What Would You Do With This?

Do you like working with stripes?  Or, do you avoid them?

I love stripes for sashing, borders, binding.  But I rarely use them for anything else.  One day I was at the LQS and noticed this bolt of fabric with 1″ stripes in shades of black/gray sitting on a chair.  I commented on it and the owner said people just weren’t excited about it.

Now, that’s a challenge if I ever saw one!  So my mind started doing it’s thing and an idea came to me.

Shades of Black & Gray

I started gathering up other fabrics to go with it and when I got home I started playing in EQ7.

Fabrics used with the stripe

I’ve finished the quilt top and I’ll show that to you in a few days but what I want you to do is:

Put on your thinking caps and tell me what you think should be done with this grouping.

Leave a comment


  1. carol c

     /  October 4, 2012

    i am interested infinding some of the fabrics in the red,black and whites you show please. I looked all over today and could not find any, that matches the interior of my car-thank you

  2. katie

     /  October 4, 2012

    I think a kalidascope style quilt would be very interesting or even a trip around the world might be fun

    • Hi Katie. I’ll have to think about how I could do a kaleidoscope design using the gray stripes. That’s the main fabric.
      Good idea

  3. Susan

     /  October 5, 2012

    Such elegant fabrics need an equally elegant pattern…rich, timeless…Magic Squares? One for the Money? Isosceles 12421 Quilt Pattern? Chain Linked? Walk About? Sampler using the gray/black stripe in each block? I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

  4. Ruth S.

     /  October 5, 2012

    I think I would use it in a log cabin quilt with a red 1″ border and the gradient gray stripes also as the binding.

  5. Jean in MN

     /  October 5, 2012

    I made a Card Trick quilt with red, black and white. They went well together in that pattern. Carpenter’s Star would be dramatic as well.

  6. wordinpatchwork

     /  October 5, 2012

    Oh dear…despite my personal opinion of the book, the fabric kinda begs for a “50 Shades of Grey” quilt, doesn’t it? I’m glad you chose the pop of red. Like you, I love stripes, so I can’t wait to see what you came up with!


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