How to Choose the Perfect Fabric for Your Quilt

Today, we're diving into the delightful world of quilting and exploring one of its most crucial aspects: selecting fabric for your quilt. Understanding how color, contrast, and print sizes impact the overall look of your quilt is key to achieving that wow factor. So, grab a cup of tea, get cozy, and let's unravel the secrets of fabric selection together!

Color Contrast

When it comes to color contrast, think of it as the magic ingredient that brings your quilt to life. Playing with different colors can create stunning effects and add depth to your design. To start, consider the mood you want to convey. Do you prefer a harmonious and soothing vibe? Opt for fabrics within the same color family, but with varying shades and tones. If you're after a bolder statement, contrasting colors like orange and blue or purple and yellow can make your quilt pop.

If you have a hard time telling if your fabrics have good contrast you can use your phone camera to help! Take a black and white photo of your fabrics as it's a lot easier to tell colour contrast and depth when its black and white. 

How to identify contrasting colours in fabric
Changing your phone camera to black and white can help you identify colour contrast and depth.

Print Size

Now, let's talk about print sizes. This aspect often gets overlooked, but it can make a world of difference in the overall appearance of your quilt. Mixing different print sizes adds visual interest and prevents your quilt from looking flat. Large-scale prints, like florals or geometrics, make a fabulous centerpiece, while smaller prints or solids can serve as supporting players. Remember, balance is key! Aim for a mix of large, medium, and small prints to create a dynamic and visually pleasing quilt.

As you select your fabrics, envision how they will work together as a whole. Lay them out side by side or use a design board to get a sense of how they interact. Squinting your eyes can help you see the overall color balance and contrast more clearly. If a particular fabric seems to dominate or clash with the others, consider swapping it out for something that complements the rest. Trust your instincts and have fun experimenting!


Lastly, don't forget about the texture and feel of the fabric. Quilts are meant to be cozy, so choose fabrics that are soft, durable, and comfortable. Natural fibers like cotton or linen are popular choices due to their breathability and ease of care. Don't be afraid to touch and feel the fabrics before making your final decision. After all, you want your quilt to be a tactile delight!

So, armed with these tips, you're now equipped to embark on your fabric selection journey for your quilt. Remember to play with color contrast, mix print sizes, envision the overall look, and choose fabrics that feel just right. Quilting is as much about expressing your creativity as it is about snuggling under a handmade masterpiece. Happy quilting, and may your stitches be straight and your fabric choices be fabulous!




Thanks for this great information!
Always nice to hear any advice you you have to share!



Very informative thank you.
Will you be offering any quilting classes this fall or winter.

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