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Thread: help color wise for a log cabin

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    Senior Member redturtle's Avatar
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    hello all...

    somewhere down the road one of my projects that i pulled a bunch of florals for is going to be a log cabin quilt (thnx much to whomever i have stolen the idea from lol)

    anyway...i think i got the lights and darks down but i would like some extra opinions...

    and then i have what i cant really figure out where it fits in a light/dark catagory...maybe they really are in the medium range which will work...

    hopefully you can give me some thoughts...TIA

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    I have found with log cabins that as long as the lights are all "light" and all the darks are "dark", the patterns and values are not as important. Looks like you are doing scrappy, so the differences will just melt into the whole.

    I like your selections!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have found with log cabins that as long as the lights are all "light" and all the darks are "dark", the patterns and values are not as important. Looks like you are doing scrappy, so the differences will just melt into the whole.

    I like your selections!!
    ditto that

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    All look fine except the upper left hand corner in your dark batch 1. That lighter blue just jumps out at me.

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    I thin you need to contact , Barnbum...she does amazing log cabins using florals...she would help you spot any patterns that won't flow.

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    As long as there is contrast, but if you cannot determine which batch to put them in, I would probably not use them. I like the batch best in the 3rd picture of dark best with your picture of lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary
    All look fine except the upper left hand corner in your dark batch 1. That lighter blue just jumps out at me.
    Though in the 2nd pic of the same grouping, it looks considerably darker. The one closest to the centre is usually the lighter one, so chances it'll be fine.

    The one that got me is in the 2nd grouping, bottom row on the right. Then in the 2nd pic, it looks right on.

    Unfortunately we often don't see the "real" colours ... go with what it is like IRL!

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    Yes, I agree. Mediums do make a difference. You'll want to stick with just the lights and darks. Pretty fabrics!

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    If you will squint your eyes real close on each group, you can see the lights, mediums and the darks real good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barny
    If you will squint your eyes real close on each group, you can see the lights, mediums and the darks real good.
    Good hint.

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    If you look thru something red at your choices it will filter out most of the color and leave you with more of a grey scale. I have a red glass candle holder that I use but if you want to spend money you could buy a ruby beholder, that's what it is made for.

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    i am already thinking i am going to pull the purple and teal out of the medium batch 1 to add to the darks as they are really standing out as dark amongst the rest of the mediums

    will have to see if i can find something red to look thru

    also the top left blue one in the dark floral batch 1 is actually showing true color in the pic of the complete dark floral batch

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    Love all the small florals. A LC will look great.

    In my screen i see a few MEDs that look darker than med.
    In the completed medium Pic. the purple and teal that are side by side in the top row.

    Also in the dark set there is a beige with a rosey flower. It looks light. Other than that , my eyes say yes, imho. :thumbup:

    Can't wait to see this one! Yummy :thumbup:

    EDIT AGAIN: on looking over the fabric several times,in the finished light set, my eye keeps going to the very white w/purple & green spray . Seems out of place to me, everything else is creamy white, imho.

    One idea if your having trouble with light and dark colors is to lay your set of fabrics (small swatches of each color) on your copier and print it in B&W. You will see which ones look light and dark. I use this method sometimes.

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    Suggest you lay all the darks out in a row, all the mediums in a row, and all the lights in a row. Take a picture of them straight on (IOW don't lay them on a table and attempt to photo them while standing - the further row will not show up. Put them on the floor and stand on a chair if necessary).

    It's important to get them all in the same photograph as opposed to photographing the darks separate from the lights, because value is relative to what is next to. A dark may be a light if it is with only darker fabrics. You need to see the whole picture as a whole.

    Then take the photograph and convert it to black and white.

    That will help you spot instantly the value of each and any that don't belong in the group.

    Color viewers also work to bleed out color and reduce it to value only (value meaning light vs dark), however ... you can't use a red viewer to view reds or browns, and you can't use a blue viewer to view blues greens or greys. Since you have all of the above, reducing to black and white is your best option.

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    i love your color choices. they are beautiful. and it appears that there is a definite differance between the colors. look forward to seeing what you do with this. i have a log cabin on my list of things to do. but am unsure on the colors right now. but, it will be scrappy. will be following this thread. :D

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    By far the easier way to determine if the colors are dark or light or medium is to print them on your printer in black print only, no color. this will render the print in tones of grey. Compare the prints when they are in this grey scale. You can quickly see which ones are too light to be in the dark pile and which ones do not belong in the light pile, etc. This only takes a few minutes and everything becomes very self-evident. This is called reducing the colors to a grey scale and it is what artists do to evaluate their colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have found with log cabins that as long as the lights are all "light" and all the darks are "dark", the patterns and values are not as important. Looks like you are doing scrappy, so the differences will just melt into the whole.

    I like your selections!!
    agreed

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    Suggest you lay all the darks out in a row, all the mediums in a row, and all the lights in a row. Take a picture of them straight on (IOW don't lay them on a table and attempt to photo them while standing - the further row will not show up. Put them on the floor and stand on a chair if necessary).

    It's important to get them all in the same photograph as opposed to photographing the darks separate from the lights, because value is relative to what is next to. A dark may be a light if it is with only darker fabrics. You need to see the whole picture as a whole.

    Then take the photograph and convert it to black and white.

    That will help you spot instantly the value of each and any that don't belong in the group.

    Color viewers also work to bleed out color and reduce it to value only (value meaning light vs dark), however ... you can't use a red viewer to view reds or browns, and you can't use a blue viewer to view blues greens or greys. Since you have all of the above, reducing to black and white is your best option.
    i will lay them all out together and snap another photo...my printer is out of ink right now but perhaps i can reduce it to black/white on the computer...but i will post the complete floral grouping photo on here...maybe some other eyes will see what i dont....definitely gonna pull the purple and teal out of the medium batch and incorporate into the dark batch...

    the more eyes the merrier!!

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    here's one I am working on
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    i luv black/white/red...

    i have material (fat quarters) that i still have to pick out a pattern to use in...

    but the color combo is definitely on my idea list

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    You're making it much too complicated. I have made scrappy log cabins and used the same medium as a light in one block and as a dark in another. It works and adds interest to the quilt (IMHO). Another option for the mediums is to use them in a piano key border, where value doesn't matter.

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    thats what i was thinking of doing...
    glad to know it will work

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    ok here is a different view of the florals for the log cabin quilt...

    i did move the purple and teal from the medium batch to the dark batch and that does look better...

    anyone else have any ideas as to any needing to be moved around?

    and i was able to change the image to black and white...viewing it this way makes all the medium colors in the middle row look as if they were lights...

    whatcha think?

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    You know, seeing the mid-range set, I don't think you should use any of those. Just use the light and dark. You have plenty of fabrics there already without adding in the mid-range set,.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    You know, seeing the mid-range set, I don't think you should use any of those. Just use the light and dark. You have plenty of fabrics there already without adding in the mid-range set,.
    I agree

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