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.
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.
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.
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:
- Contact your local quilt shops. If the fabric is shown in a recent Quiltmaker issue, they just might have what you’re looking for.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Find prints you love and make your own masterpiece. Then send a picture to us at email@example.com.
How do you find fabric for your quilty pleasures?