Nov
2016

Selecting Fabric For A Quilt

 

It can be quite satisfying to create something by yourself. There is nothing better than cuddling with a warm quilt on a cold rainy day. Most of us have sweet memories of quilts lovingly sewn by our grandmothers and mothers. The fabric which has seen much of their labour serves as a symbol of love even when you’re miles apart from them. You can also learn to make a quilt for yourself or a loved one. 

Once you decide on sewing a quilt, the first thing that will come into your mind is the type of fabric you will be using. There are thousands of fabrics to choose from and this can be quite a daunting task. It’s always better to go with your instincts. Some fabrics will speak to your heart. There are different prints available today such as checkered fabric, Australiana animal prints, funky shapes and recurring patterns. Look carefully at the colours that are in the print. If you stick to a certain group of colours, you will be able to create a quilt that gives a cohesive singular look.

You may need to think of a colour palette before you go looking for fabrics. Consider if you’re going for cool and understated or bright and energetic. You can find a batik fabric that will go along with both themes. There are other things that will help you narrow down your colour palette such as the theme of the room and the emotions you want to inspire through it. You can brighten up a room with lighter fabrics. If you’re gifting it to someone, consider their colour preferences and think of why you’re giving it.You can even sew a quilt to signify a certain moment or to capture the essence of one person. For example, try natural colours and prints for a nature lover. You can use the colour wheel to make sure that your colour palette remains consistent. It will help you identify which colours work best together. 

If you’re settled on a pattern or a colour, the next thing you need to consider is the size of the printed design. If you’re using small pieces, it is better to use small prints and vice versa. If you cut up a large design for a smaller piece, the design may get lost. But if you’re still unsure about choosing a cloth material, you can go for pre-cuts. Pre-cuts are groups of fabric that have been cut by a machine beforehand. They are stacked in a pile and tied together. This will take most of the hard decisions out of your hands.