Quilt Festival entry: black and white gradient

Posted on 11 October 2009

Check out Park City Girl’s Quilt Festival! I decided to join in on the fun, as I’m trying to learn tips and tricks and get inspiration from all of the talented quilt-bloggers out there. I don’t really have very much of a story to go along with it, but this is one of my favorite {finished} quilts. I guess the story could be that I’m very much an amateur when it comes to making quilts. When I started this one, I really had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know about some handy shortcuts when making triangle quilts – so I cut each and every triangle out by hand, with scissors…. oh how much I have learned since then! I finally bought a decent rotary cutter, and I’ve read some online tutorials about piecing squares, sewing down the center and cutting to make to finished triangle blocks.

black and white triangle quilt

This quilt is 45″ x 45″ and it hangs on our breakfast room wall.

This quilt is machine pieced but hand quilted. Here’s a close up of the stitching:

close up triangles

close up stitching

I had this quilt nearly finished, awaiting binding, for several months. I was afraid I’d mess up this nice quilt because I wasn’t quite sure I was doing the binding right. I found another tutorial online showing a great way to do binding, and this was the quilt I tried it on. Since I’ve bound this one (and I think it turned out great!), I’ve gone on to bind all of my other unfinished quilts, and can confidently say my binding skills are 100% better!

Here is the finished quilt, adorning the wall where I see it all the time (and it makes me happy):

on the wall

25 responses to Quilt Festival entry: black and white gradient

  • Zonnah says:

    I LOVE this quilt!

  • Bev says:

    Keep up the good work! The gradation looks really good and so do your stitches. Thanks for sharing.

  • Vicki says:

    That’s a really cool quilt. I love the color gradation.

  • margaret says:

    So perfect with the photographs!

  • Carol Hansen says:

    Very pretty, dramatic wall hanging.

    Kudos on being able to get it all cut out so well with scissors. My first attempt was a disaster :)

  • Cara says:

    It is beautiful!

  • Heather says:

    I started cutting to make one similar this weekend! So pretty!

  • Rebekah says:

    Stunning! I love the subtle gradient in this quilt. It looks great in your dining room

  • Nice piece and it looks great on the wall.

  • Allie says:

    Beautiful quilt, it is very striking!

  • Melanie says:

    This is a wonderful quilt. You are so talented!

  • holly says:

    i really like this design. in fact i think i’ll put it in my to do stack. great job

  • SaraRules says:

    I love this! Such a beautiful design and choice of fabrics! Thanks for sharing!

  • Barb1954 says:

    Love this quilt. The color design, fading from black to gray to a barely-there gray reminds me of a black & white photo.

    I really appreciate you entering quilt competitions for the experience of doing it. I’m about to enter, for the second year in a row, the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition in the U.K. Last year I didn’t even win an honorable mention, but I learned a lot at looking who the winners and runners-up were.

    As for everyone who now wants to copy your quilt, I guess one could think that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. My thought is that you could have a second career designing quilts and selling quilt kits to others. Amy Butler, whose fabrics and sewing patterns I love, does quilts, too. http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/main.php?fl=0 So there is money to be made doing quilts without having to make them all yourself.

  • Angie says:

    LOL – of course I like your colorway – I have enough material left from my B&W to make your wonderful pattern too!

  • carolyn says:

    Barb, I’ve got more designs in the works — I would love to have some Amy Butler style fame. I can’t really take another pattern and use it — I have to modify or come up with my own. It’s the designer in me.

    I really appreciate all of the new views and comments — I hope to eventually be prolific enough to have a following.

  • SewCalGal says:

    Beautiful quilt. Striking. Delightful fabrics & design. You did a fantastic job.

    Thanks for sharing and for participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.


  • Leila says:

    Triangles by hand! Wow! Your hand quilting is beautiful. I still haven’t tried that yet. The quilt looks perfect in your dining room.

  • Katie B says:

    I love this quilt! It looks very striking in your dining room.

  • Diane says:

    Wonderful graphic quilt. I too started with scissors, many years ago. The quilt looks perfect on your wall with the black and white photos beside it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dielle says:

    Beautiful! Your hand stitching is so even and lovely!

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