Quilting Fabrics

Written by Rebecca Russell
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The look and feel of a quilt is largely dependent upon the types of fabric used to create it. Patchwork and crazy quilts often consist of different varieties of material pieced together to form a beautiful and eclectic mix, as stunning to the eye as it is to the touch. For the most part, the design of the piece is up to the quilt maker. Quilts almost always reflect the personality and spirit of each individual, which is why the gift of a quilt is supremely special.

Quilting Fabrics for all Occasions

One wonderful idea, if you find yourself with a variety of fabrics with different textures, is to make a baby quilt. Large blocks of material that feel vastly different will keep babies entertained as they discover their sense of touch. Consider sateen, velvet, flannel or corduroy and use your imagination.

If you are a quilting beginner, it is a good idea to stay away from the more expensive fabrics. Most likely, your first few quilts will have mistakes, which are often easier to accept on discounted fabric. Also, once your skills are honed, it will feel much more rewarding when you graduate to finer material.

If you want your quilt to look particularly uniform but also want a variety of colors, there is always the option of dyeing your fabric. Visit a fabric store and ask a qualified sales representative for some suggestions of fabric that will effectively absorb dye. White or light colored fabric will work best for this type of project. This may also be a particularly cost effective alternative to purchasing different types of fabric, depending upon the cost of the dye and the base material.

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