Texture in Quilts

February Reveal for The Endeavourers.  

"We are a group of [12 international] quilters who take part in a quarterly challenge to make a smallish art quilt of any (reasonable) size according to a theme chosen at the beginning of the quarter.

We work in any style suggested by the theme, but once in a while, we will also throw a particular technique into the mix as an incentive to be adventurous."

You can read more about the group HERE. You can also see all the quilts from the members of the group HERE.

The theme for this quarter reveal is TEXTURE. 

This is what I found to use when the theme was first announced. 

As I progressed with this art quilt, I found other fabrics and materials to use. I changed the composition, too. 

My final piece, Treasuring Grandma's Memory, is completed (although I want to add a necklace hanging out of the jewelry box and add some type of leaves to the flowers). This is a photo of my mother-in-law. My husband is delighted with this tribute to her. 

Here are a few close-ups to let you see the types of texture I brought in to this art quilt. 
I tried to give the vase a smooth texture with the satin-like fabric. The idea of etching was done with stitches after I placed batting behind the satin. I trimmed the piece and appliqued it to the background fabric.

I made the jewelry box from a technique I watched Heather Thomas demonstrate on a preview video for National Quilter's Circle HERE. (No affliliation) Below are photos of how I did this.

Damp cloth poked through grate of cooling rack from kitchen to air dry, 

iron and attach stabilizer, 

ready to cut.

I found some synthetic suede-type fabric that had a backing on it. It looked great for a photo frame. 

I printed the photo on an EQ Cotton Lawn Inkjet printer sheet and I stabilized it with iron-on stabilizer. I cut an opening in the suede where the photo would show through from behind it. 

After appliqueing it to the background, I noticed that the stabilizer showed through on the edge just a bit. 
I used a brown Fabric marker to color the white. All fixed:

And finally, I used the batik background fabric to create a stucco appearance on the wall. The thought the colors created a patina and roughness of an old wall. 

Be sure to visit the other members of The Endeavourers group and see their use of texture in their art pieces. 


A Quilt by Any Other Name

The quilt I designed and made for the Black and White Blog Hop last week is completed, but doesn't have a name. 

"What’s in a name? [Would that which we call a quilt by any other name look as sweet]?'"
(I hope Shakespeare doesn't mind my adaption of his words.)

How do you decide on a name for a quilt you make? Is it easy or difficult? Do you have friends help? Does anyone simple number their quilts?

I want to get the quilt label sewn on it. I'm stuck on what I should name this baby. (The quilt label could be considered its birth certificate.) "Black and White Quilt" just doesn't do it for me. 

Two years ago, as an Island Batik Ambassador, I made a quilt and couldn't come up with a name for it. I wrote a blog post HERE and asked the readers to suggest names for the quilt. I was delighted with the responses. I had my husband choose the name he thought was most fitting. 

I am again asking my blog visitors to help name this quilt. I will have my husband choose the name of the quilt from those who respond by Friday, February 1, 2019. Here's how:

Leave a comment with your name suggestion and a way I can contact you. (If Blogger is a bugger and doesn't let you leave a comment, please send me an email at patchworkbreeze@gmail.com) If more than one person suggests the same name that is chosen, the first one who submitted it will be listed as the chosen one. 

And for that person, I will send the PDF pattern via email and a total of 40 squares of black and white fabrics (5" x 5") from my leftover stash - to get you started on the quilt! Unfortunately, with postage costs, I can only ship within the United States. 

And the PATTERN! 
I have it written and illustrated. Once it has a name, I will be available for sale on Payhip.

(I was trying to use Rafflecopter earlier, but it wasn't working correctly, so I have gone to comments. There were no responses placed in Rafflecopter, so it isn't of concern.)


Final Day of Black & White Blog Hop

Well, this is the final day of the Black & White Blog Hop. 
Have you followed along each day? 
If you have you have seen spectacular creations by a number of very talented people. 

