Patchwork cottons available from Quilters Quest are high quality 100% cotton fabrics perfectly suited for patchwork and quilting and other home sewing projects. Quilter's weight cotton is typically accepted as the best fabric for patchwork quilting. While quilter’s weight cotton does have shrinkage, it typically shrinks less than cheaper cotton materials. Higher quality cotton fabrics are also less likely to bleed, although all materials should be tested for colour fastness when using them in patchwork quilts or other patchwork projects. We recommend that you pre-wash fabrics only if you are going to wash the finished project at some stage. Opinions on pre-washing fabric are wide and varied; there are pro’s and con’s to both sides of the argument but ultimately it is entirely up to you. Fabric can be pre-washed to remove excess dyes and to pre-shrink the fabric - a 100% cotton project could shrink by approximately 3% when washed, but this gives a lovely vintage look and feel. Most of our patchwork fabrics are 44" - 45" wide on the bolt, from selvedge to selvedge, unless stated otherwise in the description. Pre cut fabrics come in different widths - Quilters Quest will always state the width of each different fabric.
Quilters Quest cotton can also be used for dressmaking. Cotton used for clothing should always be prewashed and dried before beginning any cutting or sewing in order to avoid shrinkage and fit issues after the garment is completed.
All our patchwork and quilting fabrics are 100% cotton, unless otherwise stated. Quarter metres can be cut as Long or Fat Quarters. A Long Quarter measures 10" x 44/45" (25cm x 112 cm) approximately; it is rectangular in shape. A Fat Quarter is one quarter of a metre of normal width fabric, cut to about 19¾" x 21" (50cm x 55cm) on the fold of the fabric; it is squarish in appearance.