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Fabric Shopping 101

A beginner's guide to visiting a quilt shop.


Building a Stash

Begin by selecting an assortment of fabrics over time. Use your favorite colors as a starting point and branch out from there. Remember to keep in mind a range of values, from lights to darks. Quilt shops often have precut bundles of fat quarters that give you a sampling of a variety of fabrics. You might want to assemble a stash based on seasonal fabrics or perhaps your favorite holiday, such as Christmas, Halloween, or the 4th of July. Don’t forget to save the leftovers from a quilt you’ve already made.

Building a fabric stash helps you become more spontaneous in your quilting. If you find a project that you’d like to start immediately, perhaps from a magazine or a pattern you’ve picked up, you can begin working on it if you already have fabric available. By having a range of fabric at your fingertips, you’ll be able to experience the joys of creating, much like an artist with a palette of paints!