Monday, September 24, 2018

black licorice-a work in progress

I've been working on this quilt off and on for quite awhile now. I considered giving it up for adoption a few times, but I decided to see it through to completion. It's tricky to push yourself out of your comfort zone but still like the project you are working on, but I think I've finally gotten to that point with this quilt. Hurray! My daughter LOVES this quilt, so she will be the recipient. I'm pretty sure that she loves color even more than I do, which is hard to imagine. :)
I'm using a variety of solids, all from the scrap bin. Each block is cut at 2" x 2 1/2" and finishes at 1 1/2" x 2". No strip piecing here, since it's all scraps. The black fabric is a combination of leftover Moda bella jelly roll strips and black Kona cotton. The pieces are a lot smaller than I bargained for, but even still, I'm aiming for a 60" x 72" quilt. I'm finally half way there, which is pretty exciting!
 
This quilt is a part of my salute to solids personal challenge that I started last year at this time. (You can read more about it here.)
 
Happy Monday to you!

32 comments:

tink's mom said...

This is so striking. The black makes all of the colors so much brighter. love it.

smithcindyk said...

Wow the colors do pop! I just started one of your patterns this weekend. You produce such beautiful quilts!

Anne D said...

It is gorgeous. I have added it to my list of scrap projects. I love solids.

Carolyn Jones said...

Lovely quilt - it reminds me of Amish quilts :)

Robby H. said...

Our church's university ministry leader was just teaching us about the slang she has learned from the fresh crop of students. Using their words, this project is v. lit! (For us normal people that means it is very awesome.) I may have to rethink my stance on black licorice.

Cindy Phipps said...

I love it with all the color contrasted with the black!!

Mary Farley said...

This is my kind of quilt! Never thought to make small rectangles though... Will have to try it!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Just read through your solids challenge, I have an upcoming project where I am going to try and only use 2 solids with one accent floral rectangle. Out of that comfort zone sort of thing.
I would have a tough time finishing the one you've posted. Of all of your creations, this is my least favorite. Quilts and their designs mean there is something for everybody.

Julie said...

What a fun, bright quilt. I love solids with black, such a contrast and adds a lot of spark.

Gemini Jen NZ said...

It's going to be a gorgeous quilt (is already well on the way) - I love the colours with the black.

eileen said...

Great contrast of solids and black ! Looks really pretty !

Aileen said...

Wow this very striking. So simple but as a punch.
Quite often I over complicate a design. Your work shows what great results you can get with scraps, simple patterns and dedication! Love it!

farmhousequilter8 said...

It's very pretty! Paula in KY

Food and Fiber Floozie said...

Your daughter has TERRIFIC taste.....I absolutely LOVE this quilt! It just POPS!!

FlourishingPalms said...

Your dedication to small piecing is simply remarkable, Amanda Jean! Every time I see a scrap quilt by you, I want to immediately dig into my scraps bins. Oddly enough, making the four scrap quilts that I have - two are still in progress - I still manage to generate more scraps than I use. How does that happen?!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I BEYOND love this quilt.
xx, Carol

MissPat said...

"The pieces are a lot smaller than I bargained for." Never thought I'd hear you say pices were too small! haha! It looks great. Black always makes the birght colors pop.

Cindy Beal said...

Oh how I love this quilt!!!! It just glows!!!!!! Reminds me of a Lite-Brite!!!!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Congratulations on making it to halfway with the quilt top; that's a huge milestone!

Sumac said...

Beautiful quilt. Love how the black sets off the colors.

moknowsall said...

Love it so far. It’s going to be amazing

Kerry said...

Love it!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I always love a good checkerboard quilt but haven't considered a dark background color. Love the look. Thanks for inspiring me.

Susan from Kentucky said...

Beautiful!!

Oma Judy said...

hey lady, I know that candy with all the bright colors wrapped around the licorice bits. I can taste it. I'm 76 and remember it well. Don't know if it is still around. yes, Amish quilterish also. Love it. Judy in Newport News, VA

Unknown said...

This quilt is quite stunning!! I need to start buying more solids.

u keep sewing said...

Wonderful Quilt!! You have a great eye for color.
Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

So glad that you kept going! Have you considered piecing the second half as leader/ Enders while you work on something else? It would be pretty painless!

Janie said...

The black is a beautiful contrast against the colors. Nice work.
It reminds me of my quilt, 'Licorice Allsorts', started in 2017 as an improv challenge, finished in 2018.
You can see it here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/124712796@N08/43505281082/
It's medallion in style.

Shirley JB said...

Awesome!!

Melanie said...

It is good looking! But also very tiny. Hope you can enjoy the process.

Suzanne said...

The black really helps those colors pop!