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Winding Ways Batiks Similar Values

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Color Play for Quilters taught by Joen Wolfrom

Learn how prize-winning quilters and top fabric designers create beautiful color combinations, movement, depth and luminosity through fabric.

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What materials did you use? Cotton batiks

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What are you most proud of? I loved the optical illusion of the winding ways block in Ann Peterson 's class Playing with Curves. I deliberately used fabrics that would make the circles more elusive.

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Joen, I had begun reading your book and then found the class, which I am really enjoying. Thinking about your comments regarding values and contrast, made me think again about this little quilt. I was deliberate in choosing fabrics that really have very little contrast and value differences between them, though I tried to keep lighter and darker within each block. My intention was to make the piecing and quilting do much of the work of creating the circular illusions. I think it was fairly successful, but I would like to know what you think about it.

02/17/2014 Flag

Looking at your little quilt on my computer is not as good as seeing it in person. The photo may be showing darker than the quilt actually is. So I'll just talk about what I see from my computer screen. From here, many blocks are difficult to "read." This is particularly apparent with those blocks where the foreground layer and the background layer are so similar in value that they end up merging together. When selecting fabrics for your block's different layers, stand back to see if what you want is what you are getting. It's easy to see clearly close-up, but about 10 feet away things start to be difficult. Taking a picture with your phone in both color and b/w will give you a clue as to if things are working as you wish or if shapes are merging into one another. Thanks for sharing your quilt. I love the design and your fabrics look beautiful. Play with some little value vignettes to give yourself some experience with different types of value styles. Have fun. BTW, value was a really difficult element for me to figure out in my own work. I seemed to keep everything in middle values and everything blurred together into visual confusion. I finally had to take a deep breath and play with value for a few months. It really helped.

02/17/2014 Flag

Yes, Joan, you are quite right, the photo isn't too was a grey day in the garden! But it is also true that the values in the fabrics are very similar. Looking at it from a distance, I also can see that the choice of border fabric was probably not the right one, as it further muddies the waters, so to speak. I will know better what to do when I try again! But for now, I'm keeping it on my sofa, so I only view it very close up, and the fabrics and colors are very pretty up close! I do appreciate your thoughtful comments. Sue

02/20/2014 Flag

And, when I am chilled, I don't care whether or not a quilt looks great. It doesn't matter about value or color. I just want to wrap it around me to get warm. This is a perfect sofa quilt. It offers warmth, beautiful fabrics, and good feelings.

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