What’s Black and White and Red All Over?

by | Jan 22, 2019 | 108 comments

Well, since one cannot discern between red and read (past tense) in the spoken word, in my childhood days I might have said a newspaper!! But now as I’ve gotten older and wiser, I would say a quilt! So, if you have a quilty brain like mine and you guessed quilt, you would be exactly correct!! And, specifically, a quilt for participation in the Black & White Blog Hop hosted by the lovely and talented Carla who blogs at Creatin’ in the Sticks.

Welcome – and thank you for stopping by on my day to show my quilty project! Thank you, Carla, for hosting this blog hop and stretching me to get out of my color zone and focus on something different. I’m so glad I did. I love the Homegrown Collection by Deb Strain, so I decided to raid my stash and and make a wall hanging for my kitchen! Oh, don’t worry, I have MORE of this great line to make a table runner and placemats, and who knows what else!! Did I mention, I REALLY love this line??! LOL I also added some tiny black and white gingham checks and black Crackle by Wilmington Essentials, along with Kona white for the background.

I recently purchased the Swoon 16 pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms Patterns. I fell in love with the original pattern but really wanted a smaller version and was so glad she decided to create a 16″ block. I thought it was perfect for the fabrics I chose for my Black & White Blog Hop project!

As I was deciding which fabrics should go where, and as I love cows and chickens (not to mention my kitchen does too!!), I pulled a 10″ square from the layer cake and fussy cut a cow for the middle! She has lots of little chicks, lambs, and piglets around her – well, at least PARTS of them!

Cows, and lambs, and pigs, and chickens, oh my!!

My uncle made this chicken for me and my aunt painted it. I will treasure it always! Next a couple of my salt and pepper shaker collection! And finally my little cows and angels shelf. One of my home health patients taught me to make the beaded angel and candle holder! We bought the “jersey” candle and little cow candle in Gatlinburg, TN at a candle shop. Poor little cow lost it’s head in a tumble! But it’s still cute – at least to me!

Sorry – back to the project! I then added the flying geese units to make the sawtooth star legs, and some of my favorite HST’s to complete the center block.

Sawtooth Star Block

If you follow my blog, you know I love HST’s – especially being able to cut them with my AccuQuilt GO!Big machine! So, instead of following the pattern directions for the remainder of the block, I set off on my own using my HST’s,rectangles, squares, and of course flying geese – just to see if I could – and I did!! I’m such a rebel!! LOL Here is my Swoon block completed – and I did it my way! Oh wait, I think there’s a song by that title!

Swoon Block

There is a vintage version of this block that I love that replaces the center square with a friendship star and alternates the outer sawtooth star leg fabrics. I saw it on Lori Holt’s Bee In My Bonnet as part of her Vintage Quilt Along – it’s called Grandma’s Star. I love the idea of changing out the middle block. This is what it would look like if I had chosen to go with the vintage block.

Grandma’s Star Vintage Center

OK, so after I completed the large center block, I decided it needed borders, so back to EQ8 I go and add some borders to the design.

Black and White – pretty but kind of ho-hum?

So what about the original question? I see no red you say? You are correct. Since my kitchen cabinets are painted a deep red, back I go again and decided to make the binding red! I love the little pop of color it adds and it really pulls everything in the kitchen together!

Ah yes, much better with that pop of red!

(So without further squirreliness (is that a even a word?), here is my finished project!

Homegrown Love!

Thank you for visiting my spot on the blog hop today! I hope you will visit the rest of the bloggers. I will list the schedule below. But, first, let’s have a GIVEAWAY! I am giving away a Homegrown panel to one lucky winner. Everyone is welcome to participate!! Just complete the Rafflecopter form below for up to six chances to win!

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Thanks again for stopping by and please visit the other blogs on the hop and leave a kind word. We all appreciate your comments so much! I’ll be linking up with my favorite linkies this week as they open up (yes, those over in the sidebar!) Until next time…

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  1. Theresa

    Love star blocks, they are one of mt favorites.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Theresa! I love stars too and the sawtooth is so very easy! I appreciate you stopping by!

  2. Theresa

    Star blocks are one of my favorites.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Theresa! I appreciate your visit and comment! I love stars too!!

