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Quilt Market in Houston Fall 2017

Posted on: July 1st, 2017 by Lorna McMahon

First of all….

I want to wish everyone a very happy and monumental Canada Day!
This year we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!


I’ve been working on a new litter of puppies this week.

This is in preparation for my upcoming trip to Houston, Texas.

That’s right! I’m heading to Quilt Market this fall!

The Dog Gone Cute pattern is one of my favourites and a best seller.

So I wanted to make up a fresh, new quilt to display in my booth.

This is all very exciting and a little bit scary all at the same time.

Although I have been touring all over Ontario for the past two years providing trunk shows and workshops for lots and lots of quilt guilds, this will be my first major event. And I don’t really know how it’s going to go.

I do have to give credit to one person in particular. And that is Elaine of Crazy Quilter on a Bike. She encouraged me to get out there. And although I did not feel that I was ready for this kind of “next step” I figured… When are you really ready?

I also must give credit to two others – Lisa of Soft Impressions and Marlene of Pastime Pieces. I met these ladies while giving a workshop and trunk show for the Chatham-Kent Quilers’ Guild this spring. These two each had a vendor table set up at the guild meeting and were both very encouraging. They also provided me with all kinds of helpful information.

Now it’s not that I don’t already have enough quilts that I could easily cover the walls in my booth about ten times over. But quilting is a wonderful stress reliever.

And so here comes another Dog Gone Cute!

That’s right! I’m heading to Quilt Market this fall!



The Canada 150 quilt was designed last year in preparation for this milestone birthday in 2017. It comes with a lap size and a baby size.



And the following photos were sent to me by email from fellow Canadian, Claire:

“The smaller one is for my yet to be born grandson, Jacob (any day now)! and the larger one is for his big brother James who is almost 6 and is anxiously awaiting his bear quilt. Happy. This was so much fun, I am now going to make one my for my 4 year old granddaughter, Grace who lives overseas and gets inundated with all things Canadian (because I am so proud to be one)! I need to change up the colours in the white bears, the writing is difficult to see in the pictures. Enjoy!”


The Canada 150 pdf pattern can be found here in my shop.

How about you? Do you quilt to reduce stress?

Keep On Quilting On!





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22 Responses

  1. Dorothy says:

    You will be a wonderful addition to Quilt Market. Just remember to breathe and smile 🙂

  2. Nancy J says:

    Quilt Market, it will be a breeze for you, and your quilts and patterns. And Canada Day, Celebrate with those beautiful quilts for the little ones.

  3. Peggy says:

    Beautiful doggies. Love looking at your posts.

  4. Very cute. Just take a deep breath when you get there, it is easy to get overwhelmed in Houston. The market is bigger than you can imagine, I once spent four days just looking at the vendor mall and didn't see it all. Your patterns are so cute that you should do well. Good luck!!

  5. Congratulations! I went to Houston once to the show and I was overwhelmed. The market must be so full of excitement. Your work speaks for itself- it is fresh and unique.

  6. Congratulations, and very Happy Canada Day. Your new puppies are adorable. I love the colors and small prints that read as solids. Nicely done. I haven't been to Houston Quilt Market. I imagine it is gigantic. Best of luck. I hope you have time to meet lots of interesting folks and see at least a little of Houston's charms…

  7. Vicki in MN says:

    Such exciting news, congrats. It will all be good, your quilts/patterns are amazing!

  8. You will do great at quilt market! Congrats! and Happy Canada Day!

  9. catequilter says:

    Congrats Lorna! Of course you can do it!!! You are such a talented designer and quilter. Can't wait to see what else your future holds.

  10. Happy 150th Canada Day, Lorna! Congratulations also on your next step and going to the Fall Quilt Market in Texas! Wow, special! Love the quilts Clair made – they are both gorgeous!

  11. mangozz says:

    Congrats! What a wonderful opportunity! You should do well as your patterns are so unique and have such great appeal.

  12. Congratulations on taking the leap, Lorna. I hope the trip goes well and is super successful! 🙂

  13. Shelly says:

    Quilting relieves LOTS of stress — daily!!! Haha! Looking forward to visiting your booth at Market this fall. I hope it goes better than your wildest dreams can imagine!

  14. Ioleen says:

    Congrats!!!! Very exciting news, you will be wonderful. Your quilts are amazing. All you need to do is just be yourself. Love all the new puppies.

  15. Cheryl says:

    Congrats on your first Quilt Market!!! I am so excited for you!

  16. Linda says:

    Yea!!!!!! I love all that you do and your elephant parade pattern was one of my first quilts! Congratulations and I'm wishing you the best of luck! 🎉 I need to finish my 🐶 Quilt! Sending ❤️ & Hugs 🤗

  17. Lisa J. says:

    Lorna. I am so impressed that you are taking the leap and going to quilt market. That is so exciting! I hope it is a wonderful success . You just keep on going. Yay!

  18. SarahZ says:

    What an adventure you are on! Enjoy the ride, you will do great!

  19. It will go right . I know it will

  20. Lisa S. says:

    I think that you are going to do great in Houston!

  21. Good luck at Houston Lorna !!!