International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston – 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Show


I had a wonderful time in Houston this year attending Quilt Market and Festival. If you’ve never been to the International Quilt Festival in Houston you should put in on your bucket list. It’s my favorite show and I’ve missed being there for a few years. It was so nice seeing old friends and making new ones.
IQF Houston 2014 From the minute you reached the downtown area of Houston you knew something special was taking place.

IQF Houston 2014The George Brown Convention Center is immense and the show covers the entire building – all three floors!

IQM Houston 2014
You can expect lots of wonderful new things to appear in the online store and during the upcoming Twelve Days of Christmas celebration. I shopped Quilt Market with you in mind! I can’t wait to share what’s coming up during 2015! It’s going to be a very busy time around here.

IQM Houston 2014 The quilt festival is always preceded by quilt market which is only for business owners and designers. I exhibited at the markets for many years and it was fun being on the other side of the aisle again for this show.

IQF Houston 2014Once market was over it was time for the 40th Anniversary International Quilt Festival to begin!

Just Takes 2 Barbara Black's QuiltJust Takes 2 Barbara Black's QuiltIQF Houston 2014 Tote BagBarbara Black used the Just Takes 2 patterns to create her quilt, Red and White – By the Numbers. It was the quilt chosen as the centerpiece design to celebrate this years 40th Anniversary Ruby Jubilee Quilt Festival. Her quilt was on all of the signs, the show book (yes, we know it’s up side down), the tote bags and just about everywhere the show was mentioned.

IQF Houston 2014The red and white quilt exhibit was stunning beyond words. I won’t even try to describe it – I put my pictures together in an album for you to look at. You can go through them individually, page by page but each page will work as a slide show too if you want. They’re not neatly organized but if you waited for me to find time to do that you’d never get to see them so I hope you don’t mind.


IQF Houston 2014

IQF Houston 2014

Our booth looked just wonderful – Brenda and I had so much fun.

IQF Houston 2014
We couldn’t have done it without Edith and Marie, our talented helpers. Here we are ready to celebrate Halloween. We wore our twinkling pumpkins and had some great candy in the booth to keep the shoppers from getting hungry while they made their way through the hundreds and hundreds of booths.
It was such an honor to meet so many of you when you stopped by the booth to say hello (Bonnie Hunter, I’m sorry I missed you). Meeting everyone was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. Your kind words, hugs and requests for selfies make what I do even more joyful. If I missed you at this show I hope we’ll have a chance to see each other sometime soon. Maybe at the upcoming Quilt Festival in Chicago in March 2015!

There were 2000 quilts on display at this year’s show. Trust me that’s just mind boggling. There were several other displays of dolls, miniature quilt shops and other exhibits too. I didn’t photograph everything, and in some exhibits photography wasn’t allowed. Many of the quilts I saw were most likely once in a lifetime opportunities I’m so grateful to have seen them. Here’s another album of some of my other pictures. Once again, nothing fancy in their presentation but I hope you’ll enjoy looking at them.


Just Takes 2 and ZoeMy fur babies were mighty glad to see me when I got home and here’s Zoe snuggled under the Just Takes 2 quilt while I finished sewing the binding to the back side of the quilt. Yes, that was after the show and yes, I knew I hadn’t finished it…. It ended up being more fun leaving that section unstitched.
IQF Houston 2014 Tote Bag
There are so many more stories I want to share about the trip but they’ll have to wait until later. After all those photos I imagine your head is spinning with inspiration but if you’ve stuck with this post to the end you deserve a prize!

Leave me a comment telling me which quilt was your favorite and on Monday or Tuesday when I’m at the quilt retreat in Shipshewana I’ll draw a name and send you one of the show totes!!!

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Dream Garden Block 10 and iPhone Quilt Cases


Time, time…………I don’t have enough time! I really dislike that feeling and today I feel like I’m on the verge of meltdown which I dislike even more. I’m going to take a deep breath, go pound out some hymns on the piano and reboot my brain. Before I do that I wanted to let you know this month’s Dream Garden block is ready for you to download.

Dream Garden Block 10

Block 10

As we go through the rain of fall and head toward the snow of winter I hope you’ll enjoy stitching on these pretty flowers until spring comes around next year.

Midget Blocks iPhone 6 case
Midget Blocks iPhone 6 case by ssquilt
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Did you get a new iPhone 6? I was shocked to find out my Midget Block case over at Zazzle was in the top 25 quilt cases being sold. I made that case a long time ago for a customer and guess I should have ordered one for myself but I never got around to it.

I designed this case for myself a few years ago when I got my iPhone 5 and used it for my iPhone 5s too. I’ve love it and was really sad when they changed the size for the iPhone 6. All my beautiful cases no longer fit my phone. I’ve never listed this case in my Zazzle store but probably should have. I’m constantly asked “where did you get your case”?

Red and White Quilt iPhone 6 Case
Red and White Quilt iPhone 6 Case by ssquilt
See more Red Casemate Cases at

Since I’m going to Houston next week for the Ruby Jubilee 40th Anniversary International Quilt Festival I thought I should have a red and white case for my phone so I recolored my favorite Quilt Collage case. It hasn’t arrived yet but I thought I’d share them with you in this post. Trust me, I don’t get rich off these. If you order one (you can get them for any phone) I might get to buy myself a latte in Shipshewana next month but they are fun and I thought you’d like them.

That’s it for today – don’t forget to download your block and take a stitch or two in your current project!

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Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 10


I’m going to admit I’m slipping into the insanity that happens in the weeks before Quilt Market and Festival. I’m swimming in details of last minute pattern corrections, ordering supplies, fireproofing booth drapes and a million other things that need to be tended to. I want to make sure things get shipped to Houston on time and we have everything we need when we get there. I haven’t done this in a few years so I’m a bit out of practice and some things have changed so I’m trying to be extra careful.

Today is the first of October and I have another Benjamin Biggs quilt block pattern for you.

Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 10

Block 10
Isn’t this an interesting block? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it before.

Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 10 center

I’ve looked and looked at this signature and can’t seem to make up my mind on the last name. I tried doing some research and found several people named “Trout”, sometimes spelled “Traut” living in the area our quilt is from. I first thought the signature looked like “Trouel” but research didn’t bring up many possibilities.

  • Tronel
  • Trovel
  • Trowl
  • Frovel
  • Fravel

I’m going to give up on this one for the time being. If anyone finds an Ann S. ????? please let me know and I’ll edit this with the correct information.


2012 Just Takes 2 Quilt - IMG_1350

Before the next block is posted Brenda and I will be in Houston for the 40th Anniversary International Quilt Festival along with friends, Edith Shanholt and Marie Troyer who are helping us with our booth. If you’re going to the show please be sure to stop and see us. Our booth number is 839 and we’d love to have you visit us. There will be printed patterns for the 2012 Just Takes 2 quilt for sale in the Festival Show booth and we’ll have the embroidery designs available too.


Just Takes 2™ Benjamin Biggs Quilt Block 10 – Click here


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