19 May 2017By Mark Hayhurst
The popularity of patchwork and quilting never seems to go away.
There are always changes and innovations that keep this format fresh and new.
Colours and themes change, new products and styles come to the market. So what is happening at the moment?
Susana Marambio, marketing director for quilting and patchwork distributor EQS, said: “There are a few trends that are still going strong, not only in sewing and quilting, but in fashion, interior design and crafting as well.
“They are buffalo plaids/checks, chambray and botanicals.
“Florals will always be strong in the quilting industry, but the major difference between them and botanicals, is botanicals are more realistic and less cutesy.
“We are also seeing a lot of succulents and cacti, as well as palm leaves and other tropical-inspired designs.
“Some styles that are super popular for us right now are novelty and fun such as Lovely Llama paired with our Llama Fur Minky, Llama Navidad and Conversation starters with fun names like, Eyes on Ewe.
“We’re also seeing a trend in bright and happy collections for kids. Tools of the Trade, with the woodgrain is the most popular, anything water/beach related: Mer-mates & Guppies for Lunch, Retro 50’s (animals and kids).
“While the colours that are trending are green (the Pantone color of the year is Greenery), brighter shades of blue, metallic and a bit of magenta are also popping up.
“On the other hand, other colours which are quite strong are Aqua (Luna, Mint, Aqua, Spa, Seafoam), Gray (Pewter, Nickel), Bright Pink (Magenta), Navy (Midnite, Cadet, Ink), Citron (Starfruit, Gold, Citrus) and bright and clean colours like our Gingham.
“One trend in fabric that is unique to Riley Blake Designs is the new release of Rose Gold Sparkle cottons. They have a new line of Rose Gold Basics, which we are already adding more basic prints to, as well as an upcoming collection called Yes Please that features Rose Gold Sparkle. Another collection which is getting a lot of attention is Tamara’s new collections, Frolic (available on cotton and knit).
Sarah Payne, freelance quilting teacher, designer and TV demonstrator also likes to keep an eye on what’s on trend.
She said: “I demonstrate lots of new products on Create and Craft, so I see new products as they hit the market, and I can see what people are spending their hard-earned cash on.
“One of the major trends to hit the shelves in 2017 is based around the idea of personalisation.
“We want our projects to be unique and to speak for us.
“Therefore being able to personalise something using an easy method while achieving top quality results is huge.
“I have seen two such products light up the TV screens this year.
“Threads Inkjet Printable Fabric. This is paper backed sheets of fabrics available in three types of cotton and four kinds of silk. They pass through any home inkjet printer and are almost immediately ready to use in your
“It is soft and doesn’t need heat setting. The perfect way to add personal fabrics to any project.
“The second is screen sensation home screen printing system. It’s so easy to use and fuss free, produce professional quality screen prints from your own home. A business in a box.
“Both of these new products allow all sewers to work like professionals and produce our own unique works of stitching art.”
Dani Phillips, managing director Visage Textiles Ltd & The Craft Cotton Co, believes that cotton is still king.
He said: “Cotton remains the most popular fabric in patchwork and quilting with denim and chambray influences coming through.
“For colour at the moment Greys and Neutrals are popular while Tropical and Scandi themes are hot.
“The Crossover into apparel is growing so companies such as Camelot Fabrics and Cloud 9 are well placed to take advantage of this trend.
“While Cotton and Steel have very strong design.”