A week or so ago, I put up a poll to find out, generally speaking, whether you're more attracted to a quilt because of the fabric or the design. I have a friend who just about insists on using the "original" fabric when she decides to make a quilt. That and a local quilt show a couple weeks ago had me pondering the question--fabric or design?
Like many of you who commented, for me, it depends--sometimes one, sometimes the other. But usually for me, even if I'm attracted to the FABRIC first, I don't worry too much about getting the exact same fabrics--something in similar color tones will usually do the job. So I thought it was probably the design that pulls me in more than the fabric.
As I said, it was a recent quilt show that started me thinking about the question. Here's a photo of a quilt my friend and I saw--this is the friend who likes to use all of the same "original" fabrics. We both loved this quilt and wanted to make it.
Imagine our surprise when we found the quilt we fell in love with really didn't look all that much like the "original"! And if we'd seen the original first, we probably would have just passed on by.
After the show, I ordered two copies of the pattern for us, and now we're on the hunt for the perfect fabrics. So far, I've ordered four different background fabrics that I thought MIGHT work, only to decide they aren't quite right. So the hunt continues and my three-yard lengths of not-quite-right red fabric are cluttering up the Sweat Shop . . . .
In the meantime, here's another quilt that started me thinking about the question of fabric versus design. THIS quilt design very much relies on the fabric, don't you agree?
I think without the chevron fabric, it wouldn't be nearly as striking. So now I've been gathering the fabric needed to make this one too. The pattern is free from Riley Blake Designs.
By the way, the results of the poll? 58 percent of us said the fabric is what initially draws us to a particular quilt. Personally, had I taken the poll, I think I would have said it's the design, but these two examples make me think it's actually the fabric that grabs me first. How about you? Does this make you re-think what draws you to a particular quilt?