Fabric Buying Tips

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Making a collage quilt is entirely different from traditional quilt-making, particularly when it comes to fabric requirements and cutting instructions!  That's because there are generally no rigid fabric requirements other than MORE fabric. And cutting instructions simply involve not cutting your fingers off!  Ok, just kidding... cutting instructions are this: cut fabric pieces smaller than the palm of your hand, but larger than your fingernail.  Any shape is fine!  

Because of these loose recommendations, purchasing fabric for a collage quilt has some unique challenges.  One of the biggest is to acquire a large variety of fabric in small quantities!  Most shops have cutting requirements that don't favor a person who only wants to buy a few inches of a dozen different pieces.  So here is my recommendation: be loyal to shops who will cut and sell an 1/8 of a yard!  

Additionally, when shopping for fabric for your collage quilts, I recommend purchasing fabric in a spectrum of values AND temperature.  That means when you are shopping for pink fabric, for example, look to acquire light pinks, medium pinks and dark pinks.  And, I recommend incorporating both WARM and COOL versions of pink!

If shopping for fabric is beginning to sound a little complex, then you'll be please to know that I am now offering curated fabric bundles for sale on my website!  (Browse the current offering HERE). 

I've selected the perfect quantity and variety for each color.  Each fabric bundle contains 18 pieces of fabric in a single color, but in a spectrum of light to dark with warm and cool variations.  Each piece is 1/8 yard, making it easy to cut and fold as you work on your projects. 

To learn a little more about what I recommend when shopping for fabric, check out this free video tutorial: https://collagequilteracademy.teachable.com/p/shopping-for-fabric


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  • Kathy

    Is it important to wash and iron all fabric before using it for collage quilting?


  • Sandy Campbell

    Hi, Emily! Viewed recent video where you mentioned your daughter found some poster hangers for your wall quilts. How did you attach your quilts since assuming hanger openings are too thin or unless hanging sections come apart to fit posters, etc.? Great idea! Thank you and your daughter.


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