2010 Reflections + 2011 Predictions ~ Kim Kight

on January 12 | in Interviews + Profiles, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 9 Comments

We’ve been fans of Kim from True Up since her Dioramarama days, when we eagerly followed the Modern Quilt-Along and swooned over her sewing. We followed the development of her
True Up
site with much excitement (it is “All Fabric, All the Time,” you know?!) and now we visit daily for her hard-hitting fabric news! There were no blogs devoted to fabric when Kim started True Up in 2008 and Kim is now an industry leader, giving us the scoop on designers, collections, trends, vintage fabric (she has an incredible stash) and pattern design. Kim has impeccable taste and is in the know… She was a natural go-to person for our reflections/predictions interviews! Read what Kim has to say and add your thoughts to the mix.

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?
Designer apparel fabrics and digital fabric printing. They were both around before this year, but this year they were really embraced by consumers. I think they’re both here to stay and we’ll only continue to see more diversity.

SMS: What were some of your favorite things?
I have a zillion favorite fabric collections, but the ones that stand out in my mind most (without having to go back and review my posts) were the Tammis Keefe Tribute collection by Michael Miller, Erin McMorris’ Weekends, and Nani Iro 2010.

SMS: What was your very favorite fabric collection or print?
Hooray for Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush velveteens!

Kim’s Baby Quilt

SMS: What was the best thing you made in 2010?
I didn’t get to make much of anything this year… I’m hoping that will change this year. I did get to make this simple quilt for my friend’s baby, quilted in a plaid pattern that I ended up really liking.

SMS: What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?
I think it’s a tie between Sherri Lynn Wood’s improvisationally-pieced Mod Mood Quilt and Melissa (All Buttoned Up)’s Proverbial Quilt (pattern by Denyse Schmidt).

Melissa’s Proverbial Quilt, All Buttoned Up

SMS: What do you think 2011 has in store?
I think the new wave of interest in sewing that has sort of hit its stride now, and as all these new sewists become more experienced, they are looking for more sophisticated fabrics. The quilting industry is doing TOO well of a job responding to that need! I think that designer cotton lawns, shirtings, velveteens, corduroys, cotton-linen blends, etc. will continue to do well, and that we’ll see plenty more of them in 2011. I also see prints moving away from cute and pretty and quilting-specific to more fashion-forward, edgy, and multipurpose.

SMS: Any bloggers, quilters, sewists or designers who you think will be rising stars in 2011?
Melody Miller! (Of Ruby Star Rising fame.)

Vintage Ladies Ivory from the Ruby Star Rising collection by Melody Miller for Kokka

SMS: Anything you’re ready for the world to get over?
Price wars and penny-pinching. I know most people don’t have unlimited fabric budgets, but I hate hearing about good businesses suffering because of customers valuing low prices over everything else. We all need to put our money towards shops that give us the most inspiration and best customer service.

We also need to remember that we are only getting the prices we are today because of cheap overseas manufacturing, which has all sorts of hidden costs (to the environment, to the domestic economy, to human rights…). Sigh… I have so much more to say about this, but I’ll get off my soapbox for now!

SMS: Any thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate? Predictions or wishes?
Ha, it’s not going as well as it is for you! One of my grade school teachers once told my parents that I don’t speak up in class discussions very often, but when I do, it’s a valuable contribution. I think (hope!) that tendency has carried over to my participation in Facebook and Twitter.

SMS: Can you tell us anything about what to expect from you in 2011? Any big projects, life changes or goals you can reveal?
Two big things, one personal, one professional. I can’t say anything about either yet, but I’ll allow guesses!

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9 Responses to 2010 Reflections + 2011 Predictions ~ Kim Kight

  1. Karee says:

    2011 will be rewarding for all. Love the self-reflection your interview brings for each of us. As we read Kim at True Up’s responses, I cannot help but answer the question myself.
    Sharing talents and thoughts is so fulfilling.

  2. melimba says:

    It’s great to have the tables turned and hear about Kim!
    Great interview! She is amazing.
    I’m with Wendy and Susanne, I’m thinking a book and a baby! Can’t wait to hear the news!!

  3. shannon says:

    great interview. i like what kim has to say about price wars and penny pinching. there are so many hidden costs. i’m hoping that we wills start to see a wave in revealing all the hidden costs of most of the things we consume and then have a less “throw away” society.

  4. Susanne says:

    A book and a Baby!!!! : D

  5. Wendy says:

    True Up is such a great resource and inspiration. I’m guessing the two big surprises are a baby and a book!

  6. Seanna Lea says:

    I love reading these snippets. And my guess for a personal (cannot talk about it yet) would be another baby! Even if I am wrong, it is a great personal thing that people don’t talk about for a while.

  7. Heather says:

    I love Kim’s predictions and I’m in almost total agreement. I can’t wait to see more sophisticated fabrics hit the scene and I think there is a resurgence of more traditional patterns which means the pattern makers really need to have more experience to make those patterns really look good.
    Thank you! for briefly getting on your soap box about the repercussions of low cost manufacturing overseas. This problem isn’t going away but with more awareness and people making more thoughtful consumer decisions hopefully we will be able to sustain a broader market of domestically made goods (and perhaps expand it?). Can’t wait to hear and see what’s in order for the new year for both SMS and TU!

  8. Corvus says:

    That Proverbial Quilt is amazing! And I agree on the price wars/penny pinching thing- while I don’t think people on a limited budget shouldn’t be able to sew (that is to say, I would prefer cost didn’t prohibit poorer folks from taking up a fantastic hobby that used to be such an essential feature of living frugally), I would rather invest in good fabric for a single project than lots of cheap fabric for lots of projects. Luckily, I think markets all over are trending towards conscious consumerism- look at the rise of “free trade” and “local” and such as valuable product buzzwords.

  9. My guesses: Baby & book, respectively.

    I love your response about the price wars, I hope that you will discuss it more on your blog for more people to understand it all.

    I never realized that True Up is also Dioramarama.

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