Tuesday Tip: Choosing Low Volume Fabrics

Low volume (or low value) fabrics add a lot of character to a quilt, especially when a variety of them are mixed into a background on a quilt. Fabrics with white, off white, or gray backgrounds, with small gray, black, or taupe prints can be classified as low volume prints.  Putting a variety of them into a quilt makes your whole top look far more interesting than only a single solid background! Also, don’t pass by the polka dots, text prints, stripes, graphic prints, music and Grunge. Low volume fabrics are designed with details in them such as old maps, handwriting, architectural drawings, text, newspaper graphics and more. Every quilter should have a variety of these prints to use, so we create fat quarter bundles with some of each print.

Here at Hamels, we continue to stock basic tone on tone prints such as our beloved tone-on-tone bundles as well yardage and bundles of Zen Chic’s “backgrounds” because they are very interesting and full of detail. In this quilt shown below, there are a variety of “low volume” prints mixed with the bright coloured solids.

I think this tone on tone bundle shown below is an all-time favourite! We are constantly producing this one. Once we finish making a batch of these bundles, we start cutting and folding more of them.

Fire up your next quilt top by incorporating a variety of low volume fabrics. They are extremely popular for both modern quilters and scrap quilters alike. Low volume fabrics are also awesome as a background to your appliqué.

Zen Chic, who designs fabrics for Moda, now has a standard collection of low volume prints and we are quite fond of their Modern Background-Paper collection.

This is a picture of our Modern Backgrounds bundle which is currently in stock. These fabrics are also standing on bolts in our store and on the website waiting to used as the  foundation for your next project.

As always, we strive to be available to help you in store and online if you need assistance in choosing the right fabrics for your next project.

Happy stitching!

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