Black & White Blog Hop!!

Good morning! I am so excited to be posting today as part of the blog hop for Jennifer Sampou‘s new Black & White collection from Robert Kaufman! I had the wonderful fortune to meet Jennifer at Quilt Market last fall, and she was incredibly generous in sharing her time and expertise. I was so flattered to be asked to participate in the blog hop for Black & White, and I’ve really fallen in love with the collection (as I know you will, too)!BlogHopBadge

Jennifer’s collection has many lovely blenders, as well as a coordinating line of yard-dyed designs, but the patterns that really drew me in are the large scale ones–photo-realistic feathers, cut-paper inspired florals, lacy butterflies, and an amazing repeat that looks like faceted gemstones. Although I typically love working with large scale prints, it took me a while to figure out how to design a quilt that would make these ones really shine. Jennifer encouraged me to look to my new book, Modern Applique Illusions, and everything suddenly fell into place. The book has an entire alphabet of illusionistic letters, and I decided that, combined with the Black & White fabrics, they would make a perfect modern baby quilt. (Edited to add: I forgot to mention that I’ll be teaching the Perspective Alphabet from the book at QuiltCon next month! I believe there are still a couple of spots left in the class for any interested folks!)

CaseyYork_Black&WhiteAlphabetThe simple patchwork squares of the background allowed me to use my favorite large-scale prints from the collection in a way that made each print a focal point. I chose the values based on which prints had the least contrast, since I knew that the visibility of the letters would rely on how strongly the appliqué pieces contrasted with the background fabrics. For the appliqués, I alternated using Kona Black and Snow, which coordinated perfectly with the collection.

CaseyYork_Black&WhiteAlphabet2I cut each square to measure 8″ (so, 7 1/2″ finished), which framed the letter appliqués perfectly. I debated over whether to sew the squares into place first or after appliquéing the letters, and honestly you could do either if you wanted to recreate this quilt. I finally settled on sewing the squares together first, because then I could ensure that the letters lined up with one another perfectly by marking an overall guideline, rather than fussing over one more element to line up when I sewed them together. (I’m new enough to patchwork to still get super excited over matching points, so I shied away from adding one more reference point into the matching equation). After sewing the squares together, I simply marked single a baseline for each row then eyeballed the placement of the “letters” within each square.

CaseyYork_Black&WhiteAlphabet_DetailWhen given the option, I couldn’t resist adding a pop of red to the quilt. I envisioned this as the perfect way of incorporating an initial for a special baby into the quilt as a whole. Red is my favorite color, but I find that I seldom use it in my quilts, so this was the perfect opportunity.

I quilted the outlines of the “letters” as well as the shadows, and I really wanted the quilting to accentuate the letter forms. For this reason, I tried wool batting for the first time with this quilt (having been sent a package to try out by the wonderful folks at Pellon). I have to say, the additional loft of the wool gives a completely different effect than the low-loft cotton I usually use. For this quilt, I really like the additional definition it gives the quilting, and I think it accomplishes what I wanted it to. Also, it was  a dream to sew with, even if less forgiving than my usual cotton.

CaseyYork_Black&WhiteAlphabet_BackFor the back, I turned to one of my favorite prints from the collection, which reminds me of Mexican paper cuts. This print was too high-contrast to use for one of the background squares, but perfect for the back. As usual, I couldn’t resist incorporating the selvage into the backing, so now I’ll always have a document of this beautiful collection and it’s designer.

CaseyYork_Black&WhiteAlphabet_Back2I had a wonderful time working with Jennifer’s newest line, which is available in stores now! Jennifer and Robert Kaufman have also generously donated a selection of three fabric “taquitos” to give away to a lucky reader. Since the patterns for the quilt I made are in Modern Applique Illusions, I thought I’d throw in a copy of the book as well. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below about what you’d make with this collection. Entries will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 4th, and I’ll draw and announce a winner on February 5th.

CaseyYork_Black&WhiteGiveawayThere are lots more chances to win, too! Jennifer will be giving away a fat quarter tower of the complete Black & White collection from the opening post on her blog, open until February 8th, as well as a taquito pack and a copy of one of her new patterns via Instagram. To enter the Instagram giveaway, take a picture of what you’re working on with Black & White (or repost any of the blog hop projects) and tag it with the hashtags #blackandwhitefabrics and #jennifersampou. Finally, visit the other blogs on the hop–they’ll be posting amazing projects over the next week and a half, and I encourage you to hop over to all of them!

January 31 Angela Pingel
February 2 Sarah Sharp
February 7 Jennifer Sampou
Thank you so much for reading and commenting, and joining me in congratulating Jennifer on her wonderful new fabric collection!

98 thoughts on “Black & White Blog Hop!!

  1. What a gorgeous quilt! I get a real 3D feeling, the letters are jumping out of the quilt. You did an amazing job with this one!
    I would make a modern wall hanging with the fabrics. Maybe I would get inspired by your book?!

  2. So good to “meet” you – love your work! The baby quilt is outstanding and I would love to see how the “Black and White” could work with trees and shadows, working in some strong solid color. Her fabric would also be good in a long summer skirt, maybe the darker of the feathers! Would love a copy of your book!!

  3. Beautiful quilt, and that pop of red is perfect!

    I would love to make a double wedding ring quilt with this line. Your book looks wonderful!

  4. Wow! Your quilt is gorgeous and I do love the little splash of red… Awesome!! I would make a quilt for our family room, this fabric collection would be perfect!! Thanks!!

  5. I have a quilt pattern that has the blocks tipped just a bit. It makes a fun and little bit crazy quilt. I love black and white and a pop of color (like you did). I can see it now,,,with bright yellow just off center!

