Beth Markel

The neutrals may be growing on me

Posted on January 3, 2015 by Beth Markel

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to update everybody on the neutral struggle.  Using neutrals as a focal point is a real challenge for me, as I am drawn, body & soul, to the brights.  Normally, I use neutrals to truly CALM my loud tendencies, and bring a sense of quiet to very loud and busy pieces, but after greater exploration (and input from talented artists), I’ve discovered an entire genre of quilts that I had previously overlooked…low contrast gems.  Dazzling, contemplative, serene…all words I would use to describe this wonderful quilt art.

Check some of these out:

Helen Howes,

Lisa Call,


Carol Trice,

Heather Dubreuil,

These are just a few examples of different ways to approach neutrals, and I am inspired!

So currently this is my design wall…

Neutrals, in progress

Neutrals, in progress

Normally I have a white felt on the wall, but switched to black because I was having trouble “reading” the light neutrals from across the room.  As you can see, I’ve ventured slightly into bluish, gray-green, and richer (darker) neutrals, mostly browns.

I wish everyone a very creative New Year!









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