Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Black & White, White & Black

I love black and white.
Can you tell?

Black and White fabrics aren't created equal. To me, there are three "versions" of Black & White.

 1. Black background, white design, the fabric is definitively BLACK. Black dominates, white is subordinate, sometimes just barely.

2. White background, black design. The fabric is definitively WHITE, with black in a supporting role.

3. Fabrics where the design is comprised of equal parts black and white.  You have to be careful with these, because sometimes they can read as "gray" instead of "black & white," particularly if they are used in large blocks.

I store my BW's accordingly.

(btw, this is another example of why I love The Container Store's Accessory Boxes so much. Two of them nest perfectly on one of their Shoe Boxes.)

So where am I going with this? Well, another version of the Crayons, of course, but this one will have a twist. A couple of twists, actually. I'm not quite sure where, but I am scribbling ideas furiously in my little sketchbook.


Brenda said...

good point. I keep my b/w fabrics in two piles-- white background, black background, and never know where to put the equal ones.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Excellent point about variations . . . to which I would add some "whites" are whiter than others. Those on their own seem to be black and white but, when put with others, read as CREAM.

Anonymous said...

I completely understand! I love black and whites, I have a large stash of them. Mine are not as organized as your! Mine are all just crammed into one box!! At least I know where they are,ha!ha!

Sharon said...

Me too! I love black and white. I've got mine all together on one shelf, but in separate piles, as you describe. My plan is make a B&W quilt someday.

I'm looking forward to watching yours take shape. Who knows, maybe you'll inspire me!