A good day! The wayward bag containing my collected assortment of black and white blocks has been found and I’ve found a fabric that I think works as a frame for the small corded sample. Starting with the sample here’s what it presently looks like –
and here’s a companion sample, same framing fabric, same design, different technique –
Next step is quilting for both pieces.
Just as I had suspected, the cloth bag containing the black and white blocks was exactly where it has been for the past couple of years – before that it was in a cupboard in sewing HQ which was the part I remembered and the first place I looked. The memory certainly isn’t what it used to be – probably an age thing! If you enjoy looking at old/vintage fabrics there may be something to savour in the following pictures. These are just some of the black and white blocks, there are other vintage blocks (and fabrics) in the bag which I’ll share in another post.
Some of the blocks have been unpicked from quilt tops, some are machine pieced, the majority hand pieced and the stitching is not always top quality. But they have survived. Black and white was not the most popular or commonplace colourscheme for obvious reasons, but it has a sharp classic look even today. As you will have worked out, when I acquired the first 2 blocks at International Quilt Festival in Houston 20 years ago my original plan was to eventually collect enough blocks to make a small sampler style quilt. And we all know about the best laid plans etc etc! It was such fun rummaging through the antique quilt booths each year looking for these blocks that, after 5 years, I realised that I had too many blocks and would have to make choices if the quilt was to be made. So much easier to just continue looking and acquiring and enjoying!