Welcome! It's time once again to showcase some of the latest fabric collections and beautiful quilts for the upcoming season. For quilters, nothing compares to the excitement of seeing lots of colors and new prints when considering our next project. Thanks to our team of talented designers, we've included a variety of unique quilts and smaller projects in this issue of Quilt Trends to keep you happily ensconced indoors—so be prepared to be inspired!
One of our newest features is the "Trendswatch" report. Here, we highlight popular quilting-related products and items from shop owners, quilt shows, and designers as a springboard to entice you to explore more and to open doors, as well as to spark ideas.
With this in mind, one product gaining status in the quilting world is glue. Increasingly, glue warrants a place in our sewing studios and is valuable when it comes to creating three-dimensional appliqué, art quilts, or embellishments. Designer and sewing instructor Marinda Stewart gives us ideas and guidelines on when and where to use glue as a quilting tool (see "Stick to It" on page 80).
Our featured fabric designer is Michele D'Amore (see page 36). Her style is modern; her approach, contemporary. Michele has a talent for balancing tones, shades, and print scale with her beautiful artwork. Her Contempo fabric collections for Benartex are truly a modern sewist's delight and work perfectly for home décor.
As always, our goal is to inspire you with lots of trendy colors, patterns, and ideas. Remember, save your leftovers—there are lots of clever ways to use smaller fabric pieces!
Modern Mountains by Patti Carey and Susanne Ebsworthy
Whether you're a beginner/intermediate or advanced quilter, once you make the first triangle block, the others will go together quickly and easily, especially since the selection of fabrics is random. Modern Mountains is simply elegant—the variety of tone-on-tone prints and textures in black and white gives this contemporary quilt classic appeal. kitting info
Winter Elegance by Diane Arganbright and Patricia Sue Nelson
Traditional Log Cabin and Wyoming Star blocks complement each other in this lavish lap quilt, which features avant-garde florals and Marblehead textures in exciting shades of teal and purple. The large prints in the Cherry Blossoms collection cut up beautifully for sophistication you'll want to display year-round. kitting info
Northern Lights by Laura Blanchard and Karen Hardy
Lovely as a bed quilt or living room accent, Northern Lights whirls with color and energy. The geometric prints and beautiful shades of blue, green, and purple add excitement to traditional, easy-to-piece spinning blocks. kitting info
Madonna & Child by Mary Patterson
Simple corner appliqués accentuate the beautiful Madonna & Child panel, and basic Friendship Star blocks border the pictorial center. This is an ideal design for the holiday season that can be left on display year-round. kitting info
Cachet Hexies by Jean Ann Wright
This just may become your favorite quilt design! Not only are hexagons popular, so are the graphic elements and trendy palette of the Cachet fabric collection. Jean Ann's method of sewing these large shapes together makes piecing fun and easy (no Y seams). The graphic florals and modern geometrics are an ideal way to showcase medium to large-scale prints—you won't be able to make just one! kitting info
Urban Stars by Wendy Sheppard
Trendy aqua and lime prints make a dynamic impact against the solid gray and white background of Urban Stars. The fresh clean palette, simple construction, and lap size make this a stylish project that can be completed in a short amount of time. Make more blocks with additional prints from Art Gallery Fabrics' Urban Mod collection for a stunning bed-size quilt. kitting info
Winter Memories by Cathy Anderson and Denise Gaidis
Capture the essence of winter with this quilt featuring vintage artwork in icy blue, snowy white, and evergreen. Classic Star and Attic Window blocks are ideal for featuring intricate snowflake and nostalgic holly prints. (For free directions to make the coordinating pillow sham, see quilttrendsmag.com.) kitting info
Smooth Jazz by Marianne Elizabeth
Surround yourself in beauty and elegance with Smooth Jazz. This quilt captures the essence of modern tradition and lends itself to most any décor, from contemporary to classic to country. The red and black color palette (with a touch of gray and a dash of floral) gives it a dramatic feel, while the exceptional machine quilting enhances the entire design element. kitting info
