Wednesday, April 11, 2018

City Slicker in Black and Bright Batiks


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.


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!


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.


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



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!


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!


Looks great in the guest room!


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


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


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

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

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

  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.

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

  6. Love the brights and black! The colors POP! That backing is perfect and so different than anything I've seen around here. Wish we had a quilt store that carried a nice variety of backings. Maybe I should visit that quilt shop and stock up!