It’s the first Wednesday of the month and this means it’s also time for our Modern Quilt Along Series! If you are just joining us for this month—you can go back and see all of our previous themes and months HERE. During this year we are focusing on some of the aspects of modern quilting by choosing monthly themes and then showing examples and linking up quilts we have made that fit into the monthly theme.
This month we are focusing on using high contrast in modern quilting. Contrast as an art principle refers to the arrangement of opposites in a piece of art. So, for quilting with high contrast we are looking for opposites! This could be a number of contrasting things; light versus dark, rough versus smooth, large shapes versus small shapes, or values. Contrast is used to create differences in a quilt that pull your eye and create drama. And we all know that sometimes modern quilting is about creating drama;)
Let’s look at some examples we found that we think fit the theme (although your interpretations are just as great!)
The first group that comes to mind in this theme are Zen Chic. So many of their amazing quilt patterns are based on using high contrast in a quilt pattern. Aren’t they fabulous? Below is one of their quilt patterns that is called contrasting and it is perfect for that drama we were talking about earlier.
This Hang Ten Pattern by V and Co is also a great one for contrast using white as the background and then so many wonderful brights.
Black and White quilts are always good for high contrast and our Desert Oasis Quilt is one of my favorite black and white quilts that I’ve ever made.
This next black and white quilt by Ann Stewart also uses the contrast of large shapes and small shapes along with the light and dark contrast…and it is fantastic!
Or even a more subtle contrast with using different shades of whites and colors to show contrasting value in a quilt. I love this example by Quilt Matters, which draws your eyes.
And now we’d love to see what you have made (or are making this month) that goes along with the theme of High Contrast. Link up any projects below for a chance to win a quilt bundle kit from Riley Blake Designs!