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Trend Talk: Neon

Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!

Warmer weather calls for hot colors! And you can’t get much hotter (or trendier) than neon fabrics. Coming in subtle prints, bold designs, and standout solids, neons are perfect for adding a pop of color to your sewing projects — or sew with all neons for an attention-grabbing quilt. No matter what you’re style, neons are taking over for summer.

 

 

Neon items for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):

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Spring Quilt Market 2014: Part 2

See more pictures from Quilt Market here.

 

Clothworks announced their American Made Brand of solids

 

Hoffman Fabrics had a cute camping display using new fabrics

 

We wish we had this cute Michael Miller quilt hanging in our sewing room.

 

Always the happiest fabrics at the Moda booth for Me & My Sister

 

A cute owl quilt in the AdornIt booth

 

Camelot Fabrics displayed a bright neon pop in their booth

 

Andover had a trendy feather-look quilt from Alison Glass in their booth (Spot the Downton Abbey in the back?)

 

More brights in the AccuQuilt booth

 

Beautiful batiks hanging in the Timeless Treasures booth

 

Tula Pink’s new line Moon Shine for FreeSpirit is on our must-have list

 

Rich colors were the star in Kansas Troubles Quilters’ booth

 

Shannon Fabrics debuted their precuts and displayed the softest quilts

 

Editor Lindsay and designer Elizabeth helped Olfa celebrate 35 years

 

Quilting Treasures was right on trend with a navy and coral quilt

 

Fig Tree & Co’s booth for Moda Fabrics was cheerful and cozy

 

Two of our editors meet with the folks from Camelot Fabrics

 

A crowd gathered to see designer Tim Holtz work magic with his Sizzix machine

 

Designer Pam Buda’s booth has some beautiful and scrappy quilts

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Spring Quilt Market 2014: Part 1

This past weekend the staff of American Patchwork & Quilting traveled to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. We met with fabric companies, fabric and quilt designers, book publishers, and product developers to find the very best projects and tools for our magazines! We’re very excited about everything we saw and can’t wait to share it with you in future issues. Get a sneak peek at some photos we took and the trends we’re seeing! See more pictures here.

 

Our booth at Quilt Market

 

Past and future Quilt Sampler quilts hanging in our booth

 

Presenting Quilt Sampler awards and showing off quilts to shop owners

 

View of the show floor from above

 

Our Stitches to Savor expert Sue Spargo had beautiful embellished quilts in her booth

 

Dear Stella showcased their mini polka dot fabrics in a hanging heart quilt

 

Henry Glass & Co. showed off new fabric lines in a springtime display

 

Our podcast host Pat Sloan had the cutest sewing machine wall hanging in her booth

 

A huge line waits for Handi Quilter ambassador Angela Walters to sign her book

 

We couldn’t get enough of this Michael Miller Fabrics houndstooth print

 

We can’t wait to get Aurifil thread to match all our favorite fabric lines

 

Our Quilts and More cover star Kim Christopherson had the cutest quilts for every season

 

Pat Bravo’s new line for Art Gallery Fabrics is stunning

 

Darlene Zimmerman’s booth for Robert Kaufman was so cute

 

Editor Lisa checks out new projects and gorgeous quilt at Coats & Clark

 

Get all your kitchen essentials patterns in Amy Barickman’s booth for Indygo Junction

 

Can you spot the deer in Emily Herrick’s booth for Michael Miller Fabrics?

 

We’re still drooling over these Kona Cotton solids

 

One of the most talked-about fabric at Quilt Market was the release of RJR Fabrics new division Cotton and Steel

 

Falling Leaves from Northcott has such rich colors that are perfect for fall

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Blogs We <3 This Month

Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!

 

 

A Quilting Life

If you know Sherri McConnell, you’ll know that she truly does lead a quilting life. As a Moda fabric designer, quilt designer, and author, her blog serves as inspiration to the quilting community. Her blog posts range from current projects and new patterns to blog hops and creative tutorials. Plus, her projects are happy and bright, making it impossible to leave her blog without feeling better!

Read her blog here. 

 

 

Pink Penguin

Ayumi Takahashi is a pattern designer and author with a playful sense of style! Her patchwork patterns are fun and practical–ranging from baby toys to bags. She has a creative eye for putting fabrics together for a unique project. Also, her paper-pieing skills are truly amazing and will motivate you to try her patterns!

Read her blog here.

 

 

Film in the Fridge

Ashley Newcomb is pretty much the cutest! Her designs (some free!) are hip, surprising, and still last the test of time. Her quilts are airy and work with lighter colors, which makes them easy to imagine in other colorways for anyone exploring for their next project. Plus, her blog posts pack personality, so you feel like you have a quilting friend through the computer!

Read her blog here.

 

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Trend Talk: Feathers

Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!

We don’t know if it’s a sign of spring, but feathers are hot right now. We’ve been seeing them on fabric and in patterns–and we can’t resist. We’re flocking to them! Whether it’s an entire quilt with pieced or applique feathers for a modern twist on blocks, or little peeks of fabrics for a nod to nature, we’re ready to ruffle our feathers and fly with this trend! See how to add this hot trend to your quilting.

 

 

Feather items for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):

 

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