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The City Quilter

Aren't these cotton print fabrics gorgeous?! I purchased them yesterday at The City Quilter in NYC. The City Quilter is located in Manhattan's Chelsea district and has more than 2,500 bolts of 100% cotton fabric for the urban quilter and sewer. The first time I walked into the store I was blown away. I have never seen such a large and beautiful selection of prints anywhere else. 
I use cotton print fabric to line my handbags. Selecting fabric for my handbags is one of my favorite parts of the creative process. If I am shopping for lining fabric and usually bring a few swatches of the exterior fabric that I plan to make my bag from. I will walk along the bolts of fabrics holding each swatch up to a print until one speaks to me. It's so exciting when one finds the perfect complement! 
Most of the fabric at The City Quilter is organized based on color. If my exterior fabric is blue for instance, I am initially drawn to the blue section. But from experience I know that I need to check all the sections because very often the best match is not at all what you would expect. Sometimes a mostly brown cotton print with just a touch of blue is the most striking match!
I've already cut out fabric for several bags using some of the cotton prints posted above. I decided to line the inside of the straps of these bags with the cotton print so the fabric peeks out from underneath. Can't wait to start sewing!

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