B&W and a touch of Coral


I am so pleased to be a part of the Black and White Blog Hop, sponsored by Carla Henton at Creatin’ in the Sticks. Carla always puts a great group of quilters together and I have loved what I have seen the past few days!

My Inspiration:
I have been waiting for this book, Turnabout Patchwork*, to come out. I have been watching the author’s videos, Therese Mairal Barreu for well over a year and am always fascinated with what she does. A few weeks ago I bought the book and the project was born. To get more information on the book, please click here, and sign up to get her videos – you will enjoy them. I believe she has a blog hop next week, so keep an eye for more eye candy!

I decided to use Island Batiks (fabric given to me by Island Batik) and a quilt was born. We could also use a touch of color and this Living Coral spoke to me – it is the Pantone color of the year. This batik may be a touch brighter, but I love it so I went with it. It is “tangy” from the foundations line from Island Batik. The solid black and white are also Island Batik and boy are they delightful to work with – the tight weave but lightness of the batik fabric – I love it. The black & white batik print was stash – a tiny piece – I have no idea where it came from and that was all I had!

Here’s a picture of the quilt, ready to be quilted. I used the wonderful Hobbs Thermore batting* (again a part of the great bounty supplied by this sponsor of the Island Batik Ambassador program). It is so nice and thin and easy to work with for this wall hanging. Now, I have a couple of little things that I did that I’d like to share with you.

I am loving Electric Quilt 8*. Earlier in the process I auditioned different ways to layout the quilt. I tried scattering the coral fabric but didn’t like that. I rather liked creating two other pinwheels, made of parts of the other pinwheel blocks. Then, I was onto figuring out some choices in quilting motifs. Here are a couple I like. I choose to use a Mettler 5o wt. #0822. It was a little darker than the fabric, but not too bad.

Once I selected this stencil the dilemma was how the heck was I going to get it on the quilt?? I can’t just freehand this design. I doubted I could draw it. SO….I went back to my tool box from a long time ago. I could make a stencil but I didn’t want to. I could print it and transfer to Golden Threads Quilting Paper for quilting and make 4 copies and pin those to the quilt and machine quilt through them. That sounded tedious. I just went for it – printed it on thin paper, taped it together and quilted one section. WELL, it was okay but a little difficult. I then thought I could print on paper and cut it out and trace around it with a Silver Clover Chaco Liner*.  BINGO!  Fast and efficient – pinned this ribbon down, traced and then quilted.  Repeat.  AWESOME!

I always lay my binding strips this way to sew them. The bottom strip is  facing left with its printed side side facing me.  The next strip is printed side down and the strip is vertical, going towards me.  Why is this important? It means I always know how to do it and make that nice little angled line that takes your eye away from the sharpness of a horizontal line. I also use this same technique when joining the  binding.  It creates a clean finish – almost impossible to know where I started and ended!

When I attach my binding I leave 5″ unsewn at the beginning. When I get to the leave about 10-12 inches between the beginning and the end of the binding. I cut the lower edge (closest to me) about halfway between the two and mark with a line.

I set up the pieces exactly the same way as I pieced the binding. I then pin it to double check that it fits.

Here I have pulled it to test it fits before sewing. It does – so I sew the diagonal seam. Trim. Finger press open and then finish sewing the binding to the quilt. Now for another exciting discovery!!!!

I used a blind hem to attach the bottom part of the hanging sleeve. WHAAAT??? Yup, if you are careful no stitches come through the front. Almost all machines have this stich……. ^___^___^___ Is the way it looks on your machine.

Now I probably wouldn’t use a white bobbin thread, but you can see how it looks on the bottom – good enough to hang against the wall. And, if I was being crazy about it, I would use my sharpie to hide the threads. Yup, its been done many a time!

So, that is my story and I am sticking with it! The giveaway is at the bottom of this entry, please join in. Its a new one for me, so let me know if you are having trouble with it. It should be straightforward!

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Wednesday, January 23

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Giveaway Closed


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  1. annalutzbrown
    January 23, 2019 / 4:08 AM

    Ohh I like the modern look to it ..very nice ty for sharing your ideas with us…the Coral is perfect…happyness04431@yahoo.com

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:33 AM

      You are more than welcome! It does look very modern and the coral makes me happy (must be the grey winter).

