Fabric Value As A Quilt Design Element

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies, Quilt Fabric Preperation, Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams, Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric, Simple Fusible Applique, Introduction to Half Square Triangles and Making and Using Templates – be sure to check them out!


Welcome back to our Tuesday Tutorial – I’m so glad you could join us again! The last couple of tutorials have been focused on technical quilting skills, so today we’ll relax and absorb a helpful lesson on the value of fabrics. (Okay, we all know the value of our fabrics in terms of its usefulness to us as quilters, but we’ll be talking about the relative lightness and darkness of our fabrics here!)

Note: please click any image to go directly to the video lesson.

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What exactly do we mean when we refer to the “value” of a fabric? Does the color (hue) of the fabric make a difference? How can we determine the value of our fabric?

Ellie Brown, art director for McCall’s Quilting and McCall’s Quick Quilts, has put together a wonderful video to answer those questions and more. In this free video lesson, she discusses the use of value (darkness or lightness of fabric) in quilt design. She includes tips and video effects to clearly show you value, and gives you advice for combining fabrics in quilts.TTvalue3 Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Value As a Quilt Design ElementClick here to watch the FREE video lesson on using value as a quilt design element.

If you’d like to learn more about effective use of color in your quilt fabric selections, don’t miss Christine Barnes‘ tips in her Color Intensity: Beyond the Basics article featured in McCall’s Quilting July/August 2013 issue.TTcolor Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Value As a Quilt Design ElementClick here to purchase the print issue (available while supplies last) at our Quilt and Sew Shop, or click here to purchase and download an instant digital edition of the issue.Cover 200px Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Value As a Quilt Design Element

Remember, you can watch any of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) how-to-quilt video library lessons 24-7—click here to see the full selection.

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