A quick chat with Deirdre Bond Abel

We were lucky to have a quick catch up with Deirdre Bond Abel (pictured right) and talk all things fabric design. You’ll find Deirdre’s latest project for Quilters Companion, All the Leaves are Brown, in our current issue, #87 on sale now!

Q: Deirdre, is this your first wholesale trade show in America? Why were you attending Spring Market 2017?

A: This is my thirteenth time at International Quilt Market, in the past I have exhibited under my own business names to wholesale my pattern designs to shop owners but this time I was there to be part of the launch of J. Leutenegger Fabrics.

Q: What was your experience of the show?

A: J. Leutenegger was there to launch eight new fabric ranges to the international market and we had a wonderful response from quilt shop owners who found within our collections there was something for the traditional or modern quilter.

I was super thrilled and honoured to be there to present two new fabric collections that have Hat Creek Quilts on the selvedge.  Cumberland County is a gorgeous collection taken from one antique quilt that I own that is from the 1880 time period, there are twelve different prints in pink, madder reds, chrome yellow, poison green, brown, indigo and cream, perfect for making scrappy quilts.  The other collection is called Betty’s Pantry which is the most divine collection of 1930s prints, again taken from one quilt that I am very luck to own, there are fourteen prints that offer classic patterns and colours for that time period red, yellow, pink, blue, rockmelon and of course that special green that we all recognise for this time period.  Both collections were very well received.

Q: Did you meet anyone famous from the quilting world?

A: As my quilting world is Reproduction I always love to catch up with the famous names of this genre, Mary Koval (pictured left) is one of my most favourite people, I could listen to her all day talk about antique quilts, prints and colours relating to time periods and general shop stuff on which she has so much knowledge.

I also love to see friends such as Betsy Chutchian and Jo Morton whose fabrics I have long loved and used.  It is also great to see other quilt designers whose work I admire such as Dawn Heese, Bonnie Sullivan, Karen Styles and Carol Hopkins.

Q: Did you notice any new trends within the fabric or quilt designs? Did it have a different feel to Europe? I know you recently visited Pour l’Amour du Fil in France.

A: I must admit to walking around market with blinkers on, I am guilty about being fairly one eyed when it comes to quilting and only really look at Historical fabrics so I can’t say I noticed a new trend.

There is quite a difference between International Quilt Market and Pour l’Amour du Fil where I was in April for the launch of my book, it is hard to describe, the show in France seems to have a richer and romantic quality to it, I guess it is the French connection, that is not much help to you but it is hard to put your finger on it.