For me, one of the best steps in laying out a quilt is putting all the blocks on the design wall. I want the right balance of color and value. Plus, I want my favorite blocks to shine.
A great way to double check is turn the photo into a black and white image. (Or on my iPhone, I just take another picture in black & white.) This really shows the values and I can move around anything that seems off.
It’s a great way to check your choices. I also use this trick when I’m choosing fabrics, especially if value is important.
The black & white image shows the value!