Building a Well Rounded Fabric Stash
Finally time to do some fabric shopping! Now that we have organized our stashes and evaluated the holes, let's talk about building a well-rounded stash. First, we'll discuss what kind of prints to look for. Then I'll share some of my favorite stash builders.
Geometric Prints vs. Organic Prints
Quilter's Linen is a 100% Cotton quilting fabric printed with linen a texture. Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons, Moda Crossweaves and Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids are all woven fabrics with one color in the warp and another color in the weft. Because of this, the fabric looks different in different lights and at different angles. It makes for a really interesting effect.
Some of My Favorite Stash Builders
Modern Meadow and Aviary. One of my favorite stash prints is Herringbone from Modern Meadow. It's a beautiful feather-like design that comes in cheery colors as well as neutrals. I have also recently stashed a few of the Honeycomb prints from that line. Very geometric as well. Another favorite I was lucky enough to stash this past year are the Woodgrain prints from Aviary. They're Tone-on-Tone prints and a great organic print stash builder.
Farmer's Market, Meadowsweet, and Meadowsweet 2 lines are another crowd favorite and a new favorite in my stash. They're a good mix of Tone-on-Tone and Color + White candy-colored prints.
Wild Thyme collection. They're simple and sweet and come in a variety of colors including reversed prints of many of the colors.
Kei Honeycomb Dots in just about every color, but my budget won't allow it. Instead I've looked for alternatives. Bliss by Bonnie and Camille has a great tight dot print as well as Rainy Days and Mondays by Melimba & Beccabury. I also keep a few colors of Ta Dot by Michael Miller and Full Moon Polka Dot by Amy Butler on hand.
Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday line. I picked up this Dandelion print from Habitat by Michele D’Amore.
Fabric Stashing Tips
- Shopping at a local quilt shop is ideal. It allows you to see the fabrics in person, and also helps support your local economy and a small business.
- If you don't have a quilt shop in your area or they don't have what you're looking for, there are a lot of great online fabric shops. Here are a few of my favorites for buying quilting cotton: Hawthorne Threads, Pink Castle Fabrics, Fat Quarter Shop, Stash Fabrics, The Intrepid Thread.
- When I'm shopping for fabric without a purpose in mind, I generally buy fat quarters or 1/2 yards, depending on how much I like the print. I am a sucker for fat quarter bundles too.
- If I happen to find a fabric that would make a good background fabric for a quilt, I generally buy around 3 yards.
- For quilt backings, I generally buy 5-6 yards. Check your shop's sale section! I usually keep a stash of quilt backings on hand. Many shops also carry 108" wide quilt backing fabric, so keep an eye out for that.
- For quilt binding, I generally buy 1/2 yard - 3/4 yard.
- If I'm trying to find something to match a specific print or color in my stash, I'll cut little swatches and staple them to an index card to take with me to the fabric store. This way I can easily test it with the prints and solids I find while shopping.
- If you like to make clothes or bags, get familiar with about how much yardage a typical project requires for your size. This way, if you happen upon a fabric you like, you can estimate how much to buy without having a specific project in mind.
The next post in this series is on Supplementing a Fabric Collection.