Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Black & White with a little bit of Red

“Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.” -Louis Aragon

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. 
But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
Ted Grant 

From the Garden State Quilters' Guild Show in Morristown, New Jersey, June 1st and 2nd, 2013, comes this powerful display of black and white quilts. The first is "Zig & Zag" by Betsy Vinegrad. She writes, "'Zig & Zag' are a pair of quilts made in a color class at the City Quilter (NYC). The challenge was to use black, white and gray plus less than 10 percent of any other color."

 "Private Lessons with Karen Jack" by Wannetta Phillips uses the Twister Tool from CS Designs which I featured in my March 4, 2012 post titled "Change."

Mary Ames, "Black & White" was a small group group created from the members swapping of nine identical blocks.

Below is JoAnn Lepore's "Posie #7." This is the seventh in the four-patch stacked posie quilts JoAnn has made. It earned her Second Place in the Pieced Quilt, Machine Quilted- Large category.

 "I love you more than you know" is seen below. It is Wendy Sheridan's answer to a two-color quilt challenge. She writes, "This quilt reproduces a 'QR-Code' which can be scanned by a smart phone or other reader and encodes any sort of text. This code scans and the text encoded into the pattern is 'I love you more than you know.'"  This was my personal favorite of the Black and Whites in this show.

 Below is another beautiful black and white, but I was remiss in photographing the description, so I can't tell you anything about it. Sorry.

 "Two Faces" by Elsie Sienkiewicz is the result of an art quilt group challenge. Elsie writes, "It was inspired by a black and white sketch of two faces. Each quilt had to be constructed of five or more sections, each which highlighted a different technique. My interpretation includes hand applique, ink, hand reverse applique, machine applique, thread-work, embellishment and machine quilting."

Finally, from the two-color category using red instead of black, come "I am a Woman" also by Elsie  Sienkiewicz. It is the story of her life of 74 years through all the roles she has played as a woman. Elsie so beautifully writes, "Creating this quilt was like walking down memory lane of my life. As the quilt progressed, I realized it is actually a love story of my life with Anthony. We married in 1957, when women's roles were strictly defined by society and definitely subservient to men's roles. I was lucky enough to have married to a man who worked two jobs so that I could stay home with the children when they were young, who encouraged me to go back to college in my 30s and who understood when I had to work long hours after I had a career. During our 56 years of marriage, I have been his wife, mother of his children, a businesswoman, and now an artist, and the one constant I have always been sure of, I am the woman he loves."

Thank you for the inspiration, Elsie.

Thanks to all the quilters of The Garden State Quilters' Guild.
 What a lovely show!


  1. Oh, these are just stunning! I really love the 4-patch posy quilt. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Very nice. I'm sorry that I missed that show.

  3. Thank you, Ladies.
    I just returned from the Vermont Quilt Festival and will have numerous posts, including another two-color one in the near future.
    Happy Quilting, This Quilting Mama