Black and White

I haven’t made a quilt with just black and white. I have one with white with red and a bit of black. But black and white is quite different.

And then I thought I run out of Kona white. I had just enough black to make a quilt of some decent size. But not white. And then I realised I had some black and white fabrics.

So I decided to make a quilt with black and black and white fabric. The question was which one.

I started just using pebble one, far right, because this one had enough amount of both black and white and that pattern looked like make an interesting pattern. Then it looked too much of black on a quilt.


Two middle ones didn’t look right to be used but grass print(it’s actually batik print) had some potential. If it was cut in certain way, it can create light and dark fabric.

I sliced everything from 1.25″ to 2″ and put back together as I wanted.

More white on the left/top and black on the right/bottom.

Now quilting. Which colour of thread? And what weight?

I know that black thread won’t show up on black fabric but white thread can create enough texture on white fabric from my experience. So I used white thread.

Does 50 weight Aurifil thread do enough job? Heavier one works better? I made a sample with 50 weight Aurifil white thread and it looked fine as blow.

Now to quilt the real thing.

To reflect slight darkness and lightness of fabric placement, the bottom was quilted loosely and the top was quite densely.

Top parts
Bottom parts

I started quilting on white fabric. Outlining of pebbles and extending grass pattern. The rest of black parts were mostly doodle and various feather in circle shape.

And this is my black and white quilt!





Ethelda Ellis
June 30, 2019 7:39 am

Wow, Tomomi! This is a masterpiece! The quilting is exceptional, fabulous and so well visible! White on black is very effective! Well done! ( And thank heavens for not having enough white fabric!)

June 30, 2019 8:45 pm

Thanks Ethelda! This is my third mainly black quilt and I was bit fed up with blackness. But white quilting saved my sanity 🙂

June 30, 2019 9:25 am

I appreciate your sharing the process of this fantastical, beautiful quilt. I find the playful detail mesmerizing. Your quilt is like fine jewelry to adorn a wall or space, with new aspects to be found with every viewing–I keep going back to study it as I’m writing this comment.

June 30, 2019 8:50 pm

Thank you Suzan. These days I really like improv piecing and make up what I like as I go. I probably forgotten to say something came up in mind while making. Sometimes all happens quickly and other times I have too many other things unrelated going. Hopefully I am writing down enough what I thought.