Modern Mix Blog Tour & Giveaway
10.19.2011

This contest is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  To find out if you won, click here: WINNERS

Welcome to the Connecting Threads stop of the Modern Mix Blog Tour! I was very excited when this book came through our office because I have been admiring all the quilts I’ve been seeing lately that incorporate solids, but I was feeling a bit intimidated on how to go about doing that in my own projects. You can read the entirety of my review of Jessica’s book here. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to ask Jessica a few questions about the book–so cool! Read on for our mini interview to learn more, and then don’t miss the giveaway directions at the bottom. We always like to throw in a little extra giveaway on these book tours, so don’t miss that!

CT: I absolutely love the way you pair solid colors with the prints in the book in sometimes unexpected ways. It’s easy for me to pick solids out of a multi-colored focal fabric to pair with the design, but I find it challenging to pick contrasting solids that will have the “wow” factor you seem to achieve. I’m referring specifically to the Pebble Road, Twin String Quilts, Stripe of Strips Pillow, and Quilted Camera Case designs in the book. How do you go about choosing contrasting solids? Color theory? Inspiration from a photo? Some other genius method?

JL: Mostly it’s basic color theory.  I do discuss it some in the design section of the book.  I start by determining how much contrast I want and that tells me where to look on the color wheel as well as how light/dark of a color I want. If I want maximum contrast I would look on the opposite side of the color wheel and go with the opposite value of a color.  I tend to find that colors which aren’t total opposites but still do have a lot of contrast (like a light turqouise and dark magenta) often appeal to my eye.  The really great thing about using solids in this way is that you have a ton of choices for colors and values and you can easily “audition” choices.  In the store or at home you can simply hold the solids up to the prints and go with one that you like the most.

CT: I find myself loving solids mixed in projects lately, but I don’t seem to stash solids because they seem boring to buy. Do you have any tips for overcoming the impulse for only buying prints? What comes first in a project for you: The print fabrics or the solids?

JL: I totally understand that prints can be much more alluring.  I initially shopped online and just decided one day to bite the bullet and buy a stash of only solids.  I bought 1/2 yards of several dozen colors that appealed to me.  This was a good base to start with, however I think until you know what specific colors you like, its a good idea to buy them in an actual shop because many were not as I had envisioned.  Then, you can get a “color card” for several of the solid fabric manufacturers which is little swatches of the actual fabric and that can help you shop as you go forward. I do most often start with the print fabric first.  It’s much easier that way and of course most of us are passionate about our prints. The only exception is when I have a specific color or color combination in mind.  I might know I want a predominantly grey quilt and start there and add contrasting prints (like the cover quilt).  Or I might want to use purple and green together and after I choose the solids, sprinkle a few prints in.

CT: In the beautiful photos of your projects in the book, I couldn’t help but notice some amazing quilting and how much it accentuated the design. Did you quilt your own projects, or do you have a long arm quilter hero who you trust to make them awesome? Any tips for choosing quilting designs with solids?

JL: I do have a quilting hero, Angela Walters.  And considering the projects in this book were the first time I had ever sent out a quilt to anyone, that’s saying a lot.  Angela and I worked together to come up with the designs for this book.  Obviously when you’re working with solids (especially in large quantities) the quilting can show even more so it’s doubly important.  When choosing a design, you need to think of the quilt as a whole and make sure the design complements the overall feel.  All of mine had a contemporary feel and, I hope, emphasized the design.  For example the Frame Up quilt is very boxy and I wanted that echoed in the quilting so it’s very linear with lots of right angles. The Diamond Strands quilt is all about showcasing the large prints so each print stripe got it’s own unique quilting pattern.  And for the Pebble Road quilt on the cover, the quilting actually came first and the bright print circles were inspired by it. Actually Angela has a book coming out with Stash Books in the spring that covers quilting on modern quilts.  Keep your eye out!

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A modern quilting book–excellent! I’m sure we’ll all be keeping our eyes out for Angela’s book next spring. Thanks, Jessica, for all your great advice on working with solids!

Now on to the giveaways… If you would like to win a copy of the Modern Mix book by Jessica Levitt from C&T Publishing, simply leave a comment telling us where you use solids the most in your quilting projects (U.S. residents will win a hard copy of the book, International will win an e-book copy.) Here at Connecting Threads we like to have more than one winner, and I want to help someone build their solid stash, so we’re throwing in 2 yards of our solid fabric as a prize, cut up in any configuration as small as FQs (so that could be 2 yards of one color, or 8 different fat quarters, or any other combination you like!) To enter the contest for the solid fabrics (U.S. addresses only), simply tell us what you would order if you win. (You can shop our solids here in a new window, and then come back to comment.) If you want to enter to win both prizes, just leave two separate comments–it increases your chance of winning one (but we won’t pick the same person for both).

We will pick our two lucky winners on Monday, October 24. This is almost the end of the blog tour, but if you want one more chance to win, check out the last stop of the tour tomorrow on the Keepsake Quilting Blog.

Rules: No purchase necessary.  Two different entries per person.  Must provide a valid email address so that we can contact you if you win.


243 comments

  1. MiChal - October 19, 2011

    I’m relatively new to the quilting world and learned from a very traditional quilter. Solids haven’t been the focus of any quilt I’ve made to date, but I’ve begun to collect ‘em and I’ve got big plans!!!

  2. MiChal - October 19, 2011

    As for solids, the colors that caught my eye are Mink, French Blue, Silver Lining, Red Violet, and Butter.

  3. Mary White - October 19, 2011

    If I won, I’d order a yard of persimmon and a yard of carrot. This is the time of year that I really enjoy working with the orange family….any other time of the year, not so much.

  4. mandy - October 19, 2011

    lovely!!!! I just started quilting this year and my use of solids is limited. I did just make a mug rug with all solids, very amish looking. If I don’t win, I will HAVE to buy this book!!!! thanks!!!!

