If I had to tell you about "trends" that I saw at Quilt National, I would immediately come up with two. First, there were very few really large quilts on display; even artists who in the past have worked huge, such as Bonnie Bucknam, went a size or two smaller this time. Are huge quilts getting too difficult for aging artists to wrestle with, or are people tired of the hassles and expense of shipping them? (I cop to a bit of both in my own work.)
Second, there was a lot of drawing with the quilting line, not just as an adjunct to the main composition, but as the primary method of achieving the design.
I have to start with Paula Kovarik, whose previous QN appearances have all featured detailed quilted drawings. Her pair of pillowcases presents a wonderland of doodles and doodads, on a tiny scale; you have to get up close to appreciate the complexity and wit.
Finally, one of several little bits of drawing almost hidden in a large quilt: