There has been so much talk of late regarding "low volume" quilts. Low Volume meaning quilts with soft colors and little contrast. The concept of low volume is definitely nothing new! The quilt pictured above is my version of a "low volume" quilt, which I made five or six years ago. At the time I made it, I called it "Blended Neutrals". It is my favorite quilt done in the low volume style. I didn't come up with this idea, believe me, I poured over a number of books and conferred with other quilting friends before constructing my own low volume quilts back in 2008.
There was a terrific series of books by In the Beginning (Sharon Yenter) on the subject of "blended quilts", which is precisely what I think of as "low volume"-little contrast, block colors blending into one another so that the block design is often blurred. I made several quilts from the In the Beginning Books, two of which I gave away, and a couple that I am still enjoying. Right now I have "Blended Neutrals" on my living room sofa, where the dogs tend to like to nap. It is like camo for the sofa, it definitely blends right in! Check out the bottom row of blocks. They are all the same star block, but some take on a very different look by the use of low contrast colors on the star points.
Here is another low volume example, done in pastels. This is called "Seaside Rose", after the 3 Sisters Moda collection. Moda had a free pattern they were giving out at the time the fabric was released.
This last blended quilt is actually done in medium toned fabrics, but the key to the "blended" or "low volume" look is the lack of contrast.
This quilt is called "Poetry" and is the first quilt I ever sold. The fabric line was Poetry by April Cornell. The quilt was purchased by the author of the book in which I found the pattern. Quick and Easy Romantic Quilts by Sandy Berry. I had put it up on an Etsy site for sale, and she happened to see it and contacted me. She was interested in purchasing the quilt, but gently chastised me for not crediting her as the pattern designer on my Etsy site. See, you learn something every day! Truly, it had never occured to me. I have not made that mistake again.
I digress. Back to low volume quilts. I love the look of them, and find them soft and soothing with their fuzzy boundaries and blurry lines. Can't you just feel your blood pressure dropping?