Quilters are enjoying a renewed interest in dots and stripes, fueled in part by home decor trends. Just like any other design motif, these versatile designs can be used to define the mood of a quilt, from playful and carefree to regal, orderly and precise. Both dots and stripes can be fussy-cut for different effects. They also make great quilt challenge themes.

Slender or wide, stripes provide a unique visual spark by directing the eye in a particular direction. Stripes are fun to work with, lending themselves to a variety of cutting and piecing techniques to heighten their visual interest further.

The graphic appeal of both dots and stripes makes possible a wide range of creative effects. Feel free to experiment with them and bring a new dimension to your quilt projects!