We’re honored to have a dozen sewing industry leaders take time out of their busy schedules to talk to us about 2015 and what they’re looking forward to in the year ahead! We’ve had insights from Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts, Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette, Sandi Sawa Hazlewood of Crafty Planner, Alex Veronelli of Aurifil, Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio, Sherri Lynn Wood of Daintytime and Melissa Averinos.

Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft is next with her thoughts, and some of those gorgeous hexagons too! Find more from Nicole on Instagram and take a look at this colorful portfolio.

Sew Mama Sew: Looking back on the sewing scene in 2015, what trends stand out?
Nicole: Text print fabrics and mini quilt swaps.

SMS: Who knocked your socks off and why?
Nicole: Jennifer at Ginger Peach Studio (@jenrossotti on Instagram). She is really knocking it out of the park with some amazing modern quilt ideas. Be on the lookout for her QuiltCon entries including Abstract Color Wheel, Ephemera and my favorite, Lines Lost and Found.

Nicole’s Urban Scandinavian Mini Quilt

SMS: Favorite things? (Fabric collections, patterns, books, thread, tools, podcasts, classes, websites, events, etc.)
Nicole: Carkai, the new line by Carolyn Friedlander, is one of my favorites along with the new First of Infinity by Lecien. Can I also say Instagram? Ha! I just feel like its my biggest source on inspiration lately, with so many amazing quilters and design ideas.

SMS: Who do you think are rising stars in the industry?

Nicole’s Ombre Modern Hexies Quilt

SMS: What did you do this year that you’re most proud of?
Nicole: My Modern Hexies quilts and a new line of quilt patterns that I have been working on.

SMS: What can we expect from you in 2016? Any big projects, life changes or goals you can share?
Nicole: Hopefully I will release my new patterns under the name Modern Handcraft in the first quarter of the year, and we are also in the midst of a huge move to Indianapolis from Chicago. I’m looking forward to having my own sewing space so I can accomplish more sewing (and make bigger messes).