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Friday, April 13, 2012

Quilting in Black & White—16 New Quilt Patterns

I’ve always liked black and white photography…the lights and darks…the intriguing shadows…and I particularly liked those b/w photos that were manipulated by adding just a spot of color. Wow…and now I’m finding myself really loving the 16 quilt patterns in the new Leisure Arts pattern book from House of White Birches—Quilting in Black & White!

Black and white quilts have become a hot new trend for quilters of all ages. It’s just so cool how a seemingly simple pattern can be dramatically updated merely by adding a little black and white fabric into the design. Quilting in Black & White includes projects that are completely black and white, and also includes designs that have splashes of color, or just splashes of black and white. Techniques include applique, patchwork, and foundation piecing.

Check out the designs:

Dramatic Impact

The addition of black fabric to the colors of these hot pads by designer Trice Boerens inspired their theatrical names, including Gypsy Lee, Stagestruck, Bright Lights, Opening Night, Repertory Group, Walk of Fame, and Highs & Lows!

Cat at Play
A playful wall quilt
by Nancy Vasilchik with a cat design is striking stitched in black-and-white prints.

Night & Day
Using black and white prints makes a bold statement, showing off the Flying Geese circling at dusk in this design by Sandra L. Hatch!

Sophisticated Crazy Patch
This cool quilt by Nancy Vasilchik proves that you can still have symmetry and order in a crazy quilt.

White Birches
Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees. Removing the leaves on this design by Gina Gempesaw (quilted by Carole Whaling) reveals a simple but graphic architecture.

My Rose of Sharon
Designed by Bev Getschel (quilted by Lee Spanner), the classic Rose of Sharon gets a new twist and a supersized update. Black and white prints provide the perfect backdrop for the flowers and leaves.

Black & White Plus Red
Change the colors of the English paper-pieced flowers and 16-patch block to fit your special occasion or d├ęcor with this design by Chris Malone.

Children’s Silhouette
Capture the essence of childhood in a quilt reminiscent of Victorian silhouette portraiture—no sitting still required in this quilt by Carolyn S. Vagts.

Starry Lane
Black, gray and white combine with yellow in Toby Lischko’s striking quilt made with two block patterns.

In The Pink
Susan Mayer’s design gathers hot pink, eye-catching prints—and adds black and white to create a bit of drama!

Are you inspired to add Quilting in Black & White to your quilt pattern library yet? You should be!

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