Tuesday, December 18, 2012

White Birches

I wanted to make a wall hanging to celebrate the Christmas season, and a bit beyond.  Red and green were just not going to do it.  So, while wondering around in JoAnns, I happened across the book "Quilting in Black and White" (affiliate link).  Thumbing through, I fell in love with the White Birches quilt.  Perfect!

 I had plenty of black, grey, and black on white prints, plus a snowflake fabric for the background.  Only problem--the blocks were 9"x18"!  Way too big for a wall hanging.

Determining that 6"x12" would work, I figured out the proportionate pieces, and did a test block.  Branches were a bit big, but after taking in 1/4", the blocks looked great, and I was off to sewing!

For the quilting, I did gentle waves that went back and forth, matching up the wave lines on either side of the trunks.  Gives the quilt a nice snowdrift look.

And here's a closer look:

So, if you're looking for a wonderful black and white quilt for the holidays, give this a try!  You can find the pattern in Quilting in Black and White (affiliate link).