"I predict PINK will be the next lime green." And, so Kay Sorensen started us off on our adventure of rediscovering/reclaiming pink. Pale, icy, rosy, hot pink, fuschia. And, to give our pink a base,
we're adding the basics: black and white. Sounds a bit like a joke but we'll make it art instead.

Size: any but keep in mind the time limitation before starting something huge.

Materials: Mixed media. At least 50% should be fabric and quilted.

Requirements: The only colors on the project should be black, white, and pink (any shade). This should be new work started after December 2003.

Host: Leigh Anne Haygood




" Flamingo Nights"
19-1/2" x 21-1/2"



Kris Bishop
Woodbridge, VA

My quilt reminds me of a dark tropical night. I discharged & over dyed black fabric with an original design that I drew. I embellished it with beads, tulle, fancy threads and yarns & tinsel.



Marilyn Davis
Plainfield, VT

This quilt is meant to show resignation and acceptance. The flowers on the left are Bleeding Hearts from my garden. The silhouette is made from a picture of my husband at the local cemetary. I knew right away what I was going to make when I heard the colors of the challenge. All fabric came from my stash as if it had been waiting for this piece. The mountain in the background is a well known VT peak called Camel's Hump.




45 ¼” x 36”


Sally K. Field
Hampden, ME

This was my second attempt at the challenge. The first was a complete disaster! When I tossed the first pink mess, I decided to go with something I really love doing—flowers. They seemed a natural for pink. Each flower is built from three different fabrics---with very few repeats. Most are of cotton but there are some silks and one glitzy in the mix. This also gave me a chance to use three of my difficult blacks and whites. The centers of the flowers are made from a fly-tying material. Pink Phizzzz was quilted with cottons, rayons, and metalics---and a lot of them!



Jamie Fingal
Orange, California

This original design was originally a rubber stamp that I drew years ago. I enlarged it to make this quilt. My daughter and I sitting on a big overstuffed chair looking at her baby pictures in an album. I reduced the pictures and printed them onto fabric to fit into the album. Our faces and hands were photographed, changed to Black & White and transferred to fabric. Commercial fabrics were used also.

" Mom, tell me again about the night I was born"

21" x 21-1/2"
detail 1 - detail 2

“Surroundings: 1850 - #5 – La vie en rose”
Size: H: 56cm/ 22” – W: 75cm/ 29 1/2”

detail 1 - detail 2

Lutgard Gerber-Billiau
Grimbergen, Belgium

I made this quilt as a part of a series about my surroundings (challenge of Q.Art group – www.q-art.be). The purpose was to look around us. For this quilt I didn’t search for physical elements in my neighbourhood as a subject, but I liked to create an atmosphere.

“La vie en rose” is a French expression, and in this quilt you could translate is as “seeing live true pink glasses”, in live it’s not always easy to create a happy and cheerful atmosphere in the family, but we have to try because a good atmosphere keeps life easier and healthier.


"From Out Of The Flames"
16-1/2" x 21-1/2"


Jodi-Marie Horne
Leduc, Alberta, Canada

Materials Used: 100% commercial cotton fabrics, Rayon Threads

Techniques: Raw Edge Appliqué, Fusible Appliqué, Machine Quilted

Statement: This experiment of transferring a fractal image to cloth was pure joy! It also showed me how little pink I have in my stash!



Helen Howes
Raveningham, Norfolk, U.K.

Cotton fabric, dye, glass beads, mother of pearl buttons and fish token, folding, piecing, machine quilting, hand finished.



