Sunday, February 11, 2018

Color in Black and White

I had a great time teaching a fun class yesterday:
Queen Size, using 2.5" strips

The Small version, using 1.5" strips
When I began to cut fabric for my large one, it was a joy to dig through my "deep stash" of fat quarter or less pieces. After cutting for one color family, I put those all away and selected the next family. As I was ready to put the second group away, it dawned on me--pulling the fabric was the most time-consuming part--why not cut two different sizes while I had the fabrics out? So, I cut sets in the 2.5" size from the pattern, and 1.5" sets for a smaller version. The smaller version is one-quarter the size of the bed size and I love them both.

Five students brought their wonderful stashes of fabric and spent the day cutting and sewing. I was thrilled to see they enjoyed swapping strips with each other: "would you like a strip of this?" and "this would be perfect for your neutrals". I state clearly swapping is strictly voluntary, absolutely no pressure to give up any of our beloved fabric, but this group was happy to help each other and it was fun to watch.

A few shots for your enjoyment:

Sonia making selections from her stash

One quadrant small vs. one quadrant large

One Small block on top of one Large block--Evelyn worked small, Sonia worked large

Laura's luscious yellow/gold block, her neutrals were a variety of styles

Sonia and Victoria, aqua and blue

3 different students work--all made great blocks

Sonia had no trouble selecting from her large hot pink stash
Casey, a new quilter, went right home to finish, she sent me this photo, what warm, bright yellows
The pattern is in the book Making Quilts by Kathy Doughty--she calls it "Soul Searching"--more like "stash searching". 

Let's Quilt!



  1. Very cool and nice to have options for people who no longer "need" bed size! What a great way to use stash!

  2. Beautiful blocks, ladies! I hate I wasn't able to take this class.

  3. Glad you are feeling better and back at teaching!

  4. It looks like a fun glass. Smart move to cut the two sizes at once. I love a class where I have the option to make a smaller version of the quilt. :)

  5. I really like the look using the black/gray prints. Looks like a nice stashbuster.

  6. This is Danice from Homespun Hannah's Blog. Gorgeous quilt. I love the pops of color on the neutral background. The class must have been tons of fun.

  7. Somewhere I heard of Kathy Doughty and currently have her book checked out from my local library system. It is truly a treasure!!! Her quilts are spectacular & her imagination limitless. You and your gals sure made some stunning quilts and I love how you went one step further with the 1.5" strips. Who knew 1" narrower strips would make such an overall difference in size. Amazing!!!