September 20, 2017

Introducing the Splash of Color Quilt Along!

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Introducing the SPLASH of Color Quilt Along at Busy Hands Quilts!

My friend Shannon of The Flemings Nine suggested that in lieu of sewing gifts for each other for Christmas, we each sew a quilt in similar fabrics in any pattern.  She had the great idea to ask if others would like to quilt along with us, and why, yes, of course, the more the merrier!  We settled on black and white with a SPLASH of color as a theme, and the SPLASH of Color Quilt Along is here!  We're hoping you'd like to quilt along with us!  {There will be PRIZES!}

Quilt Along Requirements {very few!}

There is only one requirement for this quilt along.  Your quilt must be black and white with a SPLASH of color, any color.  Solids, prints, batiks, you name it, just stick to black and white with a SPLASH! 

Schedule {subject to change with life's happenings!}

The SPLASH of Color Quilt Along kickoff is Tuesday, October 3rd with two weeks between each step.  On each date listed below, a linkup will be posted here on the blog, and you'll have until the 5:00 pm pacific time the day before the next link-up to add your link.

November 28 - Finished quilt tops (flimsies, quilting not required)
December 12 - Quilt top linkup closes and grand prize for finished quilt tops awarded.
January 2 - Finished Quilt Parade (after Christmas in case your quilt is a gift).
January 15 - Last day to link up a finished quilt.  

Quilt patterns {help, I need some ideas!}  

My mind is ever swirling with quilting ideas, but sometimes it's hard to settle on a pattern for a fabric collection.  Here are some quilt patterns that would be perfect for the SPLASH of Color Quilt Along.

Splash of Color - A Rainbow of Bright Black-and-White Quilts by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works is the perfect book for the SPLASH of Color Quilt Along.  This book is also available in Kindle format in case you're like me and want to have less stuff in the house.  

Below are some of the quilts from the book to help you envision your SPLASH of Color Quilt, and I counted at least 7 additional patterns in the book, and many of them show different color layouts for more ideas, such as reversing the black and white fabrics.

Photo Credit Martingale

Photo Credit Martingale

Photo Credit Martingale

Photo Credit Martingale

Photo Credit Martingale

For even more ideas, check out Shannon's Splash of Color QAL Ideas Pinterest board!

Black and White Fabrics {you mean two aren't enough!?!}

Fat Quarter Shop has a bounty of black and white FQ bundles!  It looks like there is something for everyone's taste here, and some of the bundles have a splash of color already included.  I found more black-and-white bundles by going through the FQ Bundles page by page instead of searching "black and white".  Here are some of the bundles.

I have like 2 black and white prints in my stash {no kidding!}, and Fat Quarter shop has generously given me a Penned Pals FQ Bundle for my quilt {thanks so much, FQS!!}  Shannon, on the other hand, has a fantastic stash that always seems to have just the right fabric for a project {I call it a useable stash}, so she's all set with her black and whites.  Or maybe you're somewhere in between Shannon and me and need just a few to fill in.  Be sure to check out Fat Quarter Shop's black and white yardage.

Fat Quarter Shop also has the perfect black and white backings for your SPLASH quilt, and they sell batting as well!

Prizes, you did say prizes, right Myra?  

Why, yes I did!  Here are the generous sponsors!

  • One random entrant in all other linkups will receive a PDF quilt pattern from Busy Hands Patterns.
  • And why not go all out?  Anyone who links links up a finished quilt that measures greater than 160" around the edge will receive a PDF quilt pattern from Busy Hands Patterns {that's me} at the end of the QAL!

Spread the word, share on your blogs and social media!

I hope you'll join us in the SPLASH of Color Quilt Along!  Please share about the quilt along on your blog and social media with #splashofcolorQAL and tag me @busyhandsquilts.

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Yanicka said...

Awesome. My black and white bin is over flowing :) and I always need a background for my fractured image projects said...

I'm in! I love all of the patterns that Shannon and you have put together but I am partial to the hexagons made with equilateral triangles because I'm hoping I can use my die cutter.

Jen @ de Jong Dream House said...

How fun! My last finish was black and white with a splash of pink! I may have to join you and make another!

Shannon said...

So excited to get started! I think I'll be getting my fabrics picked this weekend...oh wait, I have to pick a pattern first!

Anonymous said...

Shared with a link back here on Quilt BOM - you'll get a pingback, I'm sure. This is a great idea.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

This sounds like fun. But I think I'm going to get behind before I even get started -- what pattern to choose???? Decisions, decisions, decisions....LOL

Brandy said...

Oh boy, super tempting!! I received Jackie's book as a prize two Christmases ago and have been collecting black and white fabric since then because I'm obsessed with the star pattern in the book. I think I have 9 yards of B&W fabric now, with about 14-16 different designs. I think I could give it a go! And I love deadlines :)


Brandy said...

Also, possibly my email didn't show for my previous comment, my apologies, I fixed it.


Buffie Lorah said...

So excited to give this a try. Been saving some black and white fabrics for a few months to make a quilt... I am with you all, pattern choice will be tough lol

Lena Pugacheva said...

Hi Myra! I'm tempted to join, but I mostly have grey or grey-and-white fabrics rather than stark black-and-white ones, and I would really like to draw fro my stash as much as possible, are greys permitted?

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

Hi Lena, I completely understand wanting to use the stash you have. Sure, make it gray and white! Myra~

Bonnie said...

Hello Myra,Is there a size requirement for the quilts?

Midge said...

So glad I found you and this quilt along. I've been watching Jackie Kunkel's videos and her Splash book has been on my wish list for a while. I'm taking the plunge with some of the black/white stash I've been accumulating. I will need a shopping trip, though. Awful, isn't it?

Joanne said...

I have caught up on my commitments (ok, sort of caught up), so I'm going to join the fun! :-) I've already been playing with some black and white quilt ideas, so this is perfect. Yay!

Danice G said...

Oh I want to join in. Is there a minimum size requirement for the quilt?