My Quilt Market Booth

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Blog, Helen's Garden, Quiet Time, Quilt Market

Welcome to my Quilt Market booth!

In comparison to my last booth at Quilt Market, this season’s was simpler, with a greater emphasis on the quilt. I have discovered the wisdom in some of the most rudimentary of quilters’ rules (measure ACCURATELY, press seams, obey the scant 1/4″ seam allowance, etc), and making quilts for this season was less stressful and more rewarding … I am learning.

Once again this time, I was presenting two fabric collections in one tiny space. The collections’ colours play off each other well and they met with a resoundingly positive response.

First up, I present you with Helen’s Garden:

Helen is my Mom. She keeps, and has always kept, a beautiful, inspiring garden. There is occasionally order within, but generally colour and scent abound. Her current garden includes a range of lovely blooms, as well as a forested area that wanders down to the ocean, wherein one can find berries, mushrooms, fiddleheads and other treasures. This collection is a little nod to what she has taught me.

I made some simple pillows that show off some of the collection’s prints in their two colour families. Spy some dragonflies? That’s Garden Dancers. And see those gorgeous bags, they were created by the very talented Jennifer Ladd. She makes the most lovely bags and purses and whipped up these with solid wood handles just for the show.

Here is another quilt I created, based on the traditional log cabin.

I completely lucked out this time to have my baby sister, Tanya join me for a few days. Here she is sporting a Schoolhouse Tunic  (by Sew Liberated) she made with my Pirouette fabric in coral. She had so many compliments on that tunic … she even had someone offer to buy it off her back! I am wearing a peasant-style dress of my own creation (sorry, no pattern yet available) in Enchanted in plum.

My other collection is for young girls … Quiet Time. It has two main prints, the Princess & the Pea (in lavender and robin’s egg) and the Quiet Time print of girls reading in trees.

Those two sweet small quilts you see were created by the wonderful Brooke Sellman of Silly Mama Quilts. Brooke was completely up for the challenge of making pieces to highlight the two focal prints. Stay tuned for a tutorial on each of these shortly.

The dress and short pyjamas came from my head, but I think these pj’s by Marie-Madeline Studio would be equally sweet in the Princess & the Pea fabric.

I made a modern Princess & the Pea bed out of queen-size bed pillows. The majority use Freckled in it’s many colour versions. I had grand ideas of doing a crocheted edge on each pillow, but after the third, I came to terms with the fact that a crochet hook is not my favourite tool, and opted for pompom fringe for the others. The top pillow is edged with a beaded trim I had purchased years ago, that I was happy to finally put to use. Oh, and the “pea” is a wooden ball covered with some Floating Blossoms.

I will be writing up tutorials for both of the Helen’s Garden quilts in the next while. They will be posted when the fabric becomes available in stores. December 15!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!


  1. Patty
    November 4, 2013

    It was so nice getting to finally meet you Tamara! Your new collections are gorgeous as expected, and your samples stunning. How fun that your sister got in on the action, that tunic is fabulous!

    • Tamara
      November 5, 2013

      Great to meet you too Patty! Looking forward to being booth-neighbours in the Spring!!!

  2. G'ma
    November 4, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful……….. everything………. but have to say especially the two gorgeous daughters. The large quilt is stunning, as are the bags and everything else

  3. Alex
    November 5, 2013

    Outstanding work Tamara, as usual!! Love everything ~ stunning colors!

    • Tamara
      November 6, 2013

      Thank you Alex. I was particularly happy with my colour palette this time.

  4. cinzia allocca
    November 12, 2013

    your booth looks so beautiful, Tamara! Congratulations on your collection. It was great to meet you at the MMQG meeting.

    • Tamara
      November 12, 2013

      Thanks Cinzia. I was thrilled to be at the guild meeting … so much inspiration. Can’t wait for the next one!

  5. Paule
    November 28, 2013

    Hey Tamara! I finally got around to checking your blog!! You really are super talented, it was awesome getting to meet you at the Montreal Quilt Guild meeting last november. Hopefully I’ll see you around! Paule xx

    • Tamara
      November 29, 2013

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Paule. I am so happy to have discovered the guild & will definitely continue coming to meetings.

  6. CobyLyn
    January 24, 2014

    Looking forward to making quilts and other fun items with your gorgeous whimsical fabrics! When will you be posting quilt patterns? I would definitely buy bundles of your fabrics for quilting! Hoping you have an Etsy shop soon!!

    • Tamara
      January 24, 2014

      I am working on quilt tutorials as we speak. They should be posted within the next week or 2. I will let you know as soon as I get my wee shop up & running. Thanks again Coby!