Many quilters are reluctant to use solids in their piecing because quilters like the texture that printed fabrics give to the overall impression of the quilts they are creating. I confess to being a quilter that loved to always use printed fabrics. Even my neutrals that weren't the star of the quilt had a print on them. After I bought my long arm quilting machine and began quilting my tops and quilting for customers my opinion of solids has changed. I now love to use a solid or two or more in my quilts for several reasons:
1) Solids are AFFORDABLE. I can routinely buy solids for $6.95/yard. Using solids makes my quilting budget go farther. Who doesn't want to save a little $$$ so we can buy more fabric. Yeah!!!
|This is my new favorite store in Mesa, Mulqueen Sewing Center. They stock EVERY Kona solid and sell them every day for $6.95. They have over 225 bolts of solids. LOVE IT!|
3) Solids show-off quilting! Now that I long-arm sometimes I really want my quilting to stand-out. Custom quilting and all-over designs show up best on solids and gives eye candy to your quilt so that the design, piecing and quilting can all be the star of the show.
4) Solids give your eye a place to rest as it explores the over-all aesthetic beauty of your quilts. Part of what makes a design great are the contrasts of colors and textures. Solids help you achieve that!
|Here is an example of falling in love with a piece of fabric over a year and a half ago and I am just now doing something with it. Love the solids!|