With all the not-so-encouraging news coming from the financial markets on Wall Street, wouldn’t it be nice to hear some good news from the quilt market in Houston? Well, Viv and Heidi just got back from the Space City and after they showered and slept, I pounced on them to get the latest gossip. So, straight from their mouths to my typing fingers, here it is!
Solids. Everyone wants ‘em, and we’ve got ‘em. Our ladies were accosted at by every vendor trying to peddle their lines of solid fabrics. We’ve already got a good thing going however, with our over 40 bolts of solid fabric from P&B. These fabrics work wonderfully with the new modern quilt patterns found in City Quilts by Cherri House and The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartmen, and we’re getting more in on a steady basis.
Embellishments are still all the rage in the quilt world: buttons, ribbon, beading, and especially flowers. Flowers made from wool felt are popular, as are flowers made from normal cotton quilting fabric. Attach any of these embellishments to a quilt to make it “pop” and add dimension, to bags to add some flair, or even to the lapel of a blazer to fend off the winter blues. As with most things in the quilting arena, there are very few “right” ways of doing things. If you ask me, as long as it makes you happy, go for it. I would however, NOT recommend embellishing a significant other’s clothing while they sleep. Apparently guys don’t seem to like it when you bedazzle their favorite t-shirts without their consent. Hmm…who would have thunk it? I thought it looked great!
In addition to solids and embellishments, more and more alternative fabrics are coming into the quilt shop scene. Look for linens, coated and waterproof fabrics, knits, twill, and canvas coming this winter and spring…with fun patterns as well to give you ideas on how to use these new fabrics.
Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to mention the Quilts of Valor program. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to provide quilts to Armed Service members and veterans touched by war. As of the publish date of this blog entry, the total number of quilts given to Service members is 33,385. We here at Sew Inspired have made and donated several quilts to this program, and have purchased a line of fabrics designed by Moda specifically for Quilts of Valor. More information will be coming on Quilts of Valor’s new program “Under Our Wings” and when the new fabric will arrive, so be sure to check back. Until then, you can certainly read more about this wonderful foundation here.