Today, as part of the Bella Solid 2012 parade, I was given 4 solids to match to my stash and then create a project that could be made in one day. The 4 solids are:
Alternatively, they could be matched with a variety of fabrics, belonging to single collections or a menagerie of different fabrics from different collections and designers.
Solids with impact, like the Clementine, look great when they are used as an accent, rather than a feature. A splash of Clementine to the three following fabric selections, would make the design ‘pop’.
|Citrine Heirloom – Joel Dewberry|
|Tradewinds – Lily Ashbury|
|Heirloom – Joel Dewberry|
While they could be used in moderation to frame a block, the The Graphite, Glacier and Plum would make beautiful backgrounds where negative space would be an important feature of the design.
Where solids are used in large areas of a quilt, using a contrast thread of a heavier weight when quilting, can liven up the space. For example, I might use a plumb thread on the Grantite and a mid grey on the Plumb solid in perle cottons.
Don’t feel that you have to match exactly a colour in a collection. While Tula’s Nightshade collection is not quite a match for the Glacier, used in moderation it would still blend along side the Plumb.
The Melody Miller large bee print would look great with the Plumb …
or a spot or two of the Clementine.
Text prints are of interest in the quilting world at the moment. They make great backgrounds and blenders for an array of fabrics. I could see the Graphite blended with the text prints ( Annie’s Farm Seed Catalog and Crabtastic ) and a splash of a lipstick pink fabric from Suzuko Koseki – Catch Letters.
Lastly, I teamed up Plum and Clementine with a sketch (Tangerine) solid and two art gallery pure elements solids Cabernet and Colzumel blue.