Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday Inspiration : :

Black + White + Color

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Lately I have been admiring the combination of a rainbow of color with black, and have been noticing it everywhere! I love the way bright colors look with black! How about you?

Patchwork Star Pillow Cover

Late Saturday night after I finished up a few orders, I had some fun piecing together a stack of these patchwork stars. After making the Dresdens for my Mom's pillow, Daisy Janie's Quilt Market booth, and the little half for Haila's Little Red costume, I had been wanting to make more in different shapes, larger pieces, that would come together quicker. I cut a large triangle from a piece of scrap cardboard, started tracing, and cutting into a stack fabrics with black + white + color in mind. I really like the shape it made.

This one I added to some Moda Cross Weave in Wasabi to make a new pillow cover for my BF. The others I am hoping to make into my next quilt.

Patchwork Star Pillow Cover

Again, I noticed a rainbow of color with black in this photo I snapped before wrapping up the orders I shipped out yesterday.

orders

Today, I am wondering what a black or maybe even just a dark grey shade of sashing would like in-between all the colors that make up my Bottled Rainbow Quilt blocks? I realized only yesterday that because of how I have created a design within each block, that I can't have them facing any other way but this way? Which turns out to be different than every finished Bottled Rainbows quilt that I have seen so far.

Bottled Rainbows Quilt

I have one more row of blocks to finish and then I'll need to figure out how I am going to piece the quilt top together. Got any ideas? What do you think of adding a black or dark grey sashing?

Thank you in advance for your help! I'll be adding this post to this weeks Our Creative Space.
:) Maureen

33 comments:

Marielle said...

I would not use a sashing, than it will look like the blocks are framed, the colors are beautifull, don't need a sashing.

Meeling said...

Gorgeous colors Maureen...on all of it!

Personally I think I'd use white if you were going to use anything...black or grey seems too dull for all the bright colors you have going on. Plus white would pull from the background on all your squares and make them pop. I'd do a very narrow one too if you do choose to put one. Then you can pull your favorite mini print to bind the edges...that would stand out really nicely against a white border. Just my opinion...I'm sure you'll figure out what works best for the look you are going for. :-)

Scenic Pit Stops said...

I also love the dark contrast with rainbow colors. If I were going to do a dark sashing with the BRQ, I'd probably do charcoal or coal (Kona). It's easy enough to lay a strip between rows to see if you like it, right?

Love the teacups in your inspiration - looks so cool!

Scenic Pit Stops said...

Oops, I meant slate, not coal, sorry! :)

Love to Stitch said...

That's exactly how I did my blocks! i only realised at the end though...but it is still a pretty big quilt if you join the blocks along the short edges to make long strips...if that makes sense!
Maybe some black sashing - have you thought about the binding? maybe that couold be thicker to seem like sashing?

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

What do you think about a thin white sashing in between each block, zig zag stitching for the quilting, like Rachel did, with black thread, and then doing a binding in a black and white stripe?

Too crazy???

WoolenSails said...

Love the colors you used, didn't realize you had more than the blue, lol, really beautiful piece. I love using black in a lot of my projects, sets things off nicely, not sure on your piece though, like it the way it is.

Debbie

Anonymous said...

I like your new pillow cover!

QuiltyGirl said...

Kona medium grey would be my pick. I just love that grey, it seems to be perfect for every situation!

Also, I think you could turn the blocks if you wanted to. I used to struggle with that, b/c so many prints are directional. But I don't want to pick up a quilt and feel like it has to rest in my lap in a certain direction. :)
I'm finishing up a Sherbet Pips quilt now, and I made a point of turning some pieces so that there is no "wrong" way to it. Of course if you wanted to turn this into a wall hanging, that doesn't make as much sense. :)

Linz said...

First off - I LOVE those dresden blocks!! SO cute!!

I used white sashing on my own bottled rainbow and I really love how it came out! But I LOVE the idea of dark gray. Talk about making those colors pop out!! I did dark gray on my Summer Series and it is seriously my favorite look ever. They color just explode! That would look awesome! And I wouln't worry about the direction of the blocks. It'll just make it more interesting, and not have one "right" way. It'll be cool!

Jacey said...

The new cushion is adorable!

As for the sashing idea. you definitely won't hear an argument from me about using black or gray. I think either would provide a good contrast to the brightness.

Your blocks are looking fabulous together!

Mareenchen said...

I have no idea how it'd look with grey but I'm absolutely digging the idea of combining your wonderfully brightly coloured blocks with something darker. Personally, I think it'd make them pop.

I recently finished my first quilt with lots of aquas and teals set off with white - and despite me loving it I'm set for something less white for my next profect. Have you seen the Kona Silent Film palette? It's got me tickled.. :)

Rachel Hauser said...

I'm not sure about the sashing, but I do love your mosaic and the interesting shapes in your pillow. Thanks for the eye candy!

Pat V. said...

I really like them the way they are, next to each other. They are already framed, don't know about the sashing...guess I'd have to see it first.

Tonni said...

I think that a dark grey sashing like Kona coal would look great! However, it looks great just the way it is without sashing. A black/white stripe binding would bring it all together though if you went with grey or black sashing. It would make the vibrant colors pop even more :)

Annette said...

Oh my goodness! Each and every block is beautiful! My first thought about the black or gray is that it would look like stained glass if each block was outlined. That would be beautiful and maybe make each block stand out instead of blending in with each other. Just my opinion!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Maureen, I think your idea of white sashing in between each block with black zig zag stitching would look fantastic. Give it a try :)

Happybee said...

I'm not sure they'd need a sashing...they "contrast" perfectly in this way...
but, if'd like to add one...my choice is not for white...
I think it's "too much"...hope this make sense for you...
anyway, i can't wait to see what you'll do with it!!!!

pasqueflower said...

More beautiful blocks. I'd vote for white sashing.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I LOVE the idea of dark sashing - so much more interesting and it would make the colours pop! I also adore Kona charcoal :)

trudi@maudeandme said...

The star cushion is gorgous. And I love the clours with the black. Black sometimes set the colours off and make them stand out even more.

Max said...

That pillow case is beautiful. I do like black with colours, reminds me of stained glass windows!

ElfRenee said...

So beautiful!! I think black would set them apart nicely!

Debra said...

I think the white sashing with the black zizg zag would look fab...love that idea....however, i am a novice quilter

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thanks so much for the help everyone!! You all are awesome!!!

JenMun(a) said...

I am totally overwhelmed by the beauty of your work!I never tried to make Quilt or something similar, but always was impressed by the beauty of some combined fabric scraps :) this is surely art! beautufil!
JenMuna

Gaby said...

oh my goodness, everything is so beautiful! i'm super in awe of your talent :)

OnePerfectDay said...

They're all so beautiful!

Mitzi said...

yawzah! Your BR quilt is out of this world gorgeous! Love all your designs within the blocks. Can't wait to see what you decide about sashing and quilting.

**nicke... said...

oh my gracious! this is the most beautiful bottled rainbow quilt i have see so far! gorgeous!!! i am totally pinning!

Annika said...

Looking at all the blocks together like this, I think I would go with white.

Have a good weekend!

Aileen Bell said...

Personally, I'm a big fan of the black. I like the look of a framed block, myself, but I would use a thin sashing. Beautiful work! :)

Patti said...

No sashing and I just wanted to tell you how amazing I think you are. Also in case nobody has told you lately I hope you know you are absolutely gorgeous too!! Wanted to tell you because I never knew - my mom told me I was plain, and it's only now that I'm a lot older and see photos of me when I was young that I can see it.