Thursday, December 31, 2009

Skating in under the deadline... kind of.

I worked all week on getting this top made and finished it this evening. I guess technically it's not a finish because it's not quilted, but this is as finished as most of my quilts ever get. LOL!
I loved watching everyone post their projects and learned a lot this past year. Thank you everyone, and most of all, Jackie for all the work you put into this. It was really fun and inspirational.

You can read more about it at my blog:

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Finally a Showing for 2009

Hi everyone, I have finally had the time to post my black/white with a touch of pink for 2009. This little quilt measured 24x24 that I made for a quilt swap. It is now with its new owner and she is very happy with it. I will be making a full size quilt in the coming year. I have really enjoyed looking at all the lovely quilts and bags that have been made. Can't wait to see what everyone does this coming year with the theme.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Black and White and Red Zig-Zag

The whole thing, 66" X 96", hanging on the quilt wall in the kitchen this afternoon.

Closeup of my LA quilter's excellent idea for the quilting pattern.

Small view of the background B&W batik while I was putting on the binding.

This has several different Reds.
The Zig-Zag pattern is a simple two-rail fence explained into a zig-zag by Amandajean at .

Sara Homeyer

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My 'SIMPLE' B/W Finish

I struggled all year about how I wanted to do my quilt. As I thought about it I decided I wanted it 'simple' and to have the BLACK as my dominate color without it being ALL black. Well, I guess it turned out simple enough and I made it about lap size. This most definitely WAS a challenge for me.....but, I guess I can say I am happy with it. I have more photos posted on my blog.....Brown Dirt Cottage. Thank You Jackie....this was fun!!!!
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Wonky Blocks

I love my wonky blocks - after taking inspirition from Jacquie and her Orange Crush quilt - here is my humble sample.

I've loved working on this and I must say it has urged me to look at more contemporary designed quilts, both pieced and appliqued.

There is one small section however which needs a little TLC, I've got one slight mishap on a seam, which unfortunately I only noticed when 90% of the quilting was complete. So I'm considering adding a applique patch just to cover and protect that one section.
Thanks for the challenge - it took me a while to get going but once I'd decided on a designe that I was happy with, I was determined to finish before the end of this year.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Just Spinning Around!

Hello Everyone,

While on retreat, I had the opportunity to finish up my Black and White Challenge! Well, just the top is done. I have to make the back and then quilt it, mere technicalities.

Anyway, here it is...

I really love the splash of orange in this. The design is really a variation of the Kaleidoscope block, but by adding extra pieces it makes it spin! You can find the pattern HERE. Best of all the entire quilt was cut on my AccuQuilt Studio Cutter. Well, with the exception of the borders. It took about 15 minutes to cut. Not bad.

Until Next Time...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Long weekend

As we didn't get away again on holiday, due to a number of reasons, I've got some holidays to use up from work before the end of the year - so this weekend is a lovely long weekend. I'm off until Thursday.

Over these few days and after completing some of those craft distracting issues (housework), I'm hoping to get a few hours each day up in my craft room - it will be chilly up there but hopefully some frantic sewing will keep me warm.

The UFO's on my 'hit' list will be:-

  1. The Threave challenge project
  2. The B&W quilt challenge top

Other than the Threave project I'll hopefully be able to share photos with you within a day or two.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Number "2"

This Black/White/Red "Fractured Star" is my second and final installment in this wonderful challenge. Each block measures 8 1/2" with a 2" red border and 3" piano key border. I had a blast choosing colors, looking at everyobody's quilts and reading about what each person blogged about.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Black and white and bright all over

I'm entering this as my challenge, although it doesn't quite meet the challenge requirements of black and white and one colour. This is black and white and bright , with lime green being the dominant colour and lots of others mixed in for good measure. It is 50 by 60 and still in the flimsy stage. I intend this to be machine quilted on a flannel backing, so it will be a cozy throw. I've been watching the rest of you do the challenge, and I couldn't limit myself to one colour. But I did collect b/w prints for the last several months, and cut into about half of them for this project. At last count, I used more than 50 fabrics in this quilt. Thanks Jackie for a great challenge, and for enlightening me in the path of black and white.
Brenda at Scraps and Strings

Friday, October 2, 2009

Finally--A FINISH!!!!

I fell in love with this Timeless Treasures line the first time I laid eyes on it...couldn't resist making a quilt out of it.Introducing my Black, White & Lime Kiwi Kisses quilt....blogged here.
Happy sewing!


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This is my contribution to the Black and White Challenge.  As with most of my quilts, it grew like Topsey.  The three leaf panels are my very first lino prints!

Hopefuly this detail shot will show the small continuous leaf pattern I used to quilt the back ground with.  I hope you like it!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Finally a black and white finish!


I was one of the first to sign up for this challenge. Did I get any black and white and turqouise done? nooooooooooo, at least not yet! but I did get this sweet little tote done from a online tutorial from one of my favorite bloggers! Happy Zombie they are made from 3 FQs and are very quick to make up! This little tote is black and white and bits of yellow. the yellow is the centers of the daiseys . Pop over to her website and get the FREE pdf file!

