Building fabric stash is fun. It seems that most quilters love quilting because of the fabric, or it becomes one of their favorite parts of the quilting process.
There are large prints, small prints, blenders, tone on tone, text, geometrics, and solids. I have always been attracted to small prints. The example in the photo below is typical of the fabrics I would buy, as is the yellows below that, It’s one of those personal preferences. Now with modern quilting and vintage modern quilting, I am slowly beginning to buy more modern prints, and solids, because my eye is getting used to them.
I still tend to shy away from geometrics and large prints. I am venturing into some large rose prints I recently discovered by Stephanie Ryan, a new designer at Moda, and Kate Sprain because I love flowers. I am experimenting with them as well as with some geometrics, and my old style is beginning to evolve into something new.
The other part of the fabric journey, that you’ll notice is that you will tend to purchase more of your favorite colors. In my case that is yellow, and purple as a close second. Those are my go-to colors, and over time I have filled in with the entire wheel of color choices.
In part 5 of this series, I am going to focus on fabric stash building with backing fabrics, and part 6 with border and binding fabrics. I have a few strategies I’d like to share about how to build those, especially during fabric sales.
A few posts ago in this series, I wrote about stretching your dollars. For example at http://www.connectingthreads.com/Quilting.cfm there is a great sale on batting right now. Of course I stocked up, and hope I won’t need anymore until this time next year.