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Buying solids for patchwork had not really been on my agenda until a few years ago. I always preferred to have slight movement in a self coloured print, a mottle, something to add texture. Modern patchwork repeatedly requires solids and the fabric companies are rising to the challenge and bringing out their own ranges of solid colours.
Kona Cottons by Robert Kaufman have been a reliable staple. Good quality and apparently now in 303 different hues.
(Geometric Rainbow quilt by Nicole Daksiewicz at QuiltCon 2015 showing all 303 Kona solids)
Also at QuiltCon, the Modern Quilt Guild event held in Texas last month, Denise Schmidt was showing her new selection of solids for Free Spirit. The apple green sample provided in the goodie bag feels good quality and weight, I love the colour and I’m excited to try it out.
Michael Millers Cotton Couture is well established. The fabric has a soft drape ideal for clothes and we were all treated to a mini charm pack.
American Made Brand (AMB) is showing up increasingly in patchwork and quilting shops. It’s more affordable than some of the others out there and has a good range.
With neutrals being used in quantity as backgrounds, importantly providing the negative space in a lot of designs, I’m always looking for good whites and greys.
I’ve used Timeless Treasures Soho Solid “Steel” and “Smoke” grey many times, they are my go to’s. We tried AMB light grey #5 for our mqgcharity quilt and it handled very well too.
(Group mqgcharity quilt, photo and amazing quilting by Rachael Dorr)
Whites have to be thick enough so the seams aren’t too visible. Kona do an “Ice” white, “Snow” which is a little warmer and “Bone” which is really a light cream, I’ve used them all.
One of the great things about modern quilting is it’s creating a large market for modern solid colours. All of the companies are constantly updating their ranges. I recently used “Punch” and “Orchid” Soho Solids as accents in a quilt and delicious colours like mango, kiwi and pomegranate are popping up too.
(Monochromatic throw in Quilt Now Magazine using Soho Solids Punch, Orchid and Smoke)
I’m currently using some Textured Solids by Andover in a project, so I’ll let you know how that goes.
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