  5. Chiska - October 19, 2011

    I like the contrast that print and solids make. So I’m not really sure how to answer. At the moment I’d love them as sashing.

  6. Valerie - October 19, 2011

    Solids can definitely give a different spin on a quilt, they give your eyes someplace to rest and they also make the prints pop even more. I’ve used solids as backgrounds, as sashing, and as elements in pieced blocks. It’s all good. :)
    I’ve always been partial to blues, but if I had to pick from your collection of solids, I’d definitely go for white (versatile in so many ways), Lime, Sky, and Pink (would be great in a 1930’s quilt!).

  7. mandy - October 19, 2011

    I love the Latte! It would be hard to decide between that and fat quarters. But I love the Latte!!!!

  8. Deb M - October 19, 2011

    Solids add either a pop of color to my art wall hangings or I use neutral solids to highlight the batik prints. I’ve used them as background, binding, or as part of the design elements.

  9. Deb M - October 19, 2011

    Solid colors that I like are: Periwinkle, Marine, Cerulean, and Teal.

  10. Debbie B Sam - October 19, 2011

    Your solids rock :) I own quite a few of them. Perfect! Any oranges would do it for me, but I’m surely lacking purple in my solid stash. Thanks!

  11. Debbie B Sam - October 19, 2011

    I use solids all over in my quilts. sometimes for borders, something for blocks when I think the mail print is too busy. I’m more of a “modern” quilter I think, and LOVE that you’re coming up with more fabrics that have more solid bases to them.

  12. Lynette - October 19, 2011

    I loved most of the colors! But the Tea Rose and Coral Reef are gorgeous!! I’d definitely choose those 2!

  13. Lynette - October 19, 2011

    I usually use solids for the backgrounds in blocks. Sometimes i’ll use a solid for the binding too, if i run out of the print for a quilt. The colors are so rich, it’d be wonderful to have the book with some new ideas and guidance on what to do with solids!

  14. Kelly - October 19, 2011

    As a relatively new quilter (I started my first quilt 2 years ago….yeah, life and a broken machine, you get it!) I have only used solids in a patchwork….to give the eye a rest I suppose. This book will teach me more. Thanks for the amazing giveaway
    oshnpashn at gmail dot com.

  15. Cathy - October 19, 2011

    WONDERFUL!! Love this!!

  16. Janelle - October 19, 2011

    Oh, I would love this book. I haven’t yet made a full quilt and I would love a little insight on how to incorporate solids. These modern looking quilts appeal to me so much!
    Thanks for the chance!

  17. Kelly - October 19, 2011

    Wow, such a hard choice on the fabric! I love the purples…love Silver lining and teal too!!
    oshnpashn at gmail dot com

  18. Melissa - October 19, 2011

    I love a nice vibrant solid contrast on the binding! I’m trying to incorporate solids into the main body of my quilts more, but its hard! This book would probably help that. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. RANCHMOM - October 19, 2011

    Oh I have been thinking of how much I need to expand my solids, it seems I use them as fast as I get them. I like to keep on hand some in all colors.

  20. RANCHMOM - October 19, 2011

    I can always use a new book, would love to win.

  21. Donna Joy - October 19, 2011

    I use solids in bindings and background blocks, there is always a use for solids, this book will guide to new ways of using solids. Thanks

  22. Melissa - October 19, 2011

    As for what solids I’d choose, that’s a tough one! I thought I’d go for a yard of white or something neutral but I’m thinking now that I’d break it up into half yards or fqs of some bright colors. Thanks again!

  23. Pat V. - October 19, 2011

    What a great giveaway! I don’t have many solids, so this would be great. I’d order 1/2 yard each of carrot, meadow, marigold and tomato. (Now I’m getting hungry…)

  24. Lisa Marie - October 19, 2011

    So far I have used solids mainly as backgrounds and for sashings. But I have seen many beautiful quilts online that use solids and it seems there are lots more possibilities! I think this book looks like a great source of inspiration.

  25. Donna Joy - October 19, 2011

    The solid colors are really gorgeous, Butter, Cornflower Carrot, Espresso, Kiwi and Tea Dye and lots of the blues, seems I like blue.

  26. Janelle - October 19, 2011

    I had so much fun playing with the design table on your site. I found 8 that I would love in quarter yards: Meadow, Violet, Lavender, Cornflower, Fawn, Sapling, Silver Lining and Mink.
    But even four half yards of these would be wonderful :)

  27. April - October 19, 2011

    I have used solid black in some of my wallhanging borders. I like to embroider something colorful onto them to really make them unique.

  28. Lisa Marie - October 19, 2011

    I have used solids from Connecting Threads and been very pleased with the quality and the colors. If I should win the drawing I would like a yard each of Lemon and Sapling. Thanks for the chance!

  29. April - October 19, 2011

    I would have go with more black so I can do borders, or stained glass quilts that I’ve been eyeing lately.

  30. Chelsea Vincent - October 19, 2011

    I’d pick 1 yard of violet, a fat quarter each of lime, persian blue, royal purple, and teal! (To make a quilt out of hustle and bustle night! that fabric is gorgeous!)

  31. Angie - October 19, 2011

    I ordered the solids 2.5″ strips from Connecting Threads last time they were on sale and am working on a double-sided solids only quilt. It’s turning out great and will be even better once it’s quilted.

  32. Rebecca - October 19, 2011

    I’d love to get my hands on this book, thanks for the chance!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

  33. jane - October 19, 2011

    I use solids mostly as background or as small accent pieces. I would love to know how to use them effectively

  34. jane - October 19, 2011

    If I win the solids, I would pick teals and browns and something else that would compliment. I love the teal, chocolate combinations

  35. Joelle Lambert - October 19, 2011

    I use solids for binding quite a bit, but also as accents in a quilt with lots of business to it.

