Fabric releases run in a cycle. These tips will help you avoid disappointment!
Nothing is more frustrating than finding a great fabric and then discovering that it is sold out. I learned that lesson the hard way. I found the last half-yard cut at a local shop, but could not find it anywhere because it had been released the previous year.
Moda introduces new quilt fabrics every six weeks. Other fabric manufacturers are much the same. That keeps inventory fresh, but when they are gone, they are gone.
Here is how you can keep up on quilt fabric collections to avoid disappointment.
Whether in print or electronic version, magazines promote current fabric trends as well as ads, articles, and projects.
Visit Quilt Shops Often
Seeing, and touching, the actual fabric is the best way to choose a design. Most shops display companion fabrics in a collection and often have samples showing the fabrics in an actual project. It also is ideal for matching up fabric swatches from your stash in a side-by-side comparison.
Fabric manufacturer websites provide galleries and archives for new and existing fabric collections and upcoming releases. Many fabric designers also maintain websites.
Fabric shops, manufacturers, and designers often offer free newsletters, blogs, and other information on their social media.
When you do find fabric you like, buy extra. If you are even a quarter-yard short, it can ruin everything, and you can always make something else with the scraps.
The fabric in our image is Flights of Fancy by MoMo for Moda Fabrics.