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Black & White But So Bright!

You guys! so excited about my black and white quilt in progress! We are headed into the third week of our challenge. Are you making a two color quilt with me? <<click to learn about the challenge>>

Have you wondered how to create effective value with two color prints? Here are some ideas.

black and white fabric sold by Color Girl Quilts

For my design, I am making a traditional quilt block, the Irish Chain, but making it all new. Hint: there’s curved piecing involved! (-:

But first: fabrics. I am going with a strictly black and white palette, no gray or cream or anything. And I want to use prints, because I definitely couldn’t handle limiting myself to only solid black and white (-:

To get light-dark contrast you can use prints that are black with white and white with black. You get pretty decent contrast this way, basically reversing the color concentration between the prints.

two color black and white quilt by Color Girl quilts

In addition to the black vs. white background, you can also get a range of values by finding prints with varying scales and space around the pattern. Look at the picture above, and how well you move from dark to medium to light just by adjusting the balance of white and black and the scale of the print. You know you are a quilt and fabric nerd when this is exciting to you!

This concept could apply to other colors too. Black and white already has really strong contrast, but other color combinations might be harder to develop into a range of values. By moving from a large scale print to a smaller scale print, you can accomplish value between just about any two color print group.

two color black and white quilt by Color Girl quilts

This quilt in progress is still very much in infancy. So far I have cut A LOT of strips and sewn a few into units to cut apart. Here is what one of my nine block units looks like. Do you think it’s going to work?

I admit, this quilt is me going by the seat of my pants. I have a vision in my mind, but haven’t actually drawn it out or set a firm plan. I know this is risky, I may hate it in the end! You will get to see how it evolves right along with me. Fingers crossed!

The winner of last week’s prize for the two color quilt challenge is Jan. She is joining us via her blog, see the incredible block she made this week. I am totally jealous! <<click here to see>>

Share your two color quilt projects all month on instagram and facebook (or send me the link to your blog, or pics, etc, via email). Use #colorgirlchallenge2019 in the caption of your post, or add pics to one of my FB posts about the quilt along.

Happy Sewing,

Sharon McConnell, Color Girl Quilts




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5 thoughts on “Black & White But So Bright!

  1. Linda S Allen says:

    great fabrics!

  2. Love it! Yes I was playing along but double dipping. I had a local quilt guild challenge deadline that I also wanted to do so mine is done and going to hang up in a group mini exhibit with my guild today for the month of june then I will have it back to photograph and enter hopefully.

  3. You’ve nailed the value run with your black and white prints! And you did a really skillful job explaining concisely how to make prints flow in value, something that seems intuitive but is very hard to describe in words. I’m looking forward to seeing your project come along.
    Thanks so much for the shout-out and for the prize pack of blue prints!

  4. Ila Migut says:

    I’m quilting along with everyone…but this is the first time that I was going to try and show my progress on Facebook…any hints? I don’t blog but I would happily put a link to Google Photos…if I knew where. I’m using Wendy Shepherd’s Movement in Squares (neat pattern!) Thanks!

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