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The market place at any quilt show is always an entertaining, exciting and potentially disastrous experience for quilters—the temptation to exceed your budget is almost too much for a mortal woman to bear! The Market at The Road to California Quilt Show is certainly no exception—I found many great vendors with a variety of fabrics, fibers, paints and buttons. The vendors below had items of special interest to crazy quilters; I have included their website or Ebay addresses for you. Won’t you sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a comfortable browse through my market?

I love silk ties! Eileen’s “Necktie Revival Vest” can be made with her pattern that includes an antique buckle. Eileen says this is one of her best sellers in California.
Also try Eileen’s “Quilt Books” for a 15% discount on huge selections of books, patterns and notions. 

Jessica Schick has developed a beautiful line of “dye by number” kits using a pre-printed design, with her own formula of “resist” which keeps the dye from spreading into unwanted areas. See the full line at:

Fabulous Fibers, indeed! This gorgeous color wall shows only a fraction of the offerings at Fabulous Fibers & Embellishments. Many hand-dyed ribbons and trims, beads supplies, and crazy quilt vest kits are offered at the website: 

“So Cal Button Gal” is Christina Bachman’s very apt title. Christina offers a wonderful collection of vintage and new buttons, and is very knowledgeable about her vintage buttons—in the few minutes we talked, I learned a lot about identifying old buttons by their shanks, color and type. Visit Christina’s Ebay Store: “Antique & Collectable Buttons”.

What a treat to see Helen Gibb in person with her latest book “Elegant Ribbonwork”. Helen’s books, classes and DVD’s are not only beautiful, they are a tremendous resource for anyone exploring vintage and new silk ribbon work. Please visit Helen’s website:
At Jukebox Quilts, Carol was demonstrating a new DVD by Lura Schwarz Smith that shows you how to paint faces and figures from photographs onto fabric. I must say Carol made it look like we all could do this! Kelly Gallagher-Abbott of Jukebox Quilts has also put together an interesting work book for crazy quilters: “Embroidered Crazy Quilt Seam Coverings” that illustrates nearly every basic stitch, along with specially designed tools to use for your seam treatments. You can see it all here:  
Mary Jo Hiney’s bright and colorful “State of the Heart” designs really reached out to me. These beautiful kits come with the pattern and several glorious shades of Dupioni silk, plus complete instructions for making these lovely small banners. Mary Jo has also designed a line of fun and interesting handbags. They are sold exclusively as Mary Jo Hiney Designs through 
Vintage lace, ribbons, and motifs grace Leah’s Vintage Moments elegant booth, with bits and pieces from the past that include pin cushions, hand painted lingerie bags and beaded silk velvet pieces. Many of Leah’s pieces are one-of-a-kind. Catch Leah’s auctions at Ebay: vintagemoments, or email her at 

Meet Sussan at Sara’s Bloom— As you can see, Sussan’s booth just drips the most gorgeous hand-dyed Venice lace. If you prefer to dye your own lace, there is a huge selection of unique and hard to find lace, plus Sussan’s own line of lace dyes. The detail photo shows an exquisite lace collage created by fiber artist Suellene Petersen. You can find Sara’s Bloom at:


Yes, Jeanette’s Fabrics were To Dye For! It’s hard for the photos to do justice to these fabulous dyed fabrics—the metallic pieces especially are works of art in their own right. Jeanette’s pieces will add vibrant color, texture and depth to any piece. To view more fabrics and learn about Jeanette’s work see:

Seduction by color: Wendy Richardson’s Quilt Tapestry Studio! Wendy hand dyes vintage textiles, old lace, crochet and tatting—everything near and dear to a crazy quilter’s heart. The hues Wendy achieves on these vintage pieces are vivid and clear, and her over-dyed fabrics are subtle and soft, yet dynamic. For a list of Wendy’s retailers go to: Make sure to take time to view her gallery. 


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