Tuesday Tip…What is the Rule of Threes?

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From the story of the Three Little Pigs to movie trilogies and three movements in classical music, the number three provides a comfortable framework for creativity and design of all kinds. Quilting is no exception.

The basic idea of the rule is that details and objects that are arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable and effective than even-numbered pairings.color fabric choosing

Often there are fabrics printed with different shapes (i.e. dots, stripes, florals) and scales (larger, medium, and small) and the colours are coordinated to play well together. There’s no such thing as cheating when using a fabric collection – they’re a great way to ensure a coordinated color palette with built-in contrast.fabric light medium dark

When you pick up a precut collection of fabric in our store, you will see it contains lights, mediums and darks. See how the rule of threes plays out?
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If that still feels overwhelming, a good jumping-off option is to use a single print for inspiration. Walk around the shop and pick out 2 or 3 bolts that “speak to you” and then we can help you choose fabrics that would go with them.

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