I don't know whether the trend is coming or going or just different from my area, but boy those ladies sure love the embroidery functions of there machines! Nearly a third of the quilts I saw had some kind of machine embroidery embellishment on them. From large flowers added to the top of a traditional pieced design, to blocks with what looked like Spirograph pictures on them in multicolored thread. Some of them I liked very much, others I thought detracted from the quilting.
Color choices - many of the quilts in the show had bold colors in them. I wasn't too surprised as south Florida has a "Caribbean flair" to it. However, the fabric that was being sold in the vendor booths was the exact opposite. Pastels, neutrals, and civil war reproduction fabrics seemed to be everywhere. Even the selection of batiks were what I consider "safer" colors, like dark green, navy blue, the occasional copper. It was as if the quilters in the show were the ones daring enough to use color, but the rest of the people just wanted something subdued.
I had a great time, perhaps I will try to make it to the next one in 2 years.