How To Shop A Fabric Store For Quilt Fabrics (Video)
Are you new to quilting? Or maybe you’ve dabbled, but your quilts just aren’t coming out the way you pictured them in your head. I teamed up with Vancouver‘s fabric mecca, Fabricana, to guide you through navigating a fabric store’s quilting department and show you how to choose quilt fabrics that’ll make your finished projects a vision of beauty.
Making your way through a fabric store’s quilting department can be overwhelming. The best place to start is to find a single fabric that speaks to you.
Start by checking out fabrics grouped by designer. Here we have David Butler, Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, and Heather Bailey. And also watch for quality brands such as Hoffman International, Moda, and Michael Miller.
In a quilting department, you’ll find batting in cotton, polyester, wool, and blends — both on the roll and in packages. You’ll also find fabric panels in a fabric store’s quilting department. Panels are sold in pieces, not by the metre.
A great way to find colour coordinates is to look for tone-on-tone fabrics. These fat quarters offer the convenience of grab-and-go, and pre-cut bundles make great gifts.
Once you’re gathered all your coordinating fabrics, head to the cutting table with your quilt pattern or book. For the best-looking quilt, choose light, medium, and dark colors, and incorporate patterns of various scale.