Friday, April 8, 2016

Basics can be beautiful

When you hear "Basics Blacks & Beiges," it may not sound like the most exciting fabric collection. But you'd be amazed how gorgeous these two basics colors can be--Jackie Robinson's "Circling Stars" quilt, designed using these prints--was recently in the Championship Game of our Fan Favorite Quilt Pattern.  True beauty in just two colors. 

 Jackie's here today to tell us about her Basic Blacks & Beiges collection. 

Where did the idea for this collection come from? it's pretty different from your typical fabric lines.
 When I was a quilt shop owner, I could never get enough good blacks and beiges. This line is intended to fill that hole. It features seven different designs; six that I’ve used previously in other collections and recolored here, and one new one.

What do you think make these prints work well as a group?
Varying values. Value is the whole name of the game as far as I’m concerned. Anytime I look at any kind of a combination of fabrics, I always have a log cabin in the back of my head. To look its best, a log cabin requires values. When you do a scrappy quilt in just two colors, the values make it interesting.

And why do these prints work so well as standalone basics?
This collection plays on all the different strengths of color. If you're looking for a standalone beige or black to go in a quilt you're making, there are plenty of values to choose from, depending on what's going on in your quilt. 

Do you have a favorite print in the collection?

I really like that new paisley a whole lot. But I think the one that I consistently use the most is the medallion scroll. I have found myself using it the most. It sits back nicely for a background.

Jackie's Circling Stars quilt pattern, made using all of the Basic Blacks & Beiges prints. Click here to read more about this quilt.
Click here to find the free pattern

Click here to see the Basic Blacks & Beiges collection and download the free quilt pattern.
Click here to see more of Jackie's work and her other fabric lines. 
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