Last weekend, a few of us from Connecting Threads had the opportunity to attend Quilt Market. It is always an amazing experience when we get to visit Houston. Texas really is an awesome state, and so many incredible quilters live there! In the past, we have always visited Market to find new and exciting tools and books, but this year’s visit was a little more fun because we got to look at some of the new fabric collections coming out!
After thinking and reflecting on what I saw at the show this year, it’s really hard to identify just one or two trends that stood out. I’ve also concluded that I’m horrible at documenting my trip! A few things I noticed:
– Modern quilting is a HUGE part of our industry. The new collections that many of the big industry manufacturers are putting out come from young, modern designers with a youthful and energetic aesthetic.
– Apparel. A TON of the fabric booths at Market this year featured dresses, and children’s clothing. A lot of the companies are producing their fabrics in your standard quilting cotton, as well as lawn, voile, knit, and even jersey cotton.
– Traditional fabrics are still in high demand. While modern quilting is definitely receiving a burst of attention, the booths that still had something to offer for the more traditional aesthetics tended to stay busy throughout the show.
Another thing that I noticed but failed to document with photos is that scrappy quilts are huge right now. The amazing Jen Kingwell’s booth was packed with people at all times, and her quilts are simply amazing. Speaking of scrappy, I got to hang out with one of the queens of scrappy quilts, Amanda Jean Nyberg. Can I just say, this lady is the sweetest, most energetic quilter I have ever met? So many ideas, so much talent, all packed into one, fantastically sweet little package…
When the team wasn’t scoping out new fabrics, we were meeting with our favorite magazines and publications to find out what is new with them and where they’re directing their attention this coming year. One of my favorite people in the world, Lori Baker, is the editor at Quilters Newsletter Magazine. She and I got a chance to catch up for a while at the show, and let me just say… the things that QNM is working on are really exciting, and I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful projects they put out next year.
Next time I go to Quilt Market, I promise that I will do a better job of documenting all of the amazing things to see. I’m looking forward to all of the beautiful fabrics that we will be bringing in next year – both from our in-house designer and from outside manufacturers – and I’m really excited about some of the new tools and books we will be carrying. Lots of fun things in the works right now! Stay tuned. 🙂