Pinks and Greens and Black and White

I’m back to piecing the border blocks for the Pickled Ladies top, but I had to take some time on the weekend to go through and pick out all my pink and green batiks, so I can dream about making the double sunflower blocks for the Peony Quilt.

I’m making these using the New York Beauty 3 Inklingo collection. I love this New York Beauty block as it’s either continuous stitching or gentle curves and I do love those spiky points. It’s easy to get really spiky points like this with the stitching lines and matching points printed on the back of the fabrics. But I can’t wait to finish making  these black and white ones, which should be sometime in the next week to 10 days. Then it will be just a matter of adding the borders to the Pickled Ladies top and then?

Then I’ll be going through all these pinks and greens and picking out combinations for 19 more peony blocks. This picture is a little deceiving as there are layers of pinks and greens in there. I know that some of them are going to get discarded almost immediately, but I decided to pull everything and then winnow it down from there. On evenings when I can’t face more black and white, I will start grouping the pinks for each peony block and then the greens. Plus I have to make sure I have some set aside for the border blocks that I’ve got planned for the Peony Quilt. Some of my peonies are going to be much richer than others. I think I may need to find some more pale pink batiks for the peonies, but I’ll know better once I have sorted through these.

What have I learned doing the black and white blocks? That even though I do plan on making at least two or three more two colour quilts, none of them will be a black and white quilt. I know I’m going to love the effect the New York Beauty blocks will give me as the border for the Pickled Ladies, but working with just black and white is hard. I want to play with colour – particularly the colour pink!

“Decisions, Decisions.”

Baxter has developed a habit of either taking over my desk or my chair. When he gets  on the desk, he loves to bite any paper that he can find. I’ve learned not to leave anything out that’s important.

Jake is much more laid back. He’d rather hang out at the top of the cat tree and watch what’s happening out on the roof garden.

14 thoughts on “Pinks and Greens and Black and White

  1. Morning Cathi, I enjoy putting together Mariners compass’.
    Thats a beautiful picture of Jake. I understand about points!
    raining again today! Mowing in the rain, I’m mowing in the rain what agglorious feeling…. I’m mowing in the rain.

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    • I keep thinking I’d love to do a Mariner’s Compass quilt – but I’ll wait to see if there’s an Inklingo collection for a version of it before I try. I’m so spoiled with using Inklingo to print templates on the back of my fabric that I can’t fathom sewing any other way.

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    • I know I’m going to love the effect, but I’m finding the last few blocks harder and harder to sew as I just cannot wait to be done with black and white! Which just proves to me that I should have been doing them bit by bit so that they would have been done at the same time I finished the main part of the top. Then I wouldn’t have had what seems like an enormous number of black and white blocks to do. I think I’m bribing myself with the pinks and green batiks for the peony quilt as I decided I don’t dare even pick out the ones for the second peony block until Pickled Ladies top is finished.

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  2. The black and white will be stunning for sure! I do understand the desire to play with a new project before the current one is finished. It seems most of us are that way…there are a lot of groups for helping the ufo syndrome. I’m in one! Ha, ha!

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    • Over the past few months, I’ve tried to work on one particular top at a time – but oh, it’s getting awfully hard to stay so focused! I really need to jump from one to another, it seems, and that breeds more UFOs.

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  3. HOW many times have I told you? stay out of my batik stash!!! You listen….just like a cat. Can’t wait to see what grows out of the upcoming project.

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    • I usually am one to jump from one project to another but I know I have to stick with it and finish these black and white blocks and get the borders on the Pickled Ladies top – it has been a UFO far too long! But oh, how those pinks and greens are calling to me!!

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    • I love working with pink – so making blocks with those pinks and green will be wonderful! I haven’t had a chance to really look at that site yet – but I will.

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