Quilt Market Trends: Details, Details

As per usual, Quilt Market was a feast for the eyes. As someone who was a camper and counselor for ten summers, I loved Camp Moda. There were so many perfect touches I practically burst into a chorus Kumbaya. (Luckily for everyone there, I restrained myself.)

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Quilt Market has so many big and splashy things to see—amazing booths, gorgeous quilts, industry “celebrities”—that’s it’s easy to miss the details. But it was in those details that I saw some clear trends.

One was trims. They were everywhere, from the bindings of quilts to the edges of pillows and blankets. Some featured a jaunty little crocheted edge attached to purchased bias tape. Others were hand crocheted. But they all added that extra something that made projects a little bit sweeter, a little out of the ordinary.IMG_3841

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FullSizeRenderThe trims trend tied closely in with another trend I noticed: dish and hand towels. What seems like such a mundane textile got some added spice at Market. A smidge of appliqué, a stitched fabric band in bright colors, embroidery—each variation made what is typically a boring item into something that made me look twice. I know drying dishes would be much more fun with these.

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A variation on the theme: Moda toweling, appliquéd and stitched into a pillow.

I was curious about the reason behind this towel trend, and finally decided that they are the perfect gift—they’re useful and taking time to add the extra touches makes them so personal—they’re perfect for a hostess or bridal shower gift. In addition, if the additions are applied by hand they’re portable, making them great projects to take along to your kid’s soccer game or while waiting at the dentist’s office.

IMG_3969(A few I saw fall into that category of fancy towels that always worry me when I go to people’s homes—should I use them, or are they just for show? But whatever the answer, they’d certainly add some texture and interest to a guest bathroom.)

Coin Purse Photo 1 Another “small” trend I noted were little purses. While bags are nothing new, little pouches with metal clasps were everywhere. They come in a range of sizes and styles, some with big, decorative “knobs” and others with curvy profiles.

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Coin Purse Photo 3 (1)Some of my favorites were the Japanese-style coin purses from Zakka Workshop. I’ve always been a little intimidated at the thought of making one, but after talking with the Zakka Workshop folks, I learned that they’re really pretty simple. The hardware is available individually, but they also had some cute kits that would be a great way to learn the techniques needed to make one—I especially like this Classic Coin Purse kit. I’m definitely going to give them a try—just like towels, they’re useful and would make a perfect, personal gift.

And the final trendy detail I’ll mention is embroidery. It’s not exactly new, but it’s being used in interesting ways. In Shannon Gilman Orr’s booth was this pillow created for her by Sally Keller of Sally’s Angel Works, using her Acreage line. The lengthy quote, artfully designed, was something I hadn’t seen before.IMG_4221

Cori Yoder combined piecing with embroidery, stitching flowers in colors that complemented her Sundrops line around one corner of a pillow.IMG_3884And here’s some embroidery Amy Barickman stitched on top of prints, creating a rich layer of color and texture.IMG_4210Designers and companies spend so much time making their booths stunning, and the tiny details are definitely part of the big, gorgeous picture. They’re also a reminder that when the urge to create strikes but time is limited, little projects can provide a lot of satisfaction.

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16 comments on “Quilt Market Trends: Details, Details

  1. keep the great pictures coming! looks wonderful!

  2. Alicia Key says:

    What’s the scoop on those badges 10 pictures up from bottom, and tell about those fusible on towels in that same pic,please.

    • Linda Glisson says:

      The badges are duplicates of the ones the designers gave away in their booths. Your LQS can order them from United Notions for you to purchase. The towels are not iron on but printed. Again your local shop can order them from Moda/United Notions. They come in sets of 4 and are adorable!

  3. Gene Black says:

    Thanks for sharing the lovelies with us.
    Question: Does the Zakka frame get sewn in or does it glue in? (or maybe something else?)

    • Linzee McCray says:

      I asked that same question—they use glue. There is a little string that comes with the kit that helps ease the fabric into the channel and the glue holds it in place.

  4. gaylemitchel says:

    Thanks for your report on trends. I spoke with my LQS owner who’d been to Spring Market and her only comment was there were no black backgrounds this year and the colors of peach and gray seemed to be everywhere. I much appreciate your noticing and commening on embelishments! Good work.

  5. Kristi says:

    Very informative post! Thank you.

  6. Wow!! The photographer in me REALLY enjoyed your tour of the details and I love that idea of making the mundane beautiful. The more things we can make beautiful in our lives, the better! Thank you for a great post!

  7. QuiltShopGal says:

    Next best thing to attending Market is your sharing. Thanks for taking time to do such a great job reporting on Market. Everything looks like #CreativeGoodness. And I love seeing the Classic Coin Purse Kit.

    QuiltShopGal
    http://www.quiltshopgal.com

  8. Do you know the fabric line they used for the Zakka purses? I love the bee fabric. Thanks so much.

  9. Angie @ GnomeAngel.com says:

    Thanks for the great take on Quilt Market. Loved reading about the trends and getting a curated look at what was on show. Thanks!

  10. Michelle says:

    I can’t even sew and the pictures makes me want to come to Camp Moda 🙂

  11. Ranch Wife says:

    Drooling over all the new projects! The tea towel with the embroidered chicks on the rolling pin made me chuckle. Would you by any chance happen to know the name of the pattern company. As a ranch wife who bakes a lot and has chickens, I have to make that! Thanks so much!

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