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A Tisket A Tasket

I joined Jane’s Rainbow quilt swap. I choose the color red. And decided to to a basket block. At first I didn’t like my red baskets. I like lots of color so it was hard for me to get used to just one color. But they are growing on me.After I finished my baskets I pulled these fabrics out of my stash. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what they become. I once took a class about scrap quilting from Kaye England. I learned so much from her. She said that when making a scrap quilt color does not matter as much as value. A trick she said to use to check value was to put your fabric on a copy machine and make a black and white copy. I figured the black and white setting on my camera would do the same thing. So here is my value test. What do you think?

Do I have a good range?


  • Needled Mom says:

    I think the camera does a great job with values. Can’t wait to see what it ends up looking like.

    I like the red baskets. You’ll love it when it is done.

  • Michaela says:

    I’ve heard about the importance of the value with the color wash quilts. I can imagine it is pretty important with scrap quilts as well. The copy machine technique is new to me though. Great idea… I think your fabric selection is fine.

  • Terri says:

    I really like the baskets – a lot! 🙂

  • Trisha says:

    I think your red baskets are really cute and interesting because you made them scrappy. I love that trick with the black and white to check value. I have heard of that but never tried it. That probably would have helped me on my monochromatic quilt.

  • Unknown says:

    i love your baskets! love your b/w trick 🙂

  • Unknown says:

    Love the Baskets Em…nice fabric choice too…

  • *karendianne. says:

    The baskets are so cute. I like the idea with the camera and it looks to me like you have a good balance here. …but what do I know?!

  • Joyce says:

    Checking the values with B&W is a good idea. It would be fun to try to put them in order and then check with the camera. Funny how color and pattern distract so much from value.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for that tip. I find choosing the colours so hard. I’ll try this to get a balance. Too often I love gaudy. LOL

  • Librarynan says:

    The B/W “trick” is interesting… funny how fabric that we think is ‘light’ because of hte color (ie the pale blue) is actually more toward the middle of the value chart! I’ll have to use this trick as I tend to get too much “middle” value and not enough contrast unless I use almost-white. Bummer. (I’d suggest a few more light-lights, but I love the colors – so that is a dilemma!)

    The baskets are nice – you always do such careful work, it is a treat to see what you come up with.

  • Myra says:

    Nice baskets!
    Interesting seeing the values in the B&W. I will have to remember this trick! 😎

  • Nanette Merrill says:

    Oh! I love the red and white baskets.

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