As you all already know, when it comes to sewing Ellen and I are primarily quilters but while we have been indulging in our quilting passion over the last few years the sewist movement has steadily been gaining ground. One of the trends identified at Market this Spring was the significant number of booths focused primarily on clothing and/or small projects instead of quilts and most of the large booths incorporated quite a collection of small sewing projects.
I am currently in love with the dress pattern from Serendipity Studio’s shown below and love how they used the kokka fabric. A sewist related theme at Market which we kept running into was “Put a Ruffle on It” which can be seen in Violette Field Threads cute children’s patterns.
Birch Fabrics was a nice antidote to the “Put a Ruffle on It” craze. For those of you that have little guys in your life who might not appreciate a good ruffle, Birch Fabric features fresh modern colors and unisex designs that are all printed on environmentally friendly 100% organic cotton. The quilt in their booth features a great mix of solids and prints and was one of my favorite quilts at Market.
The major fabric companies have started to gear their marketing campaigns around solids and their presence was felt. Solids were a part of many conversations at the booth, and we were able to highlight the benefits of mixing solids and prints in Michele’s Tiny Dwelling quilt. The quilt below was another favorite, and I love that the loose quilting would make it a great snuggle quilt.
But the most amazing part of Quilt Market for me was on Saturday when we wore our Jacquard skirts made from Emelia’s winning design. Not only did people recognize the fabric from the competition but we received many compliments and were able to make some amazing connections. I had a great time telling people about the contest and I can hardly wait until Fall Market when we will have our winning designer with us. I just wish we could bring all of our designers.