Reports on shows, trends, and more
Report: Quilt Market, New York
Stationery Show, and the Society of Decorative Painters'
Trends, designs, colors, and more.
by Ellie Joos and Doxie Keller (June 7, 2010)
Quilt Market, Stationery Show.
by Ellie Joos
With the first half of 2010 nearly over, and
some reports of optimism for the economy in the news, attending
back-to-back trade shows provided an opportunity to check in with
manufacturers and designers to see if this optimism prevailed at
these major shows. I am happy to say that, for the most part,
exhibitors at both the New York Stationery Show and the
International Quilt Market reflected this cautious optimism.
After a dismal 2009, there was a sense of
increased activity at the Stationery Show, and exhibitor
booths were up 20% from last year’s Quilt Market. The
National Retail Federation is projecting a 2.5% increase over 2009
in its 2010 forecast, with consumers resuming mailing cards in
addition to, or instead of, emailing them. In the quilt industry,
the new Quilting in Americaä2010 survey was also positive in
its findings; although the number of quilting households was down,
the average yearly expenditures for all quilting households is up
27%. (For more information about the Quilting in America
survey, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
As for trends in color and design, it was
interesting to see the crossover, with some immediate ideas
translated in both paper and fabric products. In print motifs,
birds were everywhere with some saying it is the result of the
Twitter influence. Owls, having appeared at the stationery show
several years ago, have now landed onto fabrics at Quilt Market.
Cupcake designs, travel and destination, 40’s and 50’s kitchen
looks, and women in prints – either silhouettes or vintage prints.
Tere were fashion ladies from fashion designer
turned stationery designer, Aaron Potts.
(His fashion-card-covered mannequin was stunning – another trend
seen lately at shows has been the use of mannequins as display
Vive la France ideas include vintage images,
French Country looks, and the Eiffel tower. Other popular motifs
include baby animals on fabrics and humorous animals on paper.
(Some of YouTube’s most popular videos are about funny and adorable
Graffiti- inspired designs are on the horizon,
with more awareness of the talents of street artists taking place.
One of the most visible, Shepard Fairey, recently had a collection
at the Deitch Gallery in SoHo. Although the show is over, should you
be on the corner of Houston and Bowery in SoHo, you won’t be able to
miss his May Day Mural.
Turquoise and coral are the stand out colors,
both strong at both shows, followed by other mid-brights in pinks,
green, and yellow. For Christmas, turquoise and red are fresh
looking in both paper and fabrics.
Green, as in eco-friendly products, continues
to grow in both markets. Michael Roger’s award winning “I Used to
be a Bottle” notebook, has debossed, bottle-petal flower motifs on
the cover and 100% post-consumer-waste pages.
To write in these notebooks, Good Feel USA has just the right
product, their eco-friendly, “greenfeel” colored paper pencils.
Tree planting for purchased products is also on
the increase with products from TreeNex (www.treenex.com)
and Too Little Trees, a division of Flowerpot Press.
First-time exhibitor Cate & Levi introduced an
adorable line of hand puppets, stuffed animals, and other soft toys
made from reclaimed wool.
A number of stationery show exhibitors have not
forgotten the needs of others during these tough times and donate a
portion of their profits to worthy causes. Furkids’ greeting cards
feature original animal inspired artwork and lend support to animal
Vanilla Print’s line, I Want Cookies, features
children’s original art, and contributes to organizations that fight
At Quilt Market, the eco-friendly
message in fabrics was seen at Cloud 9, a newcomer to Quilt
Market last fall, now expanding its line of organic fabrics at
the spring market to include a stylized owl allover print with
First time exhibitor Birch Fabrics launched its
line of 100% Certified Organic cotton in fun, retro-motifs featuring
cars, chairs, and birds using the popular turq. and coral
Robert Kaufman teamed with home textiles
designer Nancy Mims to present a lovely line of 100% organic cotton
printed fabrics, Free to Grow, in wonderful florals, with
coordinating stripes and bold graphics.
Amy Butler has done it again, putting her magic
touch on another product line, now teaming with Rowan to create a
lovely organic yarn collection. www.knitrowan.com
Other buzz at Quilt Market includes the
strength of batiks, with quilt shops appreciating their versatility
and the ability of batiks to add to what they already have in
stock. Timeless Treasures has taken its Tonga batik line in
a new direction with Tonga Treats, packages of pre-cut, 2 ½”
strips or forty 10” squares in six color stories. The booth models
First time exhibitor Anthologyä Fabrics also
presented a lovely line of batiks along with its fabulous print
collections. Although new to Quilt Market, this company has
been selling to the garment industry for over twenty years.
Printed knit fabrics are starting to gain
momentum, perhaps because of the appeal they have to a younger
audience that makes children’s wear with the growing number of
patterns now available and carried by quilt stores. Liesl Gibson,
owner of Oliver + S, launched her darling patterns two years ago and
now has a lovely line of fabrics, City Weekend, including
knits with Moda.
