Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here's a close-up of a block.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Oh dear, now I have to select a pattern............Stay tuned to see what I choose.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I have been inspired by what the participants have been showing in this challenge. All I had to show for weeks was my effort of gathering fabrics (but that seemed too dull for posting). I didn't really have a quilt plan, or an idea what my one additional color would be. Now I think I know that I will use shades of deep red to burgundy. I hope to use this quilt (a lap size) on my bed in the winter (when I freeze and my hubby sweats!). It's about 50"x68" in theory.
Here's a peek at some of the 4.5" blocks I had cut last week. I actually have several more fabrics too, they just did not make it into the picture.
The arduous task of making 96 HST's... These are done half dark and half light, for the points of the six large blocks (sixteen each).
I played with my new EQ6 program a bit since receiving it on Christmas. I gave up on completing the outer border, but you get the general idea. The quilt is kind of simple, but I hope to let the patterns of the fabrics be the focal. Additionally, where there are tan squares below, will be black and white photographs of my kids, printed on fabric.
I am so excited to get working on this project. A few weeks back from I ordered the Califon Collection by Mark Lipinski. ChristaQuilts! was having a sale so I got a 13 fat quarter set plus some yardage. Dear friends were married in October so this project is for them.
There is a r/w/b quilt on the current issue of Quilting that has me intrigued. It is called "So Many Snowballs." I think with the triangles being reds and the main pieces being the Califon, it would make for an amazingly modern project. We shall see... all in good time. I have a TON of other projects but hope to get this at leased cut before January is over.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Here is a stack of my blacks, whites and blues I'm thinking about using.
I'm giving away a bunch of FREE SCRAPS I have (all kinds of colors, fabrics and sizes). Visit my blog and post a comment on Scrap Saturday to enter the giveaway. Be sure to talk about your art goals/resolutions for 2009.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thanks to Jackie for letting me join in the fun. I am the one who is lucky to be getting Aviva's black and white nickels. I sorely need them to add to my pitiful stash, as you can see, of black and white fat quarters. In the box are some that I've had for years, but they mostly read black. I recently bought a few more. The nickels will be perfect for me, as I'd like to plan a very scrappy looking black and white quilt. I haven't decided on the third color yet, though!
I actually do have a black, white and yellow in progress. I started it in a workshop at least ten years ago. After the workshop, I worked on it a little at home and then lost interest in it. I dug it out the other day and am considering finishing it for the challenge. I'm afraid to take a photo of it, LOL.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Here are nine little penguins and I have them holding together the glacier pincushion
(sorry the 2nd photo isn't the right way around - it is in picasa but doesn't load that way on the blog)
This was fun to make - I started hand piecing in the early evening on Saturday and completed all nine penguins that night (each hand pieced) then made up the cushion on Sunday and stitched everything in place together.
my blog: flamingstitches.blogspot.com - sorry there is no link at the side yet!
Oh and incase I'm not on again before the holidays each of you please have a great and safe Christmas
Blessings to all during this busy, busy time of year ~
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Hello there from Philadelphia, PA! Your black and white projects are soooo beautiful and I am happy to be included. Black/white/red is my favorite combo, so I'll be challenged to mix it up. Here are pictures of two past projects and as the year goes along there will be more to come.
It has the black and white, but there are green AND red in it, so it wouldn't count for the challenge. My taste in fabric has changed since I made all those cherries (5 years ago), so the fabric around the blocks is much less "country" than the fabric IN the blocks, but it will be scrappy and so you won't notice too much.
Thanks for letting me join! I need to start collecting black and white fabric now. Darn. That'll be rough... (there was a lot of sarcasm there.)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
So as they say 'watch this space' - if it works :-)
Oh and please everyone on the challenge accept my warmest seasons greetings - have a great holiday period
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thank you, Jackie, for inviting me. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and have fun making our black and white challenges.
I have quite a few black and white fabrics, and I'm constantly adding to my stash. The only thing is, I don't have any idea what I'm going to make with them! Now that I am in the group I have an excuse to buy more fabrics! I'll choose a pattern after the first of the new year.
Thanks, again, Jackie for inviting me to the group.
This it my inspiration for my 1st bw challenge piece. My plan is to make a mini-quilt / wallhanging similar to the picture below. I found this on google images and it is not my work - do not know the original artist to give proper credit (sorry).
I have a few doll quilts to finish up and then it I will start my 1st b&w challenge piece.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This is my first attempt at a project for this challenge, though I hope to make a bed-sized quilt before it's over!
I've always wanted to make a miniature quilt but have always been nervous about all those little pieces. Well, in an effort to add stress to the holidays I have ignored all else for the day and made a little miniature quilt. When I laid it out my first thought was "Wow, that's a LOT of orange for one quilt."
I've yet to quilt it but hopefully will do that tomorrow and not have this end up a UFO. I don't know what I'll do with it after that, since I'm not a real big orange person.
My first project. This tote is by Penny Sturges and is called "Charm Party Tote". It's big! 11" x 14" x 4". I used 37 different fabrics and cut them all myself. That was a chore LOL! There are 2 large pockets on the inside. I've never done anything like this before. I made it for a gift that has to mailed tomorrow but I'd sure like to keep it myself! I'm pretty proud of it.
I have these 2 bins of black and white fabrics and love them. I add them everywhere!!!!
I'm looking forward to a 2009 project........and allowing the creative juices to flow with just one other color.........ahhhh......the possibilities.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Today I made my niece Nikole Amy Butler's Birdie Sling and Pink Sand Beach Designs' Little Glam Bag. Because really who doesn't like to have a matching makeup bag and purse. As you can tell my colors are Black White and Hot Pink. Nikole plays soccer and is hoping to be able to referee this next year.
And since these projects whipped up so quickly I started to cut out another Birdie Sling and Glam Bag out of Black White and Red. These are for my other niece Natalie who plays competition Fast Pitch.
Now for my stash here it is.
I think I will be able to make more than a few quilts. My first will be Mod Quad by Blue Underground in Black White and Hot Pink. Again this is for Nikole she is turning 13 in a few months and I am redoing her bed.
I just hope I don't disappoint anyone taking part, or let the side down with my efforts.
I've been surfing and searching for ideas as to what I could do, I must say with the misguided idea that I had 'a reasonable amount' of black and white combination fabrics - well other than standard plain fabrics. Well I was wrong this is all I have:-
So it looks like I'll be the standard black, white, red combination. I have been considering if I should buy more fabric, there is a lovely stash builder pack at Quilterscloth, but at present I think I've decided on what format the challenge will take and don't anticipate that additional fabrics will be necessary. Here's hoping I'm right. Lets see what unfolds over the holidays.