|McCalls Night Light Pattern|
We've been talking about backgrounds for a while. Most quilts use muslin cream or white fabric for the background. But what happens if you don't?
|Dear Jane Quilt (Civil War Reproduction Fabrics) |
Let's look at two Dear Jane Quilts. These are exactly the same paper pieced designs in two different color ranges. This is the quilt made with civil war replicas.
|Dear Jane with brights and blacks by Chantal Guyon|
This is the quilt with a black background.
Do I now have your attention?
|Quilt made from Laurel Burch Fabric|
Most people think of black as funereal and depressing. It may be true about black dresses, but it's not true with quilts. Any time you want your colors to shine, bring on the black.
|Amish Quilt From Diary of a Smart Chick|
It's not a new idea either. This Amish star is a pre-1940s quilt. The Amish quilts of that time often featured black backgrounds. The colors positively glow against the black. They knew the value of bright color against deep black.
|Albert Hoffman's Orbit by Maria Shell at Tales of a Stitcher|
Even thread work glows against a black background. The only color on this awesome stitching is the thread itself. The denser the stitching, the deeper the color.
|Meredith's bright and black quilt from Girls in the Garden|
So, don't be afraid of the dark. The next time you want to make a knock-your-eyes our quilt, get out the black fabric and expect to be blown away