  3. Danice

    Your quilt is so pretty. ‘Love that cow in the center. Thank you for the giveaway chance. I love black and white, and color. Both themes are versatile and pretty.

    • Brenda

      Thanks, Danice! This country girl loves her cows and chickens! LOL

  4. Dione Gardner-Stephen

    Great quilt. I love that you added the red binding – it really makes it. The only “Black and white” quilt I’ve ever made had red on it too.

    • Brenda

      What can I say, Dione? Great minds think alike! LOL Thanks for visiting!

  5. Joyce Mitchell

    Gorgeous quilt. I’ve only made one black/white quilt & I added some hot pink. Thanks.

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Joyce! I appreciate your visit. I bet the black, white, and hot pink quilt was gorgeous! I do like that combination!

  6. Elizabeth Coughlin

    Gorgeous! The red binding was a great idea too.

    • Brenda

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth!

  7. Eileen Maher

    I have never used only black and white in a quilt, but it sure looks good ! Will have to try it. The red trim gives it spark !

    • Brenda

      Eileen, this is my first time to use it and I really do like it! Thanks for your comment and visit!

  8. Janice Snell

    I like to make two colour quilts and have only made one black and white quilt. It has such a classic look about it. The pop of colour is always a delight. Janice.snell@gmail.com

    • Brenda

      Black and white really does make a classic looking quilt – especially with a dab of color!! Thanks for visiting.

  9. Anita L Jackson

    I love color in my quilts but have been intrigued and interested in sewing up a black and white just to give it a try!

    • Brenda

      You sound like me, Anita! But I really do love this and enjoyed stitching it! Thanks for visiting

  10. Ann Bryant

    Although I like to use black and white, i usually use them as accents this looks like fun!

    • Brenda

      Give it a try, Ann! Thanks so much for visiting.

  11. Gin

    Wonderful! The farm animals are great in the star and black and white.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Gin! So glad you stopped by for a visit!

  12. Tamma

    I LOVE using the black & white color scheme! It creates such clean lines and a pop of color really sets it off.

    • Brenda

      Thanks for visiting Tamma! I totally agree with you, after having tried it!!

  13. Rosalind Gutierrez

    Usually I go with colors but I made a quilt featuring house blocks in black & white with colored doors.

    • Brenda

      That house quilt sounds awesome, Rosalind! I can see where that would be so very cute!

  14. Julie

    Loved the What is black & white & read (past tense)? I would consider having that in fancy script (in red thread) as a center medallion.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Julie! Great idea for the center of the quilt too! Thanks for visiting!

  15. selina

    Love your cows, and chickens. For many years I commuted through farmlands to and from work and always loved to see the animals out and about. Anyway, love your quilt. The red binding sets it off perfectly.

    • Brenda

      Thank you for visiting and for your nice comment, Selina! I grew up on a farm, so this is near to my heart!

  16. Mary

    That is one of my favorite blocks and yours looks so cute as a little quilt. I love the pop of red in it too. I enjoy sewing with black and white and use a lot of it in my colorful quilts too. I think it gives the eyes a place to rest.

    • Brenda

      Thank you for stopping by Mary and for your nice comments! I’ll definitely be using it more often, I think!

  17. KJ

    I love your quilt with the pop of red. I have now made two black and white (and teal) quilts. I have lots of fabric left from my collecting so see at least one more in my future. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Brenda

      Oooh, teal is gorgeous with black and white also!! Enjoy your new quilty adventure!

  18. Lori Smanski

    I have never made a black and white quilt yet. This hop is really inspiring me. Thanks.

    • Brenda

      Awesome, Lori! I hope all the projects you see in this blog REALLY inspire you to give it a try.

  19. Carla

    Your process is so fun to see. Thank you for sharing all the details from the fabrics to your inspiration, it’s a great read. Thank you, also, for joining me on this blog hop adventure. Your post in the Black & White blog hop is super inspiring!

    • Brenda

      Thank you SEW much, Carla! So glad I could be an inspiration to others as I’m sure all the other super talented bloggers participating are! We appreciate you hosting this fantastic event! Looking forward to your next one!

