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Fabric Contrast

Understanding contrast helps add depth to your quilts.

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This scrappy quilt shows that you can get a good fabric contrast when using your stash, as long as you use a variety of contrasting colors. Here, the design focuses on 30 medium to dark hues in green, brown, and burgundy, and when set among a range of pink prints for the quilt’s background, stands out for a great look.

Quilt designer: Sheila Sinclair Snyder
Quilt name: Walled Garden, American Patchwork & Quilting, April 2006

When designing with a busy print, choose complementary fabrics with enough contrast to help define the design.

Quilt designer: Margaret Rouleau
Quilt name: Cherry Orchard, Quilting Ideas, Winter 2002

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