Quilt-value anxiety, be gone: meet the Ruby Beholder

If you’ve struggled with choosing fabric values for your quilts, you’re not alone. Determining which colors are light, medium-light, medium, medium-dark, and dark sounds like a cinch. But if you’ve tried it, you know it can be tricky.

Quilt fabrics from Becoming a Confident Quilter

How would you order these fabrics from light to dark? Hmm…

Contrast is key to creating sharp, clear designs in your quilts—that’s where value comes in. Believe it or not, the best way to find contrast is to take the colors out of fabrics. Because once colors are gone, only values remain.

There are many homegrown methods for “removing” colors from fabrics. Looking at quilts through doorway peepholes, peeking through the wrong end of binoculars, and good-old fashioned squinting are just a few. But there’s also a tool that offers an easy way to make colors go away—the Ruby Beholder.

Ruby Beholder

Many painters, photographers, and of course quilters swear by the Ruby Beholder to help them see values. See how the tool works in this quick video:

Do you find value in considering value when you make your quilts? Tell us in the comments!

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