Wednesday, April 11, 2018

City Slicker in Black and Bright Batiks

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It always amazes me how one pattern can look so different done in different colourways.  Our Highway 10 Designs pattern City Slicker is one that keep surprising me as I see pictures of the quilts others have made with it.  A few months ago we saw one done with a black background and bright fabrics so that inspired Lori and I to make one for ourselves to promote this pattern. We were at a retreat at Road 17 N in Winkler this March and pieced one out of our bright batik stashes.  I just love how it turned out!  Here it is laid out in the shop as we decided which block would go where.

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Our friend Audrey was also at the retreat and she just finished a City Slicker done in V&Co fabrics called Simply Colouful. See what I mean by how different they look!

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I custom quilted ours using only black So Fine thread.   I debated about using a bright variegated on the batik fabrics but decided that I liked the boldness of the black on the batiks.  I stitched in the ditch around the black fabrics and added 1/4” stitching in the black frames. I then added the alternating large and small circles, all free hand.  They are no were near perfect circles but I’m totally okay with that as I know when you stand back and look at the whole quilt that is not what you see, the focus is the great texture it creates.    I then added the X’s on the batiks to give the four patch a stain glass window look.

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I used Quilter’s Dream Black Poly for the batting as white will leave white fluff on the black fabric!

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I found a great new location for taking pictures near our house. Its along a creek with a small fence perfect for laying quilts over. Most of the fences here are just wire so this was a great find!

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I picked up a great wide backing at Up North Quilt Shop, a beautiful teal and purple batik.  Think I need to go back and stock up on more of this fabric!

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Looks great in the guest room!

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This quilt really does look like a City Slicker in our little rural town!   :)

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If I have tempted you to try this pattern you can visit our Etsy shop here.

5 comments:

  1. Post and rail fence, perfect. and black is the #1 for me, with those bright batiks, stunning.

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  2. Looks great in bright fresh colours........as always your backdrops are jaw dropping!

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  3. Love the bright colors! I have the pattern, fabric in Sea Glass by Hoffman Watercolors. I just have to make it! Inspiration!

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  4. It looks great, Kathy. I really like the quilting. I will file your ideas away for my next City Slicker. Very interesting backdrop for your photo shoot.

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  5. Kathy, fantastic colour choice for this City Slicker quilt. Beautiful!

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