We hope you enjoyed our Sewing Industry Reflections and Predictions series this year. We’d like to thank our contributors for taking the time to thoughtfully reflect on sewing and fabric trends. Our own reflections and predictions are represented by the people we chose to be part of the series–they’re all individuals who impressed us in 2011 and who we expect will continue to be inspirational in 2012.

A selection from Amanda’s Bird-a-Month series.

Amanda Carestio: Amanda doesn’t just work with the talented authors at Lark Books, she is an amazing talent in her own right.  She sews, she embroiders, she works with felt and it’s all fabulous. We are very appreciative of her enthusiasm for everything she’s involved in–whether it’s part of her job or part of her hobby. Be sure to check out her work on her digs & Bean blog.

Amanda’s Neutral Quilt

Amanda Jennings: We were following lots of wonderful trends in 2011, including cross-stitching, traditional blocks-gone-modern, and sewing-in-real-life among others. We couldn’t help but notice that Amanda Jennings was involved in all of it. We love her Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery designs; we were blown away by the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along (which she organized with Angela of Fussy Cut); and we were sorry to have missed her class at Sewing Summit. Amanda is incredibly skilled with all things needle and thread and we’re sure we’ll see lots more from her in the coming year. Be sure to check out her blog, hey porkchop!

Michael Miller Color Stories Debut/ Spring 2011/ Salt Lake City

Kathy Miller: It’s my perception that most owners and CEOs in this industry are not very accessible to their customers and don’t seem to be very involved the public aspects of running the business. If you’ve ever been to Quilt Market, you know that this is not the case with Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics. She’s always there, setting up one of the best booths at the show,  which she most certainly had a hand in designing. She works alongside her employees, showing fabric and writing orders. She’s also extremely involved in choosing designers and forecasting trends. She has a passion for color and design that comes through loud and clear in everything the company does. Be sure to check out Kathy’s interview and take a look at all the new Michael Miller collections.

Tasia in the Minoru Jacket, a Sewaholic Patterns original.

Tasia Pona: Tasia is the owner of  the fabulous new company, Sewaholic Patterns. We love her designs, her very informative blog, and her wonderful attitude. We know we’ll be seeing great things from Tasia in the years to come.  Don’t miss the article she wrote for us and be sure to bookmark her Sewtionary–there’s tons of great information there that you’ll come back to over and over again!

Simple Simon & Company pajamas featuring Children at Play fabrics.

Elizabeth Evans & Liz Evans: If you’re on Pinterest, you most certainly know the work of Elizabeth and Liz  since their many wonderful Simple Simon & co tutorials for children’s clothing are pinned like mad.  And no wonder–every picture is adorable and their staging and photography are top-notch.  Seriously–do not miss their projects! Simple Simon is creative and fun and we absolutely can’t wait to see what they do next!

Katy’s favorite quilt, Hexagons featuring Anna Maria Horner fabrics.

Katy Jones: One thing we love about Katy is her ability to unify. Whether it’s colors, styles, or people, she brings them all together into something smashing. When it comes to fabric choices or quilt designs you never know if she is going to pick something completely modern, clean, traditional or girly-she seems to like them all (and do them all very well.) The same is true with people–she’s a great leader in the online community and the life of the party in person. She and the rest of the Fat Quarterly team are a constant inspiration. We can’t wait for their new book and whatever else 2012 will bring . Browse Katy’s blog, Monkey Do, and don’t miss her on Flickr.

Kim’s Improv Quilt

Kim Fraser and Stephen Fraser: We have endless respect for Kim and Stephen and the way they’ve built their business, Spoonflower, into a integral part of the sewing industry in just a few short years. We look forward to their weekly design contests which we use as an opportunity to check out new trends and place our bets on rising stars in the design world. We think their collaboration with Michael Miller was brilliant and hope to see more of the same in the future. We were so happy when they won the American Express contest on Facebook–they definitely deserved it! Be sure to follow the Spoonflower blog and their Facebook page for exciting updates, contests and new products.

Amy’s Graduation Quilt from Modern Basics

Amy Ellis: Amy is one of those people who always seems to be organizing an event or accomplishing something wonderful. Her bi-annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival is always a big hit, and her book, Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style has received excellent reviews. Amy and Erin Singleton also organized the first Sewing Summit, which was enjoyed by all the attendees we’ve talked to, and will certainly continue to be a popular event in the fall. Visit Amy’s Creative Side for tons of great quilting tutorials and inspiration.

Deborah’s Nautical Quilt

Deborah Moebes: I know how hard it is to run an online business and raise a family, so I’m completely amazed by all that Deborah has going on. She has an online fabric store, Whipstitch, as well as a brick-and-mortar store in Atlanta. She writes e-courses, tutorials and books plus witty and informative blog posts and hilarious tweets. Smart, funny and talented, Deborah has a great eye for trends and talent. Make sure you follow the Whipstitch blog for great projects and tips, plus a few peeks into Deborah’s busy life.

Jacquie’s service project sewing.

Jacquie Gering: We’ve been following Jacquie for several years now and have enjoyed watching her work evolve. We love the way she shares her processes and her progress on her quilts, and not just the finished piece. Jacquie’s efforts on the Modern Quilt Guild board have helped it grow into the popular and influential organization that it is today. We can’t wait to see her bridge quilt come together and we’re truly looking forward to the new book she wrote with Katie Pedersen. If you love modern quilting, we hope you’re following Jacquie’s blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio.

Anneliese’s Chevron Chenille Blanket

Anneleise: While we were scoping out great tutorials for Handmade Holidays V, we kept coming back to Aesthetic Nest over and over again. We didn’t feature all of Anneliese’s projects, but that’s only because we restrained ourselves. Anneleise has tons of great ideas, writes clear tutorials and has a fabulous, approachable style. We hope we’ll see lots more from her in 2012.

Anna Maria’s Bonne Nuit Quilt, a bonus project in her
upcoming embroidery pattern collection
called “Love From A to Z” ~ More info here.

Anna Maria Horner: When it comes to Anna Maria Horner’s work, can we just say that we love it all? All the fabric, all the needlework, all the projects and patterns. She is an exceptionally talented artist, a fabulous sewist, a great business woman, and a really, really nice person. Every year we look to Anna Maria to not just spot trends, but to start them. Check out Anna Maria’s blog for the latest from her (gah! the needlepoint!) and like the Live Create Love page on Facebook, which is a collaboration between Anna Maria and Janome.

Again, a huge thank you to all of the contributors, and also to everyone who played along on their own blog and added their post to our little Reflections + Prediction link party.

FREE FABRIC FRIDAY! It’s been awhile. This week we’ll give away one yard of fabric to 8 winners! To enter, comment here and/or in any of the Reflections + Predictions posts from our contributors. Each comment is another chance to win. Have a wonderful weekend!