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.