  36. Joelle Lambert - October 19, 2011

    Lately I love purple and Aquas- I’d go for aqua, ocean mist, teal, royal pyrple, violet- and I like custard.

  37. Judy Christopher - October 19, 2011

    I have a hard time mixing prints, so this would be great for me!!!

  38. patty - October 19, 2011

    I would love to win the book! I use solids with my scraps and in the many zig zag quilts I make. It helps to breakup all the prints.

  39. patty - October 19, 2011

    If I were to win the fabric I would love a yard of Sun and 1 of Kiwi. All your solids are great so it was had to choose!

  40. Katy P - October 19, 2011

    The book looks great. I really only use solids as background or sashing…i need to expand. Periwinkle with anything is my favorite

  41. Brenda Howard - October 19, 2011

    I would love to have this book, I have feel in love with solids lately after thinking that prints were the only way to go. At guild show and tell there were several people with solids used in unique ways that got my juices flowing.

  42. Mary Beth - October 19, 2011

    Wow, what lovely colors…love almost all of them…if I was to choose, it would be tough. Most likely I would choose 2 yards of custard as I am working on a scrappy quilt and need a large quantity of solid to unify! I love amish quilts and often use solids exclusively.

  43. Mary Beth - October 19, 2011

    What choices! I am using lots of scraps these days and use solids to unify! Love the book and the fabric. Thank you for a chance at both!

  44. Brenda Howard - October 19, 2011

    I would order 4 fat quarters in pastels and a yard of gray. I love gray it is so striking, so many people like to do black and white but gray is just so much more soothing to the soul.

  45. Sandy Carlson - October 19, 2011

    looks like some great, new projects coming up

  46. Cathy - October 19, 2011

    I would love to win this book! I use solids to frame some of my favorite prints and to give a place for one’s eye to rest in the design. Thnaks for the chance to be a winner.

  47. Cathy - October 19, 2011

    If I were lucky enough to win the fabric I would choose 1/2 yd each of ash, apricot, carrot and cerulean – boyohboy, it was hard to narrow down with all your fabulous choices. Thank you.

  48. miranda - October 19, 2011

    Hi, if I’m ordering any of your beautiful solids, I would choose 1/2 yards of: Persian Blue and Royal Purple, and fat quarters of: Grape, Candy Pink, Sky, and Orangina. Thank you for this contest!  :-)

  49. Lisa - October 19, 2011

    I use solids mostly in my borders or mixed in with prints!

  50. Lisa - October 19, 2011

    I would order sky, aqua, cerulean, teal, verdigris, french blue, periwinkle, and bluebird.

  51. miranda - October 19, 2011

    In quilting and sewing projects, I like to use solids as integral parts of blocks and as complementary fabric to match and (in a few instances) to contrast prints. Thanks again! :-)

  52. Janice Mc Laren - October 19, 2011

    I love to have ash, carrot, butter, ocean mist, kiwi, silverlining, verdigris, and peridot.

  53. Janice Mc Laren - October 19, 2011

    I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile. I’m very tradition with my quilting, maybe this would help me break out of the box.

  54. Jenny L. - October 19, 2011

    If I won would mix up the solids into FQ’s and go for white, greys, yellows & teals.

  55. Pat - October 19, 2011

    Great book! I use solids for contrast. In frames around blocks and when making cathedral windows.

  56. Jenny L. - October 19, 2011

    I mainly use solids in wrapping cotton clothesline for making fun & functional rope bowls.

  57. Claudia - October 19, 2011

    I like to use a lot of bold Kaffe like fabrics and incorporate solids for a little calming.

  58. Carol Y - October 19, 2011

    I haven’t used solids that much in quilting so far, but I was recently inspired by Block Party to make solids more focal and more of equal partner in my quilts.

  59. Carol Y - October 19, 2011

    I would order ash, latte, spring green and mink.

  60. Claudia - October 19, 2011

    Oh, ack. This is a hard question. If I won I’d ask for 4 half yard cuts of Apricot, Peach, Butter, and Latte. Now I’m hungry.

  61. Pat - October 19, 2011

    I think I’d order your teal and taupe….1 yd each please! ;)

  62. Karen Moore - October 19, 2011

    I use solids in sashing, binding, and the back of the quilt.

  63. Kyla Olson - October 19, 2011

    I recently saw the cutest square in a square wall hanging made all in solids .. . I would love to make it for my home. That in mind, I would choose 8 fat quarters in order to get the most variety :-)

  64. Tami Pollard - October 19, 2011

    If I won, I’d go with the fabric. There are so many wonderful colors, it’s difficult to choose. I too tend to not buy solids when shopping. I’m thinking 1/2 yards of Sapling, Indigo, Brown and Custard. Thanks for the chance.

  65. ginger - October 19, 2011

    I primarily use darker solids as background fabrics with other colors to make the colors “pop.”

  66. ginger - October 19, 2011

    If I were ordering, I’d get some espresso, indigo, evergreen, and rosewood.

  67. Jo Ann Moulds - October 19, 2011

    It’s hard to choose, but for today I’m going with
    Ash, marigold, latte, butter, cherry, sapling, mink and white.
    Would love to win the book along with the solids. Today is my birthday so I’m sure I’ll win.
    thanks,

  68. Heather - October 19, 2011

    I use solids for my sashings or lattices.

  69. Caroline - October 19, 2011

    I would choose to win fat quarters. I am a new quilter and just trying to experiment with modern quilts instead of traditional calicos.

  70. Caroline - October 19, 2011

    In quilting projects now, I use solids only in background pieces or sashing.

  71. Sherry - October 19, 2011

    I love using solids for balance with prints in my quilting projects.

  72. Sherry - October 19, 2011

    I love the quilts in this book!

