3. Quilt Shops

Take A Deep Breath

We're Going In!

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This can be daunting, but I do have some tricks to teach you. When you have finished the course, you will be able to shop for patchwork  fabric like a pro!

Where do you start?

When you go inside the quilt shop or the fabric store near you, just wander around at first. If an assistant wants to help, just say you want to take it all in for a bit.

As you wander, you will start to get ideas.

Let the ideas come, and then go for a coffee. A few shops in Australia have coffee shops beside them. Some have connecting doors!

Take your time

Choosing can be a daunting task for the beginner. Allow yourself at least an hour to purchase fabric in a patchwork shop.

Because there are so many to choose from, you can easily get overwhelmed. If you wander around instead of grabbing the first things you see, you will get a much better idea of what appeals to you.

The fabrics might be displayed in themes; conversation prints together; large florals together. There is nothing stopping you from choosing one of the prints from ‘a story’ and using fabrics from outside that range with it.

Fabric stories, or fabrics designed to go together

Some shops will have the bolts sorted into colours, others will display ‘stories‘ (a group of fabrics designed to go together). Fabrics selected from a ‘story’ can have little or no value contrast.You need some lights and some darks.
 
Squint your eyes at the image and you’ll see how all but the gold print in the centre ‘merge’ into one another. That will happen in your quilt, too.
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No need to buy it all at the first shop

Sometimes you may need to go to different shops to get just the right combination.
Don’t settle — perhaps a few from this shop and a few from that shop will give you the perfect set of fabrics.