One of the biggest concerns that comes across from my students, is ‘Does this Fabric Go Together?’
With all of the great collections of fabric that come out now, it is easy to work with those and get a quilt that ‘goes together’. So I find this is a simple starting point, and then you can add some other fabrics to spice it up and really make it your own. Each student will add something different to the basic mix, and this is what can make quilts exciting, even if the process can be a bit scary!
Help also comes from looking at lots of quilts. The more quilts that you see the more ideas you get. I am mostly drawn to old quilts, as I do believe that there is really nothing new, and whatever bright idea I may have concerning a colour combination, block size or placement,scale of print etc… I will usually find something similar happened 100yrs ago! So really I am stilll catching up!
This quilt by Toshiko Mitsumori of Saitana, Japan that was on show at Houston, is a great example of a quilt that looks great! It was one of my favourites of the contemporary quilts.
But when you look close up there are so many different fabrics ….. yet it all ‘goes together’. United by the pattern, the background and sashing in the neutral fabrics. Food for thought!
I find lots of things to think about concerning what ‘goes together’ and hence what makes an interesting quilt, on these sites:
Barbara Brackman, Loads of great research into fabrics from old quilts.
Ann Champion, old quilts to get you thinking about the fabrics the maker choose.
Deb Rowden, vintage quilts from thrift shops!