All Those Values In Between

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It is easy to see the darkest and lightest values, but what about all of those in between? Sometimes when we see different values in unequal amounts our eyes play tricks on us and we may think one is lighter or darker than the other only because we see more of it than the other, so the key is to make all things equal. Cut some strips of the the same size of each of your fabrics in various values. Arrange them in the order you perceive them to be from light to dark and sew them together in that order.  Pin the strip set you just made on your design wall and observe it casually for a few days as you walk in and out of the room. The one that may seem out of order may start to glare at you. Take it apart and reassemble in the new order and observe it again.

If you really want to get good at distinguishing value start sorting your fabrics or scraps or help a friend with hers. The more you sort and separate and collate the better you will be at sorting, separating and collating! Next time you start a quilt the choices will come easier and faster.

strip set corrected

strip set out of place

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1 Comment to “All Those Values In Between”

  • Catherine April 7, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Thank you for posting this!!!

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