Well here she is, my scrappy trip around the world. I know you guys already made them way back at the beginning of the year. Yep, I'm that slow getting to projects I want to make! But this one is different - really.
I started out making it just like the pattern says, but when I got my strips sewn and cut I got a crazy idea. Why not make it really scrappy and spread out those strips of 5 so it would be even more scrappy? Great idea if I had remembered what I learned this year about value.
What is value you might ask? Value refers to how light or dark a color is in relation to surrounding colors. Value helps us decide how to layout a quilt to make the fabric either blend or contrast. This quilt needed a dark value for contrast as the running diagonals. I thought the turquoise fabric would be contrasting enough to stand out, but I was wrong. I should have used a navy.
Since it was too late to start over, I was hoping to bring out the diagonal with some quilting. The turquoise is quilted with a terry twist and the centers with the straight line diamonds. It doesn't help as much as I had hoped for, but it is better.
So let this be a lesson to me! Always think about value when picking fabrics for a quilt. Even when you are making a rainbow quilt from scraps.