Create Soft Backgrounds with Character and Style
January 25, 2019 |
| Quilting How-To
Tips for Working with Low Volume Fabrics!
Very often a crisp white background, or that of another solid color, provides a lovely contrast for the prints in a scrappy quilt. However low-contrast, or low volume prints when used for a background add character and richness to a quilt.
It can be a bit of a challenge, however, to keep a quilt from becoming too busy when a wide variety of prints are used all over. Fortunately, a few tips will help you create a wonderful quilt using low volume prints.
What are low volume fabrics? In general they’re white or off-white fabrics with low-contrast designs. Mixing them together can create a beautiful and rich background and tends to work nicely in scrappy quilts.
Learn more about selecting low-volume fabrics in the following article from Cluck Cluck Sew.
A second article from Sew Can She provides helpful guidelines for selecting fabrics for a scrappy quilt with a background made up of low volume fabrics.
We especially like her method of folding fabric so you can see if a print will retain its overall color theme when cut into small pieces.
You’ll find additional tips for choosing and working with low volume fabrics in the following article by Sherri McConnell, who says:
“Even though the Low Volume fabrics can sometimes be a bit busy, when combined with stronger design and fabric elements, the variety of different background prints won’t overwhelm the quilt.”
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