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Bonnie Hunter Winter Mystery 2022-2023: Chilhowie

Old 11-17-2022, 04:45 PM
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JeanieG: love your fabrics! I especially like the purple stripe. Stripes can drive you crazy but add so much interest to a quilt. Glad you will be joining us.
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Old 11-17-2022, 05:44 PM
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JeanieG, Your colors look great. I have several of the same fabrics. I always love it when I see someone else with the same taste as I have. Good luck with the mystery.

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Old 11-17-2022, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
I like the black background/neutral idea. When I pulled fabrics, they were all mid to mid/light values. It would be very colorful but sorta boring value wise. The saying Ďcolor gets the credit, but value does the workí stumped me. I think with a lot of value chug in one color, the pattern of that color will be lost.
Some of the collections have had a full range of values (very light to dark) for each of the colors (purple, orange, teal). Since value is doing the work of making the pattern, the eye picks up a value, letís say dark,. Doesnít matter if itís orange or purple, just that itís dark, and tries to make a pattern from dark.

If all the purples are dark and no teal/orange are dark, the eye reads the dark purple as a pattern. The orange could be medium, the eye would pick up all the orange for a pattern.

was this any clearer?
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Old 11-18-2022, 06:23 AM
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Perfect explanation Petthefabric. I know my first few Bonnie's didn't work out the way I wanted, I just didn't understand this concept.
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Old 11-18-2022, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
Some of the collections have had a full range of values (very light to dark) for each of the colors (purple, orange, teal). Since value is doing the work of making the pattern, the eye picks up a value, letís say dark,. Doesnít matter if itís orange or purple, just that itís dark, and tries to make a pattern from dark.

If all the purples are dark and no teal/orange are dark, the eye reads the dark purple as a pattern. The orange could be medium, the eye would pick up all the orange for a pattern.

was this any clearer?
Thanks for adding the greater detail. My personal rule is that in a quilt with a repeating block, not every block needs to strongly show the pattern by having high contrast values. In some blocks, it is okay to have low contrast. The eye wants to find pattern and with enough high contrast blocks, it will fill in the low contrast blocks. The trick is getting the right balance and that is especially tricky in a Mystery Quilt. For the last few quilts, my initial fabric pull tends to have a wide range of value, but some of those fabrics will likely not be used.

Edited to add: Also, if there is string piecing in the design, having a mix of values for the color adds sparkle. I have added a photo of my string pieced units for Grassy Creek (with blue instead of Bonnieís suggested grey).
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Old 11-18-2022, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
Some of the collections have had a full range of values (very light to dark) for each of the colors (purple, orange, teal). Since value is doing the work of making the pattern, the eye picks up a value, letís say dark,. Doesnít matter if itís orange or purple, just that itís dark, and tries to make a pattern from dark.

If all the purples are dark and no teal/orange are dark, the eye reads the dark purple as a pattern. The orange could be medium, the eye would pick up all the orange for a pattern.

was this any clearer?
petthefabric, thank you for further explaining!
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Old 11-18-2022, 06:34 PM
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Oooh, those are cool, SuzSLO! I'm a big fan of blue.

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Old 11-18-2022, 07:33 PM
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I'm thinking about joining this mystery! Do you think I could use something like this for the background? I have lots of the purple, aqua, and orange.
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Old 11-19-2022, 03:13 AM
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Originally Posted by kristijoy View Post
I'm thinking about joining this mystery! Do you think I could use something like this for the background? I have lots of the purple, aqua, and orange.

What fun fabric! Iíd be hesitant to use it as a neutral though since she is known for smaller pieces you may end up pieces that are different colors. Perhaps save it to use for the border or part of the backing?
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Old 11-19-2022, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by kristijoy View Post
I'm thinking about joining this mystery! Do you think I could use something like this for the background? I have lots of the purple, aqua, and orange.
I like the fabric. I would base my colors on it and not cut it up as a background. Then I would use it for the back. Bonnie mentioned large prints getting lost in this one. You might not end up with entire dragonflies just bits here and there. But of course, it's your quilt. Go with what you love.
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