Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Black and White Quilt

I drove to Elmira today to do some hand quilting on the Black and White quilt. You can read more about the block challenge here and see all the submitted blocks here.
I was wondering how they were going to set the blocks together, and this is the creative setting that was chosen. Each block has a thin red border, and then is set with a black sashing on 2 sides which gives a neat 3D effect. And then there is grey sashing between the blocks. There were enough blocks for a large queen size quilt and also a wall hanging for the auction. Around the outside of the quilt is a wider black border that has a cable design - one of my favorite designs for hand quilting.
Here is a photo of me quilting with the some of the Mennonite ladies. They gave me the honour of quilting my own block! I was really excited about that until I started quilting and realized that it was very hard to quilt because of all of the seams in my paper pieced block! It was a relaxing and fun day and a special treat to be included in the Quilting Bee.
As if that wasn't enough fun, I found out that I won first place in the block challenge, which was "viewer's choice"! I was delighted to win, but was further encouraged by the lovely comments that the voters wrote on their ballots. What a great quilty day it was!

8 comments:

  1. Wow! What an honour to be able to quilt with the Mennonite ladies.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely day.

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  2. Great picture of you quilting...what fun!

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  3. What a thrill for you to be invited. Love the quilt.

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  4. Looks like you are having fun, I bet you learned a lot from them.

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  5. What a great quilting day you had. That quilt is just beautiful.

    I went back to look at your block and I can see why you won! It took a lot of planning and fussy cutting to get everything just right. I know because I have been using that same 3-inch block with red cardinals in the center.

    Have a great Thursday.

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  6. Congratulations on your block challenge win! The black, white and red colour combination looks sharp. Great looking quilt.

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  7. What a delicious day it must have been *s*

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  8. What a wonderful way to spend a day! Yep...I'm just jealous! Love that quilt, too!

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