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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > What are your favorite fabrics to work with? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 4/12/13 12:36 PM

I realized while browsing through the Quilt shops site that If I could only have Marbles, Batiks and Stonehenge I would never need another fabric. And if I ever win the lottery I am going on a shopping spree to end all shopping sprees even if I were to donate half of it. Actually I would just be happy to work around it all day what I would probably do is start a business wouldn't matter if I made money, could pet fabric all day and interact with fellow quilters and I would have a big retreat every year to which you all are invited and get the best quilt teachers to come. Ok time to wake up now. Sorry just dreaming there a bit. Seriously though, at this late date in my quilting career finally starting to really develop my taste and what I really like to work with and the kind of projects I really like doing. So what are yours?

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Date: 4/12/13 6:57 PM

My stash is probably 2/3 hand dyed fabrics and batiks, and recently I've added some moda solids. The rest is a mix of different popular patterns.

I'm a bit of a sucker for novelty fabrics that I never know what o do with.

My other go to favorite lux fabric is silk Dupion. I love the range of colour and textures it also mixes well. I buy a bit when on sale.

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Date: 4/12/13 10:31 PM

I am like a magpie, I love anything shiny. So I love fabrics with metallic ink trim. I also love batiks, especially pink and orange ones.

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Date: 4/12/13 10:40 PM

For quilting - 100% cotton (of course) in black solids, black-on-black prints, and batiks in shades of greens, blues and purples.
For other things...very fond of denim and 100% twills, canvas and upholstery fabric (which I prewash several times and then use like canvas). I've done some work with very fine fabrics and I will take 100% cotton voile or georgette over synthetics (or even silk!) any day of the week. I like working with 100% wool too, but that's a bit out of my price range right now.

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Date: 4/13/13 0:11 AM

Batiks are my favorite, not always the easiest to work with, no stretch really, can be a problem if your not accurate or pairing with another fabric that is a looser weave. I am liking the Stonehenge fabrics. I just have been going through my stash, one lesson I learned this week, always get more fabric then you think you need, especially if its a favorite. I have some favorite batiks and am short 8 inches to finish up a quilt, I'll figure out something.

I like bright colors and Kona cotton too! Heck I like them all! I hope you win the lottery that would be fun! You could have your own studio, with all the fabric your heart desires, have sewing places for your friends to join you, ooohhhh what a great dream! You could have a retreat place in the mountains or the carribean and we would all come and join you. I'll bring chocolate!

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Date: 4/13/13 0:30 AM

High quality 100% quilting cotton all the way for me. Lots of black and charcoal gray solids and prints especially tonal prints, lots of purples, lots of turquoise/teal/Tiffany blue, and varying shades of green (usually emerald, kelly, or mint). As for prints, I favor paisley, Day of the Dead themes (Alexander Henry is one of my go to designers), and skulls. I love, love argyle and plaid, but I don't normally sew with them. Most of my solids are Kona cotton. If I could only buy from 2 designers for prints, it would be Alexander Henry and Tula Pink.

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Date: 4/13/13 4:08 AM

BATIKS! and Japanese fabrics-yukatas, indigos, taupes, cotton furoshiki.

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Date: 4/13/13 6:52 AM

Oooh Kaffe Fassett fabrics absolutely! Large scale and outrageous colours, bring it on! And piles of Batiks, hand dyed and Kona Solids.
I like some of the modern prints from a range of designers too.

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Date: 4/13/13 9:22 AM

Gosh I just LOVE fabric! Bright colors and soft colors and prints and solids.

I don't think I could pick just one favorite kind, but for quilting cotton in prints, soft pastel florals are the ones I love the most for me. Especially roses. I love roses in general, and LOVE a gorgeous rose print fabric. If it's a soft pink even better!

I also equally LOVE kid's fabric. I adore fun cute kids stuff! Sweet little baby stuff.

For costume making I loved working with silk. Nothing holds color quite like silk does. It is so expensive I didn't use it often, but LOVED it when I did. One of my all time favorite costumes I ever made was silk dupioni and silk georgette, I still have that one.

I like bamboo/cotton blend knits. I LOVE the softness of it! (I also love bamboo/cotton quilt batting the best.) I made my grandson's diaper soakers out of bamboo/cotton, they stayed soft and endured wash after wash after wash.

I also love wool, what a beautiful fabric to work with!

See, I told you I just LOVE fabric!

I would LOVE to visit your store Wolf! How much fun we would have! I'll bring wine

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Date: 4/13/13 12:38 PM

Anything I can get on a super deal! I really do enjoy working with cotton/blends.

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