5 hot trends from Spring Quilt Market 2014

We searched every aisle of Spring Quilt Market (a wholesale show that quilt shop owners attend) to see what’s hot. Here are five top trends that you’ll soon see coming to quilt shops:

1. On fabric, in quilt designs, BUTTERFLIES were everywhere! They were most definitely the “special species.” You couldn’t flutter by a booth without seeing them, including our booth, where we featured Kristin Roylance’s “Butterfly Kisses” quilt from Cute Quilts for Kids. (A distant second were the perennial faves—woodland creatures.)

Butterfly Kisses quilt from Cute Quilts for Kids

Patchwork Loves Embroidery2. EMBROIDERY—You won’t have any trouble keeping yourself and your friends in stitches through spring. Whether it was the basic backstitch, the running stitch, or more elaborate textural embroidery stitches, you couldn’t miss seeing it in every aisle and on a variety of surfaces.

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3. Vendors were definitely warming up to WOOL again in a big way. We spotted more earthy, dark tones than brights and lights, but even so, there’s a hue for everyone. And while there were plenty of all-wool projects, we also spotted a trend of combining cotton and wool. Want to see what that might look like? Check out My Enchanted Garden by Gretchen Gibbons.

From My Enchanted Garden
Detail of Gretchen’s “My Enchanted Garden” quilt, which hung in our Quilt Market booth

Beyond Neutral4. Are you neutral on neutrals? You might not be when you start thinking of them in colorful new ways. The “New Neutral of the Market” award goes to…BLUE. That’s right. Blue was the new neutral in oh-so-many quilts on display. It’s said that blue is America’s favorite color, so why not adopt it into your decor?

Want to visualize what blue as a “neutral” might look like? John Q. Adams’s Beyond Neutral cover quilt tells the story well. (On the color front, they might not be trends yet, but a couple of oft-seen color combos: coral + blue and gray + mint.)

5. STRIPE IT RICH! Stripes continue to make a strong showing, but there were more complex stripes than we’ve seen before. Stripes made of colorful dots, measuring tapes as stripes…you get the picture. Make sure to stock up your stash with a few stripes. If you’re unsure how to incorporate them in a quilt, think about using them in bindings.

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Striped bindings from Happy Endings


Are you a trend-spotter too? What’s hot in your local quilt shop right now? We’d love to hear from you!


8 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I tend to march to my own drum, so I guess that means that I am not a trend-spotter. Rather than looking at what others are doing, I long to take my inspiration from things that nature gives us. Remember when we would lay on our back and watch the clouds. I do enjoy some trends but for the most part I like the unique. It does not matter to me if it is trendy.

    —Tina on June 4, 2014
  • Achei lindo maravilhoso ! A colcha com as borboletas . A colcha [ meu jardim encantado ] lindo , lindo . O que devo fazer para receber os moldes . Obrigada , bjs …… (Translation: Pretty wonderful! A quilt with butterflies. The quilt is beautiful, beautiful [my enchanted garden]. What should I do to get the molds. Thanks, bjs ……)

    Hi Luci, you can click any of the photos in this post to order the books you wish. Thanks for your comment! –Jenny

    —Luci on June 4, 2014
  • Our local quilt store loves big and bold prints.

    —Linda Christianson on June 4, 2014
  • What is this adorable fabric used in the butterfly quilt.

    —Sally Farris on June 5, 2014
  • I have been noticing that handlebar moustaches are all the rage. My dad has one and I created a blog post about all of the handlebar moustaches fabric and items that I am running across (http://cameliaelliott.wordpress.com/category/handlebar-moustache/). I received comments from a gal whose father has a handlebar moustache and she made him some handlebar moustache pj bottoms and another lady showed me her handlebar moustache quilt!

    Camelia Elliott on June 5, 2014
  • Sign me up for blue as a neutral! The most prevalent colour in my stash. :))

    —Marlene Coates on June 6, 2014
  • Love the new stripes, so much more interesting.
    Have used blue as a neutral for a long time

    —Gollytwo on June 6, 2014
  • I’m not a trend spotter. I either like something or I don’t. The green, green grass of home (Ireland) is my favorite color.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on December 15, 2014

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