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!  I’m on episode #94 and the episode includes a second interview with Timna Tarr.

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Timna is an amazing long arm quilter, she’s won many accolades for her work and has an amazing eye for color!  Check out her instagram!

Stephanie’s podcasts are really nice to have running in the background while your sewing and I’ve picked up some fun tips and great information along the way too!  So thank you Stephanie for bringing all that to your listeners.  If your on instagram, you can follow Stephanie @ Modern Sewciety!

Here’s another podcast interview with two of my favorite fabric designers…

interview with Tula Pink and Alison Glass

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… and speaking of fabric…

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It’s good for 13% off purchases, with a few exclusions like Flash Sales and Gift Certificates.

The coupons run through 7/13/16.

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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how to choose quilt fabric tips


Look what I just saw on Mass Drop!  Denyse Schmidt bundle Katie Jump Rope.
(You can also find her bundles on Fat Quarter Shop)
Almost the same color palette!  Notice there are medium prints, small prints, geometric/stripes, dots, florals… 

Denyse Schmidt katie jump rope fabric


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!