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Learn to Quilt {Part 1}: Picking Out Fabric

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FYI: This post is part of my Quilt-A-Long / Learn to Quilt Series If you’re just jumping in here, I suggest you read the previous post. (But, in case you’re too lazy, here’s the TLDR: I’m teaching myself how to make a quilt / blanket and want to document it as I go along so that I can help anyone else who who wants to learn too.)

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My first stop on my quilt-making journey is picking out fabric. Why? Because that’s the most exciting part of course! 🙂

I had a few pins I had saved from a long while back suggesting some of the best places to get fabric from including:

I ended up buying my fabric from Fabric.com because that’s all they sell — they have SUCH a wide variety and you get free shipping after spending $35! Choosing my fabric wasn’t all that difficult. I have an eye for color and design . . . for people who this doesn’t come naturally to, I am not sure what to say. I might say go to a real store and ask for help. It can certainly be overwhelming on your first go around — it was for me. Or you can follow a quilt pattern and purchase the fabric they suggest. (A simple google search for “free beginner quilting pattern” will return a bunch of options for you. You can also find free beginner quilting patterns at The Fat Quarter Shop, Live Art Gallery Fabrics, Riley Blake Designs, or this post on The Spruce Crafts.)

To make it manageable, I chose 1 main fabric — Michael Miller Contemporary Florals Flower Shower Petal Pink — and went from there. Unfortunately, the Michael Miller Contemporary Florals Flower Shower Petal Pink fabric was back-ordered and never arrived. So, instead I ended up choosing the Michael Miller Play Dot in Bloom Grey (below, scroll down to see it).

Fabric: Michael Miller Contemporary Florals Flower Shower Petal Pink

Fabric Features and Description:

  • 100% cotton (Quilting Cotton)
  • Lightweight (4.71 oz/yd²)
  • Width – 44”
  • Washing instructions: Machine Wash Cold / Tumble Dry Low

Designed for Michael Miller Fabrics, this cotton print features large mod flowers. Colors include shades of pink, grey, black, and white on a dark grey background.

The Michael Miller Play Dot in Bloom Grey:
Fabric: Michael Miller Play Dot in Bloom Grey

Fabric Features and Description:

  • 100% cotton (Quilting Cotton)
  • Width – 44”
  • Washing instructions: Machine Wash Cold / Tumble Dry Low

Next I knew I wanted to pick a grey — a light grey with a white subtle pattern on it to balance out all of those bright colors and bring out the light grey in the main pattern. I chose a light gray fabric with a subtle pattern on it. The fabric (which is no longer available unfortunately) is called The Gray Collection Fracture Light Gray. Here’s what it looks like:
Fabric: The Gray Collection Fracture Light Gray

And then I also wanted to choose something light pink to pick up on the light pink in the pink floral petals pattern. So I chose Premier Prints Mini Starts Twill Bella a baby pink fabric with a white stars pattern on it.
Fabric Swatch: Premier Prints Mini Stars Twill Bella

Fabric Features and Description:

  • 100% Cotton, Screen printed on cotton twill
  • Lightweight (5.9 oz/yd²)
  • Width – 54”

Finally, I wanted to pick a brighter, louder pink-ish color to pick up on that other color in both the multi dots pattern and the pink floral petals pattern. If there was a pattern on it, I knew it had to be subtle because the color was bright. I chose the Moda Marble Swirls in Raspberry (no longer available).
Fabric Swatch: Moda Marble Swirls Raspberry

Fabric Features and Description:

  • 100% Cotton
  • Width – 44/45”

And then sometimes you just have to throw in another color. Purple looks good with pinks and greys, so that’s what I chose! The fabric is called Essentials Brights Spatter Texture Purple by Wilmington Prints. I figured I could use just a few squares on the inside of the quilt and then also use it for the quilt border as well as the binding.
Fabric Swatch: Wilmington Prints Essentials Brights Spatter Texture Purple

Fabric Features and Description:

  • 100% Cotton
  • Width – 44”
  • Machine Wash/Tumble Dry

All of those fabrics are 100% cotton “quilting fabrics.”

I still had to choose the backing fabric. I have a quilt someone made for me on my couch for my high school graduation. I absolutely love it, and the backside is a very comfy flannel. I figured I could do the same here. I chose this cute grey flannel print with confetti and elephants:
Fabric Swatch: Dreamland Flannel Elephant Confetti Jasper Grey

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Cheers,
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