Summing up Fall Quilt Market is always a challenge. It’s a big production and a big experience. Although Instagram has softened the launch of things that would normally be mum until market, it’s so lovely to see things and people and (especially!) new fabrics in person. Here are a few of the things that stood out to me as exciting this year.
Cotton + Steel’s new knits are so good, you guys! I believe it’s a cotton spandex blend and the colors and prints are sharp and saturated. The C+S team is launching some past woven cotton prints in the new substrate…including the octopus! They’ve also got a new rayon lawn – seriously good stuff!
I’m loving Monaluna’s new knits as well – I love an organic option!
Riley Blake’s wools aren’t new but I hadn’t seen them in person yet. Though they were developed for wool applique, the wools are quite lovely and come in some great fall fashion shades. Burnt orange or olive for me, please?
I’ve been a fan of Malka Dubrawksy for ages and I love her new wax resist line (Mark to Make) for Robert Kaufman. Though they’re manufactured with quilters in mind, the fabric has a great, light hand, almost like lawn or voile – perfect for garments!
Birch Fabric’s has a new line of yarn-dyed chambrays in an amazing array of colors and they are so soft. Super drapey chambray, sign me up!
Other Things to Note
Cork was everywhere, in all the shades and in cool textures and with gold flecks. I brought some home and plan to experiment asap!
I was super excited to see Tina Givens’ new line with Free Spirit (and her amazing sewing pattern line!).
Dana Willard’s new line from Art Gallery Fabrics has teeny tiny tacos in it. Enough said.
Backpacks! I saw so many samples made up in Noodlehead’s Range Backpack pattern – officially adding a backpack to my November to-sew list!
Cactus, gnomes and double gauze were also abundant, along with a heavy mix of western flair and horses.