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Planning a scrappy quilt.....

Back in June of this year at my St. Louis retreat and during one of our show and tells, my friend,  Rita,  showed a scrappy black and white quilt that I just fell in love with.  She was on a year long mission to use up all  her stash and scraps without buying any new fabric.  I think she had her mom's stash to go through, too. I thought, well heck!, I have a lot of black and whites, so I think I will do this one, too.
hmmmm....I don't know where all my black and whites went, but this was all that I had.  I could have sworn I had a whole lot more.  I am not even sure what I made to have used it up.  There probably isn't even enough there to make a wall hanging let alone a queen sized quilt.
So anyways, my daughter had let me know that one of the quilt shops nearest me (Cristina's Quilt Shop in Rochester MI)  was going out of business . This was the shop I would have headed to for blacks and whites anyways because she always carried such a nice array of them; and it was such a surprise to find out that she will be done and gone by the end of this month as her lease is up December 31.  Even though her sale was only 15% off everything, I stocked up on a few black and whites.
Brought my husband with me and I think he was starting to sweat,  especially  when he saw the number of bolts I was pulling down and how many fats I had in my hands, but really...I only bought FQs or 1/4 yard pieces because once I am finished with this quilt, I really don't want to have a lot of left over  pieces.  So 34 FQs, one full yard of the upper left fabric (because I may use some of that for another project); and 13 - 1/4 yard cuts, I am hoping to get a queen sized quilt made that looks similar to Rita's.
Isn't it beautiful and I am thinking super easy to make, too. 
I have yardage of white, but may have to run to another shop to find a plain red to throw into the mix.  I am excited to start something new and something that I am hoping will be quick, too. 
Thanks to Rita for the inspiration!


  1. I feel so bad that you had to go buy more fabric. I think you are going to have one really nice looking quilt. I'd like to see it when it's done.


  2. My hat is off to you - planning a queen size quilt in the midst of the holidays!! Your black and whites look so fun and organized too! And to top it off - you shop with your husband!!! My DH takes his Kindle along and stays in the car if he goes at all...which is seldom & only if we have other errands & I just need to pick something up quickly.

    Have a great time with your new project!

  3. great quilt, I have wanted to make a black and white quilt too! I need to start collecting more though, its funny how we think we have a lot of one color/style of fabric and then when we look we don't!
    thanks for sharing the story and purchases, I look forward to watching your progress on this quilt

  4. I saw a little peek of red in one of your black/white fabrics, that will set everything off so well! Of course, we are all waiting for pictures of the finished top. Hope it all goes smoothly!
    Quilt in progress

  5. I saw a little peek of red in one of your black/white fabrics, that will set everything off so well! Of course, we are all waiting for pictures of the finished top. Hope it all goes smoothly!
    Quilt in progress

  6. Great B&Ws. One of the first quilts I made was a B&W. Taught me a lot about contrast - light, medium and dark. I accented mine with lime green, but almost used turquoise in it. Lots of choices with B&W. Will be watching with interest as you progress on this one!!

  7. This will be a fun project for you to start and finish in 2013! Great B&W prints... love the safety pins! Can't wait to see the WIP!

  8. That's a GREAT pattern! You stocked up on some wonderful black & white fabrics for it!

    Wishing you and your family Peace & Joy this Holiday Season!

  9. This is fabulous, you should put the word out to your fellow bloggers and get us to send you some strips :-) Looks like a great quilt, when you get started, post the sizes of the blocks/strips, looks like one that I could make and use up a bin of b & w's. I'm hoping to get my BTCT back this week....keeping my fingers x'ed.

  10. You should have told me you needed B&W's! I could have shipped you another package. That's the only way I can do any stash busting lately! LOL Should be a gorgeous quilt.


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