A few years ago when I was still relatively new to quilting I made this quilt using Amanda Jean Nyberg's pattern, "Sunday Morning." The pattern called for "low-volume" fabrics.
My understanding of "low volume" was any fabric that had a low quantity of pigment in the color: white, off-white, cream, and pastel or pastel-ish. I used strips of white, cream, tan; light/pale greens, blues, yellows, reds (= pinks); and a few fabrics with white/off-white backgrounds printed with slightly stronger colors.
When I look at that quilt now I see a rainbow--maybe even a jumble--of light fabrics. It was fun to make but I don't love it. When my older daughter asked if she could have it, I jumped at the chance to give it a new home.
When I began working on the scrappy backgrounds for "Stars on Scrappy Backgrounds" ...
... I was more selective about the tints and tones of the fabrics I used for those blocks. Most were in the light natural/creamy range, but I chose a few fabrics that included pink/coral/rose and a few with tans and grays.
And when I cut the fabric from behind those appliqued stars ...
... and used the 4" scrappy pieces for another quilt, I was even more selective about the ranges of naturals and low-volume fabrics I used and how many "colors" I included.
I think both of the quilts below have a completely different feel even though both are low-volume.
Neither is right or wrong, better or worse, than the other but knowing that the light fabrics I choose for my quilts will influence the feel of the quilts gives me more control over the finished results. I also realized that paying attention to the tint-toward-color of light fabrics is important when combining light fabrics with darker or brighter ones. Some lights may not work well with some medium, bright, or dark fabrics. I've noticed it when a light fabric I thought was greyish was placed next to a darker fabric that made it look lavender. No matter whether I'm working with lights or medium, dark, or bright colors, I need to be aware of the interactions of the colors in all the fabrics.
Most quilters are probably aware of the differences and variations in tints and tones of natural/light/low-volume fabrics. I think I was too but it became more obvious as I was looking at photos of these two quilts. My preference is for the warmer, creamy tones but I know there will be times when the cooler greys, blues, and greens will work better for a quilt.
What are your observations when sewing with light fabrics?