We're giving away a newer (e)book today! Child's Play Quilts by Stacey Day came out in April and we can't get enough of its bright, cheery quilts for babies, toddlers, and children. We're also giving away TWO Moda fabric bundles today: a Robert Kaufman solids Jelly Roll bundle and a Confetti Half Yard bundle from Me & My Sister Designs (a value of more than $200!). Before we get to the giveaway, let's hear Stacey's thoughts on choosing fabric for baby quilts!
Pick What They Love, Love What You Pick
Choosing fabrics and colors for baby quilts can be a fun yet challenging experience. Parent preferences, child preferences, and nursery themes may all be considerations. Traditionally, gender played a large role in color and fabric selection, but these days many parents are of a mind that no color is off-limits. And a plethora of adorable children’s prints are available in a variety of neutral colors. I made all the quilts in this book using warm and cool colorways. At first glance these palettes may read as gender-specific, but in reality they are favored color wheel combinations.
Baby quilts and fabrics are often very soft and muted, but they don’t have to be. Research shows that babies are drawn to contrast, the difference between darks and lights (also called value). The larger the difference between two colors, the higher the contrast. High-contrast quilts such as are exciting and visually stimulating. Quilts with low contrast are softer and calmer. Contrast may be created between the background and feature prints, the feature prints and supporting prints, and even the background and binding.
Bright or dark colors against a contrasting background will play up the shapes of the pieces within the blocks. Colors that are muted or that match with the background will blend together; the emphasis then turns to the composition of the overall quilt and how well the colors play together.
We think these fabric bundles from Moda are perfect for any baby quilt! Enter the giveaway here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/9f48298e198/?. This giveaway will end on Friday, 7/27, and the winner will be announced on Monday, 7/30. It is open to US residents only.