  2. January 23, 2019 / 4:22 AM

    Stunning quilt! The Living Coral plays so well with the black and white.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:53 AM

      The living coral is growing on me more and more as a color. Now, if I could just be in Bermuda with living coral…winter bores me in New England.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:48 AM

      Thanks. When I tested. Of course it worked. Argh.

  3. Ronelle
    January 23, 2019 / 5:27 AM

    Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful black and white project with us, Kathleen. The coral with it is stunning.

  4. January 23, 2019 / 6:56 AM

    Beautiful quilt! I think the addition of the coral was a great idea.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:49 AM

      I love the coral. It is funny as I am not usually a coral girl.

  5. January 23, 2019 / 8:01 AM

    Gorgeous quilt! The pops of coral makes it look very modern.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:49 AM

      Thanks, Anita! It was a fun one to make.

  6. Gin
    January 23, 2019 / 8:40 AM

    Really pretty. Very clean lines and modern look.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:56 AM

      Thanks, Gin. I am so pleased with the way it turned out.

  7. January 23, 2019 / 8:46 AM

    What a wonderful quilt Kathleen! Wholeheartedly agree on the Island Batik batiks. I do my binding the same way but learned a trick: at the end, whatever width your binding is overlap the two ends by that much. So 2.25” wide binding, cut the first end where you want the join, overlap it with the second end by 2.25, cut straight. Lay them as you show perpendicular and mitre as you did. Thanks for walking us through the quilt motif process too. So much brain work involved in quilting right?! Which is good.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:50 AM

      Sandra, it was a really fun one to do! Even though I know that works, I hate cutting and finding it is wrong, or my hands didn’t do what my brain thought, so I always check, sew, trim….it works every time!

  8. January 23, 2019 / 9:50 AM

    That touch of color totally makes this quilt a winner…love it! I enjoyed reading your process for quilting. My FMQ is iffy at this stage, so using your method sounds great. Thanks for all the tips!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:48 AM

      It is a great way to freemotion. I find domestic machines are so much harder than a longarm for trying to get “big” repeats. It works and I was pleased with it.

  9. Carla
    January 23, 2019 / 9:56 AM

    Your quilt is amazing and the details you have explained – love. I must try a blind hem stitch, I have on clothes, but never thought of it with quilting. THank you! Thank you, also, for joining the B&W blog hop. Love your post!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:48 AM

      Isn’t the blind hem thing wacky? I never thought about it before but it does work and is fast!!!

  10. January 23, 2019 / 10:13 AM

    That turned out so well. I love the pop of coral in there. The idea of a blind stitch sounds amazing. I will have to give it a try.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:31 AM

      It could life changing on the night before a quilt show drop off!

  11. January 23, 2019 / 10:25 AM

    There are so many great stitches on the machine that I never learned – blind stitch being one of them. But it would be so useful!! Hard to find the time for work on all that I want to – common complaint among all of us, right? The coral is gorgeous with this black and white. Perfect addition.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:30 AM

      Thanks, Bernie. I love trying new things for old ways of doing things, especially for those of us that started out quite some time ago. I never would have thought of that, but viola it is perfect!

  12. January 23, 2019 / 10:50 AM

    What a fun pop of color to add and the quilting motif is really fun!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 10:52 AM

      I felt like that qulting motif was a find; maybe next time I’ll free motion quilt it.

  13. Lori Smanski
    January 23, 2019 / 11:04 AM

    Your quilt is lovely. I really like your FBQ. It makes it look like the triangles are on the move. Thanks for sharing and for inspiring and the give a way. quilting dash lady at comast dot net

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 11:32 AM

      Thanks, Lori. It was really fun to make.

  14. KJ
    January 23, 2019 / 11:28 AM

    You have made a beautiful quilt. The coral looks great against the black and white. Thank you for sharing your binding tips and for offering the giveaway.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 11:31 AM

      You are welcome and good luck in the giveaway!

