Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hi-Lites from Quilt Market - Portland 2013

In May, the International wholesale quilt market for store owners, pattern and fabric designers, and all industries quilt related came to Portland.  Wow!  What a fabulous show.  We were so inspired by all the new colors, fabrics and designers.  We took loads of pictures and decided that the best way to give you an inside look is to share them in a slide show.  So here we go...

Here's what's coming....

Digital Fabric Printing
A couple of fabric manufacturers have developed a new technique for printing fabric.  Currently, fabric manufacturers can only run a maximum of 18 screens onto fabric.  This limits the number of colors they can have.  With digital fabric printing, virtually thousands of colors are available, AND  the fabric prints the same each and every time.  There will no longer be variations between dye lots.  This will give us greater color consistency and fabric that looks like art prints.  The only downside is that it will be a little bit more expensive.

Texture - Texture - Texture
We saw lots of texture in fabric.  Linen and linen-looks are hot.

Stitching designs
We saw lots of sashiko style stitching lines in fabric.

Color Trends
There's still a lot of bright and bold color.  The solids are fabulous.  They're still rich in color, but a little darker and more classic than the brights we've been seeing this spring.

New on our Bookshelf!
There are loads of new books on their way!  Here are some of our favorites.

100 Modern Quilt Blocks- Tula Pink's City Sampler

This book from Tula Pink really excited us.  You can read more about it and get a sneak peak inside on the Tula Pink website.  Look for a new class/series at The Pine Needle this Fall!!!  

Oh Baby! by Brenda Henning

Modern baby quilts!
Inspired by the modern quilt movement, these lovely small quilts will be a warm hug for children of all ages. Book includes 6 patterns.

Hexa go-go by Tacha Bruecher

Features both modern and traditional designs, including rosettes, diamonds, stars and freeform. Learn how to combine settings with other blocks, as well as how to creatively quilt hexagons. Projects are varied for any level of skill or time commitment - make a few hexagons, make a few more, or make a few hundred!

Liberty Love by Alexia Marcelle Abegg

Fall in Love Again with Liberty. A lovely array of quilts, family apparel, and accessories for your home and wardrobe. Learn how to combinethe popular Liberty Tana Lawn Lines with other fabrics. Full-size templates are included, with graded tissue paper garment patterns.

 Little Girls, big style by Mary Abreu

Every day is dress-up day. Mix and match 4 basic patterns into hundreds of adorable outfits. Complete instructions on all the basics - finishingseams, gathering, topstitching, hemmin, shirring, and more. Beginner friendly approach to sewing "boutique" clothingfor your girls. Make it your own with your favorite fabrics and embellishments.

Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis 
Best-selling author Amy Ellis has outdone herself with this amazing collection of new blocks and quilts. With her spot on design sense, she show3s how to use neutrals - including large scale prints, solids and tonal fabrics in stunning quilts.

S is for Stitch by Kristyne Czepuryk

Two sets of adorable alphabet-themed embroidery patterns for little girls and boys. Projects include quilts, pillows, soft blocks, and wall art for the nursery. Perfect for beginners - learn basic stitches and tips for combining floss and fabrics.

Hopefully we have whet your appetite for what's coming.  If you'd like even more information about Quilt Market, here is another blog that did an excellent job of covering Quilt Market:  True Up