The recent trend in quilting seems to be including embroidered pieces as the center of the quilt blocks.
Kim's Big Quilting Adventure:
Another blog, I can't remember:
Fat Quarter Shop's Designer of the Day:
Meh. It's just not my thing... at all.
That's not to say there's no place for it in quilting. Obviously, there are plenty of people who like it and enjoy creating these piece. I, personally, just don't get it. It's not the first time that the quilting trends have not appealed to me and it won't be the last. Typically, I enjoy more traditional patterns and colors, but not exclusively. I LOVE Kate Spain and she's totally not traditional.
Anyway, that's my 2 cents.