I follow trends but only purchase what I really like. Don't you just love new fabrics which open up so many new possibilities? I have more brights, which is a big change from a year ago when I bought neutrals and romantic florals. I also have more reds, greys, whites, and modern prints. Orange and aqua prints, linen and linen blends are a favorite as well as prints with birds. I don't collect juvenile/novelty prints since my kids have grown up. More importantly, the quality of fabric must be of the highest quality or I don't usually buy it.
I follow the trends that I like. For example, I've grown to like solids but a little gray goes a long way with me. I have a lot of reds but try to keep my stash versatile so I can pull from it whenever inspiration strikes. It usually strikes when the quilt stores are closed.
I can definitely be inspired by color bundles I find online, but I don't grab stuff just because it's popular. I think aqua is probably a big one in my stash :)
I try to march to the beat of my own drum...it's hard, because of outside influences...if I'm storing fabric for years, I want it to be what I like, not what is the current rage - I have way too much of that fabric! I'm trying to stop the "oh, isn't that cute" impulse buy. At this moment, my preference is batiks, and I try to keep an even balance of the color spectrum...probably more blues and greens - nature colors. I like timeless.
I do pay attention to trends, but I don't always buy along those lines. I won't buy something just because it's trendy. I've actually been quite surprised by the colors in my stash. I think everyone knows that my favorite color is pink. Surprisingly, it's not the most prevatlent color in my stash. It's blue! Who would've guessed?
Wow I have a much more diverse selection of color then I would have thought before I went and actually looked at it with color in mind. I have changed the way I buy a lot over the last 2 or 3 years, fat qtrs. are history, unless you have a plan for them you will not have enough down the road when they are gone from the stores and your ?? stuck there. I have moved to buying groups, color ways in half yards or more. I place the treasure in a section of my room in which I plan to work out of soon fabrics. I really like to buy for a project that I want to make and not for the “ I better get that before it all gone” thinking and then never use it. I do have some bundles that I may never use, but I do not plan to part with this side of a dirt nap. Since I make prayer quilts and Isolate’s constantly I am able to use up some of them before they begin to age like a fine wine.
I've always done my own thing - dont really notice trends. About two thirds of my stash is hand-dye and of the rest, nearly all of it is solids/pattern-read-as-solid or stripes! I love colour of all kinds, have lots of deep rich colours, not so many pastel; but also lots of greys and blacks. Predominantly I have more purple fabric than anything else. When I have a fabric dyeing session I have to try and stop myself doing any more purples - but there are still happy accidents when Im using up the leftover dye!
Up until I found the MQG, my color palette was pretty wild. I love brights, and I've been collecting Kaffe Fassett fabrics for years! What I didn't have in my stash was good neutrals or orange. Everyone in our guild knows that I hated orange. When it was announced as the color of the year a few years ago, I was like, "Heck no!" Since seeing it used in so many modern quilts, I now like it. I won't say that I love it yet, but I do like it. I've even added some burnt oranges to my stash. Gray is another color that I never used, but now have some of it, too. What I still don't have in my stash, are browns. I might have to work on that a bit. ;-)
I dont know whether or not I follow trends. Actually I guess I do cuz I just bought a TON of FMF and altho I am new to quilting and fabric hoarding, oops I mean collecting, I wasn't very fond of it when I first saw it and quite frankly didnt understand he hoopla. It has grown on me a bit and I do like it better when I see projects using it. I love color and I love art, and I try to buy only what I love. The problem is that I LOVE a lot! I started out buying FQ bundles so I could get a little of the whole line, but now I am not satisfied because I have wanted to make clothing and need larger quantities. Plus I am afraid to use the FQ of those fabrics I love cuz it will be gone! Hahaha! I am now buying at least a yard of everything and think I will start increasing it to a couple yards. I have noticed that I have more greens than any other color. I also have about 120 different Kina solids and am constantly working on building my solid stash. I just recently bought a bunch of Art Gallery solids and I love em! My fabric makes me happy! I love just going into my studio and looking at it all, dreaming of all the posdibilities it holds! I have specific projects in mind for a lot of it, but a lot of it is still waiting on my inspiration. I like to get right on it when inspiration hits which is never
when the stores are open.!