Solid fabric has such impact and I've been enticed by the lovely range of colours now available. It is funny, that I consider it an adventure working with solids because for many years I mainly sewed solids, having been raised with the ideals that you can't combine more than 2 prints together. Hence, that left me using solids with maybe two prints total. Prints combined without a solid to "tie them together" was viewed as a "no, no" in my household (thanks, mom! ;o). Now, if you've been through my blog at all, it's obvious, I'm long past that belief!! The more prints the merrier, I say, but since I've been bitten by the quilting bug, I've become so comfortable combining prints and have overlooked using solids in my projects for anything more than an backdrop. It's time I put those solids on center stage!
I haven't gotten so far as to drop the prints altogether, but I'm dipping my toes into making more use of solids in this recent design. I have a bit more tweaking to do to it, but have high hopes for it. Hopes that include making this simple design into a tutorial I can share with you. I am wondering what are your feelings for sewing with solid fabrics? Are you really adept at it and use lots of solids or are you a bit like me and just experimenting? Which are you more drawn to ... solids or prints?
While you're thinking about that, I have to show what landed in my mailbox at the end of this week. I received this gorgeous and inspiring magazine as a prize from the talented Brigitte, all the way from Germany. I have been poring over this magazine and admiring the gorgeous projects and inspiring showcase of quilts from cover to cover! Thanks again, Brigitte.
Perhaps you don't know her, but let me tell you, Brigitte is a very talented designer and quilter. I first discovered her after I stumbled across photos of her booth at Quilt Market last year. I fell in love with what I saw. She has an incredible aesthetic when it comes to colour (fabulous use of solids) and elegant, clean designs. No wonder that she has two features in this very magazine. One shows her lovely studio in her home (there she is, below... hello, Brigitte!).
The second is for a Zen Chic project - a beautiful table runner that Brigitte designed. Can I tell you how much I love her brand, Zen Chic!
I want to encourage you to go visit Brigitte at her blog, Farbstoff. You will be inspired, I promise. One of the regular features she blogs about is choosing colours. She puts together the most gorgeous palettes, selecting her colours based upon an image of something in nature or even in the man-made world. Brigitte also has an online shop with modern designer fabrics, here along with patterns and kits you can purchase. Happy Sewing!