Patty Young designed a brightly colored line of
knits for Michael Miller, which coordinated beautifully with her
woven prints. Her award-winning booth (which she borrowed from her
daughter’s bedroom) also featured her Modkid sewing patterns
and new doll patterns and clothing which also fit the American
Other new and noteworthy products at Quilt
Laminated fabrics and oilcloth are also on the
increase, including a beautiful line of laminated prints from Amy
Die cut machines popular in scrapbooking now
having an audience in quilting. Westminster Lifestyle Fabrics
introduced the Sizzexâ Big Shotä shape-cutting machine and
AccuQuilt expanded its line of dies to include
exclusive licensed dies from Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson.
Handbag and tote bag patterns are increasing,
including the newest one from Nancy Zieman for Clover using her
Trace’nCreate bag templates.
Clover’s innovative line of products also
includes new leather bag straps, and one of my favorite new
products, Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping with Nancy Ziemanâ, -- just
Speaking of brilliant, literally, consider the
rhinestone edged zippers from J. N. Zippers & Supplies Corp.,
distributed by Ghee’s; you haven’t seen anything until you see the
jewelry made by Susan Jones using these and other decorative
zippers. Be sure to stop by the Beacon booth at summer CHA to join
Susan for make-it/take-its featuring the new Zprzäpaper
zippers (non-woven tape).
Cherish – the breast cancer awareness program
from Simplicity Creative Group, a line of appliqués, bandanas,
bracelets, mugs, water bottles, hats, totes, and more.
Star Thread form Coats & Clark – newly
reintroduced in new colors, stronger construction, consistent in
color, size, and performance, to meet the demands of the long arm
Therm o Web introduced a new line of bolts of
fusible and sew-in interfacings.
Anna Griffinâ‘s booth for Windham Fabrics was
another winner with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Windham’s
other collections include a stand-out group called Spa by
Rosemarie Lavin, very contemporary in colors of sage and taupe and
pale aqua – lovely!
With all the talk about social media, Facebook,
and Twitter in the news, and the best use of this media in business,
it was perfect timing for Like Sew Websites to present mini-seminars
in their booth on website designs and using social media to promote
your company and business.
As I finish this report, we are now
experiencing an environmental disaster in the gulf, which is sure to
affect all of us for years to come. Plant, animal, sea life,
livelihoods of the people living in the region are being devastated
by this monumental tragedy. Tensions are on the rise in South/North
Korea and in the Mideast, and climate changes have created
unpredictable weather catastrophes in parts of the country. Times
like this demand that we sometimes turn off the TV and the computer
and surround ourselves with lasting beauty found in quilts and
creative expressions in paper to strengthen our resolve to get
through these times with love, empathy, and support for those in
need, now more than ever.
(Note: Ellie is president of Ellie Joos
& Associates, a marketing, pr, and product development firm. To
contact Ellie, call 908-459-9269 or email
Society of Decorative
by Doxie Keller
There were many positives at this year's
convention. About 800 were registered for classes and the students
were very happy with them. Many were smaller, but the lighting and
seating and the classrooms were great – some of the best ever.
The vendors were happy with the show on the
first evening and the first day because sales were good. Things did
slow down on Friday and Saturday. However, some vendors remarked
that there were young people in attendance on Friday and Saturday,
the free day at the show. The exhibit hall and the loading docks
were some of the best ever as all kinds of vehicles were allowed to
drive into the building to unload – trucks, vans, cars, etc.
The Society announced that they were able to
escape from their contract with Opry Land Hotel in 2012; this is a
huge financial benefit to the SDP. For the first time in several
years, the operating budget is “in the black.” The Board of
Directors worked very hard to cut expenses and make changes to
accomplish this feat.
The Society also announced that the convention
will be conducted again in Wichita during May 2011.
Newly elected Board Members: Sue Bowers,
VP/President Elect … Toni Girten, Treasurer … Members at Large:
Karen Allen, Donna Frost, and Tim Mulvey.
Newly-Elected Nominating Committee Members:
Phyllis Gibbs CDA. Cheri Rol MDA, and Wendy Watson.
“Teacher of Decorative Arts” certification:
Megumi Ikawa, Chikako Katayama, Naomi Kumagai, and Ginko Otaka MDA.
(For more on SDP’s certification requirements, and results, visit
SDP Scholarship Recipients: Vicki Alley
and Andrea Harris.
Service Awards: President’s Commendation
Award: McCormick-Armstrong, printer of The Decorative Painter
magazine … Silver Palette: Sheila Rouse … Dedicated Service Award:
Mary Dunlap … Priscilla Hauser Award for Business & Industry: Ron
Kettlehake, Scharff Brushes … Outstanding Chapter Service Award:
Diana Pfau, Bluebonnet Chapter … Volunteer of the Year: Winnie
Winner of the quilt, “Flowers: From A to Z,”
the fundraiser drawing: Lupe Steffen … Winners of the banquet-table
decorations: First Place: Yellow Rose Chapter; Second Place: Pacific
Coast Chapter; Third Place: Northern California Decorative Painters.