  73. heather - October 19, 2011

    marigold, and orangina

  74. Robin Guyton - October 19, 2011

    I use solids where ever they fit! I think they add so much to a design.
    I would love the fabric in fat 1/4’s! More opportunity to be creative.

  75. Kate - October 19, 2011

    I’m relatively new to quilting, so my use of solids is pretty limited. The previews of this book are certainly inspiring me to broaden my use of solids though!

  76. Joan Rodriguez - October 19, 2011

    I love using solid color backgrounds. It lets the prints stand out.

  77. Tonya - October 19, 2011

    loving those beautiful solids……I’d get white or beige, cuase I use those alot for backgrounds.

  78. Joan Rodriguez - October 19, 2011

    If I were lucky enough to win the solid fabrics I would go on a “BLUES QUEST” and choose long quarter yard cuts of all your blue solids, which includes blue, Aqua, Ocean Mist, Teal, Cerulean, Patriot blue, Persian blue and Sea Breeze.;)

  79. Ceil - October 19, 2011

    This sounds boring but I’d love two yards of bark. I have a collection of bright prints that this would be great with!

  80. Ceil - October 19, 2011

    I would also love to win fat quarters of assorted greens. My stash is lacking in greens and it would be fun to expand my choices with them.

  81. Carol - October 19, 2011

    I use solids as accents. as the quilt back. as sashings.

  82. Carol - October 19, 2011

    If I win the fabric…I would select fat quarters in a variety of your blues, greens and purples.

  83. Dixie - October 19, 2011

    So far I have not used solids much. I tend to use them only as background in blocks of prints.

  84. Dixie - October 19, 2011

    I would be influenced by the Fall colors outside and order a collection of “earthy” fat quarters.

  85. Misty D - October 19, 2011

    I would have to get the lavendar and violet solids. They look so yummy!

  86. Misty D - October 19, 2011

    I am new to quilting but I use solids in borders because the front has lots of prints!

  87. Ginny Axtell - October 19, 2011

    My eye always goes with vivid colors. I love the richness that the solids add to the prints!

  88. Ginny Axtell - October 19, 2011

    I would order the tomato, royal purple, magenta, cerulean, and persimmon!

  89. Elnora - October 19, 2011

    What a fun blog tour! I’d order 8 fat quarters in bright colors! Honestly, I’ve only quilted two small items, but I’m hooked and have already planned a baby quilt.

  90. Kayla P. - October 19, 2011

    I normally use solids for sashing. The blocks tied together with a coordinating color.

  91. Bobbie Bentneedle - October 19, 2011

    I love to incorporate stitchery in my quilty projects, and have big plans for Bible covers for my family members – so I would pick an 8 pack of the paler colors for background for the stitcheries I have planned… but I can’t tell you which 8, here… It’s a secret LOL

  92. Dianne Giles - October 19, 2011

    I use solids mainly with children’s quilts. They make the patterned fabrics “pop” and not too busy looking. Thanks for the chance, Dianne

  93. Bonnie Blessing - October 19, 2011

    I like to use solids for sashing and background. Sometimes I will use them in the block.

  94. Bonnie Blessing - October 19, 2011

    As for what colors anything in the blue, purple, and green shades.

  95. Kate F. - October 19, 2011

    I would go for half yard cuts of marigold, jade, verdigris, and peridot.

  96. Kate F. - October 19, 2011

    So far, I have only used solids as “background” for quilts. I am breaking out from using neutrals to colors. I have also done some solids-only projects, or used a solid in a mix with a variety of prints.

  97. JudyCinNC - October 19, 2011

    I love this book and thank you for this wonderful opportunity. Solids always have a place in my quilts, especially “when the eye needs a resting place.’ I will throw in some solids. I am leaning more and more towards tone-on-tones in my quilts also. Judy C

  98. JudyCinNC - October 19, 2011

    I would love to win a collections of bright solid colors. I am just drawn to the more intense, pure color pallet. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity. Judy C

  99. Nicola - October 19, 2011

    I have not used solids very often in my quilts. I really don’t have any solids in my stash either and looking at the quilts in the book that must change!!!

  100. MarciaW - October 19, 2011

    Modern Mix looks like a great book to use. Thanks for the giveaway as we would enjoy it for sure. Marcia

  101. charlotte - October 19, 2011

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

  102. charlotte - October 19, 2011

    I am loving all the yellows and blues right now. I think I would order 8 fat quarters-4 yellow and 4 blue. Now to narrow it down to specifics…

  103. Roberta - October 19, 2011

    I’ve been in a gray and purple, deep plum kinda mood lately. Ash caught my attention first as well as red violet, cornflower and indigo.
    Thank you!

  104. Roberta - October 19, 2011

    I like to contrast solids on a purse or bag to highlight a print. Like a beautiful frame on a piece of art.
    Thank you!

  105. Carol Vickers - October 19, 2011

    When I want to emphasize a beautiful print I combine it with coordinating solids. This book looks like it has lots of contemporary ideas. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  106. Michelle Kloeti - October 19, 2011

    If only I could win a book….. this is a great one. THanks again for the opportunity!

  107. Maeve - October 19, 2011

    I like to use solids for sashing, but it is fun to incorporate them into the block design also. They add a crisp, fun look to a quilt. I’d love to win this book!

  108. Maeve - October 19, 2011

    If I won fabrics, I would select from the purples to the variations on pink to the yellows. I love that combo so much! Purple is my favorite color at the moment. And it absolutely sings when combined with yellow, and a touch of fuschia.

  109. VickiT - October 19, 2011

    I use a lot of solids in my machine embroidery to make baby items and also with me being new to quilting I really love the look of a solid to break up the print in parts of a block.
    I need white desperately so if I were lucky enough to win, I would get all white, or possibly 3/4 yd white and 1/4 yd of Peridot although I’m not positive right now.

