Summer is alive with quilt shows, museum exhibitions, shop hops, and quilt camps, so if a vacation is in the works, be sure to plan accordingly. Whether you take a day trip or a longer getaway, chart an itinerary that includes some quilt-related stops for inspiration and ideas. Also, while you're out and about, visit a quilt shop or two along the way. No travel plans? Search the web for quilting events in your area or state, and organize a short outing with friends. One site in particular, Quilt Shows Quilt Guilds Worldwide (quiltguilds.com), is a wonderful resource for quilt happenings and shows.
Plenty of inspiration can be found in this issue of Quilt Trends. Whether you're looking to make a bed quilt, wall décor, or something in between, the projects in these pages are sure to spark your creativity. Many of them are quick to assemble and make ideal seasonal décor. Keep an eye out for our cool beach and camping-themed quilts. They're such fun ways to give your home a fresh outdoorsy look.
For inspiration 24/7, we look at how sewing is evolving socially. Blogger, designer, and author Lindsay Conner describes different ways to connect with other quilters via online swaps, groups, and bees (page 82). Social media opens the door to a variety of quilting activities and people all over the world.
Whether you're traveling or enjoying summer in your own backyard, set time aside for classes, guild meetings, and shows; swap fabric and ideas with friends; and keep challenging yourself—that's the fun part of quilting!
Lavender Fields by Patti Carey
Lavender Fields consists of simply pieced sprig blocks, basket blocks, and bargello sections in a size that is ideal for displaying on a wall or using as a throw. A perfect quilt for first-time bargello piecers, the smaller sections in this design will pave the way for future, more complex projects. Kitting Info. kitting info
Gelato by Valori Wells
Delicious colors, intricate prints, and simple blocks combine in this carefree summer project. Mix and match Quill fabrics as desired—the prints blend perfectly with each other. Designer Valori Wells created these fabrics to reflect friendship, generosity, and the connection and companionship of best friends. kitting info
Drifting by Melissa Corry
There's something about the turquoise sea, white beaches, and radiant sunsets of the Caribbean that set the mind and body at ease. This was the inspiration behind the fabrics used in this quilt, as well as the design itself. Drifting, with its soft summery prints and simple piecing, embodies tranquility. Nine large blocks arranged in rows, which are then sewn together and quilted with an allover wave and swirl pattern, make this an ideal summer project. kitting info
Elements by Diane Arganbright and Patricia Sue Nelson
Add sophistication and beauty to any room with this exotic full-size quilt, which is composed of texture-rich earth-tone fabrics. The large blocks in the quilt center are deceivingly simple to assemble and create an ideal setting for the lush feather and foliage prints. Stitch up extra blocks or block units to make coordinating pillow shams! kitting info
Calypso Bed Runner by Diane Arganbright and Patricia Sue Nelson
Add a splash of bold, bright color to your bedroom décor with the Calypso Bed Runner. Specially designed to drape across the foot of a bed, it can also be used as festive table décor. Make this quick and easy project in a single weekend using playful prints and fusible appliqué. kitting info
Road Trip by Melissa Lunden
Road Trip is a quick, stressfree, fun summer project. Outdoor motif prints, cut in a variety of widths, are stitched together randomly and then trimmed in this roundabout design. Retro 1950s and 60s prints, featuring station wagons, campers, and Volkswagen Buses, will bring back memories for baby boomers who spent family vacations camping or traveling cross-country. kitting info
Cooling Off by Sue Harvey and Sandy Boobar
Pair a fun summer-theme novelty print with coordinating seaside fabrics to create a beach lover's dream quilt! Cooling Off is an easy-to piece design that showcases lively prints from the Summertime collection—an ideal quilt for decorating a bedroom, beach house, or lake cottage. kitting info
Seascape by Ebony love
There is nothing like a mix of stunning oceanic prints in soft shades of coral, gray, and blue to convey a sense of peace and harmony. Seascape is a simple to piece design that uses a cohesive mix of seashell, angelfish, and coral motifs to complement summer décor. kitting info
Ophelia by Cathy Anderson
This soft, sophisticated twin size quilt is at home in either a contemporary or traditional setting. Ophelia features easy Dresden Plates stitched together quickly and then appliquéd onto a luxurious damask background. This is an ideal quilt for confident beginners looking to sharpen their appliqué skills. kitting info
Utopia by Deanne Moore
Utopia features stunning prints and easy construction— simply sew strips together to create large blocks and then combine them with exquisite floral squares. The graphic florals and vibrant tonals of the Shangri-La fabric collection (also available in rich blues and earth tones) will be the center of attention in any room and every season. kitting info
Street Art by Mary Patterson
Street Art can be completed this summer, just in time to send off with a college-bound student. This contemporary quilt is composed of large pieces and simple straight-line sewing. Stephanie Brandenburg highlights urban trends in her latest Street Smarts—All City collection, which pairs bold vibrant colors with popular peace sign and graffiti prints. The resulting fabrics are ideal for youthful quilts, room décor, and accessories. kitting info
Roos on the Run by Diane Arganbright
Roos on the Run was designed as a free-form design-as-you-go project. The landscape background is pieced from long wavy strips of vibrant Australian-themed fabrics (no templates required) and can be finished in any size you'd like. This is a great project to try curvy rotary cutting and piecing for the first time, as the curves are gradual and subtle, which makes sewing them surprisingly easy and rewarding. Leave off the appliqués if desired, or add just a few! kitting info
Windmills by Gerri Robinson
To attract both traditional and modern quilters, designer Gerri Robinson chose a basic block and beautiful prints in shades of blue, brown, and cream. Windmills allows for easy summer piecing with plenty of negative space to showcase elaborate quilting. This lap quilt can be made larger by adding block rows and/or a coordinating striped border. kitting info
Drifting by Melissa Corry
Some of the most notable quilting trends can be seen at quilt festivals and industry trade shows, among the many aisles of colorful displays bursting with fabrics, designs, and anything quilt related. Here are just a few of the more prominent trends.
Patti Carey: Doing What She Loves by Suzanne Smith Arney
Canadian quilter Patti Carey attributes much of the success and happiness she has achieved in her career to the support she receives from her family. As vice president of public relations for Northcott Silk, an international distributor and converter of fabric for the quilting, craft, and home decor industries, Patti works specifically with the marketing/sample department in the Ontario office. Connecting consumers, businesses, media, and artists to Northcott and finding the best way to showcase each new fabric collection is her specialty. To that end, Patti has honed her skills as a designer, trade show maven, consultant, creative solutionist, avid quilter, and regular contributor to Quilt Trends.
Quick Weekend Projects
•Playing Hooky Wall Hanging
•Weversible Wavy Watch
•Ready-to-Roll Bike Pouch
•Grand Finale Patriotic Wall Hanging
•Patchwork Patriotic Table Runner
Quilting Swaps, Groups, and Bees via Social Media by Lindsay Conner
Quilters around the world are turning patchwork from a solo hobby into a social affair. They connect through social media applications and sites to swap ideas, fabric, finished quilt blocks, and even handmade gifts!
Quilting fiction from American Quilter's Society.