Low Volumes: Normal Speaking Voice

This is Part 2 of 3 in a series on Low Volume fabric usage, not meant to be a fully comprehensive study in low voumes, but a good starting point. For Part 1 or Part 3, follow the link!

This lovely selection of low volume (LV) fabrics I like to call “normal speaking voice”. They have a white/cream background, but also have some more punch to them than the “whisper quiet” palette. These LV’s have more color and more pattern in them than the whisper quiets do, while still not being incredibly distracting AND still having a light base cloth of white/off-white/cream/super light gray. Here’s an example of “normal speaking voice” in action.

When pairing these “normal speaking voice” LV’s with prints, make sure you pick a print that is contrasting in color from the color of the LV. If you were to pair a blue-ish LV with a similar blue print, you’d lose the effect of using a more colorful LV. I think that’s one of the bigger mistakes people make when using LV. As I was making blocks for this quilt, I tried really, really hard to purposefully pair prints with LV’s that were not matchy-matchy and very contrasting. In fact, some blocks were so ugly (to me) I was sure they wouldn’t make the final cut. However, when the blocks are all set out together, the overall effect is very pleasing.

What do you think so far? Are you a “whisper quiet” fan or a “normal speaking voice” fan?

Low Volumes: Whisper Quiet

(This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. For Part 2 or Part 3, follow the link!)

I’ve been tossing around the idea of posting my take on low volume fabrics and how I would categorize and use them for awhile. It seems like there is a lot of differing opinions on what is actually a low volume and what isn’t. I love this aspect of quilting!! We all have our thoughts and ideas and in the end we make beautiful things because of our differing gut instinct. I’m going to tackle these low volume thoughts in a 3-part series starting today!

The first category of low volumes are what I’ve decided to call “whisper quiet”. I pulled some examples from my stash and included a few sample quilt blocks made with “whisper quiet” low volumes. In essence┬áthese low volumes are as close to a white as possible. They look like they could be a white or very light solid when you look at them from afar and within a quilt. Most likely they are a white or an off-white background with white, gray, or light brown subtle prints.

I’ve heard some quilters say they’re afraid to use low volumes because they don’t know how to pair prints with them in a way that the prints will pop. When you use “whisper quiet” low volumes, the sky is the limit with pairing it with prints. Since the background ends up being so light, you can get away with pastels, jewel tones, vibrant hues, subdued tones, etc. Essentially if you would love to make a low volume quilt, but you’re afraid of the end result, start with a whisper quiet color palate!!

 

 

Cotton Cuts Subscription Box

I was asked a few weeks ago if I’d like to try out a box from Cotton Cuts in exchange for my thoughts. I am always up for trying out subscription boxes or other quilting tools. There are so many options out there and we all only have a limited amount of our budget that we spend on fabric, notions, quilting, tools, etc. and I love suggesting things I feel are worth a part of your budget!

Here’s how Cotton Cuts works:

They ask you a series of questions to try to get to know your quilting style, then they customize a box based on your preferences. You can choose 12 fat quarters or 1 half yard cuts. You can choose to have a box sent monthly, or every other month. They customize the experience so you end up with a box you are pleased with when it arrives in the mail. Beyond that, I love the mission behind Cotton Cuts. They provide jobs to intellectually challenged and others with disabilities. I just LOVE companies that give back or exist to help provide opportunities to those who might not have employment otherwise.

My box arrived today and I was so pleased by the contents. I requested no batiks (they’re just not my thing) and ended up with 12 great FQ’s (plus the one extra they sent!). Surprisingly none of these are repeats with what I have in my stash, which is awesome considering I have accumulated quite a bit of Cotton + Steel lately. I adore Sweet Marion by April Rosenthal and recognized the two florals immediately. The novelty prints are perfect for a boy mom and I forsee some drawstring bags in my future for more hot wheels storage.

In addition to the perfectly folded and packaged FQs, they also included a cute Gingiber greeting card, Lanterns jelly roll friendly pattern by Purple Pineapple Studio, two 12-1/2″ block patterns, a cute zipper pull, and a free pattern download of my choice from Rebecca Bryan. I’m super excited to pick a pattern and get started enjoying this awesome box.

If you’d like to try it out, go to www.cottoncuts.com and use the code VANORMAN for 10% off your first box!