The Cotton + Steel Frenzy at QuiltCon: Get that Fabric While You Can

I was at QuiltCon last week in warm and sunny Austin, Texas, and I was joking with Rashida Colemen-Hale, a Cotton + Steel fabric designer, that it should have been called the Cotton + Steel show. The fabrics from the five designers who make up the consortium (Rashida, Melody Miller, Alexia Abegg, Sarah Watts, and Kim Kight) were everywhere! I am talking every booth and on every body, too. Women had dresses, skirts, blouses, and one even had a lanyard fashioned from the selvedges of one of Rashida's fabrics.

The feeding frenzy at the Cotton + Steel
booth, with Rashida at right.

  The Above the Curve Table
Runner kit features 
Cotton + Steel fabric.

QuiltCon is a good time. 
I just had to ride the machine 
at the Stitch Lab booth.

The fabrics have only increased in their momentum each season, and when it seems like there can't be any more of a frenzy over Cotton + Steel, it just crescendoes again. QuiltCon is a relatively laid back show, especially in contrast to Quilt Market, and as the leading show for modern quilters, it is such a pleasure to see all the quilts on display and walk around and have conversations. It's so easy to connect at QuiltCon, and with Cotton + Steel's booth right at the show opening, with lots of sit-and-sew action and eye candy, it was the nexus for the gathering and connecting.

With so much frenzy over Cotton + Steel, you just have to wonder when it's going to turn that corner to where the fabrics become collector's items and are auctioned off on eBay. I predict that it won't be long. Each of the collection's fabrics are so unique and distinctive to the designer and so beautiful that it's only a matter of time before the manufacturer supplies are snapped up.

With that said, we have created a gorgeous Above the Curve table runner kit that was featured on Stitch Spring 2015 cover and the kit includes Rashida's Moonlit collection fat quarter, PLUS the spring issue of Stitch for just $48, which is less than what you would pay for the fat quarter alone. It's an incredible deal and an adorable pattern and issue. I suggest you get the kit (and the fabric!) in the Sew Daily Shop while you can!

Happy stitching!

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.