Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Black & White Slashed Squares Flimsy Complete

 The black and white Slashed Squares flimsy is complete. And here is where it will live when it is finished. On my dining room table. I made it big enough so it I add a couple of the table extensions, it will still cover the entire surface.

 I have Fiestaware dishes so this will be a pretty table when it is all set. But for this photo, I've just used my big white bowl.

 My pal Julie likes photos of crumpled quilts, so here you go Julie. I can see the quilt will also look good on my charcoal gray couch. Of course, my cat Millie will look good on it too.

Here's the finished flimsy on the design wall (and the floor, because the wall isn't big enough.)

The other day Wanda suggested I try the minis right down the middle. I didn't feel they brought anything to the party. The quilt on its own has a lovely kind of rhythm and I felt the mini blocks broke that rhythm apart, and to me, they muddied the crisp "black and white"-ness of the quilt. I think the combination of mini and full sized blocks may have been better had the quilt been more colorful and scrappy, but that's an exercise for another time. I'll certainly use the mini blocks - probably on the back. We'll see.

For those of you who wanted to see if this pattern could be accomplished in black and white, obviously it can, but let me warn you, the success is all in the fabric choices. There were several "white" fabrics and at least one "black" I used that looked good in the blocks, but when placed next to other blocks were a lot more ambiguous than I had anticipated. I got them to work, but it wasn't without a fair amount of fuss. I didn't count, but I must have had at least 20 different fabrics. For this quilt, I had to go shopping. I think this particular pattern (Click here for my Slashed Squares tutorial) is most successful the more fabrics you use.

The  backing and binding will stay black and white with no color. If you're going to go over the top, you should keep going, and for this quilt, it means NO COLOR.


Megan said...

I was surprised that the mini blocks didn't work - and I agree with you that they didn't.

Sydney, Australia

Pat said...

That is going to be a beautiful backdrop for your Fiestaware.

Tine said...

That is so pretty! Are you going to put a thinner batting in this, since it is being used on your table?

starsthatblaze said...

Lovely! I agree the small blocks add nothing to the overall design.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I can see I'm going to be the only one who likes the small squares down the center.

Alice Turcotte said...

I'm not a fan of black and white but you have changed that. It's lovely.

Sylvia Anderson said...

I love this quilt, and I would have bet the farm on the fact that Wanda would have liked the minis down the center, but that's what makes her WANDA!!!! There's nobody like her and her artistic eye sees things differently. Good thing we don't all like the same thing, or it would be a boring world.

Just Ducky said...

At least Millie will blend in quite well.

Quiltdivajulie said...

This is another super table / couch quilt. What if you scatter the mini blocks in sets of four like floating squares on the back? And I have been out of focus for a bit, but do four mini blocks equal one full size block?