White spaces are needed in quilts. Quilters know this. If there is nothing but pattern upon pattern upon color upon color – there’s no place for the eyes to rest. There’s nothing to showcase the pattern. A white space can be white, of course, or beige, or grey or soft pink or blue. A white space can even be black. But a white space – a resting place – is essential.
So when I visited “The Barn” in Castle Rock, Colorado, which is very near my home and very full of antiques and odds and ends for the yard, I thought of quilters and the necessity of neutrals when I stumbled into room after room of white decor.
I turned the corner at the top of the rickety wooden steps and felt calm and quiet in the white space.
Do you stock up on whites in your fabric stash? I have one cupboard in my studio that’s full of variations on white, white on white patterns, and a little cream and tan, grey and beige thrown in. White spaces are very essential to a quilter. Don’t you agree?