January 8, 2014
Fall Quilt Market Review
As usual there was so much to see at the Fall Edition of International Quilt Market!
Whether you were there or not, we have a nice selection of products for you to check out as you plan the new year.
Modern is still a big force – clean and fresh, but not so separate from traditional — remember good design is good design.
Texture is a big element in today’s textiles and solid fabrics make a bigger and bigger presence in the marketplace.
Blue and white continue to be the biggest colors — they are forever popular with just about everyone in one shade or another.
There seemed to be a beach, sea, outdoor adventure theme going on and I was beginning to see weaving showing up here and there (think texture!).
Here are a few of my picks. If you’d like to add your favorites, let me know (email@example.com) and we’ll post them as we can.
“Lucky Stars” from V and Co. (sparkling and happy!)
“Focal” from Carolyn Friedlander (clean, different and sort of funky!)
“Twinkle Twinkle” from Me and My Sister Designs (no Y-seams!)
“The Walrus” from Abbey Lane (funny name for a whimsical quilt!)
“Hampton Ridge,” block of the month from Red Crinoline Quilts (a well-designed traditional great — keep your customers busy for the year!)
“Hunter’s Star Simplified” by Calico Carriage Quilt Design (always popular in solids or prints!)
“Bali Bamboo” table runner from Beyond the Reef (overlapping — fun and texture!)
“Scrappy Runners, Too!” from Snuggles Quilts (pleasant traditional!)
“Crisscross,” woven table runners and mats from Aunties Two Patterns (woven strips — fun to do!)
“Adorable Bag” from Aunties Two Patterns (more wovens!)
“Anything Goes” from Aunties Two Patterns (more strips!)
“Cosmo Convertible” from Studio Kat Designs (It’s a shoulder bag, it’s a backpack and it’s a cross-carry bag!)
“Bikini Island Bag” from Among Brenda’s Quilt & Bags (easy to make, see inside and use — good for mixing prints!)
“The Beatle Bag,” from Abbey Lane (cute sewing project take-along bag — clever clasp!)
“Urban Princess” from Olive Ann Designs (surprise elements in the back — sure to please!)
“Penelope” from Olive Ann Designs (cute, cute sundress — a little 60s retro!)
“Charlotta Jammie Set” from Marie-Madeline Studio (tops, bottoms and gown — for all girls, for all seasons!)
“Inspired by Irises Pillow” by Wooly Lady (exquisite wool in exquisite applique!)
“Fuchsia Fancy Pillow” by Wooly Lady (more wool applique goodness!)
… and for something totally different and really popular at market (they were giving manicures in the booth!)
Soakboxes from Soak — featuring polish from Color Club, Soakboxes are curated and coordinated by favorite industry designers — your nails can match your stash! Perfect pick-up and pick-me-up item to stock on your check-out counter.
Follow the links for more info and be certain to read American Quilt Retailer, January 2014, Issue 115 for more product and trend details! — Susan