Isn't the colour glorious?
There's also a phalaenopsis orchid blooming out there!
Colour! It is wonderful but it can be challenging for a quilt maker. When I made my quilt Stars in the Loft all I had to go by was a black and white photo of an antique quilt . I loved the design and was not influenced by the colour choices of the original. This was very liberating and it allowed me to work with the colours I love and that were in my stash. What I focused on was value.
What do I mean by value? It is the lightness or darkness of a fabric relative to another. Light blue next to bright white reads as a medium. In this block there are two blues. The pale blue is light relative to the dark blue but it is a medium relative to the white background. While colour is important, value is equally if not more important.
Two fabrics that are similar in value will seem to bleed together even if they are different colours. So here's my tip for today: if you have a picture of a quilt that you would like to make print it in black and white and work from that print. It will allow you to focus on value first and then colour! Alternatively you can view the quilt or block through a piece of red cellophane. The red will remove the colour and what you will instead see is value.
Here is a closeup of the original quilt in the book.
And here are some of my blocks in Stars in the Loft. By focusing on value I was able to make a quilt that was pleasing to my eye (and really that is the eye that I want to please) and each block was made from fabrics I loved and that were in my stash.
Value will be the focus of my next quilt along (QAL) which is a hexagon quilt inspired by an antique quilt. We will be working with value, rather than colour! So what is my QAL called? Well that's easy.....Value Proposition!
Until I post again, happy sewing!