Ombré, the subtle shift of one hue from light to dark, is such a trend right now–it’s everywhere, from home décor to hair! In fact, my husband and I are planning to paint the walls of our nursery an ombré blue to suit our mermaid theme.
I personally find that gentle change or shading of color quite soothing. If you practice yoga like I do, the name itself may evoke memories of that final meditative Om at the end of class.
Since I’ve been researching all things ombré lately (and trying to channel my inner yogi), I’ve decided to curate a handful of ombré quilt patterns that I think are equal parts interesting and calming.
This pillow pattern may just be the epitome of tranquility in a design featuring ombré fabric choices. Allison Jensen creates a lovely pillow that reminds me of rippling water much more than those preppy argyle sweaters that used to hang in my closet. Her color choices and placement make for a pillow that is simple yet sophisticated. I also quite like that this quilted pillow comes together quickly and easily with the help of strip piecing.
What is it about cool shades of blue across a field of white that generates a sense of peacefulness? Though the Pinwheel Blocks create movement across the quilt top, the soft shifts in blue of the fabric removes the urgency in favor of a gentle flow. The simple piecing could easily feature a different colorway, prints, or multicolored fabric choices to evoke a different emotion altogether, but the blue on white reminds me of linens waving in a summer breeze.
This modern ombré quilt pattern by Malka Dubrawsky combines two of my favorite things: precut fabric along with the yellow and gray color combination. Rather than using ombré fabric in her design, Malka uses width of fabric strips that range from dark to light. By doing so the design draws us in like a tunnel creating depth as the colors shift lighter and lighter. I can also imagine this in shades of blue and a range of white to gray, but that is probably just my love of Dorothy’s gingham dress talking.
As we transition from monochromatic to two colors and now into this design featuring fabrics from around the color wheel, I’m struck by how the quilts can be vibrant in their color yet comforting in the emotion they give off. I’ve been considering making this quilt top for a few weeks now. A friend just made her own version with airplane fabric and other whimsical prints to celebrate her nephew’s birthday. In the version I want to make, I would focus on cool water tones for the flying geese with a light gray as the background. Since I can’t resist a pop of color, I think I’d create a set of three geese (or maybe even an entire row) out of orange ombré fabric.
At first glance, this quilt says party with its use of confetti ombré and polka dot fabrics. I had to take another look, and I encourage you to as well, to see the tranquility amidst the bright colors. Even though I have been drooling over this quilt for the last couple weeks and contemplating making my own copy of this quilt by Gigi Khalsa, I’m starting to think about how the quilt would look without the confetti. I have a hunch that by removing the second layer of pattern, by focusing on the shade shifting and color placement this design could give off an entirely different vibe.
The versatility of ombré fabric and quilt designs makes me think this is a trend that’s going to stick around for quite a while! I for one am ecstatic because there are so many projects I want to make with ombré fabric that run the gamut from calm to chaotic.
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