A Valuable Example of Value Placement

Jan's quilt incorporates both light and dark values in a fun arrangement. Come see how I quilted it on my APQS longarm and what choices we made!

Jan was visiting Pinterest recently and saw a quilt that inspired her to play with value.  By “value”, I mean light vs medium vs dark shades of colors.  Placing light fabrics so that they contrast with dark fabrics can create an entirely new secondary pattern within a quilt.  This has been used traditionally with log cabin and split nine-patch quilts, but it is often seen these days in creative arrangements of half square triangle units like in Jan’s quilt.

Jan's quilt incorporates both light and dark values in a fun arrangement. Come see how I quilted it on my APQS longarm and what choices we made!

I must confess that I didn’t see this immediately!  As a longarm quilter, I am focussed on a limited area of the top at a time, and sometimes the overall pattern isn’t obvious close-up.  When Jan’s quilt was completed, though, I saw the overall effect.

Jan's quilt incorporates both light and dark values in a fun arrangement. Come see how I quilted it on my APQS longarm and what choices we made!

Because there was so much contrast between the lights and the darks, I used a neutral grey thread that blended well across all of the fabric shades AND colors.

Jan's quilt incorporates both light and dark values in a fun arrangement. Come see how I quilted it on my APQS longarm and what choices we made!

To soften the geometric lines, we selected a floral edge-to-edge design called Periwinkle. Isn’t the flower in the pantograph just perfect with the flowers in Jan’s fabrics?

With a backing like this, one could hide a multitude of sins.  Its multicolor speckled texture on an orange base picks up so many of the colors from the front of the quilt.  We often joke that when I shop for fabric, orange-rust seems to follow me around.  Here it is again!

Thank you, Jan, for bringing your quilt to me for longarm quilting!

Jan's quilt incorporates both light and dark values in a fun arrangement. Come see how I quilted it on my APQS longarm and what choices we made!

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