The elephant in the room: elephants are a mammoth trend this spring as they were not only the feature display in the Michael Miller Fabrics booth (above), but on countless fabric lines and patterns.
Beach- and nautical-themed fabrics and patterns were everywhere. Pat Bravo’s booth (above) also happened to win 1st Place for Best Booth for a Double Booth.
Oh, if I only owned a boat or a house in Cape Cod! I adore this nautical-themed fabric line and booth display by Sarah Jane Studios!
Another trend: Splashes and sprays of color! Above: Art Gallery Fabrics won Best Booth for Merchandising. I am not surprised in the least.
Black and white fabrics were hot, too, and the Alexander Henry Fabrics booth was bustling the entire show. I don’t know which came first: the mustache on John (above) from Alexander Henry or the mustache-themed fabric. Nevertheless, both the mustache fabric and the mustache on the man made me smile, and I wasn’t alone!
Who doesn’t love colorful bolts of fabrics stacked on top of one another? I love these nature and field study-themed fabrics by Birch Fabrics.
This retro couch by Melody Miller may be one of the cutest I have ever seen. I have just the perfect spot for it at the top of my stairs in my home. (Hey, a girl can dream…)
Another angle of the eye candy in Melody’s booth. See the elephant pillow above? Elephants are indeed replacing the owl trend. (Although I did spot a few owls on the show floor.)
Quirky variations on the basic polka-dots were spotted everywhere. These Seven Islands totes feature deer sporting glasses.
Other trends included barnyard animals, zebras, the chevron pattern, and of course…the modern quilt aesthetic was everywhere.
More things I liked:
Check out this extra special advent calendar by the Australian-based business Don’t Look Now! I love how you can stuff a handful of treats, letters, and goodies in each of the day’s pockets.
I finally found and purchased a compact and attractive sewing cabinet for my home studio- the Sewnatra black sewing cabinet by Arrow. I adore how the shutter door gives it a contemporary feel.
Above shows the table partially opened. Since I usually work fairly small, this table will do well for the quilts I make. The cabinet portion swings out so I can sit at my machine, and there are spool holders on the inside of the door.
Bikes and doggies! What a cute quilt pattern by Buttons and Bees.
More bike-themed quilts. The above quilt features needlepoint designs by Lilac Lane LLC.
The whimsical and folksy creations from Such Designs always prove cheerful.
And speaking of cheerful, I was able to grab a quick snap with my friend and former colleague, Helen Gregory. It was so good to see her, if only briefly.
Fabric Giveaway from Sample Spree!
So who wants a jelly roll of “Seaside” by October Afternoon of Riley Blake Designs? All you have to do is answer the following question and I will randomly pick a winner on Monday, Memorial Day.
Question: What does your studio space look like? Is it a guest bedroom? A closet? Please describe your space, and if you have a link with pictures on your blog or website, please share the link in your comment!