I've done pretty good over the last two months, having made three quilts from the Book of the Month(s) selection, Black & White, Bright & Bold.
All three, Licorice Medley,
and This and That
were all fun and easy to make, especially in baby quilt sizes.
For the quilting, This and That got the custom treatment. The last few quilts have been pantographs, which have worked fine on them. But this quilt just called out for something more. Channeling some Shape by Shape ideas, I quickly drew out a design on paper, then just went for it.
And in the black and white squares,
a bit of 1/4 inch echo stitching defined the block, with a loop de loop fill design in the light center. No need to get super fancy here, as it can't be seen, except on the back with teal Glide thread.
For the front, I chose Glide in silver. It's always a tough choice as to what to use on black and white quilts. A light thread, or a dark thread? Either way, one of them is going to get lost in the fabric. And a colored thread would have completely changed the look of the quilt, diminishing the black and white. Ultimately, it's a tough decision for each and every black and white quilt, more so than others, I think. Of course, one could always drive themselves completely nuts by using both, and with numerous thread changes! Maybe for a show quilt, but for an everyday? Nah.
Here's one more shot of the quilt, full on.
Measuring in at approximately 40" x 40", this quilt is one row and one column smaller than that in the book. The layout of the original, with alternating rows of 2 plain blocks and 3 plain blocks, looks better, but it still works, especially for a baby quilt. This one will stay in the quilt stash for awhile, but the other two go to their new homes on Monday.
And now it's time to get cracking on the Shadow Blocks.
Stayed tuned, as it won't be quite what you expect!