Thursday, July 11, 2019

Quilt Market: Trends

The big question each Quilt Market aims to answer is, "What's hot now?" Let's talk about a few trends I noticed in Kansas City.

Unicorns! These mythological creatures are as real of a deal as they've ever been. I've said it before, and I stand by it two years later -- Unicorns are a hit! Tula gave the trend further credibility with her Pinkerville collection, and the trend is still going strong. This year Violet Craft's new Abstractions quilt pattern is a unicorn that also seconds as a horse. See more about her booth and the other Robert Kaufman designers in my previous post.

Another trend I'm seeing, that started as a murmur and has reached a yell, is the changing style and composition of fabrics. Many fabric collections aren't limiting themselves to straight forward quilting cottons anymore. I'm seeing more wool, cork, rayons, kantha, wovens and digitally printed cotton. For example, here are the woven Essex coordinates for Elizabeth's Hartman's Adventure collection. See my previous post for more details on the line.

Ombres are coming into play in a major way. V and Co. continues to take up this charge for Moda. Shown below is Ombre Bloom, coming October 2019.

Riley Blake's take on the trend is Gem Stones.

I'm also seeing colored metallics --- ones that go beyond silver, gold, and copper. Additionally, black is appearing with rainbow spectrum hues and low-volumes. Declassified by Giucy Giuce illustrates this well. 

What trends have you noticed?

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