Spring Quilt Market 2011

Rashida Coleman-Hale stands in front of her new fabric collection for Timeless Treasures.

Rashida Coleman-Hale stands in front of her new fabric collection for Timeless Treasures.

Liesl Gibson, of Oliver + S and Sew Lisette fame.

Liesl Gibson, of Oliver + S and Sew Lisette fame.

Hanging out with Amy Butler in a display for her newest collection, Organic Soul.

Hanging out with Amy Butler in a display for her newest collection, Organic Soul.

 

 

I have just returned from another exciting Quilt Market trade show in Salt Lake City previewing all the new fabrics, publications, patterns, tools, and notions that will be appearing soon in a fabric store near you. My role during the show is to meet with key Stitch advertisers, meet with designers, see the new products, and check out the trends. It's a crazy three days of visual overload that inspires me for months to come.

I'm still sorting through all my notes, but here are my five favorite trends from Quilt Market:

– New fashion fabrics – Finally many popular quilting cotton designers are creating fashion fabric lines for garment sewists. In addition to the launch of an organic fabric line, Amy Butler previewed rayon and corduroy fabric lines, and Anna Maria Horner is launching a line of velvets. Even the designers that specialize in cottons are diversifying into cotton sateen, voile, and laminated cotton.
– Needlework is back – As a big fan of handsewing I'm happy to see new embroidery pattern companies popping up with really cute stuff. Plus there is a trend towards creating sewing patterns with embroidery mixed in. My favorites include Penguin & Fish embroidery patterns and the launch of needlework kits and clothing patterns that include embroidery from Anna Maria Horner.

– More and more indie sewing pattern lines – With every Market there are more independent designers coming out with clothing and accessory patterns. I'm impressed by the range of what is available from new and established designers. Some of my favorite new releases are coming from Kay Whitt at Serendipity Studio, Amy Barickman at Indygo Junction, and Joel Dewberry's debut line of patterns.

– More modern fabric prints – The contemporary sewing and quilting movement is in full swing and even traditional fabric companies are taking notice. As a result you'll see a broader selection of contemporary prints in stores this fall.

– Small is in – Small projects and cute patchwork are all the rage so look for a healthy crop of stashbusting project books in bookstores soon.

In addition to walking the show floor, I was very excited to meet lots of Stitch designers and contributors, several of which I had never met in person (only over email) including Rashida Coleman Hale (I Heart Linen), Jacquie Guering (Tallgrass Prarie Studio), Betz White, Melissa Frantz, Linda Griepentrog, Alissa Haight Carlton (Handmade by Alissa), Steffani K. Burton, Cheryl Kuzek (Paridiso Designs), and Donna Babylon. I also had the opportunity to catch up with some of my favorite designers and see what they are up to, from Liesl Gibson, founder and designer for Oliver + S and the new Sew Lisette pattern line who was featuring her new Cape Ann fabric line, to meeting up with all my book publishing friends from my days on the book side. And to top it off I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Modern Quilt Guild party which was super fun.

Look for more indepth new product reviews and trend stories in upcoming issues of Stitch. With so many exciting things happening in the world of contemporary sewing, we will have lots to share with you!

Happy sewing,

Tricia

 

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