Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Black and White blog hop

Black & White button3
When Carla posted about this blog hop I jumped right on it, as I already had a black and white project in the works (since June 2018)
Back in June I was playing in EQ and came up with this design with hexagons that’s mean to use a charm pack!
EPP hexie runner 1in 22 x16 andover
I had bought a black and white 5” square pack from connecting threads
and using the 1” paper piecing hexagon die by Accuquilt, I was able to cut out the fabrics and cardstock pieces too! (though I did have a bunch of old pieces already)
I was able to cut 3 from each 5” square
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As you may know, English Paper piecing takes a long time,  but for this it didn’t take THAT long as it was a small project.
Here is the top all done and with a black border.
It measures 12” x 20” so small but cute Winking smile
EPP hexagons black and white table topper
I decided to use a black and white variegated thread and I used my regular sewing machine and walking foot and just did straight lines
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after it was done it HIT me that Coats and Clark had sent me these metallic threads to play with and my original plan was to use the silver on this quilt and to even try it on my long arm, but I forgot! OOPS
Have any of you tried these threads?
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 So I felt bad about not using these threads and then I started thinking about doing a small project where I could use these threads

I had an idea about a black bird on white with silver thread tree branches.
I found this white scrap that was about 7 x 9” I think and I prepped a scrap of black fabric with steam a seam lite2 and cut out this bird with my GO cutter and the bird die
 I also found a white scrap for the backing and a scrap of batting to fit
Then with a frixion pen I loosely sketched out how I wanted the tree branch to look
and with the silver Coats thread on top and white on the bobbin I free motion stitched the branches, I went back and forth several times to see if I wanted it thicker or not and the sloppier the better!
It was a tiny bit bunched up when I was done so I should have used a stabilizer on the back, but lesson learned and for such a small piece and with a big bird on top it would be fine, and after pressing with a hot iron it helped a lot too!
here’s a close up of the branches
Then I stitched down the bird in black thread, again with a sloppy double or triple line and then I added a grey binding, just because I felt like it.
Notice how the bird is NOT centered!? I deliberately tried NOT to have it centered, because THEY say that a focal point should be a third up or down on the picture, and diagonal lines are great too.
well now the birdie is hanging over the thermostat upstairs near the kids’ rooms, I guess it’s checking that the temperature is right?!


Thanks to Carla for hosting a great swap!
Here’s the list of other participants

44 comments:

Danice G said...

Both cute projects. I really love that little bird.

anna brown said...

Very very nice...The bird was so cute. .tytyty for sharing your talents with us... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Small projects make for quick satisfaction, both are very cute. Love that new thread.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Both your projects are really great! I love EPP and seem to do it with hexagons mostly. Your bird project is so pretty.

Anita said...

Very cute projects, black and white is so striking together!

gin said...

Nice work. Maybe small projects in size but there’s a lot of detail in both. And I do love the thread.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Both projects are great. You can cut cardstock with the Accuquilt??

Kathleen said...

Two wonderful quilts - but I must ask how do you get so much done? You are amazing. I saw one very similar to that bird at the museum yesterday; this felt serendiptious.

Carla said...

English paper piecing was my first love when I started quilting. What a pretty hexagon piece. Your little birdie is super cute, too. Thank you, Bea, for joining the B&W hop. Such a unique post to read.

lynn bourgeois said...

I enjoyed seeing how you approached creating the branch with the specialty threads in the stitching. Thnaks

Carol S. said...

That little bird is so cute and using the silver thread was a great idea. The hexagons look really pretty in black and white!

Needled Mom said...

Your black and white hexies look so nice and that little bird is so sweet. I love the idea of using the metallic threads for the branch.

Lori Smanski said...

Both your projects are wonderful. I love the branches. And I think the little bit of bunching is a wonderful addition. Thanks for sharing and for inspiring. quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

works4me said...

Both projects are great. Nicely done.

Calicojoan said...

Love the quilting on your hexie quilt. I don't have the patience for hand stitching myself, so it's nice to admire it from afar! LOL!! That little birdie is just too cute. Nice to know that the metallics run thru the long arm nicely. I love using them in my domestic machine for free motion quilting.

