Sunday, 18 May 2014

No bandwagons here

I whipped up this quilt top last night. It's about a metre square and uses about a dozen creamy-beige fabrics, with an emphasis on script and maps. But I'm not jumping on the low-volume bandwagon. In most cases they seem to me like a lot of effort for little impact. This is just the background. Those gorgeous autumnal batiks from yesterday will make a big difference.


Because it's the background for a lot of applique, I decided to press all my seams open, to keep it as smooth as possible. I usually press my seams to one side, and though it's not uncommon for me to press some seams open to spread the bulk, doing it for all of them did feel odd. The best part is, in the whole top, not a single seam allowance flipped the wrong way and needed unpicking!

4 comments:

Paula said...

A really lovely background to use for appliqué. It reminds me so much of a brick wall or even of cobblestones.

Schulz Family said...

It will be a great background. I am always way too late on any trends to even be considered being near a bandwagon!! I thought the whole low volume thing was a couple of years ago?

tomomi mcelwee said...

Looking forward to it. I too fold the seams on one side and ripping to fix flipping one a lot. Glad to hear not alone :)

Milly said...

I must admit I love a low volume background... But I do like it with a high contract focus. I think low volume fabrics sitting in the background give the quilt a worn in, we'll used kind of feel, which makes me want to snuggle up under them.