I’ve been wanting to make a Black & White quilt for a few years. A couple of years ago Gretchen & I went to Olive Juice Quilts and I bought their version of a black & white jelly roll. That jelly roll has been sitting on my shelf ever since, and every once in a while I would think about it and wonder what I should do with it. Then at a quilt retreat last year, one of the women in our group made a black & white log cabin at the retreat (yes….start to finish she had a finished log cabin top!).
At that moment I realized that I also wanted to do a black & white log cabin. I borrowed her instructions for the fabric requirements and saved them in my phone so I could look them up when out fabric shopping. Fast forward a few months and I found myself at Antoinette’s Quilt Shop near my in-laws and they had a nice selection of black & white fabric so I made my purchase.
It’s been another few months (OK, almost a year) and I finally dug out the fabric and decided to press and cut it into 2.5″ strips. Then I figured I may as well pull out the instructions and see what they say, and I was really surprised with the instructions on how to assemble the blocks so I started to sew. They went together really quickly – the pattern is from Eleanor Burns ‘Quilt in a Day’ and I can see how it’s possible with her method.
I skipped ahead (still using her method, but with just doing one strip at a time) and finished two blocks so I could see how they’d look. Because you don’t press at each stage with her method, I didn’t really look at my block until it was done, so it was kind of a surprise.
I’m going to admit….I don’t love the block. I feel like my first two ‘whites’ are too similar in their black/white balance, and the same goes with my first two ‘blacks’. I had help selecting fabric at the store, and it looked OK when the bolts were all standing together, but in the actual block…well…I don’t love it. I’ve only completed 2 of 36 so far, and I’m hoping once they’re all complete and on my design wall I’ll have a change of heart. I really do I hope I fall in love with it…I had such high hopes!