Reports on shows, trends, and more
Shows, Shows, Shows
Quilt Market, Stationery Show, and
by Ellie Joos (June 18, 2012)
The Quilt Market continues to be alive and well
with new exhibitors, new products, creativity, and excitement.
According to show personnel, the recent Quilt Market in Kansas City
was attended by 14% more pre-show enrollees and 52 new exhibitors.
Most exhibitors I spoke with reported having a great show, some even
indicating that it was better than the Fall market in Houston.
Several words come to mind to describe this
show. "Pink," as in the Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj-inspired hair color
seen on quite a few attendees;, "Modern" as in the Modern Quilt
Guilds; and "Chevron," as in the numerous chevron designed patterns
seen in the fabrics on display and quilt patterns. (Chevron patterns
are strong in home déc as well, and I attended the New York
Stationery Show and Surtex show right after QM, and chevron designs
were everywhere; more on that later.)
Prior to attending this market, when I thought
of the word "modern," it was usually associated with Modern Art,
Modern Dance, or Modern Architecture. Now, modern has taken on a new
meaning, having attended the Modern Quilt Guild's meet-and-greet
reception. I had been hearing about this movement recently and was
glad to have an opportunity to learn more. Thanks to the Internet,
the sharing of ideas and techniques has led to a new generation of
quilters, learning from each other through blogs and YouTube videos,
and making quilts that follow no rules or guidelines. At the meet
and greet, many were meeting in person for the first time.
Evidence of the influence of this movement was
seen on the show floor in quilt displays and in the presence of new
exhibitors. Several in particular caught my eye, including, Carolyn
www.carolynfriedlander.com featuring a bold, graphic quilt in
her booth. Tula Pink presented an innovative approach to
pirate/witch/Halloween with her Night Shade collection, a
very dramatic print story. Also shown were her great looking prints
in cotton, voiles, and laminates.
As for trends in colors and designs, pretty
mid-bright colors prevail: coral and turquoise, red and turquoise,
green and turquoise, pink and yellow, and turquoise and pink ground
colors were strong.
One color used with white was also strong in
many of the print motifs, seen in the new print collection from
Lotta Jansdotter and Windham Fabrics,
www.windhamfabrics.com Black and white was a standout in the QR
(quick response) quilt on display in the Riley Blake Booth. This
quilt had 5QR codes in it to demonstrate how quilting meets
technology. Color and white looked especially good in the bold
chevron patterns, also in their booth.
The chevrons from Cloud 9 Fabrics were pastel
colored and very pretty. Mod Basics from Birch Fabrics was
fresh looking with white plus color used for simple motifs featuring
bicycles, elephants, and dots.
One-way designs in simple motifs was another
strong print direction. Cloud 9 Fabrics presented a new collection
by Ed Emberley, best known for his children's books. These fabrics
featured alligators, elephants, other jungle and barnyard animals on
100% certified organic cotton.
Hand embroidery is on the rise, from Penguin &
Fish, a relatively new company at Market with a line of patterns and
kits for their absolutely charming motifs and now available on
fabric from Clothworks Textiles.
More hand embroidery patterns are available
from SarahJane Studios featuring the world of pirates, mermaids, and
sailboats, another strong print direction available on coordinating
with fabrics from Michael Miller.
The look of hand embroidery also appeared in
the new fabric collection from Moda, "the ladies' stitching club, by
oliver + s. More nauticals appeared at Cloud9 and Dear Stella.
Having loved Liberty of London prints on the
famous Tana Lawn fabric from my days at Simplicity Pattern Co., I
was especially thrilled to see the Liberty Art Fabrics booth at the
show with the exquisite Bloomsbury Gardens/Craft Collection.
These fabrics are truly classics and never seem to go out of style,
having inspired "Liberty type prints" for years.
New patterns, books, and tools are always fun
to discover, and several caught my eye. Geared for Guys is a
new book by Emily Herrick, featuring eight fabulous patterns
designed with "guys" in mind.
Noble Notions presented several tools for
assisting in quilting and machine quilting, including the
Qulter's Clamp and new patterns for a picnic caddy and notions
Vanilla House designs featured several adorable
children’s patterns for bibs.
Soft-sculptured dolls took on a fresh and
innovative look in the new patterns from Freddie’s Friends. Olive
the Owl, Ronny the Robot, and their other friends are colorful and
Prairie points just got easier with the
Prairie Pointer tool from Pieces Be With You® and Susan K
Cleveland. I especially loved her flair for embellished points.
Another great tool is her Groovin' Piping Trimming tool.
McCall’s Creates launched the new Paper
Quilt Creations kits for fabric and paper piecing to make wall
art, greeting cards, and note cards -- perfect for those consumers
that enjoy fabric and/or paper crafting.
Speaking of greeting cards, this is the perfect
segue to the New York Stationery Show. Nearly 800 exhibitors and
11,000 buyers attended this annual show at the Javits Center in New
York. For those seeking art and design exhibitors, Surtex® takes
place at the same time and takes up a section of the floor that had
been previously used by past exhibitors. The floors at both shows
were busy and exhibitors reported having a good show.
As mentioned above, chevrons were everywhere,
often combined with stripes and checks. Other strong themes for
print motifs were cities, most notably Paris with Eiffel towers
showing up often in combination with other prints. Owls, foxes,
vintage bicycles, high heels, 60's influence, jungle prints (often
with alligators), and nautical motifs were seen in a number of
products and color ways. One new motif at Stationery was whimsical
moustaches, also seen at Quilt Market in the Alexander Henry booth.
According to a color trend presentation given
by Stylesight for Fall/Winter 2013, expect to see greyed-out
neutrals inspired by wood and nature, gold and bronze, pink and
green with bright accents of yellow, blue and teal with an oil slick
effect, and whitened pastels. They, too, see chevron designs
continue as well as vintage tapestries, floral bouquets, border and
scarf prints, and the 60's influence.
After walking three shows in five days, it is
easy to see the influence one market has on another. With current
concerns about the economy in a year of the Olympics and a
Presidential election, it is reassuring to see the vast display of
creativity that continues to be one of the greatest strengths of
(Note: Ellie is president of Ellie Joos
& Associates, a marketing, pr, and product development firm. To
contact Ellie, call 908-459-9269 or email