Friday, April 3, 2009

Black and White

As I mentioned yesterday I started a project from the book Black and White Quilts By Design by Kay M. Capps Cross. It is paper piecing, something I swear I will never do again after completing the one I am working on.

But this project was so appealing I had to give it a go.

It calls for 20 8 inch blocks. And I had enough of a variety of blacks and whites in my stash that I didn't have to buy any. These are my blocks so far.

This is why I always say I will not do paper piecing! See that 'problem' at the end of the polkadot piece? Aargh! I find myself doing this quite frequently. And of course it is never one of the last pieces sewn so it would be easily corrected!

So far I have had 4 blocks with this problem! Does anyone else do this? I think I must zone out, lost in thought just cruising along listening to music or an audio book. The author suggests using Sulky Soft 'n Sheer rather than paper for the foundation. I am not familiar with this product but apparently it is a permanent, lightweight, nylon stabilizer that you don't (can't) remove. Less bother with paper pieces and worry over distorted stitches. Now that's appealing. I plan on finishing the top today so completed pictures tomorrow. And be sure to check out The Black and White Quilt Challenge Project to see lots more Black and White projects.


ilovebabyquilts said...

Wow, I love this! The photo with them all together really got me. It's like you expect trees to be green so it's a shocker. It's like a black and white photo of Christmas. You should call it "I'm dreaming of a black and white Christmas" because the song reminds one of the 30's before popular color photography.

imquilternity said...

Love the black and white trees. Wow, what a great idea and your variety of fabrics is wonderful.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Wow, I love these trees. I've seen the book before but nothing grabbed me so I didn't buy it. Now after seeing your trees all together, I have to get that pattern. I just love it! Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Marianne, These are fabulous! I have to say, I really enjoy paper piecing. The accuracy just can't be beat. But yes, sometimes you just zone out and occasionally come up short. Are you going to add another color so that it will work for the challenge? You should definitely upload these to the B & W blog and the Flickr group for inspiration.

Maggie A said...

Keep going, it looks great. Lovely fabrics