7 Seriously Exciting New Trends We Spotted at Quilt Market

It’s been a week since Quilt Market, and we’re still processing everything that happened there. We met some amazing designers (like Tim Holtz and Kathy Doughty) and saw some impressive fabric and quilt designs. We also kept our eyes peeled for new, exciting trends in color, design and fabric — here’s what we found.

Top trends from Quilt Market 2016

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1. Totally Tropical

With winter coming up soon, quilters clearly had a tropical vacation on their minds! Pineapples were definitely in season, along with other fruits like strawberries and watermelon. And we couldn’t keep count of the flamingoes!

4. Tuffets & Other Home Furnishings

Quilted Tuffet

Quilted tuffet by Jackie McFee for Camelot Fabrics

The more ways to showcase our favorite fabrics, the better! Now, we’re adding tuffets to our project list. As an ottoman or small side table, they’re the perfect way to feature a whole fabric collection. Designers also put the spotlight on their designs in armchairs, lampshades and more.

3. Majorly Modern

Modern Quilts from Andover Fabrics

Quilts from Andover Fabrics

Don’t get us wrong — there are always statement-making modern designs showcased at Quilt Market. But typically, we’d see a few modern ones mixed among mostly traditional styles. This year, it was the other way around: Most everything had a modern spin, while old-school styles took a back seat.

4. All About Abstractions

Hot Air Balloon Quilt by Sheri-Cifaldi Morrill

Up and Away Mini Quilt by Whole Circle Studio

We’ve seen animal abstractions for a while now, but designers are taking an abstract, geometric approach to even more subjects now. A great example: Our Quilt Designer Fellowship winner, who showcased abstracted bees and hot air balloons in her booth.

5. Textiles Beyond Quilting Cotton

Linen-Cotton Blend

Fabric by Sarah Golden for Andover Fabrics

Quilting cotton isn’t going anywhere, but fabric designers are venturing into new textile territory. We saw fleece, double gauze and even some chambray. One collection that caught our eye? Sarah Golden’s “Maker Maker” line from Andover, made with a durable but soft cotton-linen blend.

6. Extra Appliqué

Anna Maria Horner

Quilts by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics

We were particularly head over heels for Anna Maria Horner’s leaf appliqué templates, which she used to make the three totally different quilts shown above. She wasn’t the only quilter using appliqué to make a statement — we saw more appliqués than usual at Quilt Market.

7. Hand-Drawn Elements

Tim Holtz Fabric

Fabric by Tim Holtz for FreeSpirit Fabrics

This year, fabric designers proved that the handwritten word isn’t just for paper. Vintage postcards, pencil sketches and more made their way to fabric, both as statement-making patterns and low-volume prints.

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