Modern Yardage - a review
I was asked to review some fabric from Modern Yardage. They are running on a new and interesting concept. In very basic terms, they are digitally printing fabric, so all their designs are stored digitally. When you order, they print your designs out and and send them to you. The idea is less waste, more environmentally friendly, and you don't need to worry about running out of a favorite print. You can read more about them here.
They let me choose the fabric prints I wanted to try. I decided to pick some assorted fat quarters in the colors of my McElligot's pool quilt so that I could add more variety to these blocks that I'm slowly working on.
As you can see in the photo above, the fat quarters come printed all on the same piece of cloth. Because the fabric they use is wider than traditional quilting cotton, they've got cute illustrations and ads all along the one edge.
Upon arrival, I found the fabric slightly stiffer than quilting cotton. They use prewashed sheeting as their base cloth. I decided to wash all the fabrics just to see how they would come out. I was pleasantly surprised by the feel after washing. It softened up nicely but still had a crispness.
I did notice some fading on the two darkest prints after one washing.
I made up a few of these blocks with these fun peach and aqua prints. My favorite print by far is that floral with the white background.
One thing I want to mention about their website is the option to buy any of their prints in different scale sizes. So I ordered this floral print in the smallest size. There is also a medium and large size in this print. This is a great option, something that I'd love to see in every fabric collection! Sometimes I love a print, but wish it was larger or smaller. Here you can do just that!
A few more blocks that I made in these colors. That teal colored star print did have some fading. The white stars were not as crisp as I was expecting, so that was a slight disappointment. Overall though, I don't mind a slightly faded look, since I'm a lover of vintage and soft colors so this would not deter me too much.
This last print was not part of my aqua and peach color scheme, but I just had to order it cuz I thought it was fun! I used this as my test piece and washed it twice. Slight fading on the first wash (more than a regular quilt shop cotton), but after the second wash I noticed no more fading. I was going to show you another photo after the second wash, but it would have been virtually the same.
So my final consensus? If they had a print that I loved, I'd definitely buy it! They are adding new fabric designers and uploading new designs all the time, so I know I'll be checking back!