Spring Quilt Market, if you’ve been on Instagram at all this week, is coming up this weekend in Minneapolis. In the spring, Market is usually a smaller, more laid-back affair. There aren’t as many vendors (or fabric lines, for that matter), and I’m guessing QuiltCon probably made a dent in this year’s attendance as well. I might be wrong. In any event, I’m a regular fall attendee, but this time I’m #notgoingtomarket.
BUT: I am still really excited for new trends and developments headed our way from Minneapolis! From new book titles to new fabric lines to new substrates, here’s my list of Spring Market’s most anticipated releases… and I’m looking forward to some surprises too.
- It looks like several industry people are releasing their own fabric lines for the major manufacturers this spring! I’m looking forward to Pie Making Day from Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics. Made by RJR, the line looks like a take on retro feedsack prints, but in an updated palette. Cool! I’m also excited for more closeups from Jeni Baker‘s Curiosities for Art Gallery and Rain Walk by Anna Graham of Noodlehead fame for Cloud 9. Aesthetically, it looks like florals are the name of the game for Spring Market. I’m not seeing a ton of other themes at this point, but we’ll see what else we find this weekend.
- Speaking of Noodlehead, Anna also has a new book coming out for Lucky Spool: Handmade Style. (She must be exhausted.) Looking forward to seeing some of the projects from this one, as well as several offerings from C&T: a modern Scandinavian sewing book, a collection of Christmas projects from Kim Shaefer, and a ton of garment books.
- And on the substrate front, the offerings from the big manufacturers just continue to expand. Cloud 9 will now be offering double gauze in addition to their voile, knits, canvas, barkcloth, corduroy and others. Robert Kaufman will continue to expand its popular Mammoth and Shetland Flannel lines (YAY!) and are introducing new substrates this month like velveteen.
I’ll be back next week with a full report, but that’s it for now. What have I missed? What are you guys the most excited to see from Spring Market 2015?