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…
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?
I 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…
I picked out some solids to coordinate with the color palette. Don’t these solids look nice together?
If you select coordinating prints, try to select some of varying scale – mix up some small prints and some medium prints.
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!
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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