10 quilt trends to watch out for in 2020

Cool greens! Hand quilting! All the curves! Join us for a sneak peak at the looks, palettes and design themes that are on the up in 2020

Modern orange peel quilt pattern

Some design trends in the quilting world are so dear to our hearts that they’ll endure for years (we’ll never desert you EPP hexies or triangle quilts). But we also love to see fresh looks and technique trends emerge and evolve in the quiltosphere.

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Watch out for these upcoming trends that are set to fill up your Instagram feeds in 2020.

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Straight line quilting

Simple, uncluttered and speedy to quilt – the trend we can all get on board with! See it in action in Amy Sinibaldi’s wall art made with her Mayfair collection for Art Gallery Fabrics.

© Amy Sinibaldi and Art Gallery Fabrics
Amy Sinibaldi uses straight line quilting and her Mayfair fabric collection in this understated and soothing quilt design for Art Gallery Fabrics. Get the pattern in their Mayfair Fabric Lookbook.
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Stripes ahoy!

Don’t just wear them, sew them. Stripes have taken over our wardrobes and they’re inspiring some pretty awesome quilts too. QuiltCon 2020 celebrated this trend with it’s Stripe Challenge quilt category. Sew the look with striped quilt tops and blocks, back your quilts with candy-striped fabric or play around with stripy binding (though we’ve yet to try all three on the same quilt). Brittany Lloyd’s new Homecoming Quilt pattern, gets playful with modern stripes. As if she didn’t already have us hooked on striped effects with her 2019 Interwoven quilt.

Lo and Behold Stitchery Homecoming Quilt
Homecoming Quilt © Lo & Behold Stitchery
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Cool curves

Goodbye straight seams, hello curves! If you haven’t embraced curved piecing yet, now’s the time. You’ll find curves a joy to stitch, from circles to rings to Orange Peel blocks.

Give the orange peel block an appliqué update with this Midnight and Mustard quilt by Art Gallery Fabrics. Find the pattern in issue 84 of Love Patchwork & Quilting.

Modern orange peel quilt pattern
Midnight and Mustard Quilt by Art Gallery Fabrics
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Go green

We mean literally, as well as sustainably! Robert Kaufman’s Color of the Year announcement is the spellbinding, Enchanted. A few of our favourite quilt designers, including Emily Dennis of Quilty Love, have already whipped up some of their bestselling designs with Enchanted and some coordinating Kona Cottons. See for yourself over at robertkaufman.com.

We can’t wait to get the look and cut into some glorious greens from our stash.

Kona Colour of the Year Night Stars Quilt Quilty Love
Emily Dennis, Night Stars quilt
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Hand stitching

Sewing by hand, rather than machine, is on the rise, so look out for Sashiko stitching and hand quilting in 2020, as we rediscover the soothing power of ditching our machines in favour of a needle and thread. It’s about the process, not about the destination.

Shannon Fraser’s latest pattern, Cloud Surfing shows the this look perfectly. She’s featured Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten‘s Oval Drunkard’s Path templates to nail the curves trend too.

Shannon Fraser Designs Curvy Abstract quilt

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Embrace Improv

Ditch the rule book and learn to love wonky piecing! We predict a rise in Improv quilts throughout 2020, championed by designers like Nick Ball (whose quilt is pictured below) and Arianna Caggiano. If you’re in need of more inspiration, check out the #improvtrianglesewalong hashtag over on instagram.

Nicholas Ball Triangle Colour Study III improv quilt
Close up detail from Nick Ball’s Triangle Colour Study III – as shown at this month’s QuiltCon. Photo © Nicholas Ball via instagram @quiltsfromtheattic
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Seventies style

Unless you’ve missed the mustard yellow explosion on the high street, or the mid Century Modern vibes in our homes, this retro trend will see 70’s-design showing a clear influence in fabric collections and quilt patterns.

Take one look at the Ruby Star Society fabric collections to see that Andy Warhol influences are hot stuff right now or get your nostalgia hit from Dana Willard’s debut collection for FIGO Fabrics, Butterscotch (below). It’s brimming with cheery florals and fun, retro icons, inspired by Dana’s grandma’s homey yet stylish house in the 1970s.

Dana Willard Butterscotch FIGO fabric
Biscuit-tin prints that make our hearts hop! Quilt the look with the new Butterscotch fabric collection.
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Solids we love you

Solids are set to be the fabrics of choice for modern quilters seeking impactful quilt designs this year. Look out for stripped back designs in solid fabrics for maximum design impact. Take Cloth & Crescent’s Perfect Storm quilt to see this look in action.

Cloth and Crescent perfect storm quilt
Piece up a solid storm with Cloth & Crescent’s Perfect Storm quilt pattern.
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Quilters just wanna have fun

Look out for the continued rise of playful quilts in your instagram feeds and homes – who says quilts have to lack a sense of humour? Designers are using winning fabric combos to create illustrative effects with a fun twist, whether it’s with foundation paper piecing, appliqué or traditional piecing.

It’s not too late to join in with Jemima Flendt’s Rainbow Popsicle Quiltalong or tuck into Susan White’s Breakfast Club quilt pattern, as seen in Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 84.

And yes, both these examples do feature food motifs… maybe it’s time for lunch.

Breakfast Club Quilt

Off-kilter piecing

Because who says a quilt top has to be symmetrical? Rather than repeating the same combination of blocks and tones evenly across our quilt tops, this year we’ll be increasingly opting for a corner or specific area of extra interest in the design to inject with a colour boost or wow-factor.

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Give it a go – it’s a fun way to get outside of your comfort zone and try a creative approach to planning your quilts. As an added bonus, this look is tailor-made to showcasing those star fabrics that you’ve been reluctant to cut into or don’t have enough of for a full quilt top.

Quilt Trends Diamond Quilts
Jemima Flendt’s Electric Dreams Quilt, as featured on the cover of issue 63, featuring Tula Pink solids and stripes.