Color Value Class

This past weekend I was very blessed to be able to attend a Color Value Class by Katie from Sew Katie Did. I planned this class for the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild, with the help of my amazing board, that is in the South Puget Sound area of Washington State.   The class was made extra fun because Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts came too! She drove up from Oregon earlier in the week and spent the night on Saturday so we could visit and sew together. It was so much fun!

I learned so much during the class. Below are some of my biggest takeaways:

  • Most of my fabrics tend to be dark and medium values – I have a very limited selection of light value fabrics (except solids)
  • I struggle to work with prints only – turns out I really LOVE solids
  • My blindness can actually be an advantage in  determining color value
  • I need a new cell phone that can switch the photo to black and white – thank goodness Shanna let me use her phone during the class!
  • Everyone NEEDS to have a design wall of some kind!!! This is an absolute MUST HAVE!

With the fabrics that I brought to class (and two donated squares) here is what I have so far for my value quilt:

Value Diamond Quilt - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHere it is in Black and White – that makes it easier to see the color values:

Black & White Color Value Quilt - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI have been shopping my stash some more and I plan to add to my quilt. I would like for it to be at least 60″ x 60″ so I have a lot more half square triangles to make.

Have you ever made a Value Quilt? I can’t remember the last time I made a quilt and used all prints…it has been at least 7 years.


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10 Responses to Color Value Class

  1. Missy says:

    I have never thought about color value before, your quilt looks awesome!

  2. Susan Melvin says:

    The class was very fun. Thank you for organizing it. I am also planning on making mine larger. Still not sure exactly how I will lay it out. I keep moving it around from zig zag to diamond to what you did. I love all of the layouts.

  3. It’s amazing what value can do for the design of a quilt. Thank you for organizing this class. I learned so much!

  4. Lisa L. says:

    What a neat class that must have been. I had honestly not considered color value before. Going to have to use the black and white trick with my next project!

  5. Katy says:

    Love where this is going, looks like it was a great class!

  6. Susan says:

    I’ve never made one on purpose, but I’ve made quilts that depended on color value for the design. I like yours, but I can see how the black and white photo does help!

  7. Jeifner says:

    I also love solids and like to use them an almost everything. Maybe because of that I’m fascinated with making my own prints only quilt. My new bee is going to be helping me with that this year.

  8. CeLynn says:

    Sounds like that was a wonderful class! Love what you have done so far with your value quilt.

  9. Susan the farm quilter says:

    Sounds like it was a fabulous class!! Wish I could have made it over the mountains cuz I so would have taken the class!

  10. Michele W says:

    Thank you — next time I make a quilt I will give use your tips!

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