Fall Quilt Market 2009: Let the Wrapup Begin

Isn’t it cute how I thought I would be blogging throughout Market? Yeah. I was going going going from 7am till midnight all weekend and then shut the place down yesterday. But I’m back home now and exhausted, and my voice sounds like I’m a chain smoker, but I had a wonderful time seeing friends again and meeting others for the first time, and of course seeing all the fabulous fabrics.

It’s official: there is too much good stuff out there. Only three years ago my kind of fabrics were few and far between and now I couldn’t even hope to document it all. Sure, that’s because I’ve come to appreciate a wider variety of fabrics, but it’s also true that fabric manufacturers are actively seeking to capture this contemporary/retro/hip/younger/whateveryouwanttocallit aesthetic. (The Fabric 2.0 crowd, if I may, Caroline?) Other big trends I saw:

  • a wider variety of basecloths for garment sewing, including cotton lawn, voile, and dobby
  • gray/neutrals combined with brights
  • muted color palettes
  • boy-leaning fabric and patterns
  • border prints
  • even more Japanese fabric, and American manufacturers working with Japanese designers

Posting will still be a little slow today but I’ll be picking up steam throughout the week. Enjoy!


  1. “Boy-leaning fabrics”? I’m guess you don’t mean camouflage. Any examples you can easily point to? I’m curious.

  2. Can’t wait to see pictures :) Sounds like so much fun!

  3. Mary P says:

    So glad to hear there will be more boy-leaning fabrics. I feel like “girly” has taken over a bit and it’s hard to find stuff appropriate for men and boys.

  4. Becky says:

    Glad you are home safe and sound even though you are tired.
    Can’t wait to see what you saw!

  5. Barbara says:

    I’ve enjoyed your posts about Market – now I’m off to the Festival myself tomorrow.

  6. I totally agree with the availability of awesome prints nowadays. I used to think about designing my own fabrics, but now I have sort of hung that idea out on a post. There’s so much out there already that I don’t know if I could be original!