Triangulations by Toby Lischko and Heidi Pridemore
This luxurious, simple-to-piece quilt showcases Next Generation Xanadu fabrics. Evelyn Mowder's beautifully detailed paintings were the ideal artwork for P&B Textiles' new digital printing process (see page 64). The colorful prints dazzle against the muted solids, giving Triangulations a soft watercolor look.. kitting info
Wings by Melissa Lunden
Easy-to-piece blocks with a simple arrangement can make quilting time fun and rewarding, especially when using a collection of sweet, charming prints. The fireflies and gardening motifs make an adorable quilt for a special little girl! (For free directions to make the coordinating pillow sham, see quilttrendsmag.com.) kitting info
Playtime by Susan Marth
Identical block construction with different children-at-play scenes makes this a simply charming and easy quilt to assemble. Susan Marth was inspired by some of her favorite things—children, puppies, and vintage colors— when designing both the fabrics and the quilt. The prints are timeless, cheerful, and suitable for both girls and boys. (For free directions to make the coordinating pillowcase, see quilttrendsmag.com.) kitting info
Smilin' Mac by Sue Harvey and Sandi Boobar
A friendly tractor and smiling farm animals! This animated wall hanging and coordinating quilt are perfect for children captivated with farm life. Both designs are fast and fun and make ideal playtime/naptime throws. (For free directions to make the Tractor Mac bed quilt, see quilttrendsmag.com.) kitting info
Winter Memories Pillow Sham by Cathy Anderson and Denise Gaidis
This pillow sham was designed to coordinate with theWinter Memories quilt on page 44 of our Winter 2014 issue. Use the photo as a guide for fabric selection or choose your own prints from the collection. kitting info
Enchanted Forest by Wendy Sheppard
Looking for a quick seasonal quilt? Enchanted Forest's simple construction and size make it a wonderful weekend project. The soothing blue forest, twinkling star, and majestic wildlife prints provide beauty and a feeling of warmth, reminiscent of a quiet winter's eve. kitting info
Tractor Mac by Sue Harvey and Sandi Boobar
Tractor Mac was made to coordinate with the Smilin' Mac wall hanging in our Winter 2014 issue. kitting info
Wings Pillow Sham by Melissa Lunden
The featured pillow sham coordinates with the Wings quilt in our Winter 2014 issue. Free Project
Playtime Pillowcase by Susan Marth
The following instructions will make one standard-size pillowcase. Use the photo as a guide for fabric selection or choose your own coordinating prints from the collection. Free Project
Fan Shaped Purse by Marinda Stewart
This stylish purse is the perfect little accessory for grab-and-go necessities. Marinda designed it to fit in a larger handbag or to carry on its own as a convenient phone, wallet, and key clutch. Simple to construct, it can be completed in an afternoon. Free Project
Holiday Reflections by Katia Hoffman
Katia's new Reflections fabric collection is an extraordinary blend of sophistication and elegance. The vibrant colors, intricate prints, and border stripe in each colorway were created to make even the simplest of quilt designs look deceivingly complicated. To top it off, the metallic fabrics are offset with a bit of pure black, giving this quilt a rich jewel-toned affect. The Reflections holiday colorway will be available in March 2014. For fabric information and to download free instructions, search "Sasha K Studio" at ebifabrics.com.
Some of the most notable quilting trends can be seen at quilt festivals and industry trade shows, among the many aisles of colorful displays bursting with fabrics, designs, and anything quilt related. Here are just a few of the more prominent trends.
Michele D'Amore: Modern Fabrics, Manhattan Style by Dawn Goldsmith
Immersed in the energy and inspiration that only Manhattan can provide, fabric designer Michele D'Amore continues her more than thirty-year love affair with the Big Apple. Her latest contempo line with Benartex reflects the magic, life, and glamour of New York City.
Worth a Try
Stick to It: Glues for Fiber Artists
Glue may seem like a contradiction for a quilt studio, but trust me, there are times when the proper glue can be helpful or even come to your rescue. And just as we use specially designed tools for quilting, there are specific kinds of glues for different types of sewing projects. Choosing the appropriate glue for a certain task is essential. As a quilter, fiber artist, and designer, glue is a necessity in my sewing room.