Fabric Forecast 2009: Three Designers

To help kick off the new year, I asked many fabric sellers, designers, and manufacturers the same question:

Where is the fabric world (or your corner of it) going in 2009?

Today, three designers share their plans for the upcoming year:


Birdie Damask, from the Andalucia collection by Patty Young

Patty Young, designer of the debut collection Andalucia for Michael Miller Fabrics:

My little tiny corner of the fabric world: I plan to release a new fabric collection with Michael Miller Fabrics at Spring Quilt Market (May 2009) and debut my first line of boutique sewing patterns sometime between March-May 2009. It’s too soon to tell what will be going on around Fall Quilt Market, but knowing me and my masochistic self, I’ll probably have some new goodies by then too. Happy New Year, fabric friends!


From Funquilts’ Wild Bunch collection

Weeks Ringle of FunQuilts, designer (along with her husband Bill Kerr) of Wild Bunch for RJR Fabrics:

Thanks for asking. We have lots in the works for 2009. We turn 10 in 2009 so we’re re-launching our website in January with a store that will sell fabric, patterns, books, etc. I’ll be starting a blog called Craft Nectar in the next couple of weeks. The blog will be similar to the posts I did for Whipup, including tips, ideas, sources and free patterns for projects other than quilts. On newsstands beginning in early February, our Balancing Act quilt (made with the Wild Bunch fabrics) will be included in the Expert Issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. This issue looks to be fantastic as they have included 101 tips from “expert” quiltmakers. We’re recolored our Many Hands Blankies, made by developmentally disabled adults here in Chicago and have added a cute penguin pattern as well. We’re also working on our fourth book so we have lots of quilts in the works right now. I’ll show sneak peeks of each one on Craft Nectar.


Floating Buds by Amy Butler, part of her Midwest Modern II collection

Amy Butler, of Amy Butler Design and Westminster Fibers:

I recently read that the downturn in the economy resulted in more people handcrafting their gifts this holiday season … and that sales of handcrafted items have been up considerably as well. More people are valuing what all of us have loved for ages! Fabric sets the tone for many of these projects, and using vivid, colorful prints can make us feel more optimistic. Personally, my travels last year will come to life in my 2009 designs; I was fortunate to spend time in the U.K., Australia and Bali. Stay tuned!

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