Finding Fabulous Fabric

Did you know that most of the quilts you see in Quiltmaker are not finished quilts when we select them for the magazine? That’s right–a majority of our patterns start as just designs. We audition new fabric samples to find the perfect combination to make the design come to life. choosingkitfabric 300x237 Finding Fabulous Fabric

Times have certainly changed since my first quilt was made about 20 years ago. I remember scouting all over town to find 6 coordinating prints ranging from dark to light for a rail fence pattern. Sadly, I had to settle on muslin for the last fabric.

100 0336 300x225 Finding Fabulous FabricI’m so glad we have more fabric choices and shopping sources today!

How do you know which fabrics were used in your favorite Quiltmaker pattern? Just look in the credits next to the photographed quilt. That’s where we’ll tell you what was used.

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Even though quilting fabrics are abundant, some of the more gorgeous prints seem to disappear off the shelves in a blink of the eye. Since most fabrics are printed in limited quantities, some can be really difficult to find.

Here are suggestions for those harder-to-find prints:

  1. Contact your local quilt shops. If the fabric is shown in a recent Quiltmaker issue, they just might have what you’re looking for.
  2. Locate the fabric manufacturer’s website. Many have “where to buy” sections. You can’t assume the shops listed will have the fabric, but it can be a good starting point in a search.
  3. The internet is a terrific source. Some of our favorite sites are KeepsakeQuilting.com, FatQuarterShop.com and BugFabric.com. But there are really too many to list. Use Google or Fabsearch.net to narrow your search. Another newer search tool is FindMyFabric.com. This site even allows you to upload photos of fabric in your quest.smallBanner Finding Fabulous Fabric
  4. A few selected patterns in each Quiltmaker have been made into kits. We’ve found the fabric for you. Just go to quiltandsewshop.com to see what’s available.

Don’t be discouraged if you find inspiration in an older issue of Quiltmaker and your search for the fabric comes up empty. Readers have sent us amazing quilt photos showing fabric selections that are vastly different from ours.

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Anita's Arrowhead from Nov/Dec '10 Quiltmaker

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Summer Vineyard by Lucy Zeldenrust of Two Rivers, Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find prints you love and make your own masterpiece. Then send a picture to us at sewtospeak@quiltmaker.com.

How do you find fabric for your quilty pleasures?

About Eileen Fowler

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. My quilting hobby, that began over 20 years ago, turned into a career when I was hired by Quiltmaker in 2008. My quilting passion is slowly taking over every nook and cranny in my house. I have a supportive husband who makes it all possible.
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2 Responses to Finding Fabulous Fabric

  1. Angie says:

    This is a serious and frustrating topic for me. I love the quilts you show on your magazines, but I find that I am never able to find the fabric. It really depends on what the owner of the store likes and buys, compared to what I like. And they do their shopping 9 months ahead and sometimes they guess wrong as to what the customer’s will like. This is one reason I patronize more than one quilt shop. But to address your points, here is what I’ve found:

    You say: “If the fabric is shown in a recent Quiltmaker issue, they just might have what you’re looking for.
    I have found that 9 times out of 10 they do not have the fabric.

    You say: 2.Locate the fabric manufacturer’s website. Many have “where to buy” sections. I have found when I go to those sites, their list is old. Some of the shops have gone out of business, some don’t carry the line I want, or if they have it they may have one or two of the collection or they’ll say that is an old collection.
    You say: 3.The internet is a terrific source. I have found yes, it is but there also, links are up forever that no longer are valid, the stores carry very little of the collection, or their supply is out.

    This is all very frustrating for me. So I do the last a lot – create my own kit or fabrics for a pattern – but sometimes, I just like yours better. Kits are good, but usually too much for my budget – I will make it in a smaller size, etc.

    I know there is not much you can do, but would you tell the textile manufacturer’s that they lose a lot of business when we can’t find their beautiful fabric.

  2. I’m a bit impulsive~ if I see a fabric I love, I get it! I usually use it up pretty fast. I save my old issues of Quiltmaker for inspiration too. Have a happy weekend!

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