  20. Danette Stankovich

    It is really weird, but I can never seem to get my tension correct when I am sewing with black fabric. So I do try avoid a lot of black, but a small amount worked into a project works great. Thank you.

    • Brenda

      I wonder if it has something to do with the dye in the fabric, Danette? This is the most black I’ve ever used in a project. Fortunately, I didn’t have any tension problems and I did all the piecing with black Aurifil 50 wt thread. I actually quilted the black with ARC 40 wt black polyester thread! My HQ loves poly thread! But so far I haven’t found a thread it has not liked! I’m blessed!

  21. Joan

    Oh Brenda what a fun starting place with that Deb Strain fabric. Great read and a fabulous “quiltie” you have created!

    • Brenda

      Awww, thanks, Joan! That means so much coming from a talented quilter like you! I’ll be visiting your blog soon!! Can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

  22. ShirleyC

    This is beautiful! I love the clean looks of black and white. When I do stitch in something black or dark, I have to have some good lighting!

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Shirley! I totally understand about the lighting!! It was really hard quilting in the black. Thank goodness I have extra lighting around my quilter!!

  23. Peabea

    Always love meeting another lover of sewing, crafting, etc. so was glad to see you stopped by Peabea Scribbles so I could come visit. From my visit here, you look very talented. My latest after many years of crocheting, I’m working on my knitting skills. Always wanted to do the knitting too, but thought it looked so much harder than crochet. I sew, but have never really made a quilt. They are so lovely. Come visit again and would enjoy seeing you link up your crafting photos on Pictorial Tuesdays.

    • Brenda

      Thanks so much for your visit Peabea! I dabble in crochet, but am not a knitter! Never could get the hang of it!! You should try a small quilt and see how you like it! Thanks for the invite to link up with you!

  24. Nancy A

    I don’t think I have ever stitched a black and white quilt. However I have a UFO of black, white, gray, and yellow that is not cut out yet, but the fabrics are collected and boxed for the future. I do love color, so if I actually make this quilt, it will be stretching me.

    • Brenda

      This was my first Nancy! I bet the black, white, gray and yellow would be gorgeous! Go ahead stretch yourself!!

  25. lynn bourgeois

    I LOVE your wallhanging. HST’s are so much fun, so versatile, and easy to make. What’s not to love in that case. Your work has inspired me today. Thank you.

    • Brenda

      Thank you SEW much, Lynn! Glad I could inspire you!

      • Brenda

        It’s a really fun block!!

  26. Carol S.

    Oh, wow! I’ve never made a Swoon block, but seeing it like this has me wanting to add it to my quilting schedule. It’s so gorgeous! Love it!

    • Brenda

      Thanks, Carol! So glad I could inspire you! It’s a fun block!

  27. Anita

    Your star quilt is stunning, the cows in the center are awesome!

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Anita!

  28. Susan the Farm Quilter

    I like adding a little pop of color to my black and white projects.

    • Brenda

      Thanks, Susan! Great minds!!

  29. Karrin Hurd

    Love your quilt!

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Karrin! I appreciate your visit and comment!

  30. Nancy Myers

    Your quilt is really cute. I like the Swoon block. I can see how changing up the center in many different ways could make some great blocks. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

    • Brenda

      Hi Nancy! Thanks so much for your visit and kind comment. I really like this block too!

  31. Nancy

    Love the panel! And your quilt turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Brenda

      Thanks for your visit and comment, Nancy! Glad you like it!

  32. Sharon Aurora

    I love color but I do love the look of black and white as well.

  33. Diane Offerman

    Love the panel! And I really like your quilt. That cow in the center hit home. I was raised on a dairy farm. Good memories.

  34. Diane

    I love colors but I love black and white also. Depends on how I feel.

  35. Anna brown

    I did a quilt in black and white with turquoise.I L9ve it so I guess it depends on the quilt or the idea that pops into my head….happyness04431@yahoo.com

  36. Pat

    This is wonderful. I love swoon blocks and would never have thought black and white would look so great in this pattern. The center square fabric makes the quilt … πŸ™‚ Pat

  37. Christi

    I like a black and white quilt every once in awhile. Swoon block was a great idea.

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Christi!!

