Quilting Fabric

National Quilters Circle offers numerous guides to the best quilting fabrics. Here you will find how to prepare fabric for quilting, choosing fabric, dyeing…
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Organizing Your Scrap Basket
Laura Roberts helps you organize your scrap basket to make using them for your next project a breeze. The process consists of ironing your scraps to make them flat again and then cutting them into shapes you use the most. Make sure to be aware of the grain when cutting though.
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How to Make a Quilt Label Out of Fabric
Diane Harris makes adding a label to your quilt completely painless. Start by brainstorming and creating what your label will say and how it will look using Microsoft Word. You will need to get special fabric paper that runs through your printer.
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Triangles with Foundation Paper
The most common unit used in patchwork is the half-square triangle. Making them by joining two triangles is tedious, making them two at a time is an improvement. But, how about cutting either strips or rectangles and stitching 10 or 20 in a matter of minutes, making multiple half-square triangles?
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Loading & Quilting the Cutie Tabletop Fabric Frame
Creating patchwork is the first area of quilting we encounter as we learn the process. Next comes quilting the quilt, but where do we start? And once you have started, you find dragging the entire quilt “sandwich” through your domestic machine more of a chore than you realized. What are the options available? Do we limit the size of our projects? Do we change techniques? Should we send our quilts out to be longarm quilted?
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Quilting Strippy Landscapes
June Dudley makes a water landscape with small strips of fabric. She teaches you how to gather fabrics with a variety of strips to get what you want, and goes into detail about why water color changes and how to make sure your fabric is in order of lightest to darkest value using a black and white photo copy of her fabric.
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5 Fabric Flower Ideas for Your Next Quilt
Flowers are a fun way to add some 3-dimensional interest to any quilt. Whether you are looking for fabric flower ideas for your next art quilt or you are looking for the finishing touch to make your quilt come together perfectly, this list of hand-selected tutorials highlights exciting ways to create a variety of fabric flowers. We hope these tutorials will inspire you to look for fun ways to incorporate different flowers or 3D embellishments onto your quilts.
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Fabric Cutting or Fabric Tearing? The Advantages to Tearing Fabric
Joli Sayasane discusses the advantages of having your fabric torn opposed to being cut. Some of the benefits are that it helps you find the strait of grain, improve your piecing, and eliminate wavy borders. If it isn’t torn, snip in about a half inch from the side it and rip it yourself to see where the grain is. If your lines aren’t completely on grain, learn how to straighten it out.
what you need to know about quilt fabric and how to use it for your project
What You Need to Know About Quilt Fabric
Not all quilting fabric is created equal and some fabric is better quality than others. ZJ Humbach breaks down what can make one fabric better to use than others and how to tell.
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Quilting with Fabric Texture
Heather Thomas talks about diversifying your fabric selection when you create your next quilting project, and recommends a few different fabrics that have unique tactile textures. She shows you silk noil, lightweight canvas, Mexican jute, silk velvet, silk organza, cheesecloth and monk’s cloth.
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Using Alternative and Unique Fabrics in Your Quilts
Quilts don’t have to be made only using quilting cotton, especially if you are making art quilts. Heather Thomas shows you several different alternative fabrics to try out in your next quilt.
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Iron Quick Fabric
An iron and pressing surface is something quilters use when assembling most quilts and projects. As with anything else that is used repeatedly, there will come a time when it needs to be replaced. Rather than buying a new pressing surface or ironing board, learn how to make a new cover for one using iron quilt fabric- ZJ Humbach shows you how.
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Fussy Cutting
Fussy cutting fabric is a great way to create new designs, repeats and kaleidoscope effects when piecing your next quilt. Toby Lischko shows you how to fussy cut different fabrics using templates and how to use mirrors in order to find unique repeats within the fabric you are using.
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How to Prevent Fabric Bleeding
The debate of pre-washing or not pre-washing your fabric comes down to personal preference. However, when it comes to a fabric you are worried might bleed, you should probably pre-wash it. Toby Lischko explains how to know if a certain fabric color is going to bleed and how to prevent fabric bleeding on an already constructed quilt.
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Cut Work with Lutradur
Heather Thomas teaches you how to use lutradur to add texture, layers and interest to your quilting projects. By heating the lutradur with a heat gun, the material laces and then melts in certain places to reveal your base fabric below. You can create a really unique, aged-looking design with a few quick steps.
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Preparing Fabric for Quilting: A Guide to Getting Started
Preparing fabric for quilting is one of the first steps in learning how to piece a quilt. Toby Lischko shows you how to prepare you fabric for accurate cutting of long strips and smaller pieces.