How to choose the right fabrics to make a quilt

Whether you’re a complete novice, or you’re a keen sewer who wants to move onto the world of quilts, choosing the right fabric is essential to making your perfect quilt. It’s a big step, so whether you’re making your own quilt or you’re planning on giving one as a gift, take note of these steps to ensure you don’t go wrong when choosing your fabric.

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The print

With so many options, it’s easy to fall into the trap of settling for plain fabric. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a plain quilt if it’s what you have planned, but the beauty of quilts is that you can mix and match different prints and patterns to create a unique piece.

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Some prints stand out immediately and with quilting becoming so popular, it’s not unusual to see ones that look like a piece of art. Some of the most well-known contemporary artists even participated in a quilt exhibition to show their importance.


If you’re making a quilt to go in a specific room, or as a gift for someone, the likelihood is that you will need to stick to a particular colour palette or theme. A colour wheel comes in handy here, as it will show you just what colours fit well together. It’s a good idea to compare your fabrics side by side, whether that be in a shop or online at a site such as You can compare similar designs on cotton poplin fabric to see what will make a good combination.


Choosing the correct size is just as important as the print. If you have chosen a pattern for which you need small pieces, it’s no use using a large patterned piece of fabric as it will just be cut up and the scale of the print will not be appreciated.

If it all seems too daunting for you, it might be worth looking into pre-cut fabric for your first quilt. These handy little bundles include coordinating fabric which has been cut into size, ready for you to start sewing. Just because you didn’t meticulously choose each piece of fabric, it doesn’t make the quilt any less personal. After all, it isn’t just the print that makes it special. It’s the time and effort spent making it that counts.