  110. MarciaW - October 19, 2011

    Kiwi Aqua Indigo White – to start – as your solids colors are lovely. I like to use solids for sashing and to “set off” beautiful prints. Solids add some calmness to a quilt.

  111. Connie - October 19, 2011

    I like to mix solids with my prints in a design, I would choose 8 different colors.

  112. Connie - October 19, 2011

    Neat looking book, I would love to win it, thanks for the giveaway.

  113. Karen - October 19, 2011

    I would want a white solid I think and perhaps a brilliant blue :)

  114. Karen - October 19, 2011

    This looks like a wonderful book and it would be great to win it!

  115. Kathy - October 19, 2011

    I use solids for sashing and for backing. Sometimes I use them for fill in squares, and then usually hand quilt a really cute design in them. As for the colors I would choose, that is hard to say. I have a quilt in yellows and blues that I need to finish, and a pink and purple quilt that I am working on. I love purples, pinks, yellows, and blues.
    I would really like to win.

  116. Kathy - October 19, 2011

    I would love the book. I love books to get new ideas. I have quilts in progress for all of my children, and I need to make one to go on my bed.

  117. Tara - October 19, 2011

    I am brand new to quilting and the only place I’ve used solids so far is for sashing and backings. I love the idea of using them more prominently!

  118. Tara Robertson - October 19, 2011

    I am a pink person so I am thinking I would have to go with a range of pinks. I love Tea Rose and Candy Pink the most!

  119. Deb - October 19, 2011

    I would order 2 yds of solid RED. Thanks for the chance to be one of your winners.

  120. Deb - October 19, 2011

    I mostly use solids for sashing or a border.

  121. Ginger - October 19, 2011

    I’m another person who doesn’t use solids all that much. I know I should but for some reason I do not. I should change that.

  122. Modern Manson - October 19, 2011

    I’m really focusing on expanding my use of solids. I’d normally buy prints then coordinate solids for the borders and dashing. I’m working on a quilt now that is about 75% solids and I’m loving it.

  123. MOdern Manson - October 19, 2011

    For the solids giveaway I’d choose Aqua, Marigold, Ocean Mist, Carrot, persimmon, Teal, Cerulean and sea breeze. These colors are great!

  124. DeDe - October 19, 2011

    I’m into blues right now. So I’d love some FQs of Indigo, Persian, French, Sea Breeze, Patriot, Cerulean, Sky and Aqua.

  125. DeDe - October 19, 2011

    I’m working on a Quilt Along Sampler right now and I’ve used a solid in almost every block. I think every quilt should have some touches of a solid.

  126. NancyinSTL - October 19, 2011

    Until now, I have used solids mostly as background and for sashings. However, lately, I’ve been itching to make a quilt of solids only.

  127. Leanne De Vos - October 19, 2011

    Solids really make the prints pop. What a great way to design.

  128. Maggie - October 19, 2011

    I’m still learning how to use solids creatively. I could use some help!

  129. NancyinSTL - October 19, 2011

    I really like solids with a little texture and prints that read as solids, so I think I’d pick fabrics from the Mirage collection and would love to use them in a modern mix quilt.

  130. Tamie - October 19, 2011

    I’m building my solid stash but love mixing them with patterns. I really want to make an all solid or mostly solid quilt.

  131. Tamie - October 19, 2011

    Oh- I think I would pick eight fat quarters in different colors to build my stash but mink was calling my name.

  132. Gayle - October 19, 2011

    Oh just send me a fat quarter of all the aquas and browns. I would love to win a few of any color as I really don’t have many solids in my stash. I usually have to go out to get those when I need them as I am never sure which colors to buy.

  133. Gayle L. - October 19, 2011

    I would love a chance to win the book so that I would have a bit of help in learning the correct way to use the solids in my quilts. Thank for the chance!

  134. Beth T. - October 19, 2011

    I have just started using more solids in my quilting. I’ve been piecing a few blocks and then surrounding them with gorgeous solid colors. I love this, and don’t think I’ll ever look back!

  135. Beth T. - October 19, 2011

    I think your solids are very nice, and would probably choose 1/2 yard cuts of some basic building blocks, like fawn, taupe, sandstone, and maybe a creamy color. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  136. Shawna G. - October 19, 2011

    I’m a beginner quilter and have not made many quilts. I have only used solids to coordinate with prints. I’m still learning how to use color and I’d love to read Jessica’s book for her knowledge and inspiration. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. My stash could use some fabric!
    Thanks for a chance to win.
    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

  137. Shawna G. - October 20, 2011

    There are alot of solid colors, all yummy eye candy. I’m looking at solids different now since this book tour. Thank you Jessica. My pick is Marigold, Brown, Cherry and Cerulean. Thanks again for a chance to win.
    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

  138. Pamela Pino - October 20, 2011

    Love the book, I would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity
    Pamela

  139. elsa - October 20, 2011

    All the quilts pictured are so lovely ~ Jessica really has a wonderful sense of color.
    I’d love to add this book to my growing collection.

  140. elsa - October 20, 2011

    I love fabric and would choose fall colors with a bit of bright to set it off!
    Thanks so much for 2 chances to win!

  141. Caroline C - October 20, 2011

    I’m not sure if I would take it as a full 2 yrds of Black Kona or pick more colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

  142. Caroline C - October 20, 2011

    I mainly use solids as backings, but I did make my grandson a quilt last Christmas, that I absolutely loved. I used 8 black & white postcards, added a red one, sewed them together as a nine patch and used a charcoal grey as the background fabric. Then, to quilt it, I used grey, black, and red threads to quilt random lines on the quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  143. Allison C - October 20, 2011

    I’m new to quilting and this book looks like it would provide great inspiration! Since I’m new I have only used solids a little and it was for framing around printed patterns. I am looking forward to using them more and I have big plans on doing so soon.

