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A Flair for Fabric Blog Hop

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Fabric is essential to every quilter’s life! We buy it, we hoard it, and we spend a ton of time thinking about it. From the initial fabric choices of our quilt, to piecing, to adding the binding, fabric is so important — and can enhance your project (or make you shake your head at your design wall). And although we work with fabric all the time, sometimes it’s hard to know which colors and prints will make a beautiful quilt that you’re proud of! A Flair for Fabric: Creative Sewing Projects from the Designers at Henry Glass is an amazing resource for fun projects, as well as tips for mixing and matching fabrics with success.


Published by Martingale and compiled by designer Linda Lum DeBono, this book features 14 beautiful projects by Henry Glass designers. Each designer gives a peek at how they design fabric and provides several tips on choosing fabric and matching colors. Plus, six in-depth lessons throughout the book give greater insight on how to make your fabrics play with each other and solves some common problems with fabric choice. Here’s a look at a few of the projects from the book.


Starburst Maple Delight by Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday 

Funky Flowers by Heather Mulder Peterson 

Days Gone By by Little Quilts 


All royalties from this book are being donated to Red Cross.


Here’s tips for choosing fabric from the staff of American Patchwork & Quilting and Quilts and More magazines:


“I’ve been challenging myself to break my tried-and-true fabric selection habits — one large-scale print and three to five smaller scale prints that generally match the colors in the larger print. As part of the challenge, I’ve chosen solids as backgrounds that aren’t a color pulled from the prints. I’ve also combined bold larger-scale prints in a quilt, tossing aside the “does that match?” voice inside my head. These little changes make a difference and teach me a new lesson every time.”

–Linda Augsburg, editorial content chief


“When selecting fabrics for a project, I like to start by choosing a simple and controlled color palette. For inspiration, look around you at the objects you surround yourself with. Color combinations can be drawn from a favorite piece of artwork, a book cover or even a favorite outfit. I was once inspired by the packaging on a Starbucks coffee bag!”

–Elizabeth Stumbo, assistant art director


“Color choice depends on the size block I’m making. I like to make small blocks – ideally 4 or 5 inches square. When making smaller blocks it is better to choose fabrics with fewer patterns and colors. Because fabrics get cut into small pieces, a large scale print with lots of color looks very different when it’s chopped into tiny pieces. If you want to maintain definition in your pieces, choose fabrics that have a tone-on-tone or a mottled appearance. Batiks are also great choices when making small blocks. They are tightly woven and pieces are less likely to fray.”

–Jody Sanders, editor of Quilts and More


“I love scrappy quilts, so I usually go overboard by choosing WAY too many fabrics when I’m gathering fabrics from my stash for a new project. But I purposely try NOT to limit myself, because even though I may have gathered three times what I need, I always end up further refining the selection a few days (or months!) later when I come back to start cutting out the quilt. That way I’m still left with plenty of fabric for the project I’m working on.”

–Elizabeth Beese, senior editor of American Patchwork & Quilting


“I find color and fabric inspiration in collections. I love the colors in collections of Aurifil embroidery floss. Using the threads as a visual guide, I select matching solids and prints from my stash. Then I fill out the basic collection with lighter and darker, more saturated/less saturated fabrics.”

–Jill Mead, editor


“Let the fabric designer do the work! Buying fabric from a single fabric collection ensures that your fabrics will not only match, but also have a variety of prints, scales, and colors to work with. If you need to add fabric from your stash, look at the color dots on the fabric selvage to guarantee that whatever fabric you pull will match perfectly!”

–Lindsay Fullington, assistant multimedia editor


Follow along with the blog hop! Each blog will have a fun fabric giveaway and great tips for choosing fabric!

Tuesday, November 18: Launch at Martingale’s Stitch This! blog

Wednesday, November 19: Dana Brooks

Thursday, November 20: Leanne Anderson

Friday, November 21: AllPeopleQuilt.com (It’s us!)

Saturday, November 22: Janet Nesbitt

Monday, November 24: Linda Lum DeBono

Tuesday, November 25: Anni Downs

Wednesday, November 26: Kim Diehl

Friday, November 28: Jill Finley

Saturday, November 29: Amy Hamberlin

Monday, December 1: Margo Languedoc

Tuesday, December 2: Little Quilts

Wednesday, December 3: Lizzie B Cre8ive

Thursday, December 4: Heather Mulder Peterson

Friday, December 5: Jacquelynne Steves

Saturday, December 6: Wrap up at the Henry Glass blog


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77 Responses to “A Flair for Fabric Blog Hop”

  1. Reading all these ways to pull/select fabric for a quilt made me realize one thing. I have never gone into my stash and just pulled some fabric and made a quilt. HMMM. Instead of a crazy quilt I think I just need to do some crazy sewing!
    Diane in Wyoming

  2. I’d “sew” love to win this!

  3. Beautiful quilts.

  4. What a great project you have going there to donate to the Red Cross! I would love to be included in your fabric giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. thanks for those tips.

  6. Following along on the blog hop! Love seeing excerpts from this book! Hoping to win a copy. Love the tips I am receiving along the way! So glad to have found your website!

  7. It’s always interesting to learn how other people pull fabric together for a project. I will try to keep the tips in mind when I pull fabrics from my stash or take a trip to my local fabric shop.

  8. I am really enjoying this blog hop, and all the advice about choosing fabric! Facinating topic that I’ve never really thought about, just done.

