One aspect of my stash that I rely on very heavily is my stash of low volume prints. A fabric is low volume if it has a subtle design or texture that isn't distracting and is predominately a white/cream/light tan color although it may have accents of other colors. There are lots of really fun low volume prints out there and they are a great way to add a little interest to your quilt.
I'm going to walk you through the purpose of having low volume prints in your stash, how they can be used in your quilts effectively, and then at the bottom I will suggest some low volume prints that would be worth having in your stash.
The Purpose of Having Low Volume Prints in Your Stash
- Mix them in with a bundle of fabric to calm things down a little bit - if you are using a bunch of bright fabrics, try mixing in a low volume print or two. For example, I used a variety of low volume scraps in this version of my Cleo Quilt pattern - they help provide contrast and lighten things up.
- In place of a solid as a "background" fabric in a quilt. Most quilt patterns involve a background fabric and generally people will use a solid white, cream, or gray. Those are all wonderful options, but I love using a low volume print instead because it adds a little bit of visual interest and (let's be honest) with 3 kids in the house, it helps hide any spills that might show up on your quilt.
How to use low volume prints effectively
- Your background fabric should have a lot of contrast with the other fabrics in your quilt so everything doesn't blend together. Using a low volume print will work more often when your other fabrics are darker valued - if you are using a lot of pastels, it is a little trickier.
- Make sure there isn't a ton of contrast within your low volume print - if I have a white fabric with large black polka dots, it probably won't work as a low volume print.
- If the fabric has a prominent, regular geometric pattern like the fabric on the left, I wouldn't want to use it in a project where I was going to cut it up in tiny pieces and then sew it back together because the pattern would get lost and look disjointed.
- The fabric in the middle has some dark-ish blue semi-circle shapes - these would be distracting in a lot of projects so unless my other fabrics were pretty dark and not very busy, this one might be overwhelming.
- The fabric on the right pretty much just reads as a solid and could be used in almost any project. This Add it Up print is a great one to have in your stash.
Low Volume Recommendations
Versatile Low Volume Prints
- Add it Up in Copper or Khaki
- Moda Cross Weaves - these are basically solids, but they have different colors woven into them and have more depth than a regular solid. They are GORGEOUS!
- Speckled in Metallic White Gold
- Swiss Dots in Gray - Really any of these Swiss Dot low volume prints would work, but the gray is my favorite.
- Anagram Peacock Letters
- Paper Fairy Flakes
- White Chicken Wire
- Architextures White Text
- Blossoms are White Gray
- White Domino Dots
- Raise the Volume Twinkling Tune
- Decostitch Elements Cloud
- Gold Spektacular
Fun Low Volume Prints (these work particularly well for scrap quilts)
- Speckled in Neon Pink or Confetti
- Spark in Neon Pink
- Grid in Copper
- Cotton Candy Fairy Dust
- When Life Gives you Lemons White Leaves
- Light Blue Tiny Dots
- Ombre Confetti Metallic
- Daydream A Walk in the Park
- Pacha On the Horizon
- Cotton Birch Wildwood
- Kismet Dashing Cinnamon
- Mystical Land Cream Bokeh Lattice