  144. Allison C - October 20, 2011

    I would love it if you increased my solids stash since I don’t have much to begin with. I’m big into grays right now and am hoping to make a gray tonal quilt so I would choose a selection of cuts in the gray tones and some white. Thanks for the opportunity!

  145. Tsoniki Crazy Bull - October 20, 2011

    I think I would pick half yards to add to my stash!

  146. Tsoniki Crazy Bull - October 20, 2011

    How I use fabrics depends on the project I am working on. I just finished two small quilts using photo fabric. I used solids in that because the photos were busy.

  147. Marcia B - October 20, 2011

    I usually use solids for the background of my quilt, but I have done a couple quilts using the Amish color way (solid colors on black background). This is a fun book tour and I love visiting all the blogs! Would love to win the book!

  148. Marcia B - October 20, 2011

    Right now I am working on several bright quilts for charity donations, so my brightly colored solids are taking a hit! Would LOVE to be the lucky recipients of eight bright FQs! Maybe an aqua, grape, magenta, lime, orangina, blue, and lemon would be the brights I need to balance out my stash…along with one white FQ as my ‘neutral’ color! ;^)

  149. Joan H - October 20, 2011

    I would love to win this book. I often use solids in borders and sashings.

  150. Joan H - October 20, 2011

    I would probably order 1/2 yard cuts in Sea Breeze, Blush, Mint and Butter to use in baby quilts.

  151. Karen Linton - October 20, 2011

    I don’t like any orange foods, but I’m loving your carrots and apricot. Plus the red violet. Love!

  152. Karen Linton - October 20, 2011

    I love the ash and aqua together for a boy quilt I’m going to start next year.

  153. Stray Stitches - October 20, 2011

    I usually use solids in sashing. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

  154. Stray Stitches - October 20, 2011

    If I am lucky enough to win the solids I would go with a half yard each of Persian Blue, Royal Purple, Sun, and Candy Pink. Quite a bold statement of color!

  155. Andra - October 20, 2011

    I love the marigold, latte, peridot and mink! THanks for the chance

  156. Andra - October 20, 2011

    I use solids for setting blocks and lattice. This book looks great. Thanks for the chance.

  157. Margaret - October 20, 2011

    I have been using solids more and more. As a matter of fact, I just finished quilting an all-solids quilt. Can’t wait to get the binding on and wash it up.

  158. margaret - October 20, 2011

    I’m loving the really saturated colors–tomato, marine, persimmon popped out at me.

  159. Connie White - October 20, 2011

    This new book looks really interesting. I mostly use solids in sashings and borders, but would like to expand my knowledge of how to use them.

  160. Connie White - October 20, 2011

    As far as color goes, I love all colors. The ones that really caught my eye were: sea breeze, sweet pink, sun,patriot blue,indigo and bark. I have been doing quite a bit of applique, so the fat quarters would be fabulous.

  161. Sew Create It - Jane - October 20, 2011

    I love using solids as sashing with scrappy blocks. Gives the eye a place to rest.

  162. Karen A - October 20, 2011

    I would probably pick a variety of the blues, but I’m really liking the quilts that use gray as a solid, so… I might pick Ash.

  163. Susan - October 20, 2011

    I love bright colors! If I won, I would pick fat quarters of magenta, cerulean, blue, red violet, grape, periwinkle, royal purple, and candy pink.

  164. anne - October 20, 2011

    I use lots of solids to balance out my main print. Thanks for the review of such a great quilt. I will have to put it on my Christmas list. THANKS!

  165. anne - October 20, 2011

    If I win the fabric, I would order an assortment of FQ solids. My list would include ash, sky, custard, cerulean and sea breeze. I would round it out with some other greens, blues and yellows. Thanks!

  166. karen - October 20, 2011

    If chosen I would probaby pick a mix of bold and moted: espresso, cherry, persimmon, and peridot.
    Thanks

  167. toni-anne - October 20, 2011

    I’d use solids as either a contrast or anchor to prints. However, recently I have seen some remarkable solid only works and want to try my hand at this now..it has kindled a desire that this book may help to pursue. Thankyou for sharing it with us.

  168. Bec Clarke - October 20, 2011

    I use solids alot in sashing and borders.
    Thanks for the chance to win this great prize pack.

  169. Cherie - October 20, 2011

    Don’t really use solids often, but more likely to use them in sashings or borders.

  170. Cherie - October 20, 2011

    I’d probably choose white and some purple shades.

  171. Patty - October 20, 2011

    I love the quilts in her book, especially a green one that was pictured on another blog giveaway. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  172. Patty - October 20, 2011

    I like using solids in my quilts to give the eye a resting place. I usually use lighter solids because my stash seems to be mainly dark prints.

  173. Donna Baker - October 20, 2011

    If I won the fabric sampler, I would like to get Butter Ocean Mist Apricot and Mink!

  174. Pam T. - October 20, 2011

    I use solids in sashings, borders and in blocks when I need something other than the print to rest the viewer’s eye just a bit.

  175. Pam T. - October 20, 2011

    If I won some solids, I’d love to have some mint, jade, verdigris & cornflower topped off with some coral reef!

  176. Jen S - October 20, 2011

    Right now, I use solids for sashings and boarders, but I’ve been thinking about an all solids (brights) quilt.

  177. Jen S - October 20, 2011

    If I won the solids I’d probably go for a chunk of ash and some persimmon and cerulean

  178. patti - October 20, 2011

    Would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  179. lindaroo - October 20, 2011

    That row of Lime, Teal, Marine, and Cornflower is calling out to me, they are the colors I live amidst.

  180. lindaroo - October 20, 2011

    I’d love to win the book, to learn about combining colors and shapes and space! Thanks for the chance to win!

