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Thread: Very little contrast

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    In the Quilting magazines lately there are quilts with very little contrast, such as all pastel florals. Do you like them?

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    Some quilts seem more calming without contrast, I guess it is whatever look you are striving for :D:D:D

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    I prefer more contrast, most of the time.

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    no I prefer more contrast

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    I love contrast but sometimes I love the low contrast too. Very calming and relaxing.

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    I like contrast. When I look at a quilt I see dark v bright.

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    I agree!! To put all that work into a quilt and then not be able to see the pattern/design seems like such a waste...IMO!! I like sharp contrast in my quilts and things to ''pop'' when viewed but then, that is what makes the world go 'round!!

    jodi in leavenworth

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    I like contrast as I think it makes the quilt more interesting. Only my opinion...

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    And I like the soft pastles.

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    I tend to like *some contrast* on the other hand a lot of the fabrics sold the last couple years I dont care for the fabric-colors or how they are combined at all... seems like are trying to push *fad* colors onto quilters then next year they will be *out of style* and sell us something else...

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    I need contrast. I am making one now that doesn't have the contrast I need and I will definitely not keep it!!

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    I like contrast in an intricate pattern. With larger blocks I like the low contrast OK. I made an intricate pattern with low contrast for a quilt show and the only thing marked down by the judge was the lack of contrast. Matter of opinion I guess.

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    I think I am more of a 'low contrast' person but I do love the ones with lots of contrast

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    More contrast...so you can SEE the blocks and the design. They're way too busy for me.

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    just my opinion but some of these new fabrics and patterns are so boring guess I am a contrast person

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    I am always trying to calm my desire for colorful quilts. It does not work. Must be my personality wanting expressive colors.

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    Sometimes, but personally I like lots of contrast. Use a lot of black as background.

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    I do not like all the Fad colors / styles either. Some of the paislys r big as basketballs...I don't really see anything but swirly stuff...on the other hand the Batiks r lovely creations.

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    To me contast does not have to be glaring,but when I was hosting a block lotto,a lot of blocks came to me that were little to no contrast and they stood out like a sore thumb.For example,a Bears Paw in a very light pink with a white background.It looked pretty up close,but always stand at distance and look. The pattern totally dis appeared,and did not fit in with the rest of the blocks at all.This is a common mistake with newbies.I love pastels,but seldom work with them with a pattern,I save them for larger squares or such.Its a lot of work to make a pieced block and then it disappears into the background.The more intricate a pattern is,the more contrast you need,and that includes scale and color.Hope that helps.

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    I love the high contrast.

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    I haven't seen the magazines in a while, but I generally like to see some contrast in quilts.

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    I normally like high-contrast quilts, but Gerri Robinson had a quilt in one of the magazines about two years ago that was absolutely breathtaking - and it had almost no contrast at all! It was all 8-point stars in Robyn Pandolph's Somerset Cottage line - so serene and simple - and the quilting was gorgeous!

    I haven't ever bought the exact same fabrics as a quilt pattern shows, but I almost did for that one. I will be mixing in a few fabrics from her "Beach House" line and I will skew the overall color scheme more toward the blues and greens, but I really hope that the quilt looks very much like the one shown in the magazine.

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    To me soft pastels are okay if you use a lot of white so they stand out or "pop." Otherwise I prefer contrast so the pattern shows.

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    No, I don't like them. Those types of prints seem to all blend together and the pattern of the block is lost. I like fabrics with lots more contrast so the design shows up, and often even a secondary design can be seen.

    I also don't much care for the colors those fabrics come in......the garish pinks, oranges, and aquas. Give me primary colors and a few secondary colors and I'm happy.

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    So much depends upon the pattern, imo. While I normally gravitate towards brighter colors, I have seen some bargello and mariner's compass type patterns in gradations of very pale colors that looked wonderfully elegant and sophisticated.

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