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Thread: What Are Considered Solids?

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    What Are Considered Solids?

    I've been given a challenge to do for our guild's quilt show next year. The instructions say that I can only use solids. The first picture is the fabric that I was given.

    Could I use the fabrics in the second picture as solids? They both have the same sort of "texture" to them, but the blue is harder to see. Or would those fabrics be considered some other category like "tone-on-tone"?

    What is considered a solid? Opinions anyone?
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    Quilting has a lot of gray areas when defining certain fabrics. Let us know what decision you get from whomever is sponsoring this challenge. Good luck!


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    I would consider "solids" as just that..no pattern or texture. Solid color. You might want to verify this with the rule person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    I would consider "solids" as just that..no pattern or texture. Solid color. You might want to verify this with the rule person.
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    I'd also would consider "solids" just as Sandy did, and I'd refer to the fabrics in the 2nd pic as "blenders" or TOT's (tone-on-tone) fabric.

    Maybe a few years ago it might have been different, but with the advent of the whole "modern" quilt movement, "solid" fabrics are pretty much defined as such (Kona Solids, Bella Solids, etc.).

    I think if the challenge meant to include blenders, they would have stated it in the requirements.

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    I would consider your 2 fabrics as tone on tone. As for solids, think paint swatches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I would consider your 2 fabrics as tone on tone. As for solids, think paint swatches.
    I agree. Solid is solid the fabric you show here I consider tone on tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JENNR8R View Post
    I've been given a challenge to do for our guild's quilt show next year. The instructions say that I can only use solids. The first picture is the fabric that I was given.

    Could I use the fabrics in the second picture as solids? They both have the same sort of "texture" to them, but the blue is harder to see. Or would those fabrics be considered some other category like "tone-on-tone"?

    What is considered a solid? Opinions anyone?
    IMO, a solid has NO, NONE, ZILCH, ZERO pattern to it at all. I'd call what you were given a tone on tone. But if they gave you a tonal as a solid then your other two fabrics ought to fit their bill of "solid" too.
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    the first blue fabric shows up on my computer as a tone on tone blue. I'm assuming from other responses that I'm viewing it incorrectly for some reason.

    Again---solid has no pattern at all.
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    And another question about your rules?

    "as long as you give proper credit due"???????????????????

    So, who is going to decide what is original and what is not and what is in the public domain?
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    Jenn, if you want some great ideas on quilts using solids, goggle Amish quilts. A traditional Amish quilt is made of solids only. You might get some good ideas of color combos and/or patterns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    Jenn, if you want some great ideas on quilts using solids, goggle Amish quilts. A traditional Amish quilt is made of solids only. You might get some good ideas of color combos and/or patterns.
    Great answer...I love the look of Amish quilts...so plain, yet so beautiful!

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    "a solid has NO, NONE, ZILCH, ZERO pattern to it at all. I'd call what you were given a tone on tone. But if they gave you a tonal as a solid then your other two fabrics ought to fit their bill of "solid" too."

    "the first blue fabric shows up on my computer as a tone on tone blue. I'm assuming from other responses that I'm viewing it incorrectly for some reason."

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    I think what you are seeing as tone-on-tone blue is what the camera flash did to the appearance of the fabric. In person it looks very solid and it's name is Moda Bella Solid Nautical Blue.

    Thanks for the responses. I sorta thought the second picture fabrics wouldn't do, but I was hoping since I had just bought them on sale! I don't have many solids. I'm going to have to buy something. I keep telling myself to stop buying fabric for no reason because I end up buying more when I have a new project anyway. I'm not really saving anything by buying stuff on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    Jenn, if you want some great ideas on quilts using solids, goggle Amish quilts. A traditional Amish quilt is made of solids only. You might get some good ideas of color combos and/or patterns.
    I was thinking about doing that. I already have a design started on graph paper. This should be fun.

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    My screen shows first as solid. The other two as blenders,TOT. Without asking I would ASSUME (and you know what that does) that since they specified solid, solid it what is expected. Ask your guild and take some of the material you showed us as examples.

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    To me solids fall into three groups. Reads like a solid, a true solid and a textured solid. Reads like is a fabric that has a fine print you can't see unless you are looking at the fabric from a close distance, but looks like a solid from a distance. A true solid is a solid colour with no print or texture at all. Textured solids are solids with a texture such as Mode Marbles, or a sponged like look.
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    I wouldn't even consider shot cotton a solid. I'm currently working on a 'solids only' challenge and they're very clear that it's SOLIDS only....all threads are dyed the same color, front and back of the yardage are identical.
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    "as long as you give proper credit due"???????????????????

    So, who is going to decide what is original and what is not and what is in the public domain?[/QUOTE]


    "Proper credit" means that you have to advise what pattern you used and who designed the pattern. Often this is put on the label. When in doubt if using a specific pattern then give credit.

    Also Solid means NO pattern even if it is a tone-on -tone. If in doubt clarify the rules with the organizers of the challenge. All of the fabrics that you posted look like prints to me!!!

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    I call those fabrics in the pictures "almost" solids, but they really work about the same way or maybe better. Iv' used them in what few quilts Iv' made so far.

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