Lots of quilts seem “flat”. The design isn’t dynamic, there’s no sparkle. But often we aren’t sure why that is, or how to correct it.
We’ve all got fabric to use, just waiting for the perfect project. Its time to use them! If you’re wondering where to start, how to make sense of all those prints and colors to create a cohesive quilt pattern or layout, look no further.
Meet my Ruby Ruler™-
Looking through the rosy red tint of the Ruby Ruler™ allows you to see value instead of color. It allows you to view the fabrics more as dark and light forms. This is the color value, and a fabric can be light or dark in value based on the other fabrics that you’ve chosen to use with it. Using what you see when you look through the ruler, you can create a pile of “light” value fabrics and a pile of “dark” value fabric. From these, you can create scrappy layouts for and endless number of quilts that are uniquely yours!
Here is a video to demonstrate exactly how I use this wonderful little tool.
Looking through the Ruby Ruler™ allows you to “see” the dark and light value differences of your design, during every step of the process. From shopping for fabrics (take it with you to the fabric store), pulling from your stash, all the way to your quilt layout. Put all your fabrics out on the table, look at them by holding the Ruby Ruler™ in front of your eyes, and divide them up between dark and light values (or more). Use the different values to create amazingly cohesive scrappy quilts that have what I refer to as “quilt sparkle”.
This nifty little tool serves double duty too. Use it to square up and trim up fabrics and pieced units to 5″ and smaller. Cut 5″ squares from your yardage, and easily combine them with 5″ pre-cuts.
Tag your projects with #wisecraftrubyruler on all your favorite social media outlets! Interested in learning more about how to use your ruler and design scrappy quilts? Take one of my online workshops!
Join the Wise Craft Quilts Facebook group and ask questions and show us your Ruby Ruler™ quilts!