Quilt Flap

This blog is for and about vintage and antique quilts and the folks who love them. We get together and show our quilts. Hence the term 'quilt flap,' as in, drag-n-brag or show-n-tell. Starting in coastal North Carolina, a region of the American South with lots of history and mosquitoes, we hope other people will join us as we search out textile treasures and share them on this blog.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mushy Colors

Although I teach design and color in quilt classes, sometimes, in my personal work, I get off my 'contrast is so important' soapbox. My color sense slides into mush. Literally, mush. Favorite mush colors: gray, brown, pink, lavender, and odd yellows.

I can't quite tell why or when the mush gene will strike. It's always an experiment. Witness this recent odd small quilt top I made. Ostensibly it's for a kid but honestly, no self-respecting rugrat raised on Crayola brights would want the thing. I made it for me.

This barely-there antique Bars quilt has a kind of softness that you might not even be able to duplicate in new fabric . It has a feeling of made-from-your-old-jammies. A very restful quilt but never to win a prize in a quilt show. Which gets me to thinking...is the tendency toward high contrast in modern quilts a result of more quilts being entered in judged quilt shows where contrast is a criterion? Or is it because we see quilt images in magazines or on the computer screen and high contrast is preferable in those mediums?

Just musing here...it's a gray day and mushy colors somehow fit the mood. This snatched from ebay image of a Hanging Nine Patch is, in this mush-lover's opinion, just about perfect. This is one quilt I want to make when I grow up.