Fall 2015 Quilt Market: arrows, elephants, rainbows, and more

Right before Halloween we were in Houston for Fall Quilt Market, and it was blustery and rainy all around town. But inside the exhibit hall, new ideas and inspiration were everywhere.
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Martingale sent a team of seven employees to the show to scope out new authors, showcase soon-to-be-released books, and spot new trends. So what did our team find at this latest market? Here are eight great trends we spotted.
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1. Blue was the all-star hue! Whether it was the trendy Cotton + Steel booth with an entire wall of all-blue hues or the fresh, clean look of two-color embroidery in Snow Happy by Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs (coming in January), blue and white seemed just right for just about everyone.
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Left: the blue wall at Cotton + Steel. Right: Robin Kingsley with her new book Snow Happy.

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2. Everywhere we looked, it seemed like things were pointing in one direction: ARROWS are hot. One of our fave sightings was in the Sassafras Lane Designs booth with their “One Way” pillow pattern. Arrow-inspired motifs appeared on fabrics too. We spotted arrows in Moda Fabrics Valley collection by Sherri & Chelsi. Too cute!
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3. Big animals continue to be BIG, and no animal was more prevalent than the elephant at this market. Appliquéd, fused, or pieced—elephants were in abundance. Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts offers an elephant stencil in case your tracing hand gets tired creating her elephant quilt.
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Edyta’s elephant quilt and stencil
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And be sure you don’t miss “Pachyderm Pals” inside best-selling author Cheri Leffler’s lastest book, Animal Parade 2. Three enchanting elephants parade across a patchwork quilt that’s as cute as can be.
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4. While we’re on the subject of animals, there’s one trend that’s had major staying power: woodland creatures. Raccoons, foxes, hedgehogs, and owls all found their way back to Market. No one summed it up better than Elizabeth Hartman in her newest pattern release: “Fancy Forest,” featuring an adorable range of forest friends in a rainbow of colors.
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Elizabeth Hartman’s “Fancy Forest” quilt
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If the forest is where you’re searching for inspiration for your next baby quilt, again check out Animal Parade 2, where you’ll also find happy hedgehogs, sweet songbirds, and raccoons making some “Masked Mischief.”
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“Masked Mischief” from
Animal Parade 2
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5. Thread and texture ruled the weekend. Whether it was embellishment, embroidery, or machine-quilting stitches, colorful and specialty threads stole the show when it came to adding beauty to quilts. Check out these colorful hanks of threads shown at the Aurifil booth.
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If you love embroidery and texture as much as the makers at Market did, look no further than the Stitches to Savor coffee-table book and 2016 wall-art calendar by designer Sue Spargo to inspire you. Get one for yourself and another for that special quilter on your holiday gift list!
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Top: from Stitches to Savor. Bottom: from the Stitches to Savor 2016 Calendar.
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6. A rainbow of colors and color walls could be seen from one end of the show floor to the next. V and Co. kicked it off right using her range of “Ombre” fabrics from Moda (below left), showcased on a brilliant tuffet pattern by Tuffet Source (below right).
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In Martingale’s booth, the rainbow trend was sky high as well with author Jackie Kunkel’s Splash of Color book.
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Jackie talking to quilt-shop owners at Market about her new book
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7. Handwork is still hip. Embroidery and English paper piecing continue to capture the imagination of quilters. If you haven’t yet joined the hexagon craze, check out The New Hexagon from author Katja Marek. She has a new-for-2016 “Blocks on the Go for Quilts on the Grow” quilt-along starting in 2016.
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Katja at Market signing her #1 best-selling book
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Moda All-Stars All in a Row8. Quilt-along, row-along, round robin, block-of-the-month: being part of a community with other quilters is still a favorite focus. A new opportunity for coming together in the name of quilts is Martingale’s first book in the Moda All-Stars series: All in a Row. Featuring 24 top Moda designers, the book contains 23 row patterns and 9 blender-row patterns to choose from. All in a Row is coming in December—and soon to follow is Moda and Martingale’s #allinarowquiltalong in January. You won’t want to miss the fun!
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Quilts from the gallery of
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That’s our recap of top trends at Fall Quilt Market. Did you discover a trend or two to spark your creative fire? We’d love to hear what is inspiring YOU right now—tell us in the comments!


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