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Thread: How do you feel about solids?

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Solids are good as an accent piece but I'm drawn to prints, florals, etc.

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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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    The only time I have used solids is for bindings.
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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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    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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    I still find too many solids in large pieces make for a flat quilt (bc/ I've seen some minis that are very cute). Maybe it's b/c my quilting isn't good enough show off on a solid background. Maybe it's b/c I love the variations that come from batiks.

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    I love solids. Like to mix with prints. Like solid borders also.

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    Not tipically a fan of solids, prefering a tone on tone. Maybe because there was a time when 100 percent cottons were very hard to find in anything other than a slim selection of calico's and some solids. I made my share of quilts with solids and just am too facinated with the HUGE selection of prints that seem to get even better every year.

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    I think I own one set of solid FQs. Everything else is tone on tone or prints. (muslin excluded). Obviously I am not a big fan.

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    I LOVE solids, especially black. I think it's because I love Amish type quilts so much.
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    I use solids all the time....either in a bargello where I want no print or very little....or in regular quilt blocks where I want one piece of the block to stand out.....I really am not a fan of large prints, it seems that you need a large block of print by itself in order for it to look good....but that is just me

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    Using a small amount of a color saturated solid can really make a quilt pop. Think they can look especially good in a narrow border. When nothing else seems to work, try a solid

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    I'm liking solids more than I ever had before. I am starting to add them into quilts but I just LOVE them as backings. It shows the quilting so well and looks like a wholecloth on one side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beaniekins View Post
    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!
    Amish quilts are all solids, and the vibrancy is due to the color interplay.

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    I prefer tonals but have used some solid in applique

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    I really like solids. I am trying to branch out, but it isn't easy.

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    I like to have at least one solid or a tonal in my quilts. I did not have enough of them for a while. Kona Cottons for plains our my favorite.
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    I don't care for solids for myself, but I am a piecer and not a very good quilter. Tone on tone is good for me, but some of the quilting done on solids by others is absolutely amazing.

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    I do't use many solids -- I prefer tone on tone.
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    Check the book "City Quilts" by Cherry House. She uses all solids with a modern look and her quilts are fabulous. Also books by a woman named Weeks and her husband Bill (I can't remember last names or the book title, but it is something modern). It gives you a new appreciation for solids.

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