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5 Tips for Building Your Fabric Stash on a Budget

You may not yet have a fabric stockpile if you’re a novice quilter, but you will! Allow me to provide some advice on how to begin accumulating a fabric stockpile.

While you first begin quilting, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when deciding which fabrics to purchase. You could be concerned that the materials you select won’t work well together. This will be aided by having a well-balanced fabric stock.

You may develop your fabric stockpile in a variety of ways. Let’s have a look at a few of them:

1. Purchase Fabrics from Collections

Designers develop collections in which all of the textiles complement one another. The same colors are utilized in all of the collections’ textiles, allowing for a “no-brainer” fabric selection.

Designers make their collections more interesting by including a range of design elements and colors. Refer to the color dots on the hem for accurate matching when adding solid or blended fabrics to a collection.

You can’t go wrong with a variety of fabrics, and you won’t have to worry about the reds clashing 😉

2. Purchase Fat Quarter Bundles

Most stores will sell fat quarter bundles that have been constructed by either the fabric manufacturer or the retailer.

These are ideal for projects that require pre-cuts, and, like collections, you can be confident that all of the fabrics in the bundle will match.

3. Purchase Blender Fabrics

Blender textiles are what they sound like. These are textiles that appear to be solid in appearance.

They’re generally printed in a tone-on-tone style. They provide texture to your projects while also providing a place for the eye to rest.

It might be a little overwhelming if all you have in your projects were fabrics with many different colored patterns. This is when blended fabrics come in handy.

4. Buy Batiks

Batiks are among my favorite textiles. These lovely fabrics are excellent for fusible web appliqué projects since a real batik appears the same on both sides (or so near that your eye won’t be able to detect the difference).

Batiks come in an unlimited variety of colors and designs, and no matter what colors they include, they always seem to pair nicely with other batiks.

5. Choose Materials that Contrast One Another

In quilt patterns, contrast is just as essential as color, if not more so.

Contrast highlights the design theme, and without it, you won’t be able to notice the pattern you’ve spent so much time piecing or appliquéing together.

Contrast is frequently neglected when selecting fabrics, yet it is critical for making your quilt stand out.