Is There A Right And Wrong Side To Quilting Fabric?


When I first started quilting, I didn’t put a lot of thought into the kinds of fabrics I bought to use in my projects. It didn’t matter to me whether it was cotton, polyester, rayon, or some other kind of blend because I was just happy to find a color that I liked.

After reading an article in which it was recommended that one should purchase cotton fabric, I decided to make the next purchase of fabric a cotton bundle. That turned out very well. The difference between sewing with cotton and sewing with polyester was clear to me, especially when I was quilting.

Then I read another article, and I learned that if I purchased the appropriate variety of cotton fabric, I could use the back of the garment instead of the front, and achieve an interesting effect. In point of fact, the quilt instructor who penned the article recommended utilizing both the correct and incorrect sides of the fabric in the same quilt.

I have not yet put that into practiceโ€ฆ. Maybe someday. It just so happens that the perfect quilt hasn’t become available yet. The notion of looking at the reverse side of the fabric, however, began to pique my interest, and as a result, I have made discoveries that (I am sure) many seasoned quilters who are also keen observers were already aware of. I only wish they had told me so that I wouldn’t have been forced to figure it out on my own.

Weaving the fabric is followed by printing the color onto the side that will be considered the “right” side of the fabric.

There is a possibility that some of the dye will seep through to the reverse side of the fabric. This will depend on a number of factors, including the thread count, the dye used, and any other finishes that are applied to the fabric.

This fabric is printed on one side only, and although some of the dye has transferred to the reverse side, the back is predominantly white. Simply clicking on the image will bring up a more detailed version.
The piece of fabric on the right has a striped design that was dyed into it. The threads are thinner, the weave is looser (there are fewer threads per inch), and the red dye has bled through to the back in significant amounts. You can see that either one or both sides of this fabric could easily be used in a quilt without someone thinking you had made a terrible mistake. This is because both sides of the fabric have the same pattern on them. If you click on the picture, you will be able to view a larger version of the selvedge.
Because the thread used to weave homespun cotton quilting fabric has already been dyed prior to weaving, the front and back sides of this fabric have an identical appearance.
Cottons that have been spun at home typically have a checkered or striped pattern. This is due to the fact that the thread is woven in only two directions: horizontally and vertically, which makes it impossible (at least with the technology that is available) to create a design shape that is one of a kind. If you click on the picture, you will be able to view a larger version of the selvedge.
Batiks are a type of specialty fabric that are currently very popular in quilting circles. They are easily accessible in a number of quilt shops as well as online, and they are also available in a wide variety of patterns, styles, and colors. Batiks can be found in a wide variety of patterns, styles, and colors.
Because the various colors of the fabric are achieved by dying the fabric rather than printing them, the color of the front and the back of the item are identical. The only distinction is that the pattern is mirrored in the opposite direction on the back. Back in the day, when batiks first started to make their way to the United States, we were overjoyed to see fabrics in just two colors: blue and white, or black and white were some of the first color combinations available. The range of colors and patterns available is incredible. To view a larger version of the picture, simply click on it.

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