Quilts and Personality
Every Quilt should have a personality. This is
what makes it interesting and gives it character. It doesn't cost any extra
money to give a quilt character. It just requires a little frugal thought.
Some of the quilts known for their personality
All of these quilts get their personality from
one of the design principle below.
Color is always one of the
first things to attract your eye. It is one of the first things to give
personality to a quilt. No color stands alone. Colors evoke emotion. See
Color and Money.
A quilt in shades of all one color (monochromatic) has a very different personality than a quilt
made from bright primary colors. Some strong color schemes are red and
white, black and white, Autumn colors, and children's bright colors. A
quilt with a strong color scheme will always have personality.
Fabric - Fabric encompasses all the things
that give personality to a quilt- color, pattern, design, etc. When
it comes to design, there are two types of fabrics. The "stars" are the
fabrics will a lot of impact. They are the dynamic, and are usually cut up
as little as possible. The "workers" are fabrics which can be cut up to
make designs like
or provide a background for the "stars" or a place for the eye to rest so the
quilt will not be too busy.
an intricate design, that design becomes one of the "stars" of the quilt.
Fussy Cut Squares - A
fussy cut design is
always a "star". Fussy cuts are usually made from novelty fabric, or
beautiful floral prints or other prints. Sometimes it is an embroidered piece of
cloth, like redwork. The way the Fussy cut squares are accented with the rest of
the fabric on the quilt give the quilt character.
Pattern - You have two types of pattern in
a quilt. You have the pattern of the fabric, and the pattern of the quilt
blocks. Your fabric pattern comes in the way of like plaids, checks, stripes,
geometric designs, floral prints, batiks, etc. How you arrange the blocks of your quilt
provides another pattern.
In a quilt made with pastel
, the dominant feature would probably be the color. However, if the same
quilt was made in black and white, the pattern would dominate.
Repetition - One block, repeated over and
over in the quilt, like the
shoofly, makes a strong statement.
Sampler Quilts - Sampler Quilts are a fun way to try
out a lot of blocks. To make them pleasing to the eye, you must unify the
blocks in some way. Most of the time this is done with sashing trips and
cornerstones. The character in sampler quilts often comes from the colors
or the repetition in the sashing trips and corner stones.
Scrappy Quilts - Scrappy quilts have
a relaxed personality. When there are a lot of prints in a quilt, every print has a
"friend", and the colors and patterns all work together.
The log cabin quilt at the top of the page is a frugal, scrappy
quilt, made from one of Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day patterns. The most
dominant feature of this quilt is the
Yellow is a strong color and will always come forward.
There are many ways frugal ways to give character
and personality to a quilt. Make your quilts memorable with your fabrics,
color and design.