how to choose fabric for your first quilt

Modern Sewciety Podcast ~ and a beginners tip for choosing fabrics!

Recently Stephanie from Modern Sewciety had me on her podcast to chat! Which was SO much fun!  I hadn’t really listened to podcasts before so I took a crash course and listened to a bunch of her shows and now I’m hooked!

 

While Stephanie and I were chatting we talked a little bit about picking out fabric so I thought I’d share a tip for beginners who might be struggling with fabric choices…


Picking Fabrics

Beginners Tip

So here we go!

I’m going shopping in my own stash to show you a tip on selecting fabric for your next quilt.

If you don’t know where to begin, start by finding a larger scale print that you’re attracted to. It should have at least 4 colors in it.  I fell in love with this large scale fabric and bought some for a future project… Isn’t it gorgeous?

DSC_0019I was originally attracted to the fun design and I also found the colors appealing.  It’s not a good fabric for piecing… but I bought it anyway!  I knew I’d use if for something… pillow covers, a quilt border, placemats, a quilt back… lot’s of other possibilities! Plus, it was on sale… no brainer!  So let’s see what happens when we pull the colors out of this fabric…

beginner guide ~ how to choose fabrics for your quilt

I picked out some solids to coordinate with the color palette. Don’t these solids look nice together?

DSC_0031 DSC_0032Or we can select coordinating prints…

how to choose fabrics for beginner quiltersIf you select coordinating prints, try to select some of varying scale – mix up some small prints and some medium prints.

choosing fabric for your first quilt

Also, try to find some that are stripes/geometric, some that are floral and some polka dots/spots.  They will magically blend together and add interest!

DSC_0061You can even blend the solids and the prints if you like!

Use the large print for your border or for the backing of your quilt!  I hope this helps some of you when you’re fabric shopping for your next quilt, even just a little bit!

I’m feeling inspired to make something now!  Don’t forget to tune into Stephanie at Modern Sewciety for some entertainment while you sew!

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sherri

 

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2 comments on “Modern Sewciety Podcast ~ and a beginners tip for choosing fabrics!

  1. scrappymcboo

    As a new quilter I find that picking fabrics is the hardest part. Thanks for a great explanation! I’ll definitely try this during my next visit to the fabric store!

  2. SHARON Parcel

    I love to listen to podcast while I sew. I just listened to Modern Sewciety for the first time today, and really enjoyed your conversation. So of course I had to check out your website and I LOVE the Dear Daughter quilt. I need to make it for my grand daughter!