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How do you feel about solids?

Old 02-16-2012, 12:00 PM
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Default How do you feel about solids?

The recent thread about batiks inspired me to ask this. How do you feel about solid fabric in quilts? What about when a quilt is made entirely with solids? Do you find it flat or vibrant?

I find that I'm liking solids on their own more and more. I used to find them bland and boring, but now I find that I'm drawn to them whenever I go to the LQS. I really like how they come in so many shades now, though it means that I want to spend more money to buy all the different colours!
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:06 PM
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I love solids because quilting shows up better on them. A quilter like Sharon Schamber can transform a solid fabric into something magnificent!

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Old 02-16-2012, 12:23 PM
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I have not used solids to make anything, but keep collecting a few along. Like you, I am drawn to all the shades. They are so beautiful it is hard to narrow down my choices most times.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:47 PM
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I like solids...especially in a bargello. Now that you mention it, I may try all solids as well. Thanks for the suggestion.
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solids are becoming more popular for quiltingmaking with the Modern Quilt Movement.
The Gees Bend kits gave solid a jump start. They can be flat or vibrant depend on how they are used.
I do mix with tube quilts and with rail fence as they give definitation.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:09 PM
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Solids are good as an accent piece but I'm drawn to prints, florals, etc.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:12 PM
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i have been using solids in quilts since the mid 70's so i guess i like them- there for a while it was pretty difficult to find them- unless you dyed your own-which i did- it is very nice to find some shops are carrying a larger selection of them- instead of just black & white.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:16 PM
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The only time I have used solids is for bindings.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:26 PM
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I prefer either marbles or tone on tone. I will use a small amount of solids at times, but still prefer more texture in the color. Pure solids in a quilt, as if using only Kona, would not be my preference.

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Old 02-16-2012, 01:31 PM
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Barn quilts are very popular in Iowa. I mean the kind where they put a large painted block on the side of a farm building. These block are always solid colors. I've seen a quilt that was a take-off on barn quilts, solid colors for piecing, and set with black sashings. I thought it was striking!
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