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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

More batiks, basting and blooms.......3 B's.........

I found a few more black and gray fabrics in the stack of batiks in the basement and added them to the assortment I showed yesterday.


 
Several people left comments about black and white quilts yesterday.  I put 4 black and white prints on top of the batiks so you can see the difference.  With regular fabrics the black prints all have white in them whereas the batiks are black and gray.  The regular fabrics have a crisp contrast where the batiks have a softer allover feeling.  Anytime gray is added into the mix it becomes softer.  When choosing regular print black and whites the trick to keeping it crisp is only a little white in the black prints and only a little black in the white prints.  If you have a 50-50 mix it will look gray from a distance.

Last night I basted the small quilt I'm making for a friend.







Here is my first cactus bloom of the blooming season.  The red ones usually don't bloom until the end of November so I was surprised it was the first.



This is the pale pink plant and it is loaded with buds.  I have others that are closer to bloom time and I'll show them soon.

12 comments:

Summer said...

Looking pretty ♥

Denise Briese said...

I love your cactus mine never do well here in florida for some reason

Denise Briese said...

I love your cactus mine never do well here in florida for some reason

Linda Swanekamp said...

My one big Christmas cactus, the red orange is in full bloom. This has never happened. All the other ones have buds, but no flowers yet. Love the description/comparison of batiks and black and whites.

Debbie said...

Great tip on B&W fabrics and selection. Keep pouring those tips out:)
Have fewer blooms this year on my cactui.....love that red!

Mary said...

My white cactus is blooming and one of my other two has buds. I appreciate the explanation about black and white regular fabric versus batiks. Thanks for sharing.

Gene Black said...

It looks like you thread basted the small quilt. Can you explain that process or point us to a good explanation or tutorial

Anonymous said...



JUST A QUICK QUESTION ABOUT CACTUS PLANTS , WHEN IS IT A GOOD TIME TO TRANSPLANT THEM, AND DO I NEED SPECIAL SOIL ? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP . I LOVE YOUR QUILTS AND ENJOY YOUR FLOWERS AND GARDENS , I DO NOT KNOW WHERE YOU GET ALL YOUR ENERGY FROM. REGARDS JUDY hjrogers@sympatico.ca

Hedy Hahn said...

I made two black and white quilts for granddaughters with red accents, their school colors. Both turned out great, thanks for the lesson about picking prints. My cactus have no buds at all yet. Last year they bloomed great.

patty a. said...

I have several white batiks that have gray motifs, gray batiks, and black. I never have collect enough for a quilt. The white ones have snowflakes on them.

Needled Mom said...

I like that small quilt for your friend. Thanks for showing us the difference between the blacks and whites.

You cacti are so early this year.

Lola Carr said...

Wanda all of my cacti have buds or blooms on them....most are buds. The red versions are nearing "pretty" stage. I need to gather them up and get a good pic. I think they really like their summers here. :)