Aurora Sisneros

How to Choose a Quilting Fabric

Aurora Sisneros
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Aurora Sisneros and Kelly Pederson Hanson express important tips and information regarding different quilting fabrics. Find out what the many benefits are for using certain fabrics as well as how the size and sharpness of your sewing needle impacts the durability of your quilt. Learn how to find the grain line in quilting fabrics and identify the best fabric for each of your quilts.

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5 Responses to “How to Choose a Quilting Fabric”

  1. Irene Maradei

    The description says that they discuss how to identify the best fabric for each of your quilts. That information was not in the video. The quilter lady just said that cotton is the best (almost the only) option, as fabric should not stretch. That’s all. No differentiation for different kinds of quilts. Do the people writing the description even watch the videos before writing it?

    • Customer Service

      Hello Irene,
      Thanks for contacting the National Quilters Circle with your question. I’m sorry that this video didn’t cover the information that you were expecting. The two individuals that presented the information covered a wide range of topics from the perspective of a sewist and a quilter. As a quilter I would always recommend 100% cotton fabric for a patchwork project. Purchase the highest quality of fabrics that your budget will allow and enjoy the process. As for backings, the quilter here promoted flannels and plush fabrics, two substrates that are not quilters cotton. They also covered using a stabilizer when working with knits, which occurs in the creation of t-shirt quilts.

      That being said, I did not write the description for this video. It was created before my time as the managing editor. I, personally do take the time to view each video, take notes and attempt to be as accurate as possible when writing descriptions for our members.

      Again please accept my apology – we strive to do our best when creating content for our membership.
      Happy Quilting
      Colleen Tauke
      Managing Editor NQC

  2. Maria

    I do not understand how this discussion matches the title of selecting quilting fabric.
    The needle discussion only applies to quilting on long arm machines and is thus confusing. Sharps are used with standard home use machines.
    The discussion on straight of grain on the cotton is not correct. She straightens out the cross grain. The straight of grain is along the selvage.

  3. Theresa

    Great video except for one thing. Kelly talked as if all quilts are quilted on a longarm. I would like to know how to handle using Minky fabric on the back of a quilt that will be quilted on a domestic machine.

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