I'm back with more observations from Quilt Con. If you missed my first set of trends, feel free to check them out too.
Circles or Quarter Circles
Drunkard's Path blocks of all arrangements seemed to be everywhere. While this compositional unit has been around since the 1800's, I have noticed a recent resurgence. It's difficult to derive how this came about, but some possible instigators are Leanne Charley, Amanda Hohnstreiter,
Angela Pingel who wrote A Quilter's Mixology, Jen Carlton Bailey, Latifah Saffir, and Cheryl Arkison.
Pixels came on the scene a bit ago, but they are still going strong. If you want to try this yourself, I recommend watching the free Craftsy class and checking out my previous post on the subject.
Put a Word on It
Literally making a statement is another trend that has maintained popularity. Messages ranged from emotionally-charged statements like "I AM A WOMAN WHOSE CHILD IS DEAD" (Self-Portrait: Year Two (Beneath the Surface) by Penny Gold) to song lyrics such as "TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?" Adrianne from On The Windy Side had a feminist-minded quilt juried into the show called Tough Titties. You can read about it in her blog post.
I'm going to make a trilogy of my observations, so please come back tomorrow to see the rest.