"You shall have a Fishy..."
12" by 5 "inches

detail 1 - detail 2


"PINK - Dancing on the Dark Side of the Moon"
46" diameter
detail 1 - detail 2

PeggySue O. King
Olympia, WA

This was a continuation of a personal study I have been pursuing on Mandalas. The Spiral Labyrinth represents the cycle of the moon in a walk through the year. I could elaborate on what each embellishments represents to me, but your walk will be a different one, enjoy, and find peace in reflection.
Materials include: cotton and cotton blends, embroidery thread, yarn, glass beads and charms, cotton batting Techniques include: Machine piecing, applique', embroidery, beading, hand quilting


Susie Kline
Roselle, IL

I was shopping at Marshall Field's at Woodfield in Illinois and saw all the ball gowns that were pink, black and white. I have no need to wear a fancy ballgown... there's not a lot of call for that when you're a suburban stay-at-home mom! I'd look funny wearing one to a soccer game or to a PTO meeting. So I decided to do one on fabric. This is my first challenge.



22" x 22"

detail 1 - detail 2 - detail 3 - detail 4


Deb Lacativa
Lawrenceville, GA
Hand appliqued and hand beaded, I was just looking for a way to use a particulary lush piece of commercial batik in a color I could only describe as "Angel's Blood" pink. The base of the piece is a commercial cotton banadana made in China

Sue Lemmo
Clearfield, PA

Fiery hot pink is one of my favorite colors and I have an obsession with black and white patterns such as checkerboards and polka dots. The challenge I try to set for myself is to get past the “fabricness” of the materials and work with them as a painter works with color, shape, and texture. The hardest part for me was to find a variety of interesting solid pinks, but once I found what I wanted, the rest came together.
I like to work in a very immediate and intuitive manner and as I began playing with the layers of pinks, I began to think of Mark Rothko’s color field paintings. The way he created a surface that enveloped the viewer in the sublime space, while embracing the flat picture plane always spoke to me. So I used the layers of pinks to create a subtle sense of depth that allowed the bold patterned white and black fabrics to float in their space. I used the grid quilting and the chopsticks for movement and to reassert the two dimensional plane. I work until I can’t change one little thing without changing the entire piece and then make myself stop. When I can lose myself in the surface and forms without feeling like I need something the quilt tells me that it is complete.



“Retro Space: Pink and Polka Dots”
9” x 23 ½”
detail 1 - detail 2

"Landscape 1: Pink on Black"
50" x 50"


Kathleen Loomis
Louisville, KY

To me, quilts made of solid colors are the purest expressions of design in fiber arts. Here there is only one color plus black, and the simplest of design elements -- the line -- but I see a vast landscape starting at my feet and stretching to the horizon and beyond.

Alice McGunigle
Shippenville, PA

I started working with these pink and black fabrics in a kind of spontaneous way. I was very surprised to see a Gothic Cathedral start to take form. I added a rose window using pink snippets and black netting. Then I used Quilter’s lamé to make a door and gothic style windows. It is quilted using Sliver and cotton threads.

28" by 34"
detail 1 - detail 2

"Wired Pink"


Joanna Price,
Salem, Oregon


An unusual nine-patch, with all units connected by pink wire and grommets. The eight outer units were free-motion quilted, with small, cut-out "windows" in each piece, satin-stitched in pink with white & black fabric showing through the openings. The center unit consists of a rectangle of Timtex painted with Lumiere's Halo Pink gold and topped with a pink-painted skeleton leaf.


Cynthia Morgan
Boulder, CO

Artist's Statement: A perfect start to my day... pink grapefruit and a TO DO list. My quilt is constructed with pieced background, needleturn and raw-edge fused applique, hand painted objects/shadows using commercial cottons, then machine quilted with cotton and metallic threads.


"In the Pink"
18 1/2" x 20"


"Wardrobe Malfunction"

detail 1 - detail 2


Cathy Ortelle
Cotati, CA

While painting on fabric with used CDs and Setacolor, the resulting image looked like a woman's breast to a coworker. Somehow the Wardrebe Malfunction idea took flight. The hand reaches over to pull down the bustier, which actually does pull down, revealing the naked breast image. The names "Janet" and "Justin" are quilted in the flesh area, as is "Superbowl 2003". FCC and CBS are also quilted into the flesh area, but as I quilted, I wondered who really should have paid that indecency fine?

