Many of the quilts we made when we started our company in 1999 were made with solids.
Solids were hard to find then and we had to drive around to lots of shops to find them. We continued to make quilt after quilt with solids but it was a hard sell. In 2007 I pitched an idea to American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine about writing an article on how to use solids. The editors, being open-minded and forward-thinking, agreed to publish it. I wrote the article and signed off the email with “Let the Solids Revolution begin!”
That quilt, Windy By The Lake, is the quilt you see if you’re on the AllPeopleQuilt.com website and get a pop-up to subscribe. We loved the quilt but some readers still weren’t sure.
We also went on Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims’ The Quilt Show extolling the virtues of solids. There we were inviting everyone to the revolution but many remained skeptical.
So two years ago when Susanne Woods, our awesome former editor at C&T, invited us to submit a quilt for a book on solids, we thought, “Finally!” We looked at the list of other contributors and knew that most others would be using solids to design graphic quilts. We thought that the beauty of working with a huge palette was showing off the range of colors. We brainstormed about palettes with complex color work that would not be the typical bright and bold palettes that people often associate with modern quilts. “It has to be an unexpected palette. The quilt needs to be about the colors, not the form,” we thought. “Something weathered.”
We thought about the palette of the ocean and the beach. The colors of seaweed and shells on the sand. The pinks and corals of the inside of a conch shell and those subtle hues one sees on the tiny shells during low tide. We wanted to see that palette at a larger scale, almost pixelated. We decided the form of the quilt should be abstract suggesting the movement of the sea and the washing up of the colors. We titled the quilt Sanibel because we both had separate trips there and remembered the beauty of the beach’s palette. It’s a quiet quilt but we thought it would compliment the other quilts in the book.
I think the Solids Revolution that I hoped for is almost here. We have the quilters. We have a book. Now we just need a few local shops to jump on board so we don’t have to always sit in front of our computers fumbling with our color cards.
So I asked on our Facebook page but I’ll ask here too. What is your favorite solid? Please include the maker as well as the color.