Keep On Stitch'n On! (mauh) Liz A Redneck Dingbat Quilter

Monday, September 21, 2009

Project Inspiration

Hello everyone! I went to a Quilt Show in Georgia this weekend and so much inspiration! I took a few pictures of the Black and White quilts entered.

More pictures of the other quilts over at my blog.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

At last!

At long last I've started my B&W challenge project. After a lot of web surfing, magazine browsing and doodleing, and considering my limited stash of black and white fabrics I've decided on a wonky block format for a lap quilt / living room throw. One evening earlier this week I quickly pieced together seven of the centre panels. I have to say that this is a quick and economical block to use us a limited selection of fabrics for a decent sized top. Once the black sashing is added to each centre panel and the blocks squared up to 12.5" the minimum sized quilt will be about 36" x 48" (3x4 blocks). Above are half the blocks pieced together ready for batting/backing, as I propose to 'quilt as you go' each half of the top, but need to firstly use some of the remaining fabrics for a 'coin' stirp across the backing panel - just to zest it up a bit.
Here are the other six blocks ready to be sashed up.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Almost done

Well I knows this is not the best picture but FINALLY got this quilt almost done i will take some more this week .this quilt has got some story to,...have a good week...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Kiwi Kisses

It's not the black and white quilt I intended for this challenge...but I'm working on a lovely one that certainly qualifies...Love this color combination!I've blogged about here.

Happy quilting,

Doris in Des Moines

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Bag!

Hello Everyone,

So I can't stop making these little bags!! Just love them! This one fits right in here with one color... Orange.

The Button

The Front

Want to see more to to my blog here, some more black and white posted!

Also, the above bag is up for sale in my Etsy shop!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Another bag is finished

Ny veske som er veldig inspirert av AnnaKa. Som dere sikkert vet er jeg veldig glad i sort, hvitt og rødt og i å sy vesker..
Denne har jeg ingen planer for så denne henger jeg opp på quilterommet kanskje noen kommer forbi og får lyst på den ;-)

Another bag is finished and it is very much inspired by the norwegian designer AnnaKa. As you know I love using black, white and red in my projects and it is a lot fun sewing bags. I do not have any plans for this special bag so I will put in my sewing room . Maybe someone will come along and pick it up somehow ;-)
I have already finished my black and white quilt but I thought maybe I should show it to you too. I have had so much fun following this black and white quilt challenge. Thank you Jackie for making this happen...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Finally I am contributing! Here is my finish . . .

I haven't posted a quilt or project yet on this blog and at one point I wondered if I would even complete the Black and White Challenge. After I finished my daughter's graduation quilt I realized: Hey! This quilt is black, white and Eagles green! A light went off in my head. I was shocked to realize I made my challenge quilt and didn't even know it. Ha.
If you read my blog you know this isn't my favorite quilt. But that aside, it works for what it is for - Jamie and her love of football and the Eagles and to commemorate her graduation in 2009.
And technically the quilt has "light black" in it, too. But I'm sayin' that is ok. Deal? The quilt has actually grown on me now that I'm done messing with the fabric and deciding what to do with it. It will look great in Jamie's room and it will always be something that I can remember I made in 2009. I had it machine quilted by an edge to edge quilter. I picked out a "graduation 2009" theme for the quilting. And it says 2009 on the quilt. So it is perfect for the challenge. Too bad the quilter quilted the pattern on the back of the quilt so the 2009 is backwards on the front. It is a good thing Jamie is easy to please. It will always bug me, but oh well. It is just fabric after all.

But I am certainly celebrating my 2009 Black and White challenge finish! Yayyy.

-nanette merrill

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Inspiration from a quilt show


Finally, a Finish!

Alas, my black & white quilt is completed! Read more about it on my blog.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jazzberry Jam to share ...

This is Jazzberry Jam (or JJ for short) ~ another of my B&W Challenge quilts! One of Crayola's crayon colors, jazzberry jam is a purple-red color, just like the fabulous backing fabric from a Kaffe Fassett collection. You can read more about JJ and see more photos on my blog ~ just click here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My quilt is quilted!

You can read about it here: The Calico Cat.

Now a big part of me wants to start another, but I am going to continue to work on an oldie instead. (I hope to post about that one tomorrow.)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Black and White Clutch

Hello Everyone,

I just completed this cute little clutch style purse. I just love it! I only added one color, fuschia, my fave!

In this first photo, you can see the magnetic closure I added to keep your things extra safe.

Here you can see the faceted black button added for embellishment.

The quilting and top stitching in a black and white variegated rayon thread. Just right for this one!

Here is a photo of the whole bag.

However, I am not keeping this one. If you like it, you can find it up for sale on my new Etsy shop. I am off to make another for myself!

Until Next Time,