  15. joan
    January 23, 2019 / 11:34 AM

    Oh…what a fun fabric color to play with the b/w. Makes for a very striking quilt!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 2:55 PM

      I think I could get into living coral as a theme this year.

  16. January 23, 2019 / 11:36 AM

    Beautiful quilt. Thanks for the binding photo-tutorial. It took me a long time (and several quilts) to get that part right.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 2:55 PM

      I taught for a long time, and never teach it to newbies. I think you have to have the binding join down to get it. Even then, it took a while for me to get a system that I can do everytime.

  17. Marti Dyer-Allison
    January 23, 2019 / 11:44 AM

    Ok Kathleen, let’s see a tutorial on the blind hem stitch for the hanging sleeve. I think I can visualize it, but just seeing a photo of how you arrange the quilt on the machine would help a lot. And hurry — I must attach a sleeve to my Guild’s charity quilt for quilt con this weekend!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 2:56 PM

      I’ll try to get on it tomorrow! But, I am not the first, but I would like to do one.

  18. January 23, 2019 / 12:23 PM

    Thanks for the tips. I won the EQ8 software, and I’m just starting to figure out a few things. Your quilt is beautiful!

  19. January 23, 2019 / 12:32 PM

    Nice little quilt – it’s amazing with HST’s can do!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 6:39 PM

      It’s a little deceptive, which I forgot to mention. It was making a block, then cutting it up and then reassembling a new block.

  20. January 23, 2019 / 12:40 PM

    Hi Kathleen! That is so funny – we both used the little Clover marker with different colored chalk and shared it on the same day. I haven’t seen silver before! I love how well it marks, and how easily it brushes away. AND – I love hearing you love EQ8. I can’t wait to get into Tech* whatever it’s called. This whole post is cool, COOL, c.o.o.l. ~smile~ Roseanne

  21. January 23, 2019 / 1:12 PM

    That Coral really packs a punch!! Great idea for the Black and White Blog Hop.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 6:38 PM

      The quilt was more exciting with a pop of color!

  22. Mary Maciel
    January 23, 2019 / 1:52 PM

    Loving this quilt. That pop of color is amazing. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win a prize. That’s always fun! P.S. I would love a tutorial on that blind hem technique too. 😉

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 6:37 PM

      I thought it helped the spark keep going.

  23. Quilting Tangent
    January 23, 2019 / 2:14 PM

    I like how the binding matches the blocks inside the quilt.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 6:36 PM

      I thought it helped the spark keep going.

  24. January 23, 2019 / 2:33 PM

    I love this quilt! The coral triangles are perfect with it and the quilting is wonderful. You did a great job. Thanks for the giveaway chance too. 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 6:32 PM

      You are welcome, and good luck!

  25. Cocoa Quilts
    January 23, 2019 / 3:47 PM

    Kathleen I am loving this black and white with a splash of coral. The coral really gives it a bonus!..

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 6:29 PM

      Making the blocks was fun, but I forgot to tell that it was a make a block, cut it up and resew…totally fun!

  26. Songbird Designs
    January 23, 2019 / 5:28 PM

    This is a great quilt, Kathleen! I am going to have to try your blind hem technique for attaching the bottom of the hanging sleeve! Thanks!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 6:26 PM

      Thank you! I am so happy with the technique – it is the second time I used it in a week.

  27. January 23, 2019 / 5:40 PM

    I love that little touch of colour in your black and white quilt.

  28. January 23, 2019 / 6:15 PM

    Ahem…. a blind stitch for attaching the sleeve! Well, why did that never occur to me?! Oh Kathleen, you have just added to my tool kit in a really significant way – you are going to save me hours! Thank you so much. A tutorial with pictures I think would be very popular. And I am a binding chicken too, once bitten twice shy. I never trim my excess binding until it is sewn and checked. And I’ll admit to the sharpie trick on the odd occasion too. xx

    • kathleenquilts
      January 23, 2019 / 6:24 PM

      I’m not the first to think of it – and something reminded me of it. I had a quilt made last year for IB and I never attached it. I though lets go for it….BINGO! You will be so happy. And yes, I don’t trim until I sew – same reason. And, sharpies come in different colors….ha ha!

