Quilting Fabrics: the Pros and Cons

Quilting is an art that requires attention to detail, precision, and a love of fabric. Choosing the right fabric for a quilt is important as it can affect the overall look, feel, and durability of the finished piece. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of fabric commonly used in quilting, their pros and cons, and why they are good or not good to use in quilts.

  1. Quilting Cotton is the most commonly used fabric in quilting. It is 100% cotton, lightweight, and has a tight weave that makes it easy to work with. Quilting cotton is available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and designs, making it ideal for creating intricate quilt patterns. It is also durable and easy to care for, which makes it perfect for quilts that will be used and washed frequently.

Pros: Wide variety of colors and patterns, easy to work with and sew, durable and long lasting, affordable

Cons: Limited texture options

  1. Lawn Cotton is a lightweight, semi-sheer fabric that is soft and smooth to the touch. It is made from 100% cotton and has a high thread count, which makes it a popular choice for quilts that require intricate and delicate work. Lawn cotton is available in a wide range of colors and designs, and its lightness makes it ideal for summer quilts.

Pros: Soft and smooth texture, high thread count, ideal for intricate quilting, great for lightweight or summer quilts.

Cons: Can be delicate and prone to tearing, limited texture options

  1. Woven cotton is a type of fabric that is made by interlacing yarns at right angles. It is durable fabric that is commonly used for clothing and home decor, but it can also be used in quilting. Woven cotton is available in a variety of colors and designs, and it is easy to care for.

Pros: Durable, wide range of colors and designs, easy to care for

Cons: Limited texture options, can be stiff

  1. Poly-Cotton blend fabrics like broadcloth are made by blending polyester and cotton fibers. This creates a fabric that is lightweight, soft, and easy to care for. Poly-cotton blend fabrics are available in a range of colors and designs, and they are often less expensive than other fabrics.

Pros: Affordable, soft and lightweight, easy to care for

Cons: Sometimes less durable than other quilting fabrics, limited texture options, cannot handle high heat

  1. Linen is a natural fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. It is strong, durable fabric that is often used for clothing and home decor, but can also be used in quilting. Linen is available in a range of colors, and its texture adds a unique element to quilts.

Pros: Strong and durable, unique texture, great for 

creating a rustic or vintage look

Cons: Can be more expensive than other fabrics, limited 

designs and patterns

In conclusion, choosing the right fabric for a quilt is crucial to creating a beautiful and long lasting piece. Quilting cotton, lawn cotton, woven cotton, poly-cotton, and linen are all great options for quilting, each with their own unique characteristics. Consider the project, design, and desired outcome when choosing the fabric type for your next quilt.

Happy Quilting!


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It’s fortunate that you brought up the fact that quilting cotton comes in a multitude of hues, patterns, and styles, which makes it perfect for designing elaborate quilt patterns. I’ll make sure to share this with my daughter to keep in mind, as she has expressed a strong desire to learn how to quilt like her sister. I will definitely look into quilting classes that she can attend.


Victoria Addington

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