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How to pick quilting fabric

Have you ever asked yourself what makes a good quilting fabric?

It is important to understand that the quality of the end product will depend on the fabric used to make the quilt, look at it from this perspective, the quality, integrity and design of the quilt is dependent on the fabric you choose.

This means that it is of utmost importance to learn how to choose or pick quilting fabric, if you choose the wrong fabric you will end up spending time and money on something that won’t be worth the effort.

Stick to tradition

Understand that there are reason why quilters in the past and experienced quilters today stick to 100% cotton fabrics, the reasons for their loyalty to cotton are:

The first reason is cotton is easy to work with, meaning that you can press and hold it with ease. If you go for fabrics that contain polyester fibers you will have a difficult time holding the fabrics between your hands.

Another reason to use cotton is fabrics made of cotton have a little give, this means that it’s easier to correct seams when working with cotton. The major reason for using cotton is cotton is comfortable and durable unlike most synthetic fibers.

You should know that not all forms of cotton are suitable for quilting; my advice is to stick to the lighter cotton fabrics.

Choose colors that complement each other

If you choose fabrics that clash, each color will compete for attention. this will make your fabric look like a mess. Therefore my advice is to stick with colors and patterns that complement each other; the truth is when it comes to matters colors the choice is up to you.

A good way to determine if the patterns and colors go together well is to put them down together, stand back and take a long good look at them. You can also get suggestions from the people around you, when you feel that the colors and patterns are right you can proceed.

Ask for help

When buying quilts don’t be afraid to ask for help, one option here is to ask for opinions from the staff at the store, a friend, or even a quilting buddy if you have one. The good thing about seeking a second opinion about something is there is a reduced possibility of wasting your money on something that you won’t use.

When unsure

If you are unsure if the fabrics you pick will go together well, you should pick fabrics from the same collection. This is because it’s just the same fabric but with different colors and patterns, meaning that the fabrics will go well together.

Generally when picking a fabric you should look for quality, integrity and how easy the fabric is to work with. If the fabric is difficult to work with you will have a difficult time working on it, also if the fabric is of lower quality the quilt won’t be durable.