Choosing Low Volume Fabrics

Choosing Low Volume Fabrics

I had so many questions about choosing low volume fabrics after I shared my last few patterns, I wrote up a post about them!   

Low volume (or low value as they should be called?) fabrics add so much character to a quilt, especially when mixed together like I did in the background of these quilts: 

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

Color Pop Quilt

Going Up Quilt Pattern

Going Up Quilt

I used up the majority of my low volume stash when I was making my quilts, but I pulled a few of my remaining prints to show you the variety I buy:  

How to Choose Low Volume Fabrics

I buy fabrics with white, off white, or gray backgrounds, with small gray, black, or taupe prints.  If you look back at my quilts, you’ll notice that having a variety of white, off white, and light gray makes the background look more scrappy.  It makes it more interesting to look at!

I use a lot of dots, text prints, stripes, graphic prints, music, and any near solid prints. I don’t use many colors because I feel like they can detract from the color prints in the pattern…but it depends on the pattern.  

Here’s a handful of low volume fabrics I found at Fat Quarter Shop that I loved after doing a quick search: 

How to Choose Low Volume Fabrics

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

If the links are broken it probably means they sold out, but a great way to find low volume prints is by searching their Background section, Black and White, Text, and Dots.   Also Dear Stella makes some of my favorite low volume fabrics ever. 

My preferred way of buying low volume fabric is in fat quarter bundles.  Etsy has a great variety…I found lots of great ones by searching “low volume fabric bundles”

How to Choose Low Volume Fabrics

These light prints can be really hard to purchase online because it’s so hard to see the prints on the screen…so if you are lucky enough to have a quilt shop close by, low volumes are best to buy in person!  

 

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Color Pop

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

  Today I get to share my Color Pop quilt…and it’s definitely a pop of color!  

This one is a jelly roll pattern in 5 sizes, and also uses some neutral low volume background fat quarters.  

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

Aren’t these white flowers so beautiful?!  I cut them from a PeeGee hydrangea tree in our yard.  It’s so beautiful overflowing with these flowers the whole month of May, we call it our pom-pom tree.  

I used a jelly roll of the Tula Pink All Stars Coordinates for this quilt.  The colors and dots/stripes are perfection

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

Kaitlyn quilted this with this modern geometric pattern.  I love the density of the quilting on a simple quilt like this. 

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

I pieced the back of this quilt with some purple pieces of my Hello Jane fabric line and the binding is from the All Stars coordinates collection. 

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

This pattern is in my shop here as a PDF, or here as a paper pattern.  

Color Pop, Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern in 5 sizes

Thank you for being patient with all of my new pattern posting…and happy quilting!

 

 

 

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Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction Quilt Pattern

I’m back today sharing a new/old quilt pattern…Chain Reaction.  

I first made this quilt in 2010, with slightly smaller blocks and only in a crib size, so it was well over due for an update with new sizing.

Chain Reaction Quilt Pattern

This one can use fat quarters, or 10″ pre-cut squares (which I prefer for a more scrappy, random look).  I cut out 25 squares from my Amalfi yardage and a few basics to make this version.  The background blue is Kona Cotton in Denim.  

Kaitlyn quilted this one again…it’s so perfect for this pattern! 

Chain Reaction Quilt Pattern

Chain Reaction Quilt Pattern

I browsed through my bajillions of old photos and found this one of my baby Ryan on the test Chain Reaction quilt from 8 years ago: 

Chain Reaction Quilt

Since I never took a proper photo of it years ago….here is the second/gray version of the Chain Reaction quilt too.  There are just a few minor changes to the updated version to make it more multi-size friendly.

This quilt is 8 years old and it still looks brand new!  It’s had a long life being carefully stored…but now it’s time to give this quilt a home with some proper use! 

Chain Reaction Quilt Pattern

I quilted this one with good ol’ stippling (the wavy design).  This is back when I stippled EVERYTHING.  I know some people hate stippling…but just looking at this quilt makes me want to break out all my quilt tops and start stippling for days.  I kinda love it. 

If you’ve never tried it here is a link to a how to video…it’s addicting once you get the hang of it!  

Chain Reaction Quilt Pattern

The PDF for Chain Reaction can be found here.  The paper version can be found here.   

Chain Reaction Quilt Pattern

 

 

 

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