  181. grapes and hearts - October 20, 2011

    I think this book is truely helpful as is teaches theory and techniques, not only patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

  182. I previously have used solids for sashing and accents. But there is so much inspiration for solid quilts. I want to do a freemotion quilt made of solids with different fMQ patterns on each block!

  183. On the solids page, from custard to kiwi is perfect. You lined them up perfectly!!

  184. Toni Anne - October 21, 2011

    Great giveaway, I’d LOVE 2 yds. of butter fabric. Please enter me in this giveaway. ;->

  185. Toni Anne - October 21, 2011

    I usually use solids for sashing or narrow borders. I’d love to get my Hans on the “Modern Mix” book it looks fantastic! ;->

  186. Diane C - October 21, 2011

    I would order some of the orange and/or yellows. Those colors are very absent from my stash right now

  187. Gene Black - October 21, 2011

    I mostly use solids as borders and background fabric. I am trying to start using them in other areas of the quilt also.

  188. Gene Black - October 21, 2011

    I am trying to use neutrals also, so I would pick
    1/2 yard silver lining,
    1/2 yard taupe
    1/2 yard latte AND
    1/2 yard mink

  189. Jacey - October 21, 2011

    Typically, I use solids mainly for binding. I must admit, I rely on prints pretty heavily, but two things have recently made me rethink my position on minimal solids. First, the For the Love of Solids swap on flickr. There were so many amazing creations made using no prints. Second, the Improv Piecing class at Sewing Summit. It made me think about toning down my print usage for more interest and “a place for the eyes to rest”.

  190. Donna Sykes - October 21, 2011

    This book looks fantastic! I love working colors together. “Modern Mix” would be a great addition to my library.

  191. Donna Sykes - October 21, 2011

    If I were to win the solid fabric giveaway I would choose 1/2 yard pieces of Coral reef, jade, mint, and tea rose.
    I generally use solids for sashing and binding. I have also an Amish quilt in the works which, of course, is all solids.

  192. Jo - October 21, 2011

    I pretty much only use solids in sashing and block backgrounds. But I am fairly new to quilting and have not really started to experiment yet, when I do I bet you will see them just about anywhwer

  193. Jo - October 21, 2011

    For solids I would get 1 yard each of Ocean Mist, and Mink.

  194. Melissa Corry - October 21, 2011

    I pretty much stick to solids in sashings and backgrounds but I am trying to break out of that mold and be a little more daring in my design :)

  195. Melissa Corry - October 21, 2011

    So many great colors. I think i would pick FQ’s of Spring Green, Jade, Mint, Lime, Red Violet, Taupe, Coral Reef, ans Rosewood :)

  196. Mary Jo - October 21, 2011

    Right now I am making FQ Stars for a quilt along using all solids with a white background. I am really liking it. Thanks for the give away.

  197. Mary Jo - October 21, 2011

    I would choose Lime, Marine, Teal and Red violet. I have used your solids and found them very nice and so soft. Thanks

  198. Jamie Lee - October 21, 2011

    I would order all fat quarters of blues and grays and make my sister a quilt for Christmas. My favorite solid you carry is your ash. I LOVE IT! Thanks for the chance!

  199. Peach Rainbow - October 21, 2011

    I like to use both solids and prints in almost same amounts :D
    Thanks for the chance!

  200. Betty HH - October 21, 2011

    I use solids as an accent, especially black with bright colors. I also like to mix solids with 30’s reproduction prints.

  201. Betty HH - October 21, 2011

    My choice for solids would be a mix of fat quarters in blues and browns.

  202. Flaun - October 21, 2011

    On pins and needles! Very excited to get my hands on this book.

  203. Carmen - October 21, 2011

    I use solids especially around the edges of a quilt.

  204. Sallie - October 21, 2011

    I like solids for accent, background and inner borders. Thanks for the giveaway!

  205. Carmen - October 21, 2011

    We need a new quilt for our bedroom – in greens and browns so I’d pick something like Evergreen, Fawn or Brown.

  206. Sallie - October 21, 2011

    I’d choose 1/2 yard each of peach, apricot, persimmon and orangina. Thanks!

  207. Deb - October 21, 2011

    If I won solid fabric, I’d pick 2 yards of one color – probably a beige-like color.

  208. Lori-Marie - October 21, 2011

    Hello~
    What a fun & neat giveaway!
    I use my solids in mostly my “quilting” projects!
    If I won…I would pick blue & yellow solids!
    Thanks for the chance and for a GREAT giveaway!
    Blessings~
    Lori-Marie

  209. robin - October 21, 2011

    I’d choose solid white. Love it with small prints. :)

  210. Rita Goshorn - October 21, 2011

    i use solids for framing blox, inner borders, outer borders, backing, piecing backing, piecing blox, and applique; i?solids, and use lots of them!

  211. Rita Goshorn - October 21, 2011

    should i win the solid fabric, i would love to have the whole two yards in the soft grey, Silver Lining! i use lots of that as background for applique quilts and one block quilts. thanx for the opportunity to win some.

  212. LM - October 21, 2011

    I only use solids for corner blocks or sashing, so I should move outside my comfort zone.

  213. Nancy D. - October 21, 2011

    I need to purchase some more of the latte, but it would be great to win some instead! Love your store.

  214. Nancy D. - October 21, 2011

    Thanks for sharing!

  215. Melissa - October 21, 2011

    I like to use solids to break up the prints. I think a combination of both is essential for a balanced project. Lovely pattern form the book:)

  216. Melissa - October 21, 2011

    I would love the win fabrics and a book to teach me new ways of using the fabrics to create something fantastic:) Thanks for offering the chance.

  217. chrissie - October 21, 2011

    love this!! thanks for another great giveaway!

