Must-Try Trends of 2019


The end of the years brings out reflective moods and look backs, and it also reminds us that a season for making changes is just around the corner. One of our resolutions in 2019 was to try quilting trends past and present. Now we’re looking back at the Must-Try Trends of 2019.

Trend: Pictorial Blocks – Simple Piecing
What to expect: Learn to design blocks depicting objects using easy to piece 90-degree and 45-degree angles. No fancy tools needed!


Must-Try Trends 2019

Trend: Low Volume Quilts
What to expect: Select fabrics with little contrast to create dreamy quilts that bust your stash while creating a scrappy quilt with the “volume” turned down.


Trend: English Paper Piecing
What to expect: Hand-piecing lovers will find all sorts of tutorials and patterns from basic hexies to curved piecing. This is a great trend for on-the-go projects!


Trend: Lettering
What to expect: Let your quilt do the talking with lettering. From piecing to applique, there are so many ways to use your voice in quilting.


mosaic quilt

Trend: Mosaic
What to expect: Get inspired by mosaic quilts from the QuiltWeek contest and try the trend with an easy fuse-applique tutorial.


half rectangle triangles

Trend: Half Rectangle Triangle
What to expect: There are some basic units all quilters have in their repertoire—Flying Geese, quarter square triangles, half square triangles—and now you can add one more: Half Rectangle Triangles.


Must-Try Trends 2019

Trend: Foundation Paper Piecing
What to expect: Learn how to foundation paper piece with photo and video tutorials and even learn to design your own FPP patterns!


Must-Try Trends 2019

Trend: Collage Applique
What to expect: Learn to paint a picture with only fabric, fusible, and determination.


Must-Try Trends 2019

Trend: Mug Rugs
What to expect: Mug Rugs are larger than coasters, smaller than tabletoppers, and the perfect size for trying any trend.


In the new year…

We’ve had so much fun with Must-Try Trends in 2019. What quilting trend do you want to try in 2020? Is it a project or a technique? Any trend forecasts? Tell us in the comments!

Ready for more inspiration?

Check out our Must-Try Pinterest board full of trendy eye-candy to get inspired.

Have you tried this trend? Show us your creations in our Facebook group, AQS Quilting Project Parade. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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Bonnie Browning

How about some fun borders on the quilts?

Jan Canyon

Trending: Painted quilts.

Elizabeth Juby

I’d love to see more collage and fabric painting.