Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Finding Light in the Darkness (edited)

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Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

By: Pamela Heim of Arlington, VA. Part of a guild challenge. I premember the challenge from the Northern Virginia Quilt show - I am always drawn to quilts that use a lot of block and white prints... i am a bit value challenged, but even I can see the lights, mediums, and darks in this type of quilt. :o)

Now to use my own collection... I love the way she used the orange/yellow "solids."

Would this design work with completely scrappy colors? By scrappy I meant the colored parts - I would keep the black & whites. I have a lot of black & white prints :o), so I was contimplating on how to use them... I was questioning about using a rainbow of bright prints in lieu of just oranges/yellows. I was also thinking about using a multicolored print with the black and whites.


Ruth's Place said...

It's beautiful. I'm so envious of all the quilt shows you get to go to! I think the effect would be lost in a totally scrappy quilt, but it would all depend on the values of your fabrics that you were using.

Not much help am I? *vbs*

jovaliquilts said...

This quilt is such a simple pattern and yet is beautiful -- the effect really comes from good use of fabric. I think it would be hard to do it scrappy, but maybe if you're really good at getting the right values, it would work.

Shelina said...

That is a great quilt. Are you talking about using the shades of black and white, and then doing the circles scrappy? I think that would look great with bright fabrics.
If you are talking about using other colors rather than black and white, I think that would look great with different values of one color, especially if the circles were the contrasting color.

Otherwise, I'm sure it would work with other colors, but you would lose the dramatic effect.

Gail said...

Really neat quilt! So effective.

Helen in the UK said...

I'm sure it would work with scrappy centres. I think it is the graphic quality that comes form the use of the blacks and whites that appeals - the colours are just accents :)

Sharon said...

I think it would work with scrappy color squares keeping the black and white. You would need to make sure, though, that the tints of the colors are the same - either all bright and clear, or all grayed (toned). I would also suggest that you choose one hue and flare away from that, like she did with orange and yellow. You could use blue and green or red and purple, or red and orange. It's the continuity of the same hue family that makes the colors work and take the black and white to the next step so you can see the light!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I love that as well, I think it would certainly be worth a play with scaraps.
I really like the Dewberry(?) fabric, looks a little Heather bailey esque from here, Tracey

PHeim said...

Hello there. This is my quilt. I started it in a workshop with Betsy True and her original was a study of blue and orange. You can view it on It is lovely in colors and since the block is so simple, you can really do anything with it. I encourage everyone to give it a try. You can begin with 6" squares of fabric, playing with them on a design board until you like the placement, then decide on centers. Since the finished blocks are 5", that original square allows you plenty of fabric to cut it into strips and make the blocks once you have decided on placement.

Betsy True said...

Pam's quilt is really spectacular. She did a fantastic job. As for making a totally scrappy quilt, you can still get the effect by controlling the values and the color range a bit. If you look at my original quilt at you can see my version. I started with a complimentary color scheme of blue with orange centers and let the blue range along an analogous scheme from purple to green, and reversed the scheme in some of the blocks so they were orange with blue centers. The main thing as ruth's place said is to control the values and as Pam said, to use the design wall. If anyone else does a version of this quilt, I'd love to see it!