Fabric Quality for Beginners

What are your thoughts on fabric quality for beginners? I’ve heard it said that beginners may not want to use to use good quality fabric in their early quilts because they may make mistakes and thus waste good fabric. But if you’re ripping pieces apart, the cheaper fabrics tend to really fray and stretch, and I wouldn’t want a new quilter to get disappointed. What do you think?

Submitted by Paula

You make an excellent point. Quilting is becoming a scarce hobby and we wouldn’t want any new quilters getting discouraged from continuing with a first project if they are using supplies that are difficult to work with. There is definitely a difference in quality between fabrics from Walmart and your local quilt shop, but also a difference in price.

If someone is a new quilter I always suggest just purchasing the best you can afford. If on a tight budget, they can just buy for their current project and build a stash slowly over time from the leftovers. With that being said, if quilting is your therapy and money is tight, even a less quality fabric will still do the trick there.

I always like to think of all those vintage quilts – back then they would use clothing or any other fabric they had lying around. And yet we still have these treasures saved in our hope chests. Cared for properly they too can last a lifetime.

Kelly

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4 Responses to “Fabric Quality for Beginners”
  1. Ruth

    What is the best pattern to start wuth. O am doing the Log cabin but want to try something else just just to learn

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    • National Quilters Circle

      Hi Ruth. Nine patch and four patch are always fun to do. You can do them with a twist by doing a disappearing nine ( or four) patch. I know we have a video on disappearing four and nine patch. have fun! Nine patch and four patch are always fun to do. You can do them with a twist by doing a disappearing nine ( or four) patch. I know we have a video on disappearing four and nine patch. Have fun!

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  2. Barbara Raley

    What is the best long arm quilting machine and frame for the best cheapest price?

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