Friday, January 4, 2013

Binary

When Modern Blocks came out in 2011, I had it on pre-order, and immediately sat down with it when it came, poring over the pages and thinking of quilt possibilities. When I saw the new Modern Blocks Bee popping up on flickr shortly after, I jumped at the chance! And then for the next six months, I made blocks for my bee-mates. Finally, last July, it was my turn, and I chose Binary, a block designed by Angela Pingel. From my stash, I chose Kona Ash as the background, and a variety of Kona cools, which I randomly sent to my bee-mates.
 Here is the basic block.
So the blocks sat around a while, which is why they got put right on my fourth quarter Finish-A-Long list! I debated for quite a while what to do with the blocks, and in the end placed them in columns, separated by lengths of Kona Coal. Simple.
I was concerned maybe it all was too simple, so at some point I decided it needed that extra touch of matched binding.

The gray/black/white City Scenes print by Jane Dixon reminded me of binary code and made an ideal backing. All the quilting was done vertical, straight-line in the skinny sections, and a combo of straight-line and curvy in the wider strips. My Aurifil light and dark gray threads coordinated perfectly.
And then for the binding, I used the Ash and Coal, along with scraps I had of the cool colors. Binary measures 48" square, and is now all washed up and crinkly. And done.

Linking up with Finish It Up FridayFinish-A-Long Fourth Quarter Linky Party, and Fabric Tuesday.

39 comments:

  1. That is beatiful! I love its simplicity and the color combinations!

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  2. Love it!!! And the binding looks fabulous! Fantastic!!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful Debbie - really love the colours and the matched binding is perfect!!

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  4. The quilt is fantastic! It would make a great quilt for a teenage boy.

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  5. So lovely, and the extra touch of matching binding. So patient you are ; )

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  6. Love the modern look, Debbie! The colors you chose are great!

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  7. Your matched binding never fails to impress!

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  8. It is really lovely! I'm learning to love modern more and more. This may be a silly question, but what do you do with a quilt that size? Is it more a wall quilt or lap quilt? Thanks.

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  9. That looks great! ugh, reminds me my bee blocks are sitting patiently to be made into a quilt... gee thanks.. lol

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  10. It is really wonderful. I love the quilting, it adds such a nice touch and the binding is perfect!

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  11. Awesome! Colors are great too!!

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  12. It's great Debbie! I like that the colours were sent randomly - it makes the finished quilt really unique. Any plans for it? Gift maybe?

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  13. What a wonderful, wonderful finish! Congrats!

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  14. Very cool! I love the matched binding!

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  15. So beautiful and not too simple! Those different greys are so good with bright colours! x Teje

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  16. It is beautifully put together! Well done!

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  17. Ohmigosh, not only did you match colors in the binding, you tossed a little extra color in the binding! I love it! Fabulous finish!

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  18. So, so fabulous!
    I absolutely love how you quilted and bound this one!

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  19. So gorgeous! Matched binding genius and I love the colours :)

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  20. Love it! And the binding is what just sends it over the top! Great job, Debbie.

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  21. It turned out great. That city scenes is a perfect choice and way to go with the matching binding, wow.

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  22. I love it! Simple, modern and beautiful!

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  23. It looks so cool and very very modern!

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  24. Cool, love the effect of the quilting :o)

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  25. Beautiful! Love that color scheme!

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  26. I can not get over the binding, absolutely perfect addition! What a stunning quilt and so crinkly and cuddly looking. Great finish!

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  27. It's lovely! I really love the darker gray you added!

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  28. I love this quilt! I will have to get that book. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I love the colors and crinkly goodness.

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  30. This is lovely! Love your colour choices.

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  31. What a great quilt. Love the colours.

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  32. What a great quilt. Love the colours.

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  33. Love your color choices! That bit of dark maroon was perfect.

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  34. simple and stunning! love it!

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  35. awesome! it is so beautiful. your color choices are perfect and the purple and maroon are awesome in it.

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