  29. January 23, 2019 / 8:10 PM

    I love the touch of red!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 11:03 AM

      It was a fun color to use. I tried purple and it wasn’t making me happy, but the coral did.

  30. January 23, 2019 / 9:39 PM

    What a wonderful tutorial…and fabulous quilt

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 11:05 AM

      Thanks, Barb. I enjoy doing it!

  31. January 23, 2019 / 9:57 PM

    I love this quilt design and the choice of quilting was wonderful

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 11:06 AM

      Thank you! I rather love that quilting design too!

  32. Susan Shaw
    January 24, 2019 / 12:10 AM

    I love the pops of coral and your wonderful descriptions. Thanks for taking the extra time to do the wonderful explanations. Often I am left scratching my head and not in this case. Thanks, thanks, thanks.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 11:06 AM

      You are welcome, Susan. I miss teaching and tend to do some in many of my entries.

  33. January 24, 2019 / 1:21 PM

    Thank you for the generous giveaway. Your modern quilt with the color of the year is stunning. Also, thanks for the tips so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 11:03 AM

      Thank you, I am pleased with this fun little quilt.

  34. inquiringquilter
    January 24, 2019 / 11:38 PM

    I love black and white fabrics and that little pop of color is wonderful! Great quilting design. Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 11:02 AM

      You are welcome and thanks for coming by!

  35. January 25, 2019 / 1:12 AM

    This is a fun design, and worth the wait! I love that Coral is the pantone color of the year. My daughter is thinking of naming her daughter Coral. Great tip to hemstitch the hanging sleeve – that’s brilliant! And thanks for sharing your process of quilting. Looks really neat!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 10:59 AM

      Coral is a beautiful name. I think that will be a life changing thing that hemstitch! It is good to be reminded of other ways to do things, isn’t it.

  36. January 25, 2019 / 8:08 AM

    Lovely quilt, thank you for sharing it today.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 10:57 AM

      You are welcome.

  37. January 25, 2019 / 2:23 PM

    Very nice! And I will try your blind-hemmer tip for attaching the hanging sleeves, as that is a job that I don’t enjoy. Happy Quilting!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 10:56 AM

      It is a great technique – do try it.

  38. Karrin Hurd
    January 26, 2019 / 1:32 AM

    What a great quilt, Thanks so much for sharing!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 26, 2019 / 10:56 AM

      You are welcome. It was a really fun one to do!

  39. January 28, 2019 / 10:15 AM

    I love the fun pops of coral with the black and white! And I 100% agree, I love the batik solids, they feel so nice and do not want to fray like other solids. Seeing this quilt makes me want this book 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      January 28, 2019 / 10:20 AM

      I love this little process, and the quilts are fun! I bought the kindle version, its working better for me these days not to have physical books!

  40. January 30, 2019 / 11:57 AM

    I have no idea how I missed this post! What a great quilt, from start to finish. I do my binding in a similar way, but not with a long strip at the end. I’ve never tried using my blind stitch on my machine, so I might need to play with that a bit.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 30, 2019 / 8:52 PM

      It happens – no offense taken. The blind stitch is really very good for this. I will do a tutorial this weekend – I hope. Time seems to slip away from me so we will see!

  41. January 30, 2019 / 10:56 PM

    Beautiful quilt, the coral just pops and is fantastic with the black and white.

  42. February 2, 2019 / 3:00 PM

    Just stopped by again and caught how you attach a hanging sleeve with a blind hem stitch. How clever and how did I never think of this? I am also borrowing your design idea for the black and white HSTs, with strips added to 2 sides.

    I am trying out invisible applique with mono filament clear thread, and that would be another way to ensure nothing shows through. I have been sewing for over 50 years but still discover stuff that isn’t new, but is new to me. Thanks for all of your helpful info.

  43. kathleenquilts
    February 4, 2019 / 10:26 PM

    Thanks for coming back!

    Actually the block is the one you see on the cover of the book – made with HST – a modifidied churn dash -then cut in half – then reassembled. Is it faster? Maybe. I did enjoy making them that way.

    Invisible thread is the perfect solution so it doesn’t show. I will do a tutorial but time seems to be going into some weird black hole!

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