At our last guild meeting, Kari gave us a “Color for Quilters” presentation. And she knocked it out of the park! I sat mesmerized by her examples of color combos, her explanation of the different color wheels (who knew there was more than one? not me!). She defined value and temperature; explained tints, tones and shades. And she emphasized the effect these factors have on your quilt and gave some color troubleshooting advice at the end.
I’m not color averse. For example, I chose some pretty bold colors for 2 rooms in the house. But combining fabric for a quilt is not easy for me. Kari gave us a ton of practical advice, but the biggest take away for me was how to identify color value – how light or dark a color is.
To determine color value, Kari recommended taking a photo of your selected fabric all lined up and then converting that photo to black and white. By taking the color information out of the equation, identifying which fabrics are light, medium or dark becomes much easier.
So, that very day, I pulled fabric for a baby quilt and put them in (what I thought) was value order. And I quickly saw that I was wrong!
After some rearranging, I’ve got this*
Which is my starting point for this quilt.