More about Market, but first...
I will skip the usual shot of the snow-capped table on my deck; it's not that interesting. The sun melted what was on the roads yesterday but couldn't melt the downed wires or big trees blocking everything in many places. When i got home last night I could see the piles on my street left by the plows and I cleaned the heavy, icy stuff off my windshield this morning. I am lucky. The high school has been turned into a shelter for those without power and school may be cancelled again tomorrow. Halloween was cancelled.
The last time NJ had snow in October was 1952, and then it was only a dusting.
On the other hand, look at my woods!! If this were a painting, it would be trite. But this is real. Oh, my.
OK - back to Market. As I walked around with my camera looking for trends, I finally decided there wasn't one that dominated. There were still plenty of brown, beige, muted repro fabrics for that segment of the market. Otherwise, I just saw more of what was fresh two years ago. Here are my highly skewed and unscientific observations...
VIVID COLORS/SIMPLE SHAPES
I really thought this was a gorgeous display.
ed note #1: Why people need an actual pattern for a four-patch surrounded by a frame is beyond me. Seems to me that any quilter with basic skills can cut squares and strips without needing a pattern.
HOME DEC FABRICS FOR QUILTS and everything else.
ed. note #2: The nesting instinct has taken over (it usually does in a depression) and I saw LOTS of charming, domestically themed prints being used interchangeably for quilts, slipcovers, pillows, aprons, tablecloths, placemats and bibs.Colors are soft and restful.
ed note #3: a hallmark of the "modern" quilt -- asymmetrical squares and/or rectangles set into a white background. Very lovely. Very impractical. White shows every dust particle, not to mention the substances that babies are likely to spit up onto these lovely items. What are these people thinking? Maybe I'll make a white quilt and find out.