Quilting Panels

Quilting Panels

If you like quilting, check out this great selection of quilting panels with a huge range of designs suitable for cot quilts, wall hangings, blankets and even special items including Christmas stockings and advent calendars here at Spotlight.

Panels are available in various sizes and you can be guided by your creativity by adding extra fabrics, binding, backing and more to create unique handmade items. Also included are book panels, ideal for making soft quilted books for babies and toddlers.

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Can I purchase printed quilting fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. As well as a huge collection of printed fabrics available by the metre, this range also includes several stunning panels in varying sizes, which can form the centrepiece of your quilt, bedspread or wall hanging. In addition, we have a large stock of printed quilting fabrics in pre-cut fat flats and jelly rolls, so whatever your next project, you will be able to find the right printed quilting fabric for it here at Spotlight.

How should I select my printed quilting fabric?

As a rule, you should gather together fabrics that complement each other rather than clashing colours. Apart from that, there are no hard and fast rules although most quilts are made up from a combination of plain and printed fabrics. Printed fabrics are best used with designs of varying sizes, to avoid the quilt looking too bland when finished. Of course, you can also mix in stripes and geometric designs as well as florals.

How much fabric will I need for my project?

Depending on how intricate your individual pieces of material are, you will need to allow between 10% and 25% of the material for seam allowances and wastage. For this reason, buying strips or fat flats will mean that there is less waste when working on small items, but for larger quilted projects such as blankets or bedspreads, you may be better off buying material by the metre and cutting that to your required size. Experienced quilters never throw away usable remnants but keep them in a “stash”, ready for future projects!

How will I know which printed fabrics work together?

It can seem daunting, when first starting with quilting, to know which s=colours and patterns to select together. There are several ways around this, including buying a quilting kit in a design you like which already has the necessary materials included, or browsing through magazines or pattern books (see our delightful quilting books here at Spotlight) until you have found a look you like and copying the styles of materials used. For certain things, like seasonal items for Christmas, Easter or even Halloween, colour is the most important. Combine reds, gold, green and cream for a traditional Christmas look, or combine yellow and white with a splash of lime green and florals for a typical Easter design.

Alternatively, you can achieve a very restful look if you go for many patterns in the same colour, especially if you opt for soft pastel tones such as mint, pink or lilac. Try to limit your choice of patterns to one or two large -scale patterns and three or four smaller patterns to tone in with the colours of your main pattern, and you will soon have a wonderful effect. Give some thought to adding a border too, to complete your design in style.

Choose the Right Material for Your Quilting Panels! Find Out More About Popular Fabric Fibres Today!

Choosing the right fabric for your project is important, whether you buy pre-cut fabrics or quilting panels. To help you choose the right fabric, it is certainly recommended to be familiar with various fabric fibres. If you want to learn more about popular fabric fibres used in quilting panels and quilting fabrics, be sure to read our overview below.

What Is Cotton Fabric?

One of the most popular material fibres for fabrics is cotton. Cotton is natural fibre, which means it occurs in nature. It is obtained by the cotton plant, and then processed into a fibre to use in common fabrics.

There are different ways to turn cotton into a fabric, since the fibre can be knit or woven into cloth. There are also different types of weaves, which give the fabric an entirely different look. Before you choose a fabric, be sure to check the weave to determine how durable the material is, or how easy it is to work with.

What Is Linen Fabric?

Even though less common in the world of quilting, linen is also a suitable quilting material. Like cotton, linen is a natural fabric fibre.

To create linen, manufacturers must obtain fibres from the flax plant. The manufacturing process of linen fabric is a lot more strenuous, which explains why most linen fabrics are usually more expensive than cotton fabrics.

Of course, linen is a material that does come with some benefits, so the lengthy manufacturing process is certainly worth it. Linen is quite absorbent, which means it is less susceptible to humid environments and liquids.

When you start looking at quilting materials, it is not uncommon to find a combination of linen and cotton. So, if you like the durability of cotton and the absorbency of linen, then we suggest a fabric that consists of this blend.

What Is Muslin Fabric?

Muslin is another fabric type that is used a lot in quilting. The material is made from cotton, but must have a plain weave to be named as muslin.

Most muslin fabrics are quite affordable, so they are used in a variety of sewing projects. Aside from dressmaking, muslin is used as a lining in quilting projects as well as a backing.

We often recommend muslin fabric for beginners. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, muslin is extremely affordable, so it is not as bad when you make a mistake in your project. Secondly, the material is made from cotton, so it still provides good durability for quilting.

What Is Batik Fabric?

One type of fabric that is extremely popular for quilting at this time is Batik fabric. Batik is a term that refers to a specific technique used during the production of the fabric; this process includes wax-resist dyeing.

To create genuine Batik – at least in the traditional manner – a large piece of cloth is washed, soaked, and then beaten with a large mallet. Then, the manufacturer will draw certain patterns on the cloth with a special pencil; this is later covered with a hot wax. The wax is usually made from a combination of paraffin and beeswax.

When the wax is applied to the fabric, the fabric goes through an intensive dyeing process; this provides the fabric with its bold and rich colours. Once the fabric is dry, the wax is removed to reveal some unusual patterns.

Batik is believed to have originated from Indonesia, but there are countless other countries that produce this type of fabric. In addition to Indonesia, Japan, Sudan, Sumatra, Bali, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, China, and Africa, are some of the countries that produce Batik fabric. Depending on the country where the Batik fabric is produced, consumers can expect different properties.

What Is Flannel?

Flannel is the last material you could consider for quilting projects. The material is characterised by a soft weave, which is known to be extremely comfortable for clothing and blankets.

A flannel fabric can be made from a variety of fibres; this includes wool, cotton, or a synthetic fibre. Based on the fibre used for the fabric, different characteristics can become more prominent. Therefore, it is advised to look closely at the characteristics of each fibre before choosing flannel.

Can I Find These Different Types of Fabric at Spotlight?

Spotlight has an incredible catalogue of fabrics, so if you are searching for any of the fabrics mentioned above, we are sure you will find it in our collection. Simply head over to our quilting range to discover all the fabrics available to you.

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