Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Little Market Trending Report

I went to Schoolhouse sessions all day Friday at Quilt Market.  I hit mostly business related topics that gave info on running my website and other such stuff (invaluable info to me, but boring to report to you about).  But my favorite quilty sessions were all from Andover Fabrics, at least that's were I seemed to snap the most pictures.
 From Jo Morton's new book Prairie Flowers Encore.  

...I loved the red & white bird toile from the Jo's Variety fabric collection :)

I went to Gail Kessler's Schoolhouse session where they show lots of different Andover designers' fabrics, and here are a few of my other favorite new collection quilts...

Batiks from Andover! 

Everyone's perspective is different at Market, but here's my take: There were plenty of traditional fabrics at Market (among others Marcus had some beautiful collections), but the trends were definitely leaning toward Modern.  Which is cool when you're a quilter like me who likes both styles :) Lots of bright, clean looks ~ I loved collections from Basic Gray & Cosmo Cricket for Moda, just about everything from Riley Blake Designs, and a cute new fabric company called Dear Stella...keep an eye out for them!  Licensed novelty fabrics were popular too, I remember seeing Cat in a Hat, Hello Kitty, Yo Gabba Gabba characters, Berenstain Bears, Peanuts (keep an eye out in Quilt Magazine for an upcoming design by me using the Peanuts collection), and of course Clifford (I showed you my sell sheet yesterday)

I find it really interesting that some of the "modern fabrics" I saw are prints very similar to some found in the vintage quilts I own :)  Hexagons were very popular at this Market too...everything old is new again! There were lots of fun ribbons and trims, and cottons are still being featured in clothing, but I do think there were less booths showing childrens clothing than in the past couple of Markets that I've attended.  Handbags are still very popular, and Clover had a new template from Nancy Zieman for making ipod/tablet covers that was very well thought out.  I thought the new cool gadgets were a camera for the long-armers to be able to view their quilt backs while they worked, and a neat lighted and magnified seam ripper (I can see great value in this as I get older!) 

So that's my "Off the Top of My Head" report from Market.  There are so many more things that I didn't mention, it's mind boggling.  Tomorrow I'll show you some of the show quilts that I could photograph :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

1 comment:

Rita said...

Hi Dawn, Thanks for the update. I went to Quilt Festival years ago and it was like Disney World for quilters. I absolutely love Prairie Flowers by Jo Morton. Gotta have that book! Combining piecing and applique are always my favorite.