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Backing Day is Wednesday, November 30th!

Here's a reminder from your friendly neighborhood Cotton Patch that Backing Day is this Wednesday, November 30th!  

If you're new here and don't know what Backing Day is...

Bring in your finished quilt tops (100% complete, no more borders to add, done) on the last day of the month and receive 25% off your backing of choice, even Clearance!

The usual rules apply:

  • If the last day of the month falls on a Sunday when we're closed, then Backing Day is the day before (Saturday). 
  • Discount valid on single-fabric backings only.  Sorry, this is not valid on several cuts of different fabrics for a pieced backing.  
  • Sale prices not combinable with any other offer (this includes deals from Five Stars, redeeming points, and coupons)
  • Sale prices good in-store only on the sale day and limited to stock on-hand. 

We can't wait to see what you've created - see you on the 30th! 


Quilt Market and Upcoming Trends

Well it's that time again!  International Quilt Market has come and gone and we get a sneak peek at what's coming up in the next year.  Sure, we are already making those orders, but we did see some cool stuff come out of Market we wanted to share.

Creative Grids, our ruler brand of choice here at the shop, is really making a strong effort at making their tools more accessible - they had a slug of new rulers made specifically for left handed quilters.  Diane and Lauren aren't lefties, but Myke here at the shop is and I'm sure he can tell you all about the frustrations of being a lefty using tools designed by righties.  Keep an eye out for those for your favorite southpaw quilter!

Everglow from Tula Pink is getting pushed hard.  If you haven't seen Everglow yet - WOW.  

The picture doesn't do those neons justice - and yes, we will be getting it! 

Last year we saw quilted themes re-emerge in popularity for clothing.  Target had a range of cottage-core dresses serving very much Little House on the Prairie + quilts:

Did I see this actual dress with the quilty stars on it?  Yes. Did I buy it and modify it?  Yes. Fight me.    

Some loved the trend, some hated it, but regardless it really took off.  From the looks of it though, it's not going to slow down one bit.  Quilted jackets were featured at Schoolhouse at Market so we expect to see more in the way of wearables to make it over into the quilting world in the coming months.

The statement this year has been clear - modern isn't a niche anymore and it is definitely here to stay.  What's been really great though is we are seeing more in the way of modern patterns and prints that are more "useable" and translatable for more traditional quilters.   

Interestingly, there are a lot of vintage vibes coming too.  Look for this to come out in retro holiday prints (yep, that kitschy pink will make an appearance for both Halloween and Christmas), calico-esque small prints, and flower child throwbacks.  

Mauves and plaids will be coming in strong, but it also looks like farmhouse chic (think Chip & Joanna) is starting to find its way out.  I'm not gonna lie, my heart isn't breaking there (for the love, save me from wainscoting and shiplap).  For kids, forest animals are a big theme again. 

I can hear mom groaning from here, but y'all...gadgets and gizmos were hot as usual.  It looks like bag construction is making a comeback so we saw a lot in the way of utilitarian tools more specific to bag making and that kind of sewing projects.  Moda is really trying to make those jelly roll rugs happen again, and it looks like they're still going to be a popular technique over the next few seasons.  

Love them or loathe them, digital prints are here to stay.  Fabric companies that have been a little slower to adopt digital printing are now starting to feature some digital lines and it looks like the industry is really throwing support behind digital printing overall.  One of the benefits of digital printing is the sharpness and clarity of the designs, and this is really shown off by the growing number of lines featuring photorealism.  I realize that's not for everyone, but digital prints will be harder to avoid as the months go on. 

Last of all...prices.  We have been singing the same sad song for months and unfortunately, this didn't change with Market.  Prices continue to rise, and they don't appear to be stopping.  Some manufacturers are rising higher than others, but we're seeing increases across the board.  As always, we remain committed to keep prices as reasonable as we can (without violating the various MSRP rules we now must follow) to keep the art of quilting accessible in our communities.  

I encourage you to check out all of the social media accounts for the major companies - Free Spirit, Moda, Art Gallery, Creative Grids, etc. - where you can really get a good (and free!) look at what they have coming.  The only things that won't be super accessible and behind a login/paywall will be from the event itself (since it's not open to the public at the time).  It's always so cool to hear the designers themselves talk about their new lines.  

What are you looking forward to seeing in 2023?  Share in the comments!