If you haven't heard of a Ruby Beholder, then check out that link. They are great. I got my first one back in that Shady Corner Watercolour class I mentioned last post. It removes the colour so all you see are the value changes in the quilt. This will show you blobs of dark or light areas that you might not notice until your quilt is hanging on a wall or lying on a bed, and suddenly a massive blob that detracts from the overall beauty of your quilt appears....and drives you to distraction, and possibly to hating your quilt...but I exaggerate.
Another great trick I learned in that class is to view your quilt in the semi-darkness, as this will yield virtually the same, if not better result, since you can see your whole quilt, full-size, without squinting. The one disadvantage to the Ruby Beholder is that it doesn't read red, since it is red, so this method avoids that problem. Since my Turning Twenty quilt is similar to a watercolour quilt in that I want a colourwash feel, I did this a couple of evenings ago before I sewed all twenty blocks together. Here is the picture I took. It is dark, but remember I want the value, not the colour to show.
Here is half of the Turning Twenty quilt, on the design wall (Fons and Porter portable one - just great, but only 60" wide, available at Jo-Ann's Fabrics) assembled with the Book It method. The black 'box' at the bottom of these pics is my stereo with my iPhone docked in it. I know my sister will probaby ask!
And, here is the entire centre, ready for borders. Sorry for the streak of sunshine. Three days now with virtually no sun is unusual here on the southwest suncoast of Florida, but wouldn't you know it, the sun came out right when I took this! It is already too big for my design wall so I had to lay it on the floor. I can't decide if I am going to put the 6.5" final borders on. They are optional. It's the same fabric as the block centres, so it will pull it all together, but I don't want it to be too brown. Think I'll lay it out and see if it "talks" to me as to yay or nay. That will make it 82.5X98.5".
Do you get the pun in the title of this post now? ;-)
Stay tuned for more Aha! tips coming up very soon.