Low Volumes: I Don’t Have an Inside Voice

This is Part 3 of 3 in a series on Low Volume fabric usage, not meant to be a comprehensive study, but a starting point. For Part 1 or Part 2, follow the links!

Now we’re to the good stuff, or at least my favorite type of Low Volume (LV). “I don’t have an inside voice” is just SOOOO much fun and funky to use. As with the “whisper quiet” and “normal speaking voice” LV, they have a very light background of white/off-white/cream/light gray, but these have big and bold colors, big and bold patterns, and just a little more chaos than our other two LV types. Here are some “I don’t have an inside voice” LV’s in action:

Aren’t they just FUN?!? You still can see the effect the bow tie blocks have, but the background adds some major interest. Yes, the “I don’t have an inside voice” LV’s compete more with the prints, but it still works!! Once again, the key is pairing a print with majorly contrasting colors with the LV. It will not work otherwise. For instance, the flamingo block (top row, 2nd from the left) would be lost if it were a pink bow tie.

Now the question some of you might be wondering: How do all 3 LV types work together? Well I’m happy to share my quilt thus far. It is one of my very favorites because of how unique it is.

Isn’t it just funky and fun? My eyes are constantly moving looking at different prints and backgrounds. I won a bundle from the very lovely and generous Holly Lesue of Maker Valley that served as the inspiration for this quilt as well as all of the Long Time Gone sewalong photos I saw around the same time. There are SO many great uses of LV happening in the sewalong (check out the #longtimegonesal if you want some more inspiration!) I chose this block for a bee I’m in and I cannot wait to get my blocks back this month and add them into the scrappy, happy goodness that already exists.

What are your thoughts now? Are you a “whisper quiet”, a “normal voice”, or an “I don’t have an inside voice” type of LV quilter? Or maybe you like all 3?

4 thoughts on “Low Volumes: I Don’t Have an Inside Voice

  1. What a fun series. I’m seriously in love with low volume backgrounds and it’s been my main background choice for a year or so! One other thing to note is if you are doing a completely low volume quilt, the mix of these three types of low volume fabrics adds a LOT more interest. I’m probably a predominantly regular talking voice/whisper voice but when I did an entire low volume quilt I certainly added in lots of no inside voice fabrics.

  2. Jen, thank you for these posts! I am a Low Volume junkie and have amassed a great stash. Was just thinking through how I wanted to organize it – this is perfect. Love following your blog and Instagram feed!

  3. I just read these articles on Volumes. I simply loved your names for them. As a former Kindergarten teacher, I would have called the third group “My Outside Voice” but nonetheless, loved your choices and they were perfect to explain. I’m going to share these on my post as I think it will help people unfamiliar with the terminology understand Low Volume. Thank you for this entertaining, and informative, post.

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