The preferred fabrics for making quilts are 100% cotton. Most craft and fabric stores have a designated area for quilt fabrics and supplies and every community has specialty quilt shops. In addition to bolt fabrics which you purchase by the yard, precut fabrics and precut quilt kits are also made available for convenience.
Don’t over do with a myriad of patterns. It can get muddled up and can turn out badly. Balance is key. Don’t over do. Two or three varied patterns per room is plenty. You can go with all floral in pattern, but you need to try and see if you can’t find a way to utilize the floral with a plaid and stripe. Checks and geometric patterns are cool. Work those in if you can. And mix it up. A large plaid works well with a smaller or medium stripe.
It is not always fire which causes problems. Having extreme heat near any synthetic fabric will melt and curl into ruin. A simple cigarette ash will burn fibre based fabrics a hole into plastic.
There are fabrics, which come with stain guards and are easily washable at home. They are good for these purposes. Otherwise it becomes tough to clean them if they catch the stains of coffee or sauces.
China is one of the biggest textile producers in the world and in recent years has begun improving their manufacturing techniques to produce higher quality Honeycomb Panels. Indeed, many of the fabrics manufactured in China have surpassed Italian fabrics in quality.
Though it may sound a contradiction, linen can also be warming, as plant fibers are a wonderful insulator. A tighter weave, or linen worn in layers helps to keep you warm, making it a perfect winter time cloth too. When used for curtains, it can help keep a room cool in summer by shielding the room from the sun, but allows ventilation too. In winter, it keeps the room warm by insulating windows from the cold outside.
Wool is the most common suit fabric. It breathes, is durable, comfortable and is available in a range of finenesses and thicknesses to suit both cold and hot climates.
In addition to color, it’s often contrast (difference in values) that makes a quilt design successful. Without contrast, block pieces or whole blocks can blend together and the design will be lost. Try squinting at your selected fabrics. This makes contrast more evident. If the colors seem to blend together, substitute lighter or darker fabrics until you have a variety of values. If a certain print is too dominant and jumps out at your, you may have too much contrast.