I started with the design you see above. This is a slight variation of a common block pattern. I've always known it as Jacob's Ladder, but you may know of another name for it. I say this is a variation, because it is commonly seen with four patches, rather than nine patches.
Anyways, I had seen one made with these cute little nine patches in an old quilting book, and I've had it on my back burner for a long time. When I was tasked with making a quilt that represented value, I immediately thought of this one.
This block above is how I decided to arrange my values. (This diagram is actually one 'block') The first diagram is four of these put together to create one diamond)
I went with light, medium, and dark, as my basic value separations.
Here you can see how a bunch of these blocks put together with this value arrangement will look. (btw, on Friday, I will be exploring so many, many, different ways that you could use this same pattern for a completely different look)
Now the fun part! Choosing fabrics! My color inspiration come to me in a rush one morning. I can't remember if there was anything to trigger it, but I had been puzzling over the above design for a few days, yet not knowing what colors I would use.
And then that morning I just knew! The darks would be a mix of black and teal/navy prints. The medium would be medium valued pinks and yellows, and the lights would be light pinks and yellows.
I pulled out a bunch of fabrics and sorted them casually by groups of light medium and dark.
Now I tried changing my photo, as I learned from Leila, and you can see that my sorting worked fairly well, although the mediums and darks blend into each other somewhat. I was ok with that though, because the difference in hues, (bright pinks versus teals) would help with keeping the design from being muddied.
(also, I'm a fan of mixing things up abit, so messing up on the values just a bit here and there adds interest, right?!)
And here's my first block, made with my chosen fabrics! As you can likely see by now, this entire quilt is made up of two basic blocks. A half square triangle, and a 9-patch! Easy-peasy!! (Well, let's not mention that those little squares are 1 1/2"!)