A Little Low Volume

Low Volume

Low volume sewing is pretty hot right now. For me, one of the biggest challenges is finding low volume prints in my stash. It’s probably pretty obvious that I tend to be attracted to color saturated prints. Amanda from Westwood Acres sells a low volume bundle in her shop on Etsy. She cleverly named it “Inside Voices”, I love that! Amanda asked if I wanted to play around with one of the bundles, and I thought it would be a great way to jump right into the low volume trend.

Low Volume Layout

I was throwing around a few options for this bundle. I was this close to pairing it with some other prints and making a zigzag quilt using this technique by AmandaJean of Crazy Mom Quilts. In the end, I started thinking about my Stepping Stones quilt. I decided to make something using the same basic construction. Columns of fabric that are equal in width, but various lengths. These pieces are from 3″ to 4.5″ long and 3.5″ wide.

I laid it all out Saturday morning. Went to lunch with the family. Came home to this.

Doggie Damage

“Who me??” Does anyone else have a dog that likes to roll all over your projects. It’s a good thing he’s so cute.


I’m hoping to have this little baby quilt finished up by Valentine’s Day. Can wait to share it with you!



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    Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    February 11, 2013

    Great variety of prints! It’s going to be a wonderful quilt.

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    Sandy D

    February 11, 2013

    What great looking fabric.Can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

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    marlene carpes

    February 11, 2013

    Cores claras acalmam e um pouquinho de cor mais vivo desperta a atenção. Penso que sua colcha vai ficar linda.

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    February 11, 2013

    Adorable. The quilt and the dog. What is his name. Like you, my stash is all color, and very little low volume.

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      February 11, 2013

      His name is Delux. πŸ™‚ My husband named him. πŸ˜‰

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    Krista E

    February 11, 2013

    I’ve been wanting to start something new and I think this is a GREAT project to take on.

    Love the little dog, too.

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    Anna V

    February 11, 2013

    Love the fabric. And, yes I have an 85lb pit bull who loves to help mommy sew, loves to gather fabric out of my scraps and make herself a bed. Oh yes, and destroy polyfill bags……lol

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    February 11, 2013

    I’ve got some stuff set aside for a low-volume quilt. I can’t wait to start that!

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    Janie Holbrook

    February 11, 2013

    ha ha ha. I have a cat that does that. I sew in a loft with slanted eves, so the floor is currently my design area. I am a kindred spirit about the saturated prints! Love that you introduced “inside voices.” Will investigate and share the love. Happy Sewing.

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    February 11, 2013

    I too have a dog that loves climbing on my work, shes a Yorkshire Terrier/ Jack Russell cross, so very simiar to yours. Her favourite thing is snuggling up on the quilt while I try to baste it on the floor !

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    February 11, 2013

    He is precious! My dogs LOVE to lay all over my projects when they are on the floor. I think my dogs think I am laying out another soft place for them. Crazy things.

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    February 11, 2013

    Man! You and I seem to be on exactly the same page… first we were doing Out to Sea quilts at the same time and now Low Volume. πŸ™‚ Great minds and all that….

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    Dana Harris

    February 11, 2013

    I love your dog. I have one just like it. They are soooooo sweet. The fabric is great. Funny I’m making a baby quilt too!

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    February 11, 2013

    Love the dog! And yes, I have two small pups that like to do the same thing if given an opportunity. It would be worse if they rearranged into a better pattern than I laid out!

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    February 11, 2013

    A friend of mine has a dog that does the same thing to her and then lays across everything. Love all those “inside voices” prints. I’m going to have to put a project like this on my list for the future.

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    February 11, 2013

    He is the most adorable little doggie!! Sooooo cute!!
    Like the quilt too! lol

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    February 11, 2013

    Your Yorkie is incredibly cute and his haircut is too. Thanks for the Etsy heads up but right now Etsy isn’t working πŸ™ As soon as it is I shall be there to look at the store you mentioned. I bet your quilt is going to be gorgeous and can’t wait to see it.

