That Value Thing Again!

A huge thank you to everyone very graciously let me know that my dainty pink rose does not show up. It is that “value” thing again.   I must say I was pleasantly surprised, though, when my daughter asked me about the photo in question.  She said “In your last blog post, you posted a picture of your border and the pink rose at the bottom doesn’t show up.  Is it supposed to show up?”  I was pleasantly surprised because I didn’t realize she even read my blog!  Sweet!

pink flower

The fabrics I chose for the rose petals are the same “value” as the background. That means there is very little contrast between the rose and the background and so it doesn’t show up very well.  How can you tell if your fabrics are the same value or not?  Well, I installed an app on my tablet called “Grayscale It”. It changes my color photo…

pale rose

….to black and white.  It is so much easier to judge “value” and “contrast” when you can see your fabrics in shades of black, white and gray.


If you take a look at the flower in the bottom left corner, you can see that it is a good example of light, medium and dark.  The pink rose is a good example of light, lighter and lightest!!  Interesting!

This is the same problem I had with my  leaves a couple of posts ago.  You can read more about that here.

Who knew that making hexies could be so much fun?  I have made 50 (50!) of the pretty flowers and am now onto making the “paths”.


The “path” is the part that creates a white border around each flower.  I find this whole process very intriguing!



So I have about 200 more hexagons to prep to complete the path.  Yikes!


Til next time…




10 thoughts on “That Value Thing Again!

  1. Thank you Kerry, great post on value. The pink fabrics were pretty choices but did get lost from a distance. I like to take pictures of my appliqué and then when I look at them on the ipad or computer it gives me perspective but I will try the grey scale feature. I am kind of loving the EPP thing also.
    Happy Stitching,

  2. I’ve taken pictures of my quilts for the blog and transferred them to gray scale with my photo program. Very interesting! Good to see your light flower now instead of later so you can decide if you want to fix it or keep it!

  3. I really appreciate the lessons you give – I have been appliquing for a long time but still have plenty to learn. Quilters are such givers. Thank you.

  4. I use that black & white trick when testing the colors I chose for a painting! There is so many parallels between the two artforms. Fascinating post, as always 🙂

  5. Again many thanks for the tutorial your border is stunning. Such beautiful clean clear colours that you are using; there is always some thing to learn and your tips are wonderful. You have some beautiful little hexagons growing there, I’m at present working on repairing, hemming and quilting a beautiful 1930’s grandmother flower garden quilt the hexagons are 7/8th of an inch and I’m loving every moment I spend on it thinking about who has worked on this beautiful quilt in the past. Cheers Glenda

  6. Kerry, Fiskar has a 1″ hexagon punch that you could use those pesky cards in mags to make your own paper pieces. Thanks for the tip on the app. Luckily my point and shoot has a mode for black and white photos. Love your hexies!

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