When I design a quilt and need a solid to enhance a fabric collection I usually reach for a cream, black, red or white solid. They are easy and popular choices to buy in bulk and go with virtually 99% of all fabrics ranges, particularly solid white, which has become a popular fabric choice for showcasing the new fresh retro / vintage / modern fabrics and designs that are available today. The paler greys are also a popular choice.
These days I am challenging myself to use the wide variety of beautiful solids offered by the designers such as Moda. I love the range of Bella Solids, Basic Grey grunge solids and solids offered with other designer ranges. Turquoises, chocolates, charcoals and retro brights (lime, orange, pinks) are wonderful to bring alive the gorgeous prints in our quilts.
|Moda Origins Grunge Solids by Basic Grey|
|Bella Solid Lime goes beautifully with Kate Spain’s 12 days of Christmas|
|Bella Solid Robins Egg makes the City Weekend tones dazzle|
I always have the Bella Solids card available and match solids to Moda designer ranges, picking out the colours and shades that contrast or complement the collection.
Don’t limit yourselves to one solid. Try combining many in similar tones for a subtle look or mix them up with contrasting solids that pop out of the project.
So ladies and gentlemen quilters take the challenge and resist the White. I would love to see what you have created.