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Hey there, quilters! Are you pulled in by the allure of large scale prints but unsure how to incorporate them into your quilting projects?  Today, we’re talking about the art of utilizing these bold and beautiful fabrics to create stunning quilts that truly make a statement. Join me as we learn how to master magnificence with large scale prints.

Large scale prints are like the prima donnas of the quilting world – striking, attention-grabbing, and utterly captivating. From vibrant florals to whimsical landscapes, these fabrics demand center stage in your quilt design, but harnessing their potential requires a delicate balance of creativity and strategic planning. So, let’s explore some tips and tricks to help you make the most of these dazzling fabrics!

Embrace the Drama

Large scale prints thrive on drama, so don’t be afraid to go big and bold with your design choices. Whether you’re creating a focal point with a single large print or using multiple prints to create a dynamic visual landscape, embrace the drama and let your creativity run wild. Tula is always one to inspire the drama for me as her bright bold colors have a way of being extra striking in her larger scale prints.

Balance with Solids or Small Scale Prints

To prevent overwhelming your quilt with too much visual stimulation, balance large scale prints with solids or small scale prints. Use these complementary fabrics to create breathing space within your design, allowing the large prints to shine without competing for attention.

Consider Scale and Placement

When working with large scale prints, pay close attention to scale and placement to ensure a harmonious composition. Experiment with different arrangements and orientations to find the perfect balance between showcasing the print and maintaining visual coherence within your quilt.

Frame It with Borders or Sashing

For an elegant finishing touch, frame your large scale prints with borders or sashing to accentuate their beauty and create a cohesive look. Choose coordinating fabrics that complement the colors and motifs of the print, enhancing its impact without overwhelming the design.

Let the Print Speak for Itself

Sometimes, the best approach is to let the large scale print speak for itself. Keep your design simple and let the print take center stage, allowing its intricate details and vibrant colors to shine without distraction.

Mix and Match with Confidence

Don’t be afraid to mix and match large scale prints with other fabrics in your stash. Experiment with contrasting colors, textures, and patterns to create visually stunning quilts that reflect your unique style and personality.

A couple of my favorite patterns for large scale prints are my Blocker pattern and Floored by Woolly Petals. With a little experimentation and a whole lot of passion, you’ll create quilts that are as magnificent as they are memorable.

Until next time, happy quilting!

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