I was pulling quilts for my Saturday Seeing Value class and thought I could show the easiest example I have of how value works. Value is loosely defined as the lightness or darkness of a color. Manipulating value makes designs appear and is more essential to design than color.
There is a lifetime of learning about how value works, but I’ll focus here on how value defines space and creates design by visually comparing two simple charm quilts.
My Leftovers quilt is just that, a mix of leftover charm squares. There are a load of medium and light valued fabrics in this quilt and a few darks. Their placement is random, so in this case you just have a lovely quilt with enough value difference between the squares for some contrast, but no design is created.
So what happens if we take those same squares and intentionally place light, medium and dark valued fabrics in certain areas?
Designs emerge, in this case crosses. In class we study value with half-square triangle blocks which are far more versatile for design than charm squares.
I’ll save for another time how value manipulation affects the degree of contrast, mood, movement…
I put the class information below with a link to the shop if you want to come on Saturday.
If you are long distance you can still make your own Value Quilt here.
I’m off to sew! Yeah!!!
::Seeing Value:: $65 Saturday, March 10th from 10-2pm at the Quilting Loft.
Learn how value (the lightness or darkness of a color) can transform your quilt making process. Create multiple designs with your newfound knowledge of value and simple half square triangles. We’ll cover proper technique of this block and perfect points!
All levels of sewists welcome.