My husband’s grandfather taught me how to make quilts almost 10 years ago. I loved learning from him and hearing the stories that he would tell as we would make quilts together. But there was one thing that I just didn’t “get” — his choice of fabrics. He would always use solid fabrics. He loved to make amish style quilts and would pick the boldest, brightest solid fabrics he could find. In my ignorance, I assumed that since he liked solids that they must not be cool, so I steered clear of them. Instead I would gravitate towards tonal prints.
You can imagine my surprise when I found out that so many modern quilters loved to use solid fabrics. Grandpa’s fabric selections weren’t “uncool” as I had preivously thought……he was simply ahead of the trend. Even after I joined the Kansas City Modern Quilt guild, I still couldn’t use solid fabrics. But after awhile, they grew on me and now I am hooked!
I am not sure why it took me so long to come around! Using solid fabrics can make a quilt more visually stunning and also lets the quilting show up even more! As I wander around blog land, I can’t help but see several all solid quilts that catch my attention.
For example this quilt, Seeing Squares by Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio
Or this quilt, Intersections by Alissa Haight Carlton, look at that quilting, stunning!
I am curious, do you love solid fabrics? If so, have you always loved them or did it take awhile to come around?
No matter what kind of fabrics you love…..Quilt Fearlessly!