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Nail the perfect fabric for your next quilt project

by Christine Baker

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how to download fabric images from the Northcott website. This a such an AWESOME way to play around with Northcott’s fabrics in your computer design programs before even cutting the fabric!!

My Artisan Spirit City Scene fabrics arrived today and they’re just beautiful!! The panel looks like an amazing oil painting of the New York City skyline! I can’t wait to make something awesome with it.

An assortment of Artisan Spirit City Scene fabrics from Northcott fabrics.

An assortment of Artisan Spirit City Scene fabrics from Northcott fabrics.

The coordinating prints all look like oil paintings as well, but I think a basic gray would look nice with the fabrics, would help to break up the prints and would give the eye a resting place in the finished project. I looked through my stash and just happened to have three different ColorWorks solids that all coordinate nicely with the prints.

Panel with coordinating ColorWorks solids

Panel with coordinating ColorWorks solids

Northcott has two patterns available that were designed for this fabric line. “City Scape” has the directions for both a lap quilt and wallhanging (in each colorway) and the “City Lights” pattern makes a beautiful wallhanging.

Finding that perfect fabric

Another neat feature on the Northcott website is the “Product Finder” section that is on each fabric line’s homepage.This tool shows you what quilt shops in your area are carrying  the newest Northcott fabrics. First select your location from the dropdown menu.

The Product Finder

The Product Finder

I selected “California” and this is the page that came up – it shows a list of which stores in California carry which fabrics from the City Scene line. You can even print the list to take with you when you’re shopping!! Isn’t that brilliant??

Here is a list of which stores in California are carrying which City Scene fabrics from Northcott.

Part of the list of stores in California that carry City Scene fabric!!

If you click on the store name, a pop up window will show you the store address, phone number, email address AND a map! You can see which stores have ordered the patterns that go with the fabric line and call them to see if they are making up kits!

The quilt shop info that shows up when you select a shop name from the list on the Northcott Product Finder tool.

Quilt shop info

As you can see, Northcott is making it SUPER easy to find their products!

Tomorrow we’re going to talk about different ways to slice up a fabric panel and we’ll get started on our Artisan Spirit City Scene project. See you then!

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Download fabric images to kickstart your next quilt design

Go to part 3: Overcoming the fear of cutting quilt panels

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