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    Another trick I like to use is to grab all of my low volume neutrals and take a picture with my cell phone and view the picture in black/white. Anything that screams too dark is tossed aside (if I'm only looking for lighter neutrals). I did this for my Bonnie Hunter mystery where all of the background was from a different fabric. This was my first time ever making a scrappy background - way out of my comfort zone - but that's why I did the Bonnie Hunter mystery - to get out of my comfort zone and use up this pile of fabric I have.

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    Your Bonnie Hunter quilt is gorgeous! Which pattern is it? Your quilting really is awesome.
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    That was the 2016 Bonnie Hunter mystery pattern "En Provence."

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    You are getting a lot of good advice about choosing low volume neutrals. M* sells lines that come out that are low volume, but they don't curate low volume collections like other quilt shops do. You might want to look around for some of those curated bundles if you need help getting started. Here is one modern collection that M* has right now. Brigitte Heitland is one designer who uses low volume prints a lot.

    https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop...box-charm-pack

    Also M* sells BasicGrey by Moda, and they do low volume. They sell out fast! If you can find their Compositions line, it's beautiful.
    Text fabrics are considered low volume as well. Lots of those out there. Don't limit yourself to just whites, creams and beige. You will find them in many tones of gray, warm and cool, and even in charcoal and blacks. Fun to put together.

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    I made a quilt that is low volume. It's more on the tan side of the palette with some blue thrown in.

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    These are great ideas, thank you so much for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryUK View Post
    These are great ideas, thank you so much for your help.
    Mary...just another example, sweetie! I am a huge fan of Sherri McConnell's designs and I received my Better homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting magazine today in the mail. The photo of the quilt in the magazine absolutely blew my mind. The background low volume neutrals and the English Paper piecing hexagon flowers popping with color! This is on a wish list!!!! I just wanted to share....

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    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazi...ne-2018?page=7
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    Sherri, thank you so much for posting that picture, unfortunately I can't get that magazine here in the UK, the postage charges are horrendous!!

    That is such a beautiful quilt, I used to say I wouldn't sew hexies, but have been bitten by the bug thanks to my weekly craft class!! Had thought to do some flowing across a cushion so if they turn out ok I may make something along the lines of the quilt - something else to put on my 'to do'list, sigh heavily!!!

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    Hi Mary
    found this half hexies way of making if wanted to machine.

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