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Monday, November 08, 2010

Black AND White? Black OR White?

When I decided to make a baby quilt for my brother's first grandchild, I knew I would use bright colors with black and white fabrics in a Nickel Quilt design. I chose to use TWO bright fabrics because I didn't have enough of either!

I paired one bright fabric with assorted black prints for the half-square triangle blocks and the other with white with black fabrics for the 4-patch blocks. Didn't like it! The bright colors didn't pop, the black and the white fabrics didn't work together. It looked like a jumble...

Plan B: I chose some black and white fabrics and made more 4-patch blocks. I didn't like the black and white either (no photos), so I made MORE 4-patch blocks using using black with white fabrics. Yes!! Much better!

Piecing is fast, even with the false starts and fabric/color changes. The backing is a cozy blue flannel and I quilted it using a fun panto which combines points and lines with curves and swirls. I used a bright blue thread which seems like an odd choice, but really looks great on both the black fabrics and the bright colors.

The finished quilt - the colors are subdued in this photo. Imagine them very bright! Like in the next picture!

I prefer dark binding as a "frame", so the binding is black with a bright red piping.

I hope Caleb likes it!

1 comment:

Michele said...

That's a fun quilt!
And that Michael Miller stripe is my favorite - I'm so stingy with the little I have left.
I'm sure your great-nephew is going to love the quilt.