  9. Plenty to absorb in this article. I like the idea of let the designer do the work, choose their collection. Sometimes this really does work out to be easier.

  10. I like several of the projects so it looks like a good book to have.

  11. I love that the royalties are being donated to the Red Cross. A very worthy organization.

  12. Thanks for sharing the varied fabric selection tips

  13. I love the fact that the royalties are being donated to the Red Cross! And I could certainly use some help choosing fabrics that go together.

  14. Thank you for all those great tips. This book is on my wishlist.

  15. This looks like a great book. Thanks for the tips on choosing fabrics.

  16. Looks like a really good book!

  17. HI, Thanks you for your quilty hints+ideas!
    Thanks for sharing in the Fabric Blog Hop!

  18. Nice book!

  19. THANKS for all your quilty ideas!
    THANKS for sharing in the Flair for Fabric Blog Hop!

  20. Seams like a great book to have in my collection.

  21. Great color coordinating ideas for quilt success.

  22. Thanks for having such a fun time for all of us. I love tips.

  23. This book is going on my Christmas list/

  24. This book is going on my Christmas list.

  25. What beautiful projects, and thank you for the great tips. Your website is so full of wonderful ideas!

  26. Great tips for fabric selection . Choosing colours can sometimes overwhelm!

  27. Love your magazines! You can always find beautiful quilts in every issue.

  28. Thank you for the great tips on selecting fabric. I’m not sure that that isn’t the hardest part of making any project.

  29. Thanks for the tips.

  30. I love the Funky Flowers.

  31. This book looks great. I enjoy reading your ways of choosing fabrics.

  32. The tips are a tremendous help. Thank you so much and thank you for the giveaway.

  33. This book would be a great help. I’m hoping Santa will leave it for me under the tree!

  34. What a great set of tips. Thanks so much!!

  35. Thanks for the tips about choosing fabric.

  36. Any tips for picking fabric is always high on my list.

  37. Wow! Thanks for posting these tips! Several on here I have never even thought of so like they say you learn something new everyday!!

  38. I really like Days Gone By by Little Quilts

  39. Fabric is very important from the accuracy of cutting, piecing and quilting plus the quilt look, with color, pattern and value so important to a quality quilt. Nice tips.

  40. Thanks for the great tips. The book looks like a great one!

  41. This book sounds like a great resource. Just what I need as I struggle with fabric choices.

  42. Thanks for the information, now I know I am not alone when I overbuy fabric.

  43. The projects all look great and I’ve learned a lot just from the few tips you’ve posted. Thanks for the review and chance to win.

  44. Thanks for the great tips. Always nice to hear tips from the professionals. I put this book on my wishlist. Hope Santa reads this!

  45. Thanks for the wonderful tips.

  46. Great post. Loved all the suggestions for fabric selection by your staff!

  47. Looks like a terrific book with great ideas. I love all the colors and patterns

  48. Looks like a terrific book. I love all the colors and patterns.

  49. Thank you for the tips! A flair for fabric looks great!

  50. Great tips and projects…lovely projects!

  51. Thank you for the great tips and chance to win!

  52. Great tips, thank you!

  53. I’m creating such a long wish list that hubby and santa will be rolling their eyes!

  54. Thanks for all the tips!

  55. What beautiful projects you showcased. I love both of the big quilts, especially, since I don’t do many small projects and doo-dads. Thanks for the article quotes, too. I’m with Elizabeth Beese. =)

  56. Thank you for the tips. I am always looking for new ideas.

  57. So many wonderful designers . Looking forward to seeing this book.

  58. Collections do help make sure the fabrics are all matchy, but I think a lot of us like taking items from our stash and adding them in to try and make something feel a bit more our own when finished.

  59. Always get inspiration from quilts pictured on blogs….loving the blog hop!

  60. Awesome tips!! I usually select fabrics from the same line and then add fabrics from other lines that coordinate well. I guess you could say that I play it safe!!

  61. too fun

  62. This looks like a great book! I tried to comment several days ago but it didn’t seem to work, so I’m trying again.

  63. Thanks for the tips. There are times when I want to balance my colors but more often I want to through caution to the wind and mix prints and colors up.

  64. I am always happy to learn new helpful tips. Thanks so much for sharing.

  65. Somehow I didn’t see the comment come up, so I try again.
    Thanks for sharing helpful tips. I always love to learn more. The book has great projects I would love to sew.

  66. Thanks for the tips

  67. I love the donation to red cross. would really like to win. The book looks great. This is the time of the year for giving and I’m in the middle of collecting blankets, quilts, covers and throw to take down town in Dallas and give to the homeless and shelters. I love following the blog hop. Have great holidays and everyone be safe.

  68. i love pulling fabrics from my stash, of course i love adding new fabric to my stash.

  69. hope this comment goes through l

  70. Thanks so much for the tips, I need lots of help. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  71. The information being shared and helpful hints are truly enjoyed. I just love that a great group of designers have made this book. Thank you!

  72. I usually try to match what the pattern uses, but I like these ideas and have to check out what I have more.

  73. Love your tips! I usually pick out fabric based on if I was to color my pattern, with crayons, what colors would I pick. Helps me, every time!

  74. Wonderful work … Love tissues …. if won, would make a beautiful children’s blanket,
    hugs Maria Filomena,

  75. it’s so interesting to hear how other people choose colour palettes for their quilts

  76. So many useful projects and can see something cute for my Grand daughters.

  77. The quilts are great – it’s great that the profits will go to the Red Cross.