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Oct 21, 2017 | Blog, FFF News

I am soooooooooooo excited! In less than a week I am off to Quilt Market in Houston. After the huge storms they had there earlier in the year we were reassured by QuiltsInc that Quilt Market would go ahead as planned and that we would be very welcome in the city as it rebounds from the devastating floods. It’s always exciting to go to market, but when you know that your tourist dollars will support the city too – who can say no? Certainly not me! 🙂

Quilt Market Houston 2017


Quilt Market is amazing for me because get to see the new ranges that the fabrics designers are bringing to market and I can stock up on gorgeous fabrics to make my Funky Friends samples (that I take to the next market!)

Last market I got some beautiful fabrics and I am going to show you a sneak peek of some of the Toys I will be taking to market myself!

First up is a bright funky range from Valerie Wells called Lucy and Ollie. The instant I saw it I knew it would be brilliant for my Raff Giraffe sewing pattern. I think ALL the colours look AMAZING!

  I can’t pick a favourite!

Raff giraffe sewing pattern sewn in Valorie Wells fabric


At the Robert Kaufman booth I discovered that the Kona Cotton Solid Color of the year 2017 was Flamingo!

Oooh, I know the perfect toy pattern for that!

Kona Cotton Solid Color of the Year 2017


Look how good my Fleur Flamingo toy pattern turned out in Kona Flamingo mixed with some beautiful batik fabric also from Robert Kaufman!

Flamingo toy pattern in Kona Cotton colour of the year 2017



Another awesome fabric designer who’s work I really LOVE is Katy Tanis. Although I didn’t get to meet her at Quilt Market, I could tell from her work (and her blog – daughterearth.com) that she seems to care deeply about the conservation of all the animals she illustrates!  I fell in love with her Rainforest Slumber fabric range… and my favourite print has to be ‘Slumber of Sloths’ in Pink!!!

Katy Tanis - Rainforest Slumber -Sloths in Pink


Of course it’s a fabulous fabric to use for my sloth sewing pattern! Look how sweet Slowpoke Sloth looks in Pink!

Sloth pattern sewn in Rainforest Slumber Sloth fabric by Katy Tanis


I couldn’t go past ALL the vivid colours of Alison Glass’s  Seventy Six Range without lusting after a few for making my softies but one of my favourites from the range is a little bit more subdued – it’s called ‘Rising Graphite’. I just knew it would be great for making a rhino! 😀

Alison Glass - Seventy Six - Rising in Graphite


Look how fabulous Randy Rhino sewing pattern turned out in this fabric!!!

Rhino pattern sewn in Rising in Graphite, Alison-Glass Seventy Six



And some home-grown Aussie talent could not be passed over! This super cute fabric range called Rockpool was designed by Jodie Carleton from Ric Rac. I bought a fat quarter bundle of the whole range because it was so cute. I used these fabrics to sew my Whale pattern , Sea Turtle pattern and my Dolphin Pattern too!

Toys sewn in Rockpool Fabric Range by Jodie Carleton


And last but not least…

You all know I am completely fixated when it comes to Tula Pink fabrics. I wasn’t too sure about her Christmas range as it’s quite different from her previous work, but HOW COOL does my  Lucky Labrador pattern look in Tula’s Holiday Homies fabric!

Labrador pattern in Tula Pink Holiday Homies

NOW for a fabric GIVEAWAY!

I am really excited because I get to share some of my stash with you! I have a fabulous bunch of fabrics to giveaway, courtesy of Robert Kaufman!!!  To win this stash – all you need to do is leave me a comment below to let me know which fabric you liked the most!

Robert Kaufman fabric competition

I will draw the winner on Friday 27th October 2017, the day before Market!

Good Luck everyone!

Pauline McArthur - Funky Friends Factory. .

Bye for now






  1. Barbara

    Love them all nut I’m a pink girl so I’m picking the Flamingo! How fun it would be to make a link hippo…eith a matching tutu of course!

  2. Pauline testing comments

    Just testing

  3. Deborah Bieman

    I just sold my last flamingo a couple days ago so it’s time to make more. That pink fabric would obviously be the perfect shade…and although blue is my favorite color I like the green fabric for the giraffe the best. And I ask you, how could you not like the pups on the pup?

    As for me though, I like everything nautical (maybe because I’m a Picses) so I really like the nautical fabrics. I like the dolphin fabric but really, really like what you used on the whale.

  4. Jenny

    I love the sloth fabric and the flamingo pink is gorgeous. I am a fan of Jodie Carleton’s work too. Hope you have a great time a Quilt Market Pauline!

  5. Marcy

    Love the way the flamingo turned out and now I want one too!

  6. Kate

    Definatly the 76 Rhino fabric, but its a close thing against the sloth!

  7. Sunette

    I love Alison Glass’s Seventy six range. Im a lover of african print fabric and this reminds me of it ❤ Randy looks gorgeous in it!

  8. Sunette

    Not sure if this posted excuse if repeat – I love Alison Glass’s Seventy six range. Im a lover of african print fabric and this reminds me of it ❤ Randy looks gorgeous in it!

  9. Frankie Velasquez

    I like the Lucy and Ollie fabric.

  10. Victoria

    I love them all but my favorite is the Tula Pink Holiday Homies Labrador!

  11. Pauline

    Yeeeehar! We have a winner! CONGRATULATIONS goes to Victoria who said “I love them all but my favorite is the Tula Pink Holiday Homies Labrador!”
    I’ll be sending you an email shortly to find out your address. I can’t wait to see what you make with all this lovely fabric!!!! 😀


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