Saturday, September 3, 2016

Black and White...Now What?

I have an entire paper grocery bag full of black and white fabric.  It's mostly geometric prints with a few florals thrown in.  I've been collecting it for years, but have done little with it.  So, what to do?  My original idea was to use it as backgrounds for applique, but somehow I never got around to that.  One day it struck me that maybe the thing to do was to use them in the flowers as accents.

I decided each block needed a print that read "white" and a print that read "black."  I folded each fabric in quarters to use as registration marks when aligning them to my pattern.

Here is layer one.  I put down the white first and then the corals.  One thing I experimented a lot with on this quilt was using different lengths of blanket stitching.  When the fabrics are relatively plain I used a longer stitch and when they were complicated I used a smaller stitch.

On the photo below take a look at the outer pink stitching.  The furthest out stitching is smaller in scale the stitching closer to the center.  I'd never tried that before and I like the results.

For the second layer I added this pretty purple piece.

Here is the stitching from the back again.  I used large stitches since the fabric didn't have a lot of detail.

Final flower!  The last pieces were layer three.  It was really fun fussy cutting the black print for the center of this flower.  I had to double layer the peach because the green background fabric showed through it.  I'm very happy with the final results.

The final back of the flower.

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. Good use of black and white prints. I used to collect them many, many years ago. There are so many interesting ones to choose from nowadays.

  2. I'm just loving these b&w prints with the surrounding colors! Looking forward to seeing more :*)

  3. Looks good Suzy and a perfect way to use your black and white prints!