Quilt Trends 2018

Here are our modern quilting predictions for the coming year.

Originally posted on January 23, 2018 by Cheryl Sleboda

Here at Modern Quilts Unlimited, we are always trying to guess the next hot trend.  As part of the turn of the new year, we thought it would be fun to let a few of the staff guess some predictions and see how right we are at the end of the year.  So, we put on our thinking caps and came up with a few.


Vicki Anderson, founder and publisher of the magazine, predicts,  “More and more people seem to follow the “color of the year” trends. This year Pantone has designated Ultra Violet (18-38380), and I am seeing it in fabric, yarns and paint colors everywhere. It is one of my favorites, so that makes me happy!  Robert Kaufmann Fabrics also picks a color for their Kona line, and they chose Tiger Lily – a lovely shade of orange/red.”

Pantone’s Ultra Violet
Robert Kaufmann Fabric’s Tiger Lily

Laurie Baker, the editor of Modern Quilts Unlimited, said, “I predict that mini quilts will continue to gain in popularity. What’s not to love? They’re a great way to try out a new technique, they’re easy to hang, and tiny things are cute.  I also think that more people will explore hand stitching, whether it’s embroidery,hand piecing, or hand quilting. Hand-stitching projects travel well, and you don’t need electricity!”

Cheryl Sleboda, the blogger for both Modern Quilts Unlimited and our sister publication Machine Quilting Unlimited, predicted, “Modern quilts have been using less and less low volume the last few years and have been becoming brighter and bolder, and I think that will continue.  Rainbow and ‘ROYGBIV’ are still going to be hot, but I think you are going to start seeing dark colors, including black, creeping into modern quilts. I also think modern quilters will start working in themes similar to art quilters, and take up subject challenges to stretch their skills.”

So that’s our predictions for hot trends this year!  Check back with us at the end of the year to see how accurate we were!  What are your trend predictions? Share them with us on our Facebook page here.


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