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Layering Prints and Patterns: How to Choose Complementary Fabrics

Layering Prints and Patterns: How to Choose Complementary Fabrics

Quilting is a productive pastime that can also provide stress relief and social opportunities. If you’d like to start quilting, you may be interested in creating beautiful designs that work well as gifts or accent pieces in your home. There’s no shortage of prints and patterns available, so it can be daunting to pick a variety of materials that complement each other. Here, we share tips to help you choose complementary fabrics for upcoming quilting or sewing projects. 

Start With Your Primary Fabric 

You don’t need to find every fabric at the same time—in fact, it’s probably best to keep it simple and start by choosing just one primary material. After you’ve chosen your favorite print or pattern, it becomes easier to pick complementary fabrics. Once you’ve selected the main feature of the project, you can get creative with perusing other options. 

Use a Color Wheel For Inspiration 

Monochrome palettes are a classic choice for quilts, but if you’d like to use a variety of colors, consider using a color wheel or color generator for inspiration. Adobe Kuler is a good choice, but there are multiple tools you can use for complementary fabrics. 

Choosing Prints and Patterns 

After you’ve selected the colors that you’d like to incorporate into your project, it’s time to start thinking about prints or patterns. One of the best aspects of quilting is that there are no concrete rules—you’re free to get as creative as you’d like. Whether you’d prefer to keep the project cohesive with similar prints or get a little wild with varied patterns, you can achieve the look that you have in mind. To ensure that you love the combination of fabrics that you’ve chosen, take a few moments to evaluate the layout before you get started. By stepping back and closely examining the patchwork, you can make changes to the design, if necessary. If you’re making a quilt to give as a gift or use as a decorative piece in your home, it may be best to choose complementary fabrics with similar hues. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so don’t hesitate to mix and match bold or unique prints if that’s your style! 

An eye-catching quilt can make a lovely addition to your home. There’s no limit to what you can create, so feel free to let your imagination run wild. Once you’ve completed your first quilt, it will probably become easier to choose complementary fabrics. By using a color wheel or simply selecting fabrics that you like, you’ll be able to craft gorgeous creations. To get started, browse our extensive selection of materials. We offer a wide variety of colors, patterns, and prints, so you’ll be able to produce truly unique quilts. 

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