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Thread: Fabric Question

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    I am wondering how many different fabrics does it take to make a nice quilt? I am thinking at least three or four.Do you need more than that?

    I am thinking of DP9 or four patch or one made from the tumbler Accuquilt Go Die.

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    Berta, that's a hard question to answer. There are so many different patterns, some with lots of fabrics and some with just a few.
    From personal experience I can tell you a D9P would be great with 4 fabrics. I made one with about 12-15 different ones and it's busier than I wanted. I still love it but there's no real focal point.
    Hope this helps!! :)

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    You don't need a lot of fabric to do a nice quilt. With 3 fabrics you could do a 4 patch using 2 fabrics, then surround the patch with a solid color, then use one of the colors in the 4 patch for your border.

    Or you can use 3 fabrics if you find a really interesting panel, and use 1 fabric for the center and 2 different fabrics for borders.

    Or you can use 2 fabrics if you have an assortment of panels you can combine in a quilt.

    If you have a lot of scraps, you cut squares and/or rectangles and sew them all together for a beautiful, interesting, combo of colors quilt.

    I like to find panels in the remnant bins and cut them up and incorporate them into quilts but if you aren't a "panel gal", then imagine fabric in place of the panels in the examples below.

    Hope this helps.

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    Then there are 2 color quilts. Just 2 contrasting fabrics.

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    I like to use three or five if I'm creating the design. I always use odd numbers.

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    I was looking at the quilts that you have in the picture and would love to know where you got the dinosaur fabric from? My Granddaughter LOVES dinosaurs and I would love to make her a quilt with dinosaurs all over it..

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    My favourite quilts are actually those with only two colors, so you don't need a lot. Whole cloth quilts only use one fabric, and are beautiful!

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    Lalaland, that 6 fabric quilt is stunning!! I love them all :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    You don't need a lot of fabric to do a nice quilt. With 3 fabrics you could do a 4 patch using 2 fabrics, then surround the patch with a solid color, then use one of the colors in the 4 patch for your border.

    Or you can use 3 fabrics if you find a really interesting panel, and use 1 fabric for the center and 2 different fabrics for borders.

    Or you can use 2 fabrics if you have an assortment of panels you can combine in a quilt.

    If you have a lot of scraps, you cut squares and/or rectangles and sew them all together for a beautiful, interesting, combo of colors quilt.

    I like to find panels in the remnant bins and cut them up and incorporate them into quilts but if you aren't a "panel gal", then imagine fabric in place of the panels in the examples below.

    Hope this helps.
    I never thought to cut the panels up/Those are great.

    I have a lot of fabric and I am not very good at co ordinating them. I hate to cut them up and not have the quilt look right.

    Also I have some charm packs and honeybuns and jelly rolls but only one of each.Now that I have the AccuQuilt Go I don't purchase them anymore. Sometimes it is a delima LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Lynne
    I was looking at the quilts that you have in the picture and would love to know where you got the dinosaur fabric from? My Granddaughter LOVES dinosaurs and I would love to make her a quilt with dinosaurs all over it..
    That is a flannel fabric. I frequently buy end of bolts from my LQS and I purchased that one many moons ago. I didn't want to cut it up so decided to use it like a panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Lalaland, that 6 fabric quilt is stunning!! I love them all :D
    I had gotten that panel out of the remnant bin and cut out all the flowers. It sat in my drawer for years because I could not find fabrics that would all blend together - and then along came Batiks! And I was finally able to pull it all together.

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    I like quilts that only have around 3 colors but with several different prints and hue of each color? clear as mud?

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    I'm pretty good at color coordinating but sometimes not so good at visualizing so I lay the pieces of my quilt out and look at them with a design reducing glass. It's a magnifying glass that reduces, rather than enlarges, what you are looking at so you can view the entire quilt layout and spot any weird things going on.

    It's a pretty handy little gadget.
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    Beautiful quilts.

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    Here is a two-fabric quilt that I designed on EQ7 and sewed.

    Lanny
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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Lalaland, that 6 fabric quilt is stunning!! I love them all :D
    I had gotten that panel out of the remnant bin and cut out all the flowers. It sat in my drawer for years because I could not find fabrics that would all blend together - and then along came Batiks! And I was finally able to pull it all together.
    No way!!!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I'm doing a D9P with 3 colors. It really like it. I tried to do a D9P with scraps, but it was too busy for me.

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    Don't forget the OBW, which can be made with just one fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lllog
    Here is a two-fabric quilt that I designed on EQ7 and sewed.

    Lanny
    That is just beautiful!!! It is one block or the entire quilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Don't forget the OBW, which can be made with just one fabric.
    What is OBW?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berta48
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Don't forget the OBW, which can be made with just one fabric.
    What is OBW?
    One Block Wonder, a term coined by Maxine Rosenthal, author of several books on how to make them. There are several examples under pictures - just search for OBW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Berta48
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Don't forget the OBW, which can be made with just one fabric.
    What is OBW?
    One Block Wonder, a term coined by Maxine Rosenthal, author of several books on how to make them. There are several examples under pictures - just search for OBW.
    WOW Sounds interesting I will look that up. Thanks a million!!! :thumbup:

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    The entire quilt.

    Lanny

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    Quote Originally Posted by lllog
    The entire quilt.

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    The entire quilt what?Sorry I don't understand??

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    sure depends on the quilt i have seen some beautiful one color quilts, 2 color quilts, 3 color quilts and quilts with hundreds of different fabrics, the number of fabrics is totally dependant on the pattern you are making

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