Easy Fat-Quarter Quilt
This easy fat-quarter quilt using high contrast fabrics has endless design opportunities. What started as an idea for a baby charm quilt with an adorable sheep print, blossomed into a very modern look and I love it. The high contrast black and white geometric prints are bold and create a dynamic design. The bit of color added with the single batik fabric is just enough contrast to make the whole quilt top pop.
Easy Fat-Quarter Pattern
This easy fat-quarter pattern is a breeze to cut and sews together quickly. Requiring only 6 high contrast fat-quarters plus one bright color, you’re on your way to a stunning quilt top. Using six contrasting fabrics means none are duplicated in the six blocks. Each fabric has an opportunity to be seen in a large rectangle and also used in smaller pieces throughout the other blocks.
The best part is that this same pattern will look good with so many kinds of fabrics. What a great way to showcase some of your favorite floral prints you’ve been saving for the just the right project. It would also look good with a collection of batiks. There’s already a low volume quilt top on my mind for this pattern to get started on. So many choices!
Selecting High Contrast Fabrics
High contrast fabrics are opposite of low volume. The recent low volume baby quilts I made are very subtle and are almost monochromatic. Whereas the high contrast fabrics in this quilt each stand out on their own. The difference is the scheme of just black and white. With various geometric prints and graphics, each fabric has a huge contrast. There’s no gray area here. Just bold designs.
The six fat-quarters should vary from predominantly one color to the second. There should be one or two that are mostly white with some bold black. You also want the same with the black fabrics which should have less white in the pattern. The middle two fabrics fill in the scheme with equal white and black. The idea is for your six fat-quarters to transition from predominantly one color to the second color in your scheme.
Adding the adorable sheep print definitely defines this as a baby quilt!
Selecting Bright Color Contrast Fabrics
Your personal taste plays and important role here. Choose what you think looks the best. You may want to use a single color as I did in this quilt or use a multitude of bright colors to make your quilt top more playful. Batiks are a good choice because a single fabric can offer so many different color variations. Whatever your choice, use a highly saturated color. Light or pastel fabrics will get lost in a bold design like this.
As my first black and white quilt, I’m very pleased with the results. There are a pile of fat quarters I’ll be working with soon. This pattern really worked well for these bold prints. Let me know how you like it.