We joke a lot about our fabric stashes but there actually is a really good reason to keep them stocked! We are in the midst of the fall season and will soon enter the Christmas holiday. That means seasonal fabrics may be in abundance now, but might be hard to find this time next year.
Although COVID slowed things down for a bit, many fabric manufacturers release new quilt fabrics every six weeks or so. That keeps inventory fresh which is wonderful for us makers but, for the most part, when they’re gone, they’re gone.
I often plan projects a year (or more) in advance. I’ll get an idea and, with a full-time job and other family responsibilities, it takes a while to bring it to life and actually make it.
Too many times, I have discovered a print that I adored only to find that it was released last season and isn’t available anywhere. I learned the hard way that if I see a fabric I really, really like, I buy it.
So how can you keep up on the release of new fabric lines?
Visit Quilt Shops
Our hometown quilt shops are disappearing at an alarming rate and I try to patronize them as much as I can. They often display newly released fabric lines together so that you can see how they coordinate. Sign up for their newsletter and follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts for announcements.
Follow Fabric Companies
Fabric manufacturer websites provide galleries and archives for new and existing fabric collections and upcoming releases. Many fabric designers also maintain their own websites. Most have a social media presence that keeps customers apprised of new releases.
Just Buy the Fabric
When you do find fabric that you like, buy extra. You can always use the left-overs for another project but you may not be able to find more fabric if you run short. It’s okay to buy fabric, even if you are not sure what you are going to make!
Sew Inspired by Bonnie