  218. Barb - October 21, 2011

    So far, I’ve mostly used solids in sashings, borders, and bindings, but the beautiful modern quilts are going to force me to think in another direction. Thanks for another fun giveaway offer.

  219. Carol L. - October 21, 2011

    Among these fabulous colors, I’d choose Indigo, Candy Pink, Royal Purple, Orangina, Grape, Peach, Bluebird, and Tomato, thanks!  :-)

  220. Carol L. - October 21, 2011

    I usually use solids to frame blocks or as the background fabric for embroidery.
    Thanks very much for the great interview and this fabulous giveaway! :-)

  221. Carla G - October 21, 2011

    I use solids most between the blocks or between the strips! Thanks for a chance to win this awesome book! :)

  222. PrairieWhimsey - October 21, 2011

    One more wonderful blog. I’m not only enjoying this designer and her work but I’m getting introduced to all these great sites to visit again!

  223. MoeWest - October 22, 2011

    I use solids the most in sashing and binding.

  224. Kathy Biggs - October 22, 2011

    Intriguing book and good interview. My use of solids tends to be as an accent color to match the focal fabric, or for sashing. I think I would learn a lot from this book. Thanks for another great giveaway opportunity.

  225. Kathy Biggs - October 22, 2011

    I also tend not to stash solids; just purchase as needed. So this giveaway is a great opportunity. My color choices and amounts would be:
    White(1 yard),Persian Blue(1/2 yard)and Expresso(1/2 yard)
    Thanks again for a great opportunity and introducing us to another great book.

  226. LisaT - October 22, 2011

    I actually don’t use too many solid fabrics; generally they are background and even those are tonals. However, if I need something the perfect color or way back when, when I made an Amish quilt, I definitely use solids.
    Thanks for the chance for the book, looks awesome!

  227. LisaT - October 22, 2011

    Ok, for solid I thought I’d go with Christmas colors – Meadow, Kelly, Ivy, and Red – a 1/2 yard of each. Thanks!

  228. Kate - October 22, 2011

    I usually use solids when I have a patterned fabric that I really like that I don’t want it to get lost with the other fabrics. So I’ll throw in solids or prints that read like a solid from a distance.

  229. Kate - October 22, 2011

    Oh gosh I love your solids! I would pick either Christmas-y ones (like White, Cherry, Kelly, Ivy, and Red) or a collection of FQs in bright colors because I love bright, cheery colors (Marigold, Aqua, Magenta, Cerulean, Persian Blue, Royal Purple, Sun, and Orangina). Thanks! :)

  230. Wendy - October 22, 2011

    Like many who have commented I have not used a lot of solids in my quilting but feel inspired to try doing so with this book.

  231. Cecilia - October 22, 2011

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  232. Cecilia - October 22, 2011

    I have just started using solids to complement the prints in my quilts. The solids give the eyes a place to rest. I use them for washing too. Thanks for the giveaway

  233. Jodi G. - October 22, 2011

    I don’t use solids much. After following this book/blog tour though, it has opened my eyes as to what can be done with only using solids. My eyes have been opened! I’d love to challenge myself to make one of Jessica’s quilts and only use solids.
    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.
    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  234. Jodi G. - October 22, 2011

    So many beautiful colors!! After going back and forth, I’m going with Red Violet, Marigold, Brown (or Fawn?) and Cerulean.
    Thank you for the generous giveaway and a chance to win.
    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  235. Mary Ann B - October 22, 2011

    I love using solids as accents with prints, and sometimes also use large areas of solids too. I also like to use solids in my purse/accessory making, sometimes as lining and sometimes as the main fabric. I would love to win a bunch of fat quarters of bright solids to build up my stash! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  236. Mary Ann B - October 22, 2011

    Modern Mix is on my book wish list and I would love to win a copy! So many great ways to use my stash!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  237. Dianne Neale - October 22, 2011

    I always use solids as sashing, so I need some inspiration to move on from this

  238. Linda C - October 23, 2011

    Modern Mix sounds like a interesting book. A year ago I purchased fat quarters of Quilter’s Candy and group of solids. It was the candy I needed to make and have enough purple fabric to blend in with the two flower prints in the lone star quilt. The pink that was in the Candy group just helped me have what I needed for a quilt for a cause, Cancer.

  239. Linda C - October 23, 2011

    It was very interesting to read about Modern Mix and how solids can add and make the prints pop. I love any color of solids and prints. Have a need for yellow or gold now. Will soon do some T- shirt quilts for the school and I use solids to tie it together. The pink fabric I got in the Quilter’s Candy group I have used to make baby quilts. I love soft tone on tone colors/prints. If I could have a fat quarter of every solid color CT has i would for I find solids and playing with solids help me to play with the print I have fallen in love with. I would love to own Modern Mix and any group of fabric you would send my way. Ther is always a baby when you help make quilts for teen mom and Linus.

  240. CHRISTINA MACKENZIE - October 23, 2011

    I love bright vibrant colours whether they are pattern or solid. The pattern fabrics have to be balanced with solids or nears solids as possible to make them pop. Sometimes the solids are the sashing and bindings, and others they are the focal point of the project. It just depends on how they speak to me when planning. All my projects seem to have a mix of both.

  241. Suzanne Shumaker - October 23, 2011

    Looks like a fun book. I use solids for backing and sashing as well as an easy contrast if I have a really busy pattern. I haven’t used solids much but I have slowly been collecting them so I can hopefully do some projects with them.

  242. Nancy Sue - October 23, 2011

    I’ve been using solids more and more between “busy” blocks to give the peepers a break. Or I’ll us them as the surrounding strips to the print center of a log cabin block. Confused? Yeah, me too…

  243. Nancy Sue - October 23, 2011

    Verdigris and Peridot are my favorites :) Hard to pick though! Great colors! Thank you for participating in the blog tour! It’s been good fun!