I have another vintage quilt top to share.
It has a great variety of fabrics (click pictures to enlarge)
I love this scrappy quilt, the overall look is scrappy but controlled. The mismatched pieces are separated by strips of fabric that help tone down the jumble and make it less confusing and yet still scrappy.
Some scrappy quilts go to far in the scrappy and they become a confused mess (at least in my opinion)
here is one in my collection that I find harshly confusing….not calm or pleasing as I like a quilt to feel.
Your eye doesn’t know where to go. Even if you don’t realize it your eyes look for a definable pattern and similar fabrics. Look at the top again. I bet you see this block first.
Or the one with all the pink below it…the rest of the quilt doesn’t have much pink in it and it becomes a jumble.
What would happen if the blocks had more like colors?
Here is one ( I must admit it isn’t my favorite, but it is less confusing)
Perhaps the most well know pattern for a scrappy quilt is the double wedding ring. The arcs are usually a wide assortment , but where they join the pieces are the same creating a sense of unity.
All that white helps to tie it all together as well.
Sashing can be a unifier.
The brown holds it all together and the seemingly unrelated fabrics now go together.
There are so many different fabrics here, but the yellow unifies them all.
In this simple nine patch the white squares are the unifier.
The quilt I am working on now is really well designed….looked at on their own the fabrics seem totally unrelated, stripes, plaids, solids, big prints, small prints, every color imaginable.
But there is a unifier….each block has the purple at the base of the arch
That purple ties it all together.
Scrappy quilts aren’t always about using up everything….sometimes there is a lot of planning.