  6. I think your alphabet quilt is beautiful and love the idea of adding a pop of colour to the initial of the baby. I’d love to make the carp quilt from your book – I bet it would look pretty funky with the fish in the black and white fabrics.

  7. I love this quilt! And I love wool in a quilt also. I probably wouldn’t have a chance to make anything if my granddaughter saw it. It would go right into her next quilt! She loves shopping my stash!

  8. Casey, Thank you so much for sharing your Applique illusion quilt…love how the Red “J” (for Jennifer I assume) pops it. I’m taking my first ever applique class soon and your book is on my wish list . For now I’d be making a peplum type top for myself, and skirt. My sewing space needs a wall hanging though so Black and White w/a pop of Kona Coral would be a priority w/this bundle. Lucky you to have met Jennifer and share in her creativeness, inspiration and fun on the Hop.

  9. Beautiful! The shadows really make the letters pop and off course you must have the touch of red ! Not sure what I would make but probably a wallhanging unless your book inspires me otherwise:)

  10. I am really into black and white fabrics right now. Currently, I am putting together a king size quilt for my bed. It is black, white, grey and blue. I think these would fit in perfect with what I am already working with. Thank you for the chance!

  11. Wow! I’m always at a loss as to how to use large scale prints. Love what you did! I think I might try a mug rug – I’ve never made one! Thanks for the chance!

  12. I’ve SO been in the mood to do some black and white! I would make a quilt of course. (Casey-these are perfect for your designs!)

  13. I love butterflies and hubby loves red…so I’m thinking a welcome banner for the front door with our initial in red…and your book would help with that too!!!

  14. Your quilt is really beautiful. I love the way you appliqued your letters with a shadow behind them. It makes them really pop.
    Thank you for your giveaway. I think I would either make a bag or a quilt.

  15. I would like to add a pop of color to the black and white and make a lap quilt. Or maybe make some black and white pillows.

  16. I love your quilt. My next quilt will be a black and white with a splash of red. I am about to start on a black and white quilt with a splash of yellow and would love to add some of this collection as I now need to make it king size.

  17. What a delightful quilt! It certainly gives a modern, adult twist to an alphabet quilt! I would love to make a quilted jacket or vest with this collection, with strips of different fabrics. The fabric would also be gorgeous in a long gored skirt. And it would be gorgeous in a quilt too. Decisions decisions . . . Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful art!

  18. Your quilt is awesome! I’ve been wanting to make a black and white quilt and this is fabulous fabric! Thanks so much for the chance to win :)

  19. Wow those letters are fantastic!
    I would make a quilt for the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle; I think this collection would go over well with a teen boy maybe?

  20. I am going to Farm Chicks in June with two friends. Would love to surprise each of them with a “shopping bag” made from this fabulous collection.

  21. I love your use of the fabrics – the alphabet – genius and so bold. I would strive to make a “bold” quilt of my own. Your book looks amazing as well. I would love to have it in my library!

  22. I love your quilt, especially with that pop of red! I would make a quilt with the fabrics, if I won. Your book is on my wish list, so this would be a great chance to make one of your projects with the black and white fabrics. 😊

  23. WOW! I had originally fallen in love with Jennifer’s Storm at Sea version with this collection, but I think I’m revising my opinion in a hurry. Love the 3D alphabet!

  24. I’m completely new to quilting but I rock at potholders and table runners so I’d make more of each or donate the fabric to my mom. She uses donated fabric to make pillows for cancer patients.

  25. This is such an amazing quilt- love the idea of using a pop of color for the initial. I would love to make a bag from this collection- love those feathers!

  26. I love the Black and White collection too. I’d like to make a pieced quilt for myself and I’m definitely going to use a bright fabric for a pop of colour. I love how the red in your quilt draws my eye up to that block!

  27. You have captured my heart with both of these elements. I love both black and white with a splash of color and I love alphabet quilts. The best of both worlds!

  28. Wow, Casey, I love how the alphabet looks in prints and broken up into blocks! There really are so many possibilities for the projects in your book!

  29. Love your quilt, I might just try using the fabric and make one too. Thanks for a great giveaway. I’ve also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers & quilters at Thanks again. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

  30. I’ve never seen the selvage incorporated into a quilt back like that- it is so cool! And works perfectly with the fabric you chose- I love love it!!

  31. I think I would enjoy making a bag or a very modern looking wall hanging with the collection. To me, black and white just lends itself to drama! I would also be so excited to win a copy of your book! I am just now learning the art of appliqué and it would be so interesting to take it further. :) magistra13 at yahoo dot com

  32. I’m sure I would add some scarlet and make a quilt but I don’t think it would be as good as yours. Outstanding, I really like it a lot.

  33. Beautiful! I love all the illusion quilts! I would definitely make a quit with these awesome fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Actually, I was wondering how the letters from your book would work with prints, so that you for showing this! I would love to win the fabrics, but since i have the book if i win you can redraw for the book, OK?

  35. I love your quilt, it beautiful. I have a 2 year old daughter that loves babydolls,. So I would love to use it to make a boll blanket and maybe a doll diaper bag and other accessories to match her room. Beautiful colors.

  36. This is a great use of your Alphabet pattern and her fabrics. I like the idea of making the initial of the baby stand out. These are classic fabric designs and will look great in any way they are used…..quilts, clothing, decorative accessories….

  37. I just got through appliqueing an 8 letter word on a quilt panel. I’m imagining the time it took for you to complete this quilt! LOL. It looks wonderful. This fabric line seems to bring out the best in the designers. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Such gorgeous fabric! I would love to use the grey ombre as the neutral background and the prints with some coordinating solids for a DS Single Girl quilt for my niece’s new apartment.

  39. Casey, so happy to see you posting as part of the Black & White thingy! I’d love some taquitos for making a bag, most likely! Chrissy

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