Our trip to International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, Texas, this fall proved that quilting is alive and well—and has a future filled with fabric. Traditional prints and colors remain strong and stable, and modern prints in vibrant colors, as well as a wider variety of solid shades and silks, are as popular as ever. (Bright shades of peach, yellow, lime green, and turquoise sparkled against solid white and gray.) Fun decorative embellishments, such as ornate ribbons, rickrack, pompoms, and especially machine embroidery, seem to be gaining recognition in the quilting world. As expected, smaller projects and fashion accessories are growing in popularity amongst quilters, as they have become an enjoyable and economical way to use leftovers, charm packs, and fat quarter bundles. All these elements demonstrate the ever-broadening look of our quilt designs and how much we are inspired by the products we have available to use and the times we live in!
Like the times, Quilt Trends offers a variety of projects. Dear Morris is a traditional design, but the machine appliqué and most current Dear William fabrics give it a fresh, modern flair. Australian quilter, fabric designer, and author Michele Hill visited the United States for the first time this fall and was the guest speaker at the Garden State Quilters' Guild in northern New Jersey. It was a delight to be in the audience for Michele's presentation. She spoke about the life and work of William Morris, who was one of the most influential designers of the nineteenth century, and how he influenced her quilt and fabric designs. Fire Stacks uses modern organic fabrics surrounded by chic solid colors. The City Quilt incorporates The City Quilter's latest New York City-themed print with charm packs, jelly rolls, and/or scrap fabrics, while Princess Tiara features a trendy chevron pattern.
Feeling creative? Textile artist Marinda Stewart shows us how to incorporate different art forms into our quilting. Hope Blooms: Part 1 starts us out with unique ways to create innovative backgrounds. In Part 2, in our Spring 2013 issue, Marinda will provide details on how to create and embellish your newfangled background using a wide variety of 3-D appliqués.
For those who need a quick and easy quilting project, especially during the holiday season, see "Quick Weekend Projects" for some fun projects that can be created in just a weekend (or even in a single day). From the whimsical (Mister Hot Toddy) to the sophisticated (Aphrodite), Quilt Trends will keep you in stitches this winter!
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Quick Weekend Projects