Every season I like to see what trends are showing up in Brick & Mortar, online stores, blogs, and in the hands of other quilters. There are always lots of predictions, but seeing what shows up in quilting projects is a whole other matter.
I love checking the Pantone 2013 home dec report, above, which usually is published at least 6 months in advance. So what am I observing? The pantone colors are showing up in fabrics, particularly in the solids.
Prints that are popular are including animals, letters, numbers, sheet music, even a scrabble print. I’ve been seeing a lot more cats than in years past. Also a lot of hexagons, geometric shapes and chevrons, and not only in fabric, but quilt block designs.
Blenders seem to be tone on tone, which are really pretty and versatile. See http://www.cottonpatchquiltshop.com/shop/Whats-New/White-on-White-and-Black-on-Blacks.htm from the Cotton Patch Quilt Shop. Also take note of their very cool sale.
I will say that one of my favorite new lines is from Patrick Loose, called Dazzle, http://patricklose.blogspot.com/These bright tones with simple designs on them are beautiful and fun.
Search the web and blogs and let me know what you are seeing in quilt and fabric trends.