  38. Beth T.

    I don’t often quilt in black and white/cream, but I always love seeing that combination–it’s such a classic, elegant look.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Beth!

  39. Deonn Stott

    Oh, Brenda, that quilt is perfect! Love the farm print for your center, and thanks for showing us your creative process and the evolution of this darling quilt. Love the touch of red in the binding. I’m a farm girl from Idaho and have a collection of kitchen chickens too. You’ve definitely inspired me!

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Deonn! I loved writing this post though it took me ALL day! I just kept thinking of additional info to include! Glad to have inspired you!

  40. Delaine

    I love Swoon blocks but I have never seen one in black and white. It is stunning! I like to sew in black and white with a pop of color. Thanks!

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Delaine! I love this Swoon pattern too!

  41. Lorna McMahon

    Squirreliness is totally a word. And your country themed swoon is simply a delight! What a lovely quilt!

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much, Lorna!! And, I appreciate your validation of squirreliness!!

  42. Kathleen McCormick

    That’s a beautiful quilt – that swoon block is so much fun and the center star takes it over the top. The red is perfect.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Kathleen! I appreciate your sweet comments.

  43. Melody

    I simply adore the way your quilt turned out! All the heart eyes. πŸ™‚ The best part, imo, is how you did it your way – and it turned out great! Nicely done.

    • Brenda

      Thanks sew much, Melody!! I did enjoy doing it my way!!

  44. Sue MacLeod

    love black and white. Currently paper piecing Wicked with libs Elliott fabric, her pattern, too.

    • Brenda

      That’s awesome, Sue! Thanks for visiting and commenting

  45. Mary Maciel

    It turned out so pretty. I love it. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Mary!

  46. Susan

    Fantastic finish! Well done!

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Susan!!

  47. The Joyful Quilter

    Nice job on working through your kitchen quilt project for the Black and White Blog Hop!!

    • Brenda

      Thank you so much!! It was fun!

  48. Joanne H.

    This is wonderful! Like you, I fell in love with the Spoon Quilt when it was first released, yet never made it. When the smaller version came out, I decided that it was that push I needed to just do it. I love your personal touch and think I may be doing something similar. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Brenda

      It was my pleasure to share, Joanne! Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you liked the personal touch and encourage you to make yours block your own, as well!

  49. Connie K Campbell

    Beautiful Brenda and the cow print in the center is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

    • Brenda

      Thank you, Connie!!

  50. Super Mom - No Cape!

    Your Black and White wallhanging turned out great! And you’re right, that red binding is perfect.

    • Brenda

      Thanks so very much!!

  51. Elana Goldberg

    First of all, your project is wonderful. Second of all, I really like the typeface of your blog. Is that a weird comment? Who comments on someone’s actual blog style? Well, I mean it, your site is friendly and has a lovely feel to it. Thanks so much for being one of my blog pals from Tuesday. I’m impressed with what you’ve accomplished and really love the progression pf your create process shown in your post.

    • Brenda

      Elana, thank you SO much for your kind and sweet comments about my project and my blog! I truly appreciate them. I enjoyed being one of your blog buddies yesterday as well!

  52. Karla

    your quilt is beautiful — red black and white is my favorite color combination! I have one guest bed and bath decorated in that color combo

    • Brenda

      That is so neat, Karla! Thank you

  53. Carol Andrews

    I love your swoon block wall hanging. The black and white is my ultimate favourite color scheme, but that pop of red sure makes it shine.

  54. Susan

    I like two color quilts, including black and white. One can always add a pop of color and it doesn’t have to be much, just like your binding. I like your star block.

  55. Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter

    Classic color combo in the black and white and red, combined with a classic star block equals a gorgeous quilt! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  56. Sharon Andersen

    So beautiful, and perfect with your chickens and cows! Thanks for sharing.

  57. Marian

    Oh I really like this Brenda. That checked fabric in the medallion really gives you a great focal point for the other fabrics. Lovely design.

  58. Brenda Sutton

    I am all about color. Although, black and white has a certain classy look

  59. Nicole Sender

    This blog hop has shown me that black and white can make an absolutely stunning quilt! Love your many blocks!

  60. Colette

    Love your quilt and your process. I haven’t done much black and white. Black white and red yes. Great fabrics.


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