Spring Quilt Market 2013: Newcastle


Longtime fabric designer Hoodie Crescent recently took the role of art director at Newcastle Fabrics and her influence really shows. She shared her market photos with me for this post — thanks very much, Hoodie!

Maybe the biggest news is that designer/author/Quiltcon Best-in-Show winner Victoria Findlay Wolfe  will make her debut as a fabric designer with Newcastle. The collection is called Sonnet and it’ll be out later this summer. At its centerpiece is a beautiful floral border print.

Sonnet sample card

Sonnet all

Sonner Navy Blue

Nonnet brown 2

sonnet blue 2

Sonnet Brown border



Hoodie takes on 60s mod psychedelia with Free Mind:

Free Mind samplec ard

Free Mind 1

Free mind 2

Free Mind


Free mind @ the market



Happy Days is a retro kitchen collection from Newcastle Studio:

Happy days



Styl mod bundles @ the market

Styl Mod II is a group of beyond-the-basics by Styl Par Mo. Keep a lookout here for the pattern on the left, the Signature Newcastle Quilt.

Two great quilts


Foxy is another in-house collection in pink and blue with a panel print and easy basics for coordinates, tailor made for kids’ rooms.

Foxy samplecard




Julia’s Notes would fit in well with the painterly work of many of the Rowan designers. The designer Peggy Brown describes the inspiration for the collection:

Inspired in my heart’s pursuit of faith and encouraged by my Grandma Julia’s life, this line of fabric designs celebrates things she loved – and that I love: faith, the beauty of creation – birds, flowers, food (dill seeds), color and life!

Julia started nurses’ training during the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918 in Portland, Oregon. Caring for people was an expression of her life of faith. One of the notes in this collection is the announcement of my brother David’s birth written on a post card to her sister Pearl in Sweet Home, Oregon. The other note, tucked between flowers, leaves and birds is written to her, at age 11, for giving the most offering in her Sunday School class in 1908.

Julia's notes sample cards

Julia,s Notes



Regal Stripe is a basic with dimensionality — looks like hanging drapes.

Regal stripe sample cards

Regal strip 10



Newcastle Booth

Tree quilt and May Flowers

Hoodie found a way to use Newcastle’s line of burlap fabrics in this wall hanging/quilt.




Wishes, also from the Newcastle Studio, was reason to celebrate Christmas in May in the Newcastle booth.


Bows on white tree


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