Welcome back to our Tuesday Tutorial – I’m so glad you could join us again! The last couple of tutorials have been focused on technical quilting skills, so today we’ll relax and absorb a helpful lesson on the value of fabrics. (Okay, we all know the value of our fabrics in terms of its usefulness to us as quilters, but we’ll be talking about the relative lightness and darkness of our fabrics here!)
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What exactly do we mean when we refer to the “value” of a fabric? Does the color (hue) of the fabric make a difference? How can we determine the value of our fabric?
Ellie Brown, art director for McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts, has put together a wonderful video to answer those questions and more. In this free video lesson, she discusses the use of value (darkness or lightness of fabric) in quilt design. She includes tips and video effects to clearly show you value, and gives you advice for combining fabrics in quilts.Click here to watch the FREE video lesson on using value as a quilt design element.
If you’d like to learn more about effective use of color in your quilt fabric selections, don’t miss Christine Barnes‘ tips in her Color Intensity: Beyond the Basics article featured in McCall’s Quilting July/August 2013 issue.Click here to purchase the print issue (available while supplies last) at our Quilt and Sew Shop, or click here to purchase and download an instant digital edition of the issue.
Don’t miss any of our Tuesday Tutorials—click here to read them all, or click any link below to go directly to your topic of interest.
- Pressing Basics
- Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowances
- Rotary Cutting Basics
- Basic Quiltmaking Supplies
- Fabric Preparation
- Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams
- Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric
- Simple Fusible Appliqué
- Introduction to Half-Square Triangles
- Making and Using Quilting Templates
- Quick Quarter-Square Triangles