Tuesday, February 3, 2009

B & W Challenge quilt: log cabin

Being away at New Year's meant I didn't plan my quilting goals for this year and now its already February! So here's the plan...not too much-plenty of room for quilting serendipity.



First off, the Black and White Challenge. For my first quilt, I chose red as the extra color and log cabin as the pattern-but a log cabin with a difference. I'm still into exploring what happens when I play with color/value placement using a familiar and straightforward block-much like what I did in the Plaid quilt (9/9/08 post).

First off, all of the blocks have red used as the center and on the light side. Then I played with adding a little light to the dark side internally...

then internally and externally...to make a "mini" block in the middle...


and then the dark coming over to the light side.



This is the basic block without any shenanigans. I also varied the widths of the logs (as you may have noticed!) getting that bold black to really stand out.


I actually have 3 quilts in mind for the B&W challenge-this and one more are patterns I've wanted to play with for a while and the other is fabric based: I bought this wonderful fabric in 1992 or thereabouts and its been in the closet ever since...I will solve how best to use it this year!


I also want to continue with the idea of quilting up alot of the tops in the closet-I don't know if a quilt a month will be practicable-several large bed quilts are in there. I also want to quilt tops that I finish this year and not just add them to the pile...lets see if I have luck with that :)


I'll also have to find more storage space: quilts take up lots more room than tops!

11 comments:

Eileen said...

This is going to look so awesome when all the blocks are done and put together.

Susan said...

I love the log cabin block and love how you've varied the log widths. Black and white with red is probably my favorite. Can't wait to see how it all comes together. Thanks for the doll love on the embroidered work I am doing.

Neabear said...

Wow! I want to see it when you have it all put together.

Sara said...

The blocks look great! Sounds like you have a lot of b&w ideas. At first I could not think of what I wanted to do. Now I cannot find the time to do all the b&w projects I have thought of.

Julia said...

This is going to look great when all the blocks are done and put together...
It will be stunning..
Julia ♥

Greenmare said...

Oh my gosh I love your black and white blocks!!!! they look fabulous!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see them together!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

That is beautiful! Hope you post it when you finish it!

Heather said...

my fav is the third b&w block. The placement of the colours really adds depth to the centre.

KCQuilter said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am happy to find yours and have bookmarked it. Love your log cabin block--especially the color scheme and the various sizes of logs!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

WOW...your log cabin blocks are wonderful the red/blk/wh combo really pops out at you..love it :)

Patty said...

I'm so glad that fabric has come out of the closet! Your blocks look amazing!