One of my favorite things about vintage quilts are that they pair a solid with a print within a block. I love that. And I love incorporating the same idea into my quilts.
In talking with Pat Sloan a few weeks ago, I was reminded of my love for pairing solids with a print. This week finds me pairing up a solid with this Anna Maria Horner print from her Folk Song fabric line. (This is for a test block that I’m not quite ready to show. Soon though!)
In matching my solids to prints, I always pull a rough draft selection. You can see my initial pull in this pic. As I was making my final choice, I was struck by how many colors matched. If you would have asked me a few years ago, I would have told you that only one matched – the matchy match one. But this time I can see that more colors match, but they read in different ways.
Had I wanted the EXACT match, I would have chosen the pink at the bottom right. The exact match seemed a little too plain Jane for the quilt I’m making – I guess I’m going for a visual KERPOW! This I’m sure is quite debatable, but had I wanted to go softer I might have chosen the soft pink. Sometimes you need a softness to juxtapose against the KERPOW, but not in this block. Maybe I’ll do that later. I think I like to do my KERPOW first. Had I wanted to get a wee bit funky, I would have chosen the really pretty coral toned pink. Maybe I’ll work in a funky block pairing later as well.
I ended up choosing the fabric right above the soft pink.
But now that I’m typing all this out and declaring my assessment of these solids, I wonder if I might should have chosen the brightest pink right at the top. Maybe it was a touch too dark. Hmmmm. Oh well, it’s only fabric.