I get so excited in those “ah ha” moments which I had just the other day. I had a quilt hanging over the kitchen banister. It was one I recently quilted and had tried all kinds of new ruler and free motion designs to the point of overdoing it a bit. That’s not what caught my attention though. It was the thread value.
When I quilt I want to see the design, not thread. My dilemma on this quilt was that the blocks were several colors. I didn’t want to stop and change thread with every block. I have done that, but this time I decided I would use one thread color for all the blocks. That was almost good, and lead to my “ah ha”.
While staring at the quilt over breakfast, I saw where the thread did just what I wanted on half of the block colors, but the other half of the blocks were a darker value. What did I see? Thread! Not the design, but thread! Just what I try to avoid. I should have put a darker value thread on those blocks. I didn’t need to change thread for every block, but follow the value of the color, dark with dark, medium with medium, and light with light.
My quilt is not a disaster, because of my poor choice it’s a learning tool. I always tell my students the way you learn to quilt is to quilt your quilts. Each time I do I take home a lesson. Sometimes about the design, sometimes regarding the thread color, value, or content, but each quilt gets me thinking how I can improve the next one. I hope this helps you to press on and keep quilting!
2 thoughts on “It’s the Value that Counts”
Agreed that the value counts more than the color. A couple of thread colors I’ve found to be nearly invisible on lots of fabric colors: soft lavender and soft green. And of course I unspool lengths of thread and drape in bunches on the quilt top, to compare and make a choice. Thanks for the good reminder.
Thanks Melanie, I too like soft lavender, and I will have to try the more
soft green. Good to know.