2019 quilting trends to watch out for

LPQ63 Colour Crazy by Lou Orth

Join us for a sneak peak at the looks, palettes and design themes that are on the up in 2019!

Some design trends in the quilting world are so dear to our hearts that they’ll endure for years; we have no intention of letting go of our low volume prints or ombre piecing. But we also love to see fresh looks and technique trends emerge and evolve in the quiltosphere.

Here are a few of our favourite trends that are set to fill up your Instagram feeds in 2019.

Main image (above): Colour Crazy by Lou Orth for issue 63: 2019 looks set to be the year of the triangle.

1. Texture boost

Cosy up!

Mirroring the wider interior trends sweeping the high street, expect to see an explosion of texture in the quilts that we make this year. We predict we’ll see more woven and varied fabrics creeping in, and look out for more embroidery too; this traditional technique is enjoying a well-earned revival.

Patchwork hexagons pouch

Kate Webber’s Busy Bees pouch from issue 66. Expect to see more linen and texture alongside hand stitching in 2019.

2. 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.

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.

LPQ63 Electric Dreams by Jemima Flendt

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

3. Stripes ahoy!

Don’t just wear them, sew them

As we type this, three members of the Love Patchwork & Quilting team are donning matching stripes by accident in the office! Stripes are taking over our wardrobes in 2019 and they’re set to inspire some pretty awesome quilts too.

Sew the trend 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).

Nicole Calver’s Candy Stripes quilt

4. Foundation Paper Piecing gets cute

Rejoice in its scrap-busting benefits & eye-catching results

FPP is enjoying a real boost throughout the quilting world and we’re officially hooked. It offers us the potential to expand our quilt designs beyond the limitations of traditional block piecing and we can’t resist its fun factor.

Have you spied all the super-cute patterns starring FPP animals lately? Jo Carter’s cat in a box and Sarah Elizabeth Sharp’s Love Bugs were among our top nine instagram posts of 2018, and we expect to see more creative Foundation Paper Piecing in the year ahead.

Farmers Market Block of the MOnth

Susi Bellingham’s Farmer’s Market Sewalong: little birdie featured in issue 52

5. Get clash happy with maximalism

More is… more

Boho prints have long captured our hearts and we’re looking forward to see more bravely clashing piecing, larger-than-life blooms and rich shades in the year ahead. Not for the faint hearted, this look calls for you to reach for busy patterns and bold palettes – you’ll be rewarded with cosy quilts that really stand out from the crowd.

Maximalist quilt

Jess Entwistle gets bold with her print placements in the Beginner’s Guide to Quilting.

6. Did someone say Quilt-along?

Join a virtual quilting bee

The online quilting community is a wonderful thing – warm, creative and supportive. It’s also a great excuse to get together for what are basically the modern-day-versions of traditional quilting circles.

Quilt-alongs (where designers and makers get together to share their different takes on the same design, using a common hashtag) topped our our highlights of instagram last year, from #greatbritishquilter to our very own #gingerbreadqal. And they’re going nowhere in 2019.

Get started this February with Pen + Paper Patterns’ #sweettreatquilt and #tacotruckquilt sewalongs on Instagram.

Pen and Paper Patterns Sweet Treat sewalong

Head over to @penandpaperpatterns to join in with Lindsey Neill’s February sewalongs. Image © Holly DeGroot.

7. Traditional piecing gets playful

Who says FPP has to have all the fun?

Foundation Paper Piecing isn’t the only technique that’s set to inject the fun factor in our 2019 quilts. Designers are getting increasingly playful with classic piecing techniques too.

Elizabeth Hartman has been the queen of this technique for a while now with her ever-popular designs from foxes to gnomes, and we’re loving seeing more and more designers switch up their patterns to adopt this look.

Cute Christmas quilt blocks by Gracey Larson

Gracey Larson shows just how super-cute traditional piecing can get with her Gingerbread House Quilt in issue 66.

8. Curves are in

Goodbye straight seams, hello curves!

There’s something mesmerising about curved elements in quilting and patchwork and 2019 will see this trend emerge to result in bold and beautiful quilt designs. If you’ve never tried curved piecing, now’s the time to dive in. You’ll find curves a joy to stitch, from circles to rings to Orange Peel blocks. Look out for more of this in upcoming issues.

All At Sea by Moira Carvalho

Curves make for striking design elements, as shown in Moira De Carvalho’s All At Sea quilt from issue 67.

9. Neutrals will calm our colour palettes

Calm your quilts & enjoy mindful sewing

As the nineties were to the eighties, so an injection of neutral tones and muted shades will offer a stark contrast to the neon and rainbow palettes of recent quilt trends. Look out for beautifully understated quilts in 2019, with designers also pairing back their quilt blocks to create less fussy patterns.

Lou Orth Cuddle Up quilt

Less is more: Cuddle Up by Lou Orth, as featured in issue 48

10. Triangles rule

Go go geo!

With their versatility, it’s no surprise that triangles are sweeping the quilting world. They’re easy to piece and create striking patterns. Look out for them appearing bigger and bolder this year.

Curved piecing by Daisy Aschehoug

Peach Peaks by Daisy Aschehoug, as featured in issue 63. Our hearts skip for mountain quilts!


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