Value in color schemes
This is a shot of some watercolor quilts I did a while back but they give you a very good idea of my ideas about color schemes, especially when it comes to value in quilts. Value is the difference between light and dark and that can be very important in creating a vibrant lively quilt with lots of movement in it.
There are lots of ways of telling the value of a particular fabric. One of the easier ways is to use a value finder which you can buy at almost any fabric store. It's rectangular piece of red plastic you look through at your fabrics and it can tell you right away if it's light or dark. The one on the left is called a "Ruby beholder" the other is a piece of plastic I got at a quilt show. Both each work well.
This is what you see, before and after through the red plastic.
You can tell the value of a fabric easier when the color is 'not in the way'.