The Velvet Crab is a type of crab with a fine hair coating that feels like velvet. They live in the North Atlantic and in the western Mediterranean sea. Just like other crabs, they can be eaten, but they’re very small, only about 4 inches across, so you’d need a lot of them to make a meal.
V is also for Value – color value in quilts – dark, medium, light. How many times have we been told we need to combine these values when we’re choosing our quilt fabrics. Okay, then, what constitutes dark, medium, light? Honestly, I’m not good at choosing colors and tones and values, but recently I heard somewhere that using the black-and-white setting on a camera would help in seeing the difference in the value of the colors we’re auditioning for a quilt. And with today’s cameras, it’s so easy to do that!
Here are two quilts to show you
The first is a mystery quilt done a couple of years ago, and I was to choose a combination of darks, mediums and lights, with one feature fabric as a jump-off point. Can you see how the feature fabric, and border are the ‘dark’, with the colors becoming ‘medium’ and the background ‘light’
This next is one that I did when I found all the bright colors, and put them against a black background. There was no intention of using ‘light, medium, dark’ for this quilt, but you can see in the black and white view that indeed there are definitive lights and mediums in the colors.
So there’s one way to practice choosing the value of the colors in quilt fabrics.
Happy value! Blessings, Peg