By: Pat Sloan
The trade show is exciting not only for those of us in the business of quilting, but for all of you who quilt as your hobby, your love, your passion! Now that we have the Internet you can easily see what is new at the same time that the industry is!
The spring Quilt Market was in Kansas City, Missouri. At this show, I debuted my new fabric line with Moda called Eat your Fruits and Veggies and lots of patterns to show it off!
The featured project is Red Apple Lane, nine little quilts that can be done as singles or a full quilt, the apple tree is the center!
As a designer and radio show host, I work the show differently than a quilt shop owner does, a notions vendor, a fabric company, a magazine editor, or a reporter would. Since each person attending has a different take, I asked several people to guest blog from their perspective.
The first is one of my local quilt shops, owner Kelly Ann of Kelly Ann’s Quilting gave me her take.
There’s always a sense of excitement for me leading up to Spring Quilt Market. Looking for trends in our industry to see what’s new this year, and seeing what was new last year that’s taken a strong hold is the highlight of my trip. This year I’m thrilled to see WOOL everywhere. Handwork is a passion for me, so I was in heaven seeing lots of wool appliqué that go way beyond wool penny rugs, and some stinkin’ cute hand embroidery work from our friends in Australia. The new fabric lines run the gamut from traditional to modern, and in case anyone is wondering solids are back in a big way. There are colors out there that will make your toes curl!
Check out Kelly Ann’s blog for even more Quilt Market fun.
Next I asked magazine editor Morna McEver Golletz from Professional Quilter what she saw.
It’s always exciting to see what’s new on the market, whether that’s fabric, notions or a new magazine. Here’s my take on some of what I saw at Quilt Market.
- You’ve been catching it online and now it’s live … in print. With its tagline “Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.”, Generation Q magazine, or as it’s known GenQ, is a reality. Shared first at Quilt Market, the publication blends the interests and design aesthetics of today’s modern stitcher with that of the contemporary quilter/sewists. It’s all about creativity regardless of where you fit in the picture. I love the size of the book – it’s 7″ by 9″ – and it’s filled with profiles, tips, patterns, product reviews. You’ll definitely find something to engage you.
- Ever head to your local quilt shop and pick up the perfect fabric, get home and find out it’s perfect only not for the project you had in mind? Swatch Buddies™ to the rescue. The system features 1″ by 2.25″ plastic cards with an adhesive that lets you attach a swatch to one side and a label to the other. The label lets you track where you purchased the original fabric, the designer/collection and the quantity. The individual cards are stored on a wire ring or a chain ring. You can also use you Swatch Buddies to identify those fabrics you’ve got stored in plastic bins without having to open the bins and sort through them.
- New from Kona Bay is Shadowland, a 33-piece tonal collection inspired by vintage Kona Bay fabric and designed by Jason Yenter, president of In The Beginning Fabrics. The collaborative collection features subtle elements with lots of depth in five designs in a variety of colors. It’s a great addition to Kona Bay’s line. An accompanying pattern book with six projects will be available in September.
- Pat Sloan has a new collection with Moda Fabrics. Her 51-piece Eat Your Fruits & Veggies collection features an array of prints with fruits, veggies, leaves, dots and textures. My favorites are the batiks, especially the carrots! Also new to Moda is German designer Brigitte Heitland with Zen Chic with its 33-piece Jugging Summer line featuring overlaying laces, dancing balls, juggling circles and nesting labyrinths. The colors range from rich jewel tones to classic, decadent neutrals. I love the variety, texture and fun in these prints. Vanessa Christenson of V & Co. was Moda’s third new designer with her 40-piece Simply Color collection. The seven ombre solids are the focal point and will be perfect for adding more depth to your quilts. They are complemented by textures, fun florals, dots, and chevron stripes. I loved the colorways – mustard, lime green, tangerine, aquatic blue, to note just a few.
- New from Sew Very Smooth is its Ideal Seam Guide. This repositionable guide sticks to your sewing machine table. It’s 1.25″ wide, .25″ thick and comes in four lengths. It has a beveled end to make it easier to lift up and it’s been tested to last for hundreds, even thousands of placements. Also battled tested by the owner’s grandchild and black lab!
Visit Morna at her site, sign up for her newsletter and see what she has to offer at her organization – Professional Quilter!
Amy Smart is a designer who is also an avid blogger at Diary of a Quilter. Amy didn’t have a booth at this show, so she spent her time checking out all that was new. I asked her to post about the fabrics she loved at market.
My name is Amy Smart and I write about my quilting adventures on my blog, Diary of a Quilter. I was so excited when Pat asked if I’d share a few thoughts on Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City last month. Market is so huge – and so potentially overwhelming – that I’m going to really narrow my focus here and share just a few upcoming trends I spotted.
