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When people think of quilt shops, they think of beautiful cotton prints and solids. Quality cotton does make up the majority of fabric carried in local quilt shops. But there are a range of other fabrics that can be used in apparel, home dec and quilt projects. Let’s go on a tour of these wonderful fabric choices!
 
Denim is a sturdy textile that lends itself well to jackets, totes, and pillows, such as a tuffet or pouf. We have a wonderful collection of jewel-toned denims that are pliable and easy to work with.

Artists have used canvas since the 13th century. Use our lightweight printed canvas to create your own works of art. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a travel tote made from the playful camera print?

We can’t say enough about the rich texture of our tea toweling. Need a quick gift for a wedding? Whip up a set of monogrammed tea towels, and you are done! Or create a whimsical pillow using a couple of buttons and applique.

We had to splurge on these rayon batiks. They are so soft and have a luxurious drape. They are perfect for a quick infinity scarf or a flowing skirt. I’ll take one of each, please!

Double gauze is a relative newcomer in quilt shops. Think of your favorite lived-in flannel, but lighter and more airy. Double gauze is terrific for baby quilts, pajama pants, or even skirts or tops. We have shown these sweet elephants, but gauze is available in many trendy modern designs as well.

Woven plaid is the epitome of peaceful contentment. They are not stuffy or formal. Try mixing these delicious plaids with fun florals and solids for an unexpected element in your next project.

Cotton jersey is a comfortable, easy fabric. Today, jersey comes in a rainbow of colors and a variety of delightful prints. Consider using it for your next throw blanket. You will love how it envelops you like your favorite t-shirt.

Imagine experimenting with denim, canvas, gauze, wovens, tea toweling, rayons and jersey…mixing and matching with different textures and patterns.  There are limitless possibilities to make wonderful items for ourselves and the ones we love. The Quilter’s Trunk promises these fabrics will recharge your artistic batteries.
 
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 Katie & Lisa 

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