National Quilters Circle offers numerous guides to the best quilting fabrics. Here you will find how to prepare fabric for quilting, choosing fabric, dyeing…
June Dudley makes a water landscape with small strips of fabric. She teaches you how to gather fabrics with a variety of strips to get what you want, and goes into detail about why water color changes and how to make sure your fabric is in order of lightest to darkest value using a black and white photo copy of her fabric.
Flowers are a fun way to add some 3-dimensional interest to any quilt. Whether you are looking for fabric flower ideas for your next art quilt or you are looking for the finishing touch to make your quilt come together perfectly, this list of hand-selected tutorials highlights exciting ways to create a variety of fabric flowers. We hope these tutorials will inspire you to look for fun ways to incorporate different flowers or 3D embellishments onto your quilts.
Joli Sayasane discusses the advantages of having your fabric torn opposed to being cut. Some of the benefits are that it helps you find the strait of grain, improve your piecing, and eliminate wavy borders. If it isn’t torn, snip in about a half inch from the side it and rip it yourself to see where the grain is. If your lines aren’t completely on grain, learn how to straighten it out.
Heather Thomas talks about diversifying your fabric selection when you create your next quilting project, and recommends a few different fabrics that have unique tactile textures. She shows you silk noil, lightweight canvas, Mexican jute, silk velvet, silk organza, cheesecloth and monk’s cloth.
An iron and pressing surface is something quilters use when assembling most quilts and projects. As with anything else that is used repeatedly, there will come a time when it needs to be replaced. Rather than buying a new pressing surface or ironing board, learn how to make a new cover for one using iron quilt fabric- ZJ Humbach shows you how.
Fussy cutting fabric is a great way to create new designs, repeats and kaleidoscope effects when piecing your next quilt. Toby Lischko shows you how to fussy cut different fabrics using templates and how to use mirrors in order to find unique repeats within the fabric you are using.
The debate of pre-washing or not pre-washing your fabric comes down to personal preference. However, when it comes to a fabric you are worried might bleed, you should probably pre-wash it. Toby Lischko explains how to know if a certain fabric color is going to bleed and how to prevent fabric bleeding on an already constructed quilt.
Heather Thomas teaches you how to use lutradur to add texture, layers and interest to your quilting projects. By heating the lutradur with a heat gun, the material laces and then melts in certain places to reveal your base fabric below. You can create a really unique, aged-looking design with a few quick steps.
Are you afraid of ripping fabric? Torn or ripped fabric can make a great focal point for your quilts. In this video, Heather Thomas shares some tips for how to rip fabric correctly and ideas for incorporating the strip pieces in your quilt projects. With Heather’s help, you can create gorgeous strip quilts with the added interest of ripped fabric.
Aurora Sisneros and Kelly Pederson Hanson express important tips and information regarding different quilting fabrics. Find out what the many benefits are for using certain fabrics as well as how the size and sharpness of your sewing needle impacts the durability of your quilt. Learn how to find the grain line in quilting fabrics and identify the best fabric for each of your quilts.
Heather Thomas delivers unique tips for choosing fabrics for your quilt with accent colors. Learn how to find something that “Pops” against all the other colors you plan on using for your quilt. See several examples and what accent colors compliment each other. Make a beautiful and colorful quilt by using these helpful tips.
Most beginning quilters have one of two competing mindsets about fabric: either they want to be frugal (like our quilting ancestors) and plan to use the least expensive fabric they can find, or they want to create something that lasts centuries (like our quilting ancestors) so they use the most expensive fabric in the store. Both viewpoints are valid, but neither one should take hold of any quilter’s entire quilting career. It all depends on each quilt’s final destination.
Whether you’ve just finished your first quilt or you’ve been quilting for years, you probably have some scraps leftover from past projects. In this tutorial, learn how to use fabric scraps to create larger units and then ultimately turn them into quilts — Toby Lischko shows you how.
Wander into any quilt store today and you’ll see aisles and aisles bursting with a rainbow of fabrics – and the hardest part will be deciding which prints to bring home. In the presence of so many amazing patterns and products, it’s hard to remember that quilting has a surprisingly thrifty background. Some of history’s most amazing quilts are rendered from the leftovers from other projects.
How much of each color of fabric is needed to complete a design is generally given when you are working off of a purchased pattern. However, when designing your own quilt it can be difficult to know how much you will need. Heather Thomas shows you how to do basic fabric calculations to determine how much of each color or print of fabric you will need.