I want to thank all of you who visited my post HERE yesterday. I am sorry about the posting glitch that, perhaps, made you wait until 10 AM EST to view it.

I was thrilled to have so many wonderful comments about my quilt. I worked on the pattern for this quilt last night. By the end of the weekend, I plan to have the pattern written. It really is an easy sewing project. Look for my post on Monday morning because I can't figure out a name for this pattern and I'm going to have a naming giveaway! So get your thinking caps on for a great name that you think would be just right. And thank you, again, for visiting my blog.

Here is the complete list of blog links to the Black & White Blog Hop, just in casse you missed some.

Monday, January 21st


My Black and White Blog Hop Post

There won't be much color on my blog today. 
Black and White is the Blog Hop theme. 
Have you been following along from the posts on Monday? 
The projects are GREAT! Such VARIETY! 
Carla who blogs at Creatin' in the Sticks
put together a fun blog hop.
Thanks, Carla, for all your work and organizing.

Here is my completed quilt! 

And what better place to take this photo than in the snow we got this past Saturday!

I used a very busy fabric for the backing.

I posted about my fabric stash and using the Accuquilt Go! to cut the triangles HERE.
I liked cutting the triangles so quickly. 

I quilted it on my sewing machine using the walking foot.
I find that the easiest for me.

I am glad you stopped and hope you visit the other bloggers' posts today. 
Perhaps you will find an idea to use black and white fabrics in a quilt very soon. 
There is a Pinterest page for the Black & White Blog Hop HERE 
where you can see all the projects (posted so far) and very few words.

Black & White Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, January 21st


Day 2 of Black & White Blog Hop

I was very busy this morning and just now visited the bloggers on today's list of presenters for the 

Take a look, again, there are great projects presented. Again I hope you stop by tomorrow to see the quilt I made.

Tuesday, January 22nd


Black and White Blog Hop Day 1

Today begins the blog hop of black and white projects, 
hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks.
I was amazed by all the fun projects quilters created! 
And not all of them were quilts! You must check out this blog hop. 
It runs January 21 - 24, 2019.

Check each blog post, there a few people who are having giveaways!

Black & White Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, January 21, 2019


Upcoming Blog Hops

I am participating in two upcoming blog hops. 

Black & White in January 

Dust of a Quilt Book in February 

I am busy working on the projects.

Black & White (hosted by Carla of Creatin' in the Sticks) starts on January 21. I have a woven basket filled with black and white printed fabrics I have collected over many years. 

When I saw Carla's post asking for participants, I knew this was the time to dig into that basket! I wanted to start using my AccuQuilt dies more and thought this was a good place to start. I choose the Go! Triangle die #55002  for this project. It is designed for 6" quarter squares, but I chose to sew two triangles into 4" half triangle squares. 

Cutting the triangles with the GO! Fabric Cutter was so quick! I had 160 triangles cut in no time. But I still have lots of black and white fabric in the basket!

This is where I will leave you until I reveal my project on the Black & White Blog Hop. I've added some more interest to the quilt. (We're waiting on the final schedule before posting; but my day is tentatively set for January 23.) 

I have a left-over project I made with the black and white scraps. MUG RUGS, of course! 

The mug rug on the left is finished. The other two need the binding and I hand sew it to the back while "watching TV" in the evenings. 

The Dust Off a Quilt Book blog hop is hosted by Bea of Beaquilter. The idea is to make a project from an old quilting book or magazine that we have never made a project from, or one we haven't gotten back to in years! I chose one off my books that has a publication year of 1977-one year after I started quilting! Yep, it's been a long love of mine!

This book was on the freebie table at the quilt guild meeting quite a few years back, I liked the nostalgia of the patterns. I won't tell you what my project is just yet, but I am using some of the Island Batiks I have left from when I was an Island Batik Ambassador. That will be one twist in the pattern. My scheduled post day is February 20. 

Thanks for visiting today and I hope to have you visit during the blog hops.