Quilt Market Snapshots: Westminster / Free Spirit / Rowan / Coats

on May 23 | in Reporting From... | by | with 13 Comments

If you’re not in the sewing industry, the title of this post might be a little confusing. It’s confusing to me, and I’ve been working with these companies for 10 years! Here is the best I can do…Coats & Clark (yes, the thread people) own Westminster Fibers, which is a company that used to focus on yarn, but started a fabric division called Rowan, and then bought another fabric company called Free Spirit. Rather than merging everything under one nice name, however, they’ve maintained distinctive divisions. They even started producing fabric under the Coats name! As a consequence you’ll never find Amy Butler on the Free Spirit website, but she will be in the Free Spirit booth (with a Rowan sign) at Quilt Market, and the Coats fabric designers will be just across the aisle. It’s wacky, but you get used to it. As always, the fabric collections were gorgeous, the booth was inspiring, and the models were… new! They were unexpected, but very effective at showcasing and talking about the Westminster apparel substrates. (I swear I looked at this post 10 times before I noticed the hilarious photo bomb by my own Quilt Market roomie and friend, Monica of Happy Zombie. Hilarious!)

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13 Responses to Quilt Market Snapshots: Westminster / Free Spirit / Rowan / Coats

  1. Kerri says:

    I love so many of their fabrics. But, I find them hard to find. Do you have a favorite online store for these lines?

  2. Linden says:

    Hi, do you have any more information about the fabric used to make the backpack? I love it! Thanks, Linden

  3. Marianne says:

    I could not find the photo bomb at first pass. It took two and its really funny! Love all the new stuff and I never knew Coats and Clark owned Westminster!

  4. BFromM says:

    That purple quilt is amazing! Do you have any more information about it?

    Thanks.

    • Kristin says:

      That quilt is by Jacquie Gering of Tall Grass Prairie Studio!

  5. Nina says:

    You say a fabric division called Rowan, but here in the UK Rowan (the same one) is very much a knitting yarn brand that does a bit of fabric!

  6. The photo bomb was stinking hilarious! Great pics, and explanation about the wonders of Coats/Rowan/Free Spirit/Westminster! HELLO! Ha!Ha!

  7. Linda says:

    I love how we are seeing clothing incorporated here! The fabrics are such fun they need to be worn. :)

  8. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    So many of my favorite fabric designers are Free Spirit; this would probably be the first booth I would try to find at Quilt Market!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful photographs! It means so much to me

  10. Rosemary B says:

    Love the photos
    what a party!!
    Thank you for sharing :-)

  11. Anne says:

    Westminster is my favorite manufacturer so I just love seeing all the new lines.

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