Encrusted CQ class project

Encrusted CQ class project

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Black and brights quilt

This week I began working on a wall quilt with a color scheme I haven't tried before.  I've seen pictures on flickr.com of mourning quilts, which were traditionally in shades of grey and black.  One quilt, though, had a contemporary variation of a mourning quilt.  In each block, there was one brightly colored piece of fabric, and the embroidery and embellishments were also in various bright colors, which really "popped" against the dark tones.  I am planning to make 9 of these blocks, with one accent color in each block.  This small quilt will be for sale in my Etsy shop - reclamationtextiles.etsy.com  

I used a lot of repurposed fabrics in the blocks so far - fabric scraps and clothing from thrift stores, including a man's tie and a vintage dress.  The buttons are a variety of new and vintage.  

Here are the first 5 blocks:

 The center fabric in the turquoise block has a satin ribbon running down the middle, which caused a glare when photographed.

And here's a close-up of the purple block.  I just love the Scotty dog button, and the lilac swirl button below it reminds me of candy.

Just 4 more blocks to go, then I'll need to make some decisions about whether to add sashing strips in between the blocks, or just stitch the blocks together.  Border or no border?  As usual, I am figuring out the design as I go along.  I'll keep you updated on my progress!


  1. These are lovely! Looking forward to the finish.

  2. Cant wait to see the finished product! Back/Grey with Bright tones are my favourite.