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    February 11, 2013

    Your quilt is really going to be nice. I like the low volume. I’ve wanted to do one for a long time. Delux is adorable! Just trying to help ya πŸ™‚

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    February 11, 2013

    I don’t have a dog that rolls on my projects but do have a cat that makes a beeline for whatever quilt is in the works.

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    February 11, 2013

    You are going to make a wonderful quilt and your dog is just lovely.Happy sewing!

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    February 11, 2013

    I love that low-volume bundle. One of the reasons I love reading your blog is you help keep me updated as to latest modern trends πŸ™‚

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    February 11, 2013

    Cute prints. Why do they call it low volume? I’m a newbie quilter sorry to ask a dumb question. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    February 11, 2013

    Nice mixing the low volume with monochromes! Gonna be fab!

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    February 11, 2013

    Awk he’s adorable. I just started a low volume quilt as well, can’t wait to see yours finished

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    February 11, 2013

    Such destruction for one so small lol. Loving the LV versus pops of hot pink

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    February 11, 2013

    Oh my goodness! Too cute! :0) Look at that sweet face!

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    February 11, 2013

    Showed my husband and we had so much fun laughing and trying to imitate her expression. We had a cute yorkie too and miss her a lot. She was a “quilt designer” too.

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    February 11, 2013

    Thanks for the inspiration. I look at some fabrics and think, nah, then I see a quilt like yours and think absolutely YES! The bunting is an example of that, and anyone with writing. OK, the writing is still nah, but I’ll think about it.

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    February 11, 2013

    My new dog has taken to eating scraps of fabric laying around. I would rather she just rolled around in them. I am keeping my space tidier now.

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    Rebecca Grace

    February 11, 2013

    I don’t understand the term “low volume,” either. Is it about value, the number of colors/fabrics in the quilt, density/openness of the prints, or something else that I’m missing entirely?

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    February 11, 2013

    Can’t wait to see the finish. Your little puppy is so cute.

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    February 12, 2013

    No dog, but kids who like to roll around in quilts!

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    February 12, 2013

    It looks like is going to be another great project! Can’t wait to see it when is finished!! You puppy he’s soooo cute.

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    February 12, 2013

    Awwwww, can’t be mad at that cutie pie’s face! Can’t wait to see the final quilt – I’m dying to try a low-volume ditty πŸ™‚

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    February 12, 2013

    Oh my goodness ~ what a cute dog!
    I’ve been loving low volume fabrics for a while now and your quilt turned out great!
    My cats like to lay on anything I’m doing. They could be in the other room ~ I lay something out on the floor and there they are ~ like it was calling kitty kitty kitty! teehee

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    April Sodoski

    February 12, 2013

    Didn’t you know you have an artist in the making…the doggie was trying to put his “creative touch” on it πŸ™‚

    I do love the fabrics, I too am a COLOR girl, love brights especially. I am very intrigued with all the “text” fabrics that are coming out. I so want to do a quilt with these type fabrics.

    Can’t wait to see your completed project

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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    February 12, 2013

    How did I not know that you have such an adorable dog?? : )

    My dog likes to lie down on my quilts while they’re in progress too, but fortunately she doesn’t roll. : ) She’s probably just too old for rolling nowadays!

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    February 12, 2013

    I have 3 yorkies…if I try to layout any quilt on the floor or try to bind any quilt they are all over it…they just magically appear. I call them quilt dogs…they’ve never met a quilt they didn’t like.

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    Claire Jain

    February 15, 2013

    Love this quilt! Thanks for turning me onto the Etsy shop πŸ™‚

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    February 17, 2013

    love your quilt! I have two cats that “rearrange” my squares as I dont have wallspace for my designs. I have a design floor. lol

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    Hedda Eyben

    February 17, 2013

    My kitties LOVE it when I have quilts spread out on the floor for measuring or to make a sandwich before quilting. I can always count on their help! Didn’t know dogs helped out with that too!

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    February 27, 2013

    Okay…..quilt is beautiful but I want the dog! Soooooo adorable!

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      February 27, 2013

      Ha, he is cute!! πŸ™‚ That’s how he gets away with being naughty.