Background fabric plays a major part in the staging of your quilt. It can blend in with the block and make it float or provide a stunning contrast to lift the pattern out of the block.
Currently, my Top 10 favourite backgrounds (not in order of preference)
1. Painter’s Canvas by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller
I love the variety of colours and the textured, tone on tone look, created by brush strokes.
|Painters Canvas, Quilters Linens.|
The faux open woven look, in a rainbow of colours and now dots, provides a beautiful floating backdrop to your blocks.
|Sketch, Spotlight Text, Madrona Road|
With every collection from Basic Grey comes their ‘solid’ mixture called Grunge. A base range of colours to choose from brushed with subtle tone on tone or contrasting colours.
Once again the faux linen look gives a refreshing lift to any background. So many beautiful colours and neutrals to play with and lift your blocks.
|Quilters Linen and Parson Grey Curious Nature|
This roughly textured fabric will appear soon on the shelves. It comes in a deep red and a palette of greys and neutrals.
|Quilters Tussah, Comma and Fusions Ombre|
Sweetwater slip in text prints to every collection of late. They make interesting backgrounds for any quilt. They come in a variety of colours and print sizes. I love how they add real places, suburbs and street names to some of the prints. Maybe yours is on there.
A heavier, more open weave look in a multitude of colours. I love blending this with other fabrics.
|Essex, Grunge, Quilters Linen and Joel Dewberry|
The luxurious, silky feel of these solids give that royal touch to any quilt. I love the palette of colours that bring such depth to my blocks.
|Pure Elements Nocturnal|
This Japanese themed collection has a portion of solids in blues, grey and taupes/browns designed with an antique look. They provide a subtle backdrop to the quilt.
|Kasuri Grey and Art Gallery Urban Mod/Textures|
10. Text fabrics in general
I have been collecting any piece of fabric with text in any colour over the past year. I have picked up some wonderful pieces from Japanese designer – Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa.
Lakehouse – Annie’s Farm Seed Catalogue
Lakehouse – Penelope
Art Gallery Fabrics – Feelings II
What are your favourite backgrounds?