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!

Panel is Approximately 24×44

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I’d love it if You Would Visit my Fellow Bloggers Today!

MooseStash Quilting
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilts by Joanne
That Fabric Feeling
Songbird Designs
Two Maker Chicks

Carla has created a Pinterest page where you can see all the projects in one place.
Check it out!

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. Colette

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

  2. Nicole Sender

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

  3. Brenda Sutton

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

  4. 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.

  5. Sharon Andersen

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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!



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