“Color gets all the credit, but value does all the work.”
I don’t know who first came up with that quote; but I’ve seen many, many versions of it – because it’s so true!
Most quilt books have a section on how to choose colors for a quilt. Color theory can be very helpful, but what often gets lost in the discussion is the importance of value – how light or dark a given color (or piece of fabric) may be, and how differences in value and value placement can be used as a primary design element.
Today I’d like to briefly share some of my recent exploration in using value to define individual shapes within an overall pattern, establish focal areas, and create depth and lumiosity.
But first I’d like to back up for a second and talk about a different kind of value…
Cotton Cuts is one of those special companies that you not only feel good about supporting because of the quality of their products, but you can also feel good about supporting their mission.They offer a variety of monthly subscription options for top-quality quilting-weight fabric and Aurifil thread. They also have a 10-month mystery quilt; an online shop with additional thread, fabric, and patterns; and host the #CCColorChallenge on Instragram.
From the Cotton Cuts website:
“Cotton Cuts is on a mission to create jobs. We have partnered with a local workshop that provides dignified employment opportunities to the intellectually challenged and to those with other disabilities. Every Cotton Cuts membership that you purchase contributes toward enriching the lives of these very talented individuals.”
“Build your stash while feeling good about it!”
As a newly minted Cotton Cuts Brand Ambassador, I received my first box of goodies back in March. What fun! Each box I’ve received so far has had different color theme.
Here’s my March Java Batiks unboxing video:
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It’s here! My 1st box from @cotton_cuts! 🎉 Now my challenge is to use these beautiful fabrics in a new project. I’ll post photos of my progess… ☺️ 🧵 #cottoncuts #cottoncutsbrandambassador #cottoncutsambassador #ccambassadors #iheartcottoncuts #subscriptionbox #javabatiks #quiltingfabric #quiltingfabrics #maker #makersgonnamake #patchwork #modernquilter #modernquilting #quiltlove #quilting #ilovequilting #quiltinglove #quiltingismytherapy #quiltingismybliss #quiltersgonnaquilt #quiltingismysuperpower #sewingfun #sewinglove #ilovesewing #quiltersofinstagram #bethannwilliams
And here’s a video I posted of my April Java Batiks box: