What is so fantastic about taking your passion for stitching and turning it into a business? How about attending Quilt Market to preview (and pet) all of the new fabric lines; play with notions; plow through the latest and greatest in publications; prattle with fellow quilting friends in the biz, and parley in QUILT-SPEAK for three days straight! Yes, the Quilt Festivals are tons of fun, but Quilt Market–although entirely focused on the business of quilting–is incredibly energizing, too.
Pokey’s Predictions- Spring Fabric Trends
Every Market I am always on the hunt for new trends in quilting, most especially motifs in fabric lines.
In the past few years, there have been owls and elephants and birds (oh my!), polka dots and chevron patterns, cupcakes and mustaches, and textiles celebrating nostalgic modes of leisurely transport–notably bicycles, sailboats, and vintage campers. Last spring, Star Wars fabrics featuring vintage cast members were a force to be reckoned with, and I’m curious what other fiction-inspired fabrics will rally this spring. With the popularity of The Hunger Games–and a surging international interest in archery–I wouldn’t be surprised if we see quivers and quivers of arrow-themed fabrics take aim at the mass market. (Hey, and maybe mockingjay- and tracker jacker-themed fabrics will follow suit!)
Personally, thanks to George R. R. Martin and the special effects team at HBO for making Khaleesi’s dragons on Game of Thrones so lovable, I’d be thrilled to see fabrics with fierce–but cute–baby monster dragons breathing fire.
Whether in the quilt business or a quilt enthusiast, what predictions do you make for quilting this spring? Exercise your quilt soothsaying powers in the comments area, and I will randomly select someone to win a copy of the latest issue of Modern Patchwork.
More on Quilt Market from the show floor in Portland to follow…