|Small, medium and large scale prints.|
At the April Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting, "Scale and Variety" was the program topic. "Whether you are making traditional, contemporary or art quilts," said presenter and quilt historian, Vista Mahan, "a variety in scale of fabric prints will make your quilts more interesting." Examples of actual fabrics from Ms. Mahan's stash illustrated small, medium and large prints, regular vs. random prints, dense vs. open, and various forms and varieties of dots, checks and plaids.
In the 1970s and 80s, variety was achieved primarily by choosing a different colorway—dusty pink or country blue—of the same print fabric. Today, cottons as well as batiks offer a wide variety of small, medium, large and jumbo size motifs, random and regular patterns, geometric and stylized designs, organic and abstract patterns, florals, animal motifs, reproduction and novelty prints in myriad colors and value.
|Example of the Scale exercise.|
So, if you uncovered an abundance of small-scale calicoes in the deep recesses of your stash, you are officially granted permission to purchase additional fabrics with variety in scale to 'round out' your collection. Variety in print, scale, value and color will take your quilts from dull and flat to interesting and fabulous!
|Vista Mahan (left) displays a vintage quilt top from her collection during her presentation on Scale.|
Show and Tell
|Examples of the Texture Exercise from the March program.|
|Tote bag for a rotary mat (left).|
Wall hanging using a woven fabric technique (right).
|Japanese kimono fabrics (left).|
Half-square triangle block swap (right). That's another way to achieve variety in your fabric collection.