Guesswork be gone: patterns for YOUR favorite fabrics (+ sale)

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Today we’re making YOUR favorite fabrics the focus! With the right patterns and advice, any fabric can be sliced, sewn, and transformed into a beautiful quilt you’ll be proud to display. And with this week’s books on sale, you can take the guesswork out of using fabrics in your stash that you love but aren’t quite sure how to incorporate into a quilt.

Take a look at your stash; then take a look at the featured books below. Get inspired to start a stash quilt today!

Fabric focus: Big motifs

Big-Print PatchworkBig-Print Patchwork: Quilt Patterns for Large-Scale Prints
Sandy Turner

Got pictorial fabrics, but not sure how to use them in a quilt? The how-to in Big-Print Patchwork will help you create show-stopping quilts that easily adapt to the large-scale prints you can’t resist at the quilt shop. Remember that fabric with the mega-huge flowers…the exotic animal images…the [fill in the blank] extra-large motif? You just had to have it. Here’s your opportunity to use it!
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Around the Orchard

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Fabric focus: Neutrals

Spotlight on NeutralsSpotlight on Neutrals: Quilts and More for Any Decor
Pat Wys

Black to white, brown to cream, and all the shades in between—those are neutrals. But if you think neutrals are drab, boring, and only for guys, you haven’t seen best-selling author Pat Wys’s jaw-dropping neutral quilts! Pat says if you want to build your color confidence, make an all-neutral quilt. Neutral fabrics are timeless, always available, and not necessarily “line specific”—and they blend beautifully in any decor.
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Fabric focus: Batiks

Quilt Batik!Quilt Batik!
Cheryl Brown

Do batiks grab you at the quilt shop and not let go until they’re happily riding home with you? You need Cheryl’s book! Her striking quilts show off batiks in classic quilt blocks you’ll quickly recognize. Learn fascinating tidbits about batik fabrics too, including their history, waxing and dyeing techniques, and more. Cheryl’s designs make it easy to use your batiks in a quilt—not just as a sewing-room decoration.
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Examples from
Quilt Batik!

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$24.99 $19.99
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Fabric focus: Anything goes!

Fabric PlayFabric Play: Change the Fabric, Change the Quilt
Deanne Moore

Got a hodge-podge of fabrics just waiting for their chance to shine in a quilt? Deanne will show you how to dramatically change the look of a quilt with a change of fabrics. With helpful tips, ready-to-color design sheets, and make-in-a-weekend patterns, you simply can’t go wrong—no matter what your fabric collection contains! Take a look at the 13 Fabric Play quilts Martingale staffers made—we had so much stash-happy fun!
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Examples from
Fabric Play

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Which type of fabric dominates your stash: pictorial prints, batiks, neutrals…or is it an eclectic collection? Tell us in the comments!

23 Comments (leave a comment)

  • My fabric stash is mostly floral prints.

    —Grace B on March 7, 2016
  • Eclectic all the way – I have fabrics from the 70’s forward!

    Marsha Ransom on March 7, 2016
  • Everything, including vintage and real feedsacks. But I have lots!

    —mary oddan on March 7, 2016
  • I am definitely the "anything goes" gal. I put them all on the cutting table and treat them all alike-if it is the right size it goes into the box!

    —Bev Gunn on March 7, 2016
  • My stash is pretty eclectic, but I did go through a period of acquiring many large scale Asian fabrics which, of course, I never could bring myself to cut up. Perhaps now is the time.

    —Sandy W. on March 7, 2016
  • Eclectic would be the best word for it, that’s certainly better than calling it "a couple tons of fabric".

    —JoAnne T. on March 7, 2016
  • Mynstash really is eclectic. I have reproductions of 30’s fabrics, traditional printts, baby prints and batiks as well as blenders and solids!

    —Judi on March 7, 2016
  • Batiks are my favorite.

    —Sandy on March 7, 2016
  • I have a lot of florals, designer prints, and many many batiks.

    —Mary Ruda on March 7, 2016
  • How can I call it "eclectic" when it’s intentionally chosen- but neither is anyone left out. Love my batiks, but I could use any of those other cottons as they are right there . Never know what I need for the next project-so I shop my stash and only occasionally need to order a supplement. So any of those three books would fit right in to be used with my next project choices. Thanks, Kathy in Colo

    —kathy pfaltzgraff on March 7, 2016
  • I too have a bit of this and a bit of that. Have been collecting for years but now I am trying to use up before buying more. So many new and beautiful fabrics out there that I wish I could just trade a lot of mine for some of them.

    —Karen L. on March 7, 2016
  • Batiks are my favorite, especially since no two bolts are the same and new ones constantly appear. I also like cats, black and white, children’s prints, Australian fabrics and African fabrics.

    marie godfrey on March 7, 2016
  • Eclectic, but the larger part being fabrics that read as one color without being one color.

    Rusty on March 7, 2016
  • My stash includes lots of florals and tonal solids.

    —Tammy on March 8, 2016
  • Lots of batiks in my stash!!

    —Allison CB on March 8, 2016
  • I definitely have an eclectic collection.

    —Nancy N on March 10, 2016
  • I mostly have batiks, just love them.

    —Cindy Schultz on March 11, 2016
  • Hi there,
    Well, I gotta say that my stash is all over the map…I do not discriminate…lol! Having said that, my fabric tastes have changed over the years and I’m getting ready to donate a huge bag of not-so-favourite fabrics to a gal who makes shopping bags(use them so you don’t have to use plastic bags when you are out shopping).
    Quilty Huggs,

    —Jacqueline VH on March 11, 2016
  • I have a very eclectic stash. Moda solids, feedsacks, florals, batiks, novelty, and then I even go as far as to own collections by favorite designers. Will I ever get around to using them all? One 0f these days, I hope to. When my kids and my nieces are here, we always have something to pull out to sew on, it’s sew nice to have a great stash!

    —Sheila on March 11, 2016
  • Mine is a very eclectic mix of just about anything you can imagine!

    —Cindy on March 11, 2016
  • Civil War reproductions are my fav and most collected fabrics the rest is just an eclectic assortment .

    —Ondrea on March 12, 2016
  • Eclectic all day long!! Everything including the kitchen sink in every colorway from formal wallpaper stripes to cutesy kiddie prints to flamboyant oversized florals and bold abstract batiks. I tend to collect by color and by theme: cats and Halloween for my daughters, golf and fishing for my husband, chickens and frogs for me and lots of patriotic and Christmas for everyone else. Throw in some Asian, some Civil War, and a dash of 30’s feedsacks, sewing images, and Hawaiian florals and everything clashes and mixes equally well. Did I mention the seashells, the Kokopelli, and the cooking utensils? I just bought some Minions!’

    —Linda Towers on March 12, 2016
  • I have many types of fabric–batiks, novelties, neutrals, assorted prints, and tone on tones in every color. Most of my quilts are scrappy, and it is fun to use lots of different fabrics.

    —JoAnn on March 12, 2016

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