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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.

Tips for Working with Low Volume Fabrics

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.

Tips for Working with Low Volume Fabrics

Learn more about selecting low-volume fabrics in the following article from Cluck Cluck Sew.

Click here for the “Choosing Low Volume Fabrics” article.

Tips for Working with Low Volume Fabrics

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.

Tips for Working with 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.

Click here for the “How to Choose Fabric for a Low Volume Quilt” article.

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.”

Click here for Sherri’s “Quilting with Low Volume Fabrics: Soft Backgrounds with Style” article.

 

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