Vasudha said...

Both projects are so cute, Bea. I haven't tried EPP but this may be the year to start!

ShirleyC said...

You always come up with cute stuff! Your line quilting is so perfect.

Susan said...

Nice projects - I especially like your little bird!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Ah, I just finished a hexagon quilt top in low volume plaids. Waiting for the UFO Challenge hop to post the linkup at month's end.

Danette said...

Love your little quilt and your little birdie!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats in completing not one, but TWO projects for the Black and White Blog Hop!!

Mary Ann said...

I really like both of your projects but have to admit to liking the bird the best. Just something about it really speaks to me....maybe because I love birds? ;) Thanks so much for sharing.

Quilting Tangent said...

Cute projects.

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Joanne said...

I like both projects, but LOVE the bird. I have not used that thread, but think it would work well for many of my projects. Thanks for sharing. :-)

thatfabricfeeling.com said...

Just lovely! You're also ahead of the next hop for something with wings!! Well done!

barbara woods said...

love everything you do

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Very cute projects, Bea! Thanks for sharing!

tubakk said...

A lovely hexagon quilt, and that little birdie is soooo cute.

Emily said...

Wow, I absolutely love that little bird!!!! The stitched branch is genius. Beautiful!

tink's mom said...

I do love your Hexies but I'm swooning over the bird on the branch. So sweet.

Farm Quilter said...

Great mini quilts!!! I especially love how you used the metallic thread for the branch! AWESOME!!!

Suze said...

Bea, I love your EPP project. I have yet to give one a try. Everyone who posts an EpP project does a super job and I am encouraged by each one. They all look fantastic. I don't know if there are those who don't do well and just don't post them, or not? I love the bird and your creativity on the branches. I had never heard the rules of thumb about placement for an object. That's great to know. I love that the bird is checking the temperature over the children. My "baby" was just home for the first time in 2 1/2 years and I could have used a bird to check on her. It was a short visit and nice to see her. She took Friday off from teaching and then had Monday off, so it was a very short trip. She thought she needed to come check on Mom. Thanks for sharing all your cute projects.
Susan

Melody Lutz said...

You may have nudged me closer to buying a die cutter...and that birdie is ADORABLE and looks happy in its new home on the wall guarding the thermostat.

FlashinScissors said...

Love both projects Bea, but especially the birdie ..... he’s so cute!
Barbara x

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Seeing those hexies and finding out there is a cutter. I am putting that on my wish list to go with my Go! Cutter, thanks for sharing your lovely projects!

Carol said...

Great projects! I love the thread art with the birdie. Sweet. Thanks for sharing!

Jane Holbrook said...

I like your work. The vision turned into a bird on a branch is great. I have used metallic thread. Following suggestions on making it successful helped. I like that B & W hexy quilt. pretty.

Carol Andrews said...

I love black and white quilts! Your Hexie piece is sweet and your bird is awesome! Great work! Thanks for being a hop stop.
Carol Andrews
https://quiltschmilt.wordpress.com/

Deonn said...

Bea, your projects are gorgeous! I like the bird's branch stitched out in metallic thread. AccuQuilt dies are the best. I hadn't seen the new hexagon die, but wow, what a time saver to be able to cut out multiples of both the foundations and the fabrics.

Marian said...

I love both projects Bea. I'll never have the patience to do an EPP project, but I really love them. Perhaps one day someone will gift me one. :) The bird on the branch with the new thread is also lovely. I do wish I could see the metallic thread a little bit more, but the branches are obvious also.

Susan-Sharon Passmore said...

Love both of your projects! I've also been dying to try that metallic thread, but my previous experience with metallic thread made me say some naughty words out of frustration when the thread kept shredding and breaking every few inches. Perhaps next time will be better. . .

nicolesender said...

Love the little birdie! So cute!

Theresa said...

Love both of your projects. Octagons and birds are some of my favorites. The little bird on a branch is so sweet.