Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Viv Lazich, Owner of Sew Inspired Quilt Shop & Studio in Simsbury, Connecticut, won a bolt of AQS fabric and a store display quilt at our fall quilt market booth last week. It was a treat to meet Viv, who happened to be in the building at the time of the drawing!
She is pictured here with our National Account Manager Bill E. Schroeder. We’re glad the dozen or so inches of rain over the weekend didn’t scare her away.
Here’s Meredith Schroeder and Lynn Loyd at our booth. We presented a Sneak Peek at dozens of new AQS books that are just published and coming soon.
AQS fabric was a hit! The exclusive Feather and Song collection drew plenty of attention from shop owners who love soft, high quality fabrics.
One of the most popular questions about the quilt market experience is, “What’s trending?” Sometimes it is hard to answer that question because there are so many booths (29 long rows!) featuring inspired designs in fabric, notions, threads, quilt patterns…anything and everything related to quilting. The crowd included thousands of lively, excited, and exciting shop owners and other retailers. Sure, by end of day their feet hurt, but that means they had a good time, right?
Most noticed across the huge event? Gradients. The trend appeared in ombre fabrics, with blended shades of color from light to dark in one bolt, but it was also found within fabric collections, some hand dyed, readily available to make your own version of a gradient. Many quilt patterns included the same look, using grays with a pop of bright color. For those who have never given up: bargello designs with a solid background incorporated into the design look fresh again!
Throughout the rows of booths were a few distinct color trends. Like blue! Dark blues take the place of black as the contrast of choice. And navy might just be the new red: think blue-and-white quilt instead of red and white.
Colors are decidedly muted: you’ll be seeing plenty of peach, green, purple, and aqua tones for developing soft, often eclectic, looks. Hints of magenta, blazing orange, and vibrant yellow dance in for fun accents.
Watch for a resurgence of country comfort and back-home style with a newer look and modern-meets-traditional feel. Wait until you see all the traditional florals kicked up with modern prints within the same collections! Bright primary colors weren’t as obvious, unless they were used together in a full color spectrum and combined with white or black. Electric-citrus brights with white will definitely be around for awhile!
Do you like appliqué? Attention-grabbers were large scale, whimsical appliqué designs (LOTS of appliqué) along with fusibles of every weight and purpose. To top off your quilt: expanding color lines and new types of thread.
No matter where you prefer to lean in the color spectrum, whether you piece or appliqué or both, plenty of colorful options will be available to keep you stitching through the winter and well into 2016.