Warm, bright, saturated colors felt very popular this year. New designers such as Vanessa Christenson and our own Pat Sloan debuted new collections for Moda, Simply Color and Eat Your Fruits and Veggies with lots of appeal to all kind of quilters, traditional or modern. Monica Solorio-Snow’s new collection Winterkist for Lecien is full of color. Riley Blake’s upcoming collection of chevron stripes and ombre dots gives a large variety of brightly colored choices. And, as always, the Art Gallery Fabrics booth was full of inspiring color!
Another hot theme this year is nautical – including a resurgence of navy blue, (of which I’ve always been a fan, so I was happy). New collections by Sarah Jane (Out to Sea), Emily Herrick (Shore Thing) and Ahoy Matey for Michael Miller as well as, Seaside for Riley Blake, Seven Seas by Cloud 9 Fabrics, and It’s a Shore Thing by Dear Stella. (Check out the cute flip flops!)
Speaking of Cloud 9 Fabrics, young, new, organic fabric companies continue to produce darling new prints and color schemes. Some of those include Cloud 9, Monaluna, and Birch Fabrics. Woodland themes also continue to be popular as in Monaluna’s new collection, Fox Hollow and Birch’s new collection, Scamper.
Modern & Classic
Two more new collections – one modern and one classic – that made me excited. Robert Kaufman/Kona are releasing a new collection called Modern Quilts by Cynthia Frenettte. Basically ‘cheater prints’ of modern quilt designs. Genius!
As for classic, Liberty of London has created a collection of quilter’s cottons! For years quilters have loved Liberty’s classic florals, but they were only available in the gorgeous, but pricey, Tana Lawns. This Market, LibertyLifestyles debuted a new collection, Bloomsbury, in cottons specifically for quilters. The collection comes in many colorways from saturated brights to muted shades, which means of course, something to please everyone. As with most of the collections debuting at Market, they will be available in shops later this fall.
Thanks again for the invitation to share my insights, Pat! For more pictures and details of Kansas City Quilt Market 2012, you are welcome to visit my blog at Diary of a Quilter.
I shared a few of my market pictures at my blog from this post when we left, note the billboard the West Virginia Quilters rocked!, through the days at market (scroll from that page at the top). Then another post HERE and HERE.
I have a few observations from a “designer” point of view.
I loved seeing designer booths with a clean look… Where the quilt fabrics were pulled together so the booth had a super pleasing appeal. These made me want to go inside and see what was going on!
My friends Ann Weber and Joann Rowicki are “Gingham Girls” rocked an inspirational booth of pastel quilts.
Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio is in Kansas City. I love her booth as it truly showed off her work in a clean uncluttered way… plus those were REAL walls she brought in!
Gudrun of GE Designs always has an amazing booth. She is a great stylist so her quilts are shown to their best advantage. That one on the right wall is calling my name.
Julie of Jaybird Quilts showcased the quilts from her first book, and some new patterns. Her booth is full, but pulled together. Note the aqua theme in the chairs and the quilts.
Did you wonder what was on the front of those chairs.. this is so clever! More photos from Julie’s booth here.
Terri Degenkolb had a booth with the color rocking her palette of greys and browns. Terri designs fabrics and most of her patterns and book are made in her fabrics so you can see how she uses them.
Talk about devoted… Carol Hopkins loves reproductions and is not afraid to show it! Her new book is fabulous and the booth was wonderful with all her quilts in it. Plus as I designer I look at how people hang their quilts.. she has quilted drapes so she can pin to them!
Speaking of BOOKS… I love to go to each book publisher’s booth to check out the new releases. I work with all the publishers when I’m finding guests for American Patchwork & Quilting Radio. I had a super meeting with C&T Publishing about authors for upcoming shows, they are one of our main sponsors. You can listen to the radio shows here.
And I adore sharing first time booths. Wenche Wolff Hatling and her husband Trond from Norway were there with her pattern company, Northern Lights. Wenche is a delightful person and her stitchery, patchwork patterns are so adorable. She also has a new Jane Austin pattern.. so love that!
Plus she and her husband dressed in traditional Norwegian folk clothing that she made.. can you believe it? The photo behind them is a museum up the road from their home. My husband and I had a chance to spend an evening with them and I learned so much about quilting in Norway. I interviewed Wenche on March 5, 2012. They have a blog too.
A few other places to read Quilt Market recaps:
- Meg Cox’s last newsletter had a spiffy write up on the “new magazines” appearing at market.
- Kay Mackenzie showed a photo of EVERY fabric company at market.. what a treasure this post is! She calls her post “Fabric by the Mile”. I also interviewed Kay on May 14, 2012.
- Check out the Michael Miller blog on how they came up with their booth design.. it’s incredible!
There you go… some of what I observed at the spring trade show in Kansas City! If you were there and did your own Market recap post(s), please share in the comments so others can see what inspired you!
Pat Sloan is owner and founder of the quilting design and publishing company Pat Sloan & Co. She has published over 25 books, more than 100 patterns, nearly 10 fabric lines, and has had her work featured in all the major Quilt magazines. In January 2010, Pat started hosting her weekly Internet Radio show called Creative Talk Radio.
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This post was published on June 5th, 2012. Post topics: The Learning Center.