Melanie from A Sewing Journal is back with this month’s really beautiful snapshot of recent sewing trends. You’ll want to stitch up a new dress and add a zig or zag to your next project after you take a look at Melanie’s finds. You can learn more about Melanie on her blog, A Sewing Journal, via Twitter and on Facebook.

Join me as I look at some of the wonderful sewing projects I’ve found from around the handmade community. I love to peruse Flickr, Pinterest and blogs to see what you are making!

Zig zag quilts! Zig zags are popular everywhere and we’ve seen them in quilts for years now. Clockwise from top left: Ziggy Puff Quilt (pattern, kit and/or finished quilt) by Honeybear Lane, vintage quilt from the Pomeroy Living History Farm’s 13th Annual Quilt Festival that served as the inspiration to Monica Solorio-Snow’s Super Zig quilt, Super Zig (free pattern) by Monica Solorio-Snow (Happy Zombie) using her Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabric collection, Quilted Chevron Bedscarf Tutorial by Jessica of Sew Homegrown for Sew,Mama,Sew!, Zig Zag quilt crumpled by Lily Boot, dogs and quilts by That girl…That quilt (more about the quilt can be found here: Bliss {is a finshed quilt}).

Beautiful, berry colors are showing up in fall sewing. Clockwise from top left: Ogee Quilt Version 2 by Pickle Dish, Very Berry Quilt by needles and lemons, Ruffle Leggings by Soduel, Scrappy Journal by Stitched in Color, Simple Children’s Scarf Tutorial by Maureen Cracknell Handmade.

French knots can make quite an impression as a main design element of embroidery. Clockwise from top left: home by PataPri, French Knot Color Progression Piece by Sometimes I Swirl, Dapple Dots with French Knots pillow by Thomas Knauer for Fat Quarterly’s Shades of Grey Scrap Challenge, French Knot Flower Garden by minna.s.

Last month I noted in my column the emergence of orange in many fabric collections. This month I’m noticing a direction orange is taking, that of being paired with blue, as evidenced by these vastly different (in design) fabrics that use an orange and blue palette. Clockwise from top left: Paisley Amber from Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, Garden Blue from I Heart by Rashida Coleman Hale, House and Garden Edo from Misaki by Melissa White, Heron from Across The Pond by Michelle Engel Bencsko, Wildflower Field Blue from Far Far Away III by Heather Ross, Candy Blue from Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow.

Peter Pan Collars, as seen in these pieces made from the Violet Blouse by Colette Patterns, the Miz Moselle Dress by Jamie Christina and the Little Vicki Dress by Izzy and Ivy. Clockwise from top left: The Violet Blouse by Spool, Miz Mozelle in Nani Iro Knit by Lempo Bee, Making a Miz Mozelle dress by Flossie Teacakes, Little Vicki by simplybeu, Little Vicki Pattern Review by Destri of The Mother Huddle, My First Miz Mozelle by Lempo Bee, Violet Blouse by Needles and Haystacks.