Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Watercolor question

Shadows Fall
    One of the watercolor emails, asked for a pattern to make the wall hanging called Shadows Fall.   The wall hanging has a "self-border" that is designed at the same time as the center.    The border value is reversed from the center....dark value border on light area, and light value border against the dark sections.  Then along the bottom, it all blends to give the effect that the center is spilling out.

Value placement guide

   No pattern but I did find something that may help.  I know I shared this before, but I don't remember when and was unable to locate the post.  This photo can be save and then printed to use as a reference for value placement.  In this layout the border is 2 squares wide, where as Shadows Fall is larger and has a border of 3 squares.

   Like I said yesterday, start small to learn the technique and to train your eye for value.

Thanks for the questions.....happy stitching.


  1. Какая же красота получилась!

  2. I really love the "spilling" look of this one. Thanks for the layout.

  3. Thanks for sharing your value placement guide. Shadows Fall is one of my favorites.

  4. Thanks, Debbie. A value guide is a great tool for this. I really need to try making one of these and take it off my "someday" list.

  5. It's so amazing what stripping the color out of something can reveal. I've started taking pictures of my layouts for quilts and it really helps me see the value better. Much easier these days with our digital cameras.

  6. Another great post to compliment the prior.

  7. Thank you for such a strong visual to help in values. Love the quilt.

  8. Are these quilts "photo" quilts or pieced fabrics?

    1. You are a no-reply commenter......all my quilts are pieced using 2'' squares of fabric. No pre-printed designs or panels are used. Is that what you mean?


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