Big Shot Plus!
Special Guests in the Sizzix Booth
We were pleased to have licensed designers demoing in our booth, including Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Kid Giddy!
It was also a treat to explore the show floor and meet up with some of the companies we partner with. We drank in the beautiful quilts displayed all over the show floor. We also stopped by the Riley Blake booth and saw their darling quilt that features our Dress Die!
We hope you've enjoyed this look at our trip to Spring Quilt Market! Sizzix has released sixteen brand new dies, and we hope you’ll pop over to our website and see them all HERE. Though the show has just finished up, we're already looking forward to the fall event - the International Quilt Market & Festival that takes place in Houston in late October. Stay tuned for more quilting fun and giveaways!