Thursday, 20 February 2014

White on white

Have you ever thought about

how playing around with your camera and different light

can teach you a thing or two about quilting?

One of my goals this year is to use more white in my work. I tend to shy away from white unless it is a neutral or bold design element. It’s the same way in our home; I’ll always pick the lightest of grey instead of white, so I want to start playing more with whites. I have, by the way, set quite a few small goals for myself, which I will get back to as I work at them. So far I have started at
- becoming a confident zipperista
- using more yellow
- embracing white.

So, you can’t make an omelet without breaking any eggs, or use white (or yellow for that matter) without a white fabric stash and I had to purchase some new fabric. It’s not like white on whites makes your heart sing by looking at them on a screen, but fabric shopping is fabric shopping and still quite fun I’d say.
The package arrived the other evening and my camera was out anyway, so I took a few pictures in (halogen) lamp light.

Then I repeated the process the next day in daylight.

Can you see the positive/negative effect when they are next to each other?

It’s quite striking, isn’t it.

So, hanging on a wall, the white on white fabrics will look very different depending on the light

– meaning that if you put your colours together in lamp light, they may look totally different the very next day.

I always knew this truth about colours, but not even white is only white, is it.


  1. It is amazing how color changes when we use different lighting. I try to photograph in daylight, but that doesn't always happen. Your white's reflect back what they see. xox

  2. Hvitt og hvitt kan väre så totalt ulike farger. Det finnes mere enn 10000 ulike hvite farger, sier min mann... så da får jeg vel tro på det.

  3. I worry a little about how color changes in certain lighting because I work a lot in my quilt room late in the evening. The color is so much more yellow at night than in the daytime. Every time I make a fabric decision at night I want to wait until the following day before I do any cutting, just to be sure.:)

  4. OMG! There are so many "whites". Check them out at a paint center some time. They all look the same until you put them next to each other. Some are quite green, some lavender and some have a yellow tinge. (Those might just be the choices here in CA...)
    I've also found that people from snowy areas tend to use darker colors in their quilts and indoor décor. Here in CA most every home is painted white inside. (So much color outside? To reduce heat?) In the Midwest where there is lots of snow the indoor colors are rich and dark. Guess they need some color in their lives - maybe to absorb some of that sunshine and keep in the heat. If the décor choices are that different maybe that drives some of the quilt colors as well.
    Love that you did the camera work. Thanks for sharing that with us.

  5. There are so many whites, I’m only able to judge them outside in bright daylight. I’ve always used a lot of white in my quilts, but now tend to use more low volumes, greys and aquas.