Black and white

Flipping back and forth between projects…

Last week’s Wacky Quilters worked with black and white fabrics on a colored background. I really thought I would like this graphic background.

KEQ BW May 1

Wrong! Hated it! And I am sooooo lucky. When I fused my pieces to that background, I must have known that I would want to change things, ’cause I only lightly fuse-tacked the pieces. There was only one piece that did not want to release and that actually came off the fusible all right. This also allowed me to rearrange one more time, though I tried very hard to keep the original composition in play.

I liked the idea of green, so I found a piece of my hand dyed fabric that fit the bill and used it.


It’s strange how pieces sometimes go together so quickly and we struggle at other times. As soon as I started placing these pieces on this background, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, including the quilting!

All that remains for me to do on this piece is finish the edge.


We decided on a common size for our projects, so this will be squared up to 16 x 20. I’m going to use my favorite edge finish–cording, but no unusual shaping. Just plain and square.

KEQ BW May 4


KEQ BW May 5

The only things left are label and sleeve and I may get that done later tonight. I love fun and done!

Right now there are chores to be done that just can’t be put off any longer—even though I always try to put sewing first!


16 thoughts on “Black and white

  1. Boy did you make the right decision!! On the hand-dyed fabric it is amazing! And I love the play of the straight line quilting against the wonderful collection of shapes!


    • In this exercise, we were pretty sure the black and white would look good against all our other colors. I like mine and can’t wait to see everyone else’s!


  2. striking composition but the change in background made it better. To me, and I am so doggone representational, I like to find something in a piece… it’s a garden gate or sculpture, looking out on a blurry garden scene. For what that’s worth! LeeAnna


  3. I love it! The hand-dyed fabric is the perfect background for the blank and white fabrics. And the quilting just completes it perfectly!


    • I’m actually starting to USE my hand dyed fabric, and it makes a big difference to my eye whenever I use it!

      On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 7:37 AM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:



  4. I was intrigued by your earlier post about this project, and love the final look of your piece! Just a quick question (from someone who knows very little about fusing), are the black and white material pieces simply fused to the background material, or are they actually sewn on? If they’re simply fused on, how secure are they – or does the quilting ensure they stay in place?


    • In this case, the black and white pieces are only fused on, not sewn down. The quilting guarantees that they will stay in place. Good fusibles will keep pieces where they belong on most any art piece, but anything that is used and/washed should always have the fusible pieces sewn down.


    • I think the quilting was needed to corral it, give it a little discipline! I can’t wait to see what others in the group come up with!

      On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 7:53 AM, Quirks Ltd. wrote:



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