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Trends from 2016 Spring Quilt Market

Trends From Spring Quilt Market! (1)My favorite part of Quilt Market is being able to spot the new trends for the industry. I love to see what is inspiring the people and companies in this wonderful world of quilting and sewing.

Just like in the fashion industry, some trends seem to stay around for a long time while others fly off the scene as quickly as they show up. This year, I noticed some long standing trends slowly fading (I saw very little chevron compared to past shows) and some others leaving almost as quickly as they came (hint: we can use the whole rainbow again).

After taking some time to digest this year’s Spring Market, this is what I saw. (Disclaimer: This is my opinion, and just my opinion. If you were there, please let me know in the comments what you saw and what you think.)

Handwork

Photo May 20, 3 41 08 PMHandwork was not only in the places you would expect, like in the booths of  Plays with Wool and Wing and a Prayer , but handwork was playing a nice role in lots of quilting projects!

Georgana from Adorn It sewing with Sulky Petites and Sulky Stick 'n Stitch.
Georgiana from Adorn It sewing with Sulky Petites and Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch.
Fabri-Flair from Indygo Junction
Fabri-Flair from Indygo Junction

Everything from pillows to 3 D table toppers to handbags.

Quilt in the Cotton + Steel Booth using Kimberly Kight's new Rotary Club collection
Quilt in the Cotton + Steel Booth using Kimberly Kight’s new Rotary Club collection

Clothing

Considering this is a QUILT Market, there was an awful lot of clothing!

Photo May 22, 3 51 29 PM

Apron made with Stitcher's Garden Fabric
Apron made with Stitcher’s Garden Fabric
Cute dress and kid's shirt in Cotton + Steel designer Rashida Coleman-Hale's new line Raindrop
Cute dress and kid’s shirt in Cotton + Steel designer Rashida Coleman-Hale’s new line Raindrop
Precious skirt in the Riley Blake booth
Precious skirt in the Riley Blake booth
Great Dresses in Cotton + Steel designer Melody Miller's new line Trinket.
Great Dresses in Cotton + Steel designer Melody Miller’s new line Trinket.

 

Flowers

Cotton + Steel Collection Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co.
Cotton + Steel Collection Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Co.

Photo May 22, 1 26 27 PMWhether they were in the fabrics,

Pattern by Wing and a Prayer
Pattern by Wing and a Prayer

In quilt patterns,

Michael Miller Booth
Michael Miller Booth
The Sulky Booth
The Sulky Booth

Or in the booth designs, flowers were everywhere! Flowers even played a big part in the Sulky booth this time.

Mixing and Matching

Quilters are certainly known for their innovation, and this year is no exception. I particularly loved how the designers were mixing techniques together.

Photo May 22, 4 27 00 PMPhoto May 22, 4 27 17 PMChenille mixed with regular piecing,

Photo May 22, 4 19 26 PMHand embroidery mixed with applique and piecing.

Color!

So for the last 12 months, I feel like the quilting ‘powers that be’ have been giving us a very muted color palette with a limited number of colors. All the backgrounds were grey and the fabrics all seemed to be, well, a little muddy for me taste. Like we all decided to turn on the sepia tone filter for the whole world.

Well, full color is back! YAY! Once again we are using very bright colors and pairing those bright colors with even more bright colors. The full rainbow is back in action and here to stay (I hope!)

Fabric from Loralie Designs, Church Ladies line
Fabric from Loralie Designs, Church Ladies line
Sulky has always loved color!
Sulky has always loved color!
Quilt called Weekender in the Jillily Studio booth
Quilt called Weekender in the Jillily Studio booth
We love this quilt in the Riley Blake Booth using their Crayola line of fabric
We love this quilt in the Riley Blake Booth using their Crayola line of fabric
Another Great quilt in the Riley Blake Booth
Another Great quilt in the Riley Blake Booth

This was a great market full of inspiration. I hope it has inspired you too.

Happy Sewing!

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