If you are interested in making some quilts, either as a gift or for your own use or the use of those in your household, this is a great way to save some money. It is also great way to achieve something special using your own hands. The problem is, when it comes to choosing quilting fabric, is finding the right one for your needs. There are so many out there. To give you some help with the buying process, we’ve put together a list of some easy to follow tips and tricks.
Use Pre-Cut Collections or a Special Kit
If you are new to making quilts, you may feel completely out of your depth and have no idea where you should start your search. In the beginning though, one of the best options for just starting out is with a fabric pre-cut collection. These can be quite expensive but are simplest and quickest way to put a together a quilt. You often find that many pre-cut collections of fabric feature different print sizes and colors.
Choosing a kit offers the same kind of benefits. All fabrics are picked out according to various determining factors such as color, scale and size. Pick the best quilting kit that will enable you to build up your confidence before you start working independently at selecting fabrics.
Theory of Colors
The subject of choosing colors for fabrics you intend to use in a quilt is a very expansive subject that could have its own post dedicated to it. The basics though, when determining colors, you are going to use in a quilt, is taking the fabric you want to start your quilt from. Use a color wheel and compare the colors on the wheel to the ones featured in the piece of fabric you’ve selected. You can opt for either contrasting or complementary colors.
Consider Fabric that is Low Volume – What Is It?
Low volume when it is used in reference to fabric for quilting and other uses describes its color value. Fabrics are low volume tend to have a lighter than usual look and often have an additional or secondary design. Often, they are used as background fabrics and in modern quilts.
One of the main tings you need to remember when you are using fabrics that are low fabric is that you need to be sure to use a saturated and bright color with a high contrast level in comparison to the fabric with low volume properties. If you choose a fabric color that is too similar in color value, the difference won’t look as striking.
Carefully Consider Scale
The overall size or scale of the design you are printed onto your quilt fabric is something you need to be careful about. There are some quilts that look better using smaller prints that the pattern is so slight that it could appear as just a solid color rather than a fancy design. These help to add some interest and drama to your quilt.