Spring Quilt Market trends update!

Quilt Market logoInternational Quilt Market is a trade show where quilt-shop owners, designers, and quilt-industry professionals gather to show the latest and greatest offerings coming soon to quilt shops near YOU. You might say it’s where independent quilt shops go to shop—looking for new fabrics, notions, books, club ideas, and more!

This May, Quilt Market was held in Salt Lake City. Martingale sent a team of eight people to the show, not only to scope out potential new authors, but also to showcase authors’ books that are soon to be released. In addition, our team was looking to spot new trends. So what did we see at this latest Market? Here are eight great trends you can keep your eye out for:

1. It’s time to get CAMP-y! Whether you’re interested in “glamping,” sitting inside a sewn-to-stylish-perfection Airstream travel trailer, or roughing it in a playful pup tent or teepee, one thing is for sure: quilters love camping motifs this year. We counted at least six teepees, four fire pits, two campers, and even some faux roasted marshmallows on the show floor. So fire up and get ready for camping!

Playhouse Teepee from Simple Simon and Company.

Coming in August from Martingale—Let’s Go Camping!: Crochet Your Own Adventure by Kate Bruning. Pick up your copy wherever books are sold.

2. BLUE and WHITE were more than all right. They were the perfect pair and the season’s freshest one-two punch of color! Whether it was the new Shibori line by Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage Quilt Designs for Moda Fabrics or the new Marks line by Valori Wells Designs for Robert Kaufman Fabrics…we think blue and white will take this season’s top honors as the go-to dynamic color duo.

Marks by Valori Wells Designs for Robert Kaufman. Bottom: Shibori by Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage Quilt Designs for Moda.

3. There’s power in PRECUTS! If you didn’t believe in the power of precuts before, you can’t deny it any longer. Strips and squares and fat quarters, oh my! They were everywhere. They call at you from shop shelves and checkout counters, practically begging you to take them home. Fortunately there are great patterns to accompany your favorite cuts. Check out Scraps Made Simple by the Moda All-Stars or One Bundle of Fun by Sue Pfau, both from Martingale. Your only problem will be choosing which pattern to make first!

Scraps Made Simple is available now; look for
One Bundle of Fun at your local quilt shop in July.

4. BIG FLOWERS were big! Spring had definitely sprung and it was showing its staying power with plenty of big florals printed on fabric, as well as embroidered onto furnishings and embellishing booth displays. Cultivate your love of all things floral with the array of blooms sure to be on your local shop’s shelves soon.

Clockwise from top: Mod Corsage by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit; giant paper flowers in the Michael Miller booth; Potpourri pattern from HappNstance by Fabric Confetti.

5. Bring on the BARNYARD ANIMALS. With an oink oink here and a moo moo there, here a cheep, there a baa—everywhere you looked, there were adorable barnyard animals. We were especially smitten with Stacy Iest Hsu’s Farm Fun fabric line from Moda. If farm fresh is your happy place, get ready!

Stacy Iest Hsu’s Farm Fun fabric line from Moda.

6. What starts with an E and ends with everybody wanting to get in on the fun? EMBROIDERY, of course. Whether it’s soft and sweet, bold and beautiful, whimsical and wonderful, there truly is something for every stitchery lover this season. Don’t miss out making your mark with this hot trend. Martingale is at the ready to help you get inspired with three books and a stunning new calendar all centered on this hot topic!

Clockwise from top left: Stitches from the Garden, Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery, Snow Happy, Stitches to Savor 2017.

7. This trend isn’t likely to flutter by too quickly. Spring Market was again aflutter with BUTTERFLIES. You could find them on fabric and in pieced and appliquéd patterns. Perhaps no butterflies were more striking than the quilted beauties on Lepidoptera, a new pattern from Elizabeth Hartman featuring her Paintbox Basics collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Lepidoptera pattern by Elizabeth Hartman

8. MACHINE QUILTING. Finishing your own quilts—whether on a home sewing machine or long-arm quilting machine—is what everyone is talking about and learning to do! You can be a “perfectly imperfect quilter” like author Christa Watson or remember author Angela Walters’ advice that “finished is better than perfect.” Either way, you won’t want to miss out on all the amazing advice this pair shares in their new co-authored book The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. In it, they share expert advice and encouragement on when, where, why, and how to use a long-arm or sit-down machine to finish your projects with flair. It’s a must-have resource guide for quilters trying to improve their quilting skills, no matter what machine they use.

Angela Walters and Christa Watson at Spring Quilt Market talking up their new book.

Those were the top trends we spotted at Market. Which ones fire you up to make more quilts? We’d love to hear which ones you’re most excited about.

14 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Stitches from the Garden, Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery, Snow Happy, Stitches to Savor 2017

    —Angie Little on May 26, 2016
  • Butterflies! I’m about to start butterfly hexagon quilts for my 4 granddaughters so butterflies are really in my heart right now!

    —Cynthia Wilbanks on May 26, 2016
  • Moda All Stars get me so excited. I purchased Moda All Stars All in a Row and love the book, would love the opportunity to win this one.

    —Marilyn on May 26, 2016
  • I love the modern but I WANT TO DO IT ALL.

    —Rita on May 26, 2016
  • Want to purchase "snow Happy" — looks delightful. But then so does most everything else to me, too 🙂

    —ADKKate on May 26, 2016
  • So much good stuff that it’s hard to decide. Love the blue and white, big flowers, and all the embroidery books. Sorry budget; looks like I’m going to squeeze you again.

    —Sandy W. on May 26, 2016
  • I love to do wall hangings of any kinds but would really love to get into quilting with wool. One day.

    —Karen on May 26, 2016
  • Love the book. Moda All Stars. Patterns, patterns. I love just looking at them.

    —Peggy Wilson on May 27, 2016
  • I was excited to see some new blue fabric. I could surround myself forever with this color………..it just makes me happy! My home, my closet even my car is blue. I love it!

    —Mary Smith on May 27, 2016
  • Shibori is stunning. Can’t Wait to get my hands on some!

    Sally on May 27, 2016
  • Maybe The Ultimate Guide to Quiltmaking will guide me to finish my many quilt tops just waiting to be finished. I am learning to machine quilt, but slowly. This book could be the impetus to step it up.

    —Linda Towers on May 27, 2016
  • Thank you so much for your email. Right now I’m most excited about colors. I am going to make some blue-white quilts. For years I’m inspired in scraps quilts and I really like precuts. Lepidoptera pattern by Elizabeth Hartman looks great. Finishing my quilts on a home sewing machine is the thing which I will learn to do and hopefully get possibility to practice a lot quilting and embroidering.

    —Sirkku on May 28, 2016
  • Definitely butterflys! I have collected fabric from several designer’s all with butterfly motifs and I designed my own butterfly quilt which I am hoping to find the time to make soon.

    —cj on May 30, 2016
  • One bundle of Fun let me get rid of my scrapes. Precut? Some time they can be fun then other times they often end up in my scrapes tubs and hard to find the right quilt pattern.

    —Linda Christianson on May 30, 2016

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