Dale Anne Potter
Morse, Saskatchewan, Canada

Rose is a Rose is my adventure into the world of abstract. I simply just thought of petals and cut. I used the top-stitch applique method explained by Ellen Linder and had fun added all the other pieces of fabric. The gray is actually a baby wipe used to clean off a rubber stamp, as you can see it was black ink that was being wiped. Worked perfect for this application.


"Rose is a Rose"
9" X 12"



"In The Pink"
24" x 29.5"





Ruth Powers
Carbondale, KS

IN THE PINK was inspired by my design called Cornflower Blues for my pattern company, INNOVATIONS. The flower block is an original design, but for this piece, I deviated a bit from the pattern, which is something that I enjoy doing! Machine pieced and machine quilted.


BJ Reed
St. Thomas, PA

Made from many of my hand dyed/hand painted cottons, commercial cottons (many batiks) plus satins, lames, etc.

Original design, mock log-cabin crazy patches with free motion quilting.

"Pink Cubes"
30" x 22"


“Working to Heal” …Remembering Margaret
23" x 30"
detail butterfly - detail healing - detail sailboat

Meena Schaldenbrand
Plymouth, MI

The doily butterfly represents Margaret’s extraordinary spirit of optimism and courage. Margaret enjoyed sewing, flying a plane and sailing.
The sailboat in a bottle represents her life’s journey interrupted by breast cancer’s stormy seas.
The hourglass rotates, turns and transforms into a butterfly and then into flying geese, leaving us behind at the young age of 43 and in pieces in October 2004.
Normal cells at the top to the quilt transform into cancer cells at the bottom.
The two flowers represent her children 7 and 10 with sweet memories.
No matter what was happening, she used to say, “I am working to Heal.”
Margaret Bender was an inspiration in her determination and zest for living and will greatly be missed.



Norma Schlager
Danbury, CT

I used a piece of each of the fabrics in my vast black and white stash and collaged them using raw edge applique´and fusing, I then scattered this base with found pink items such as paper clips, buttons, spangles and beads. After covering with tulle, I free motion quilted the top with pink thread writing as many "pink" phrases as I could think of. Of course I thought of several more after it was completed.

"In the Pink"

detail 1 - detail 2



Julie Schlueter
Orange CA

Pink is great to work with. This quilt was fun from the beginning and kept flowing to the end. The play of color creates drama and stitching added dimension. The various sizes and shapes of netting I used on top gave the quilt motion. I used commercial and hand-dyed cottons and silks. I pieced and fused, but mostly quilted the heck out of it.



Janice Simpson

I started gathering black,white and pink fabrics and didn't know what I'd make.I was looking thru a catalog featuring fabric and came across some halloween fabrics with little witches....the idea was born. I drew a little sketch for my quilt and started cutting freezer paper patterns till I was happy with the size,shape ect. Next cut, cut,sew,quilt and embellish with beads and sequins and soon my quilt Flying in the Pink was ready for photo's. My pink witch is flying across a full moon in darkened sky with houses far below. Tiny cats on the roof tops and a row of flying geese across the top...all in black,white and pink!!




"Flying in the Pink"
detail 1 - detail 2


"Holey Elements II"
30” high X 21” wide
detail 1 - detail 2

Louisa Smith
Loveland, CO

Holey elements are a series of quilts done with holes or windows.
Starting with a simple image and then repeating the image.
A road sign, warning the driver that a sharp curve is coming up was the inspiration for this piece.
Reverse appliqué, machine embroidery and beading are some of the techniques used.



Cynthia St. Charles
Billings, Montana

Starting with plain black fabric, this floral image was created using bleach to discharge (remove) the black color. The resulting color was a lovely salmon pink shade. Machine stitching clarifies the image and beads add dimension.
Best of Show and First Place – Yellowstone Quilt Fest, Cody, Wyoming, September 2004


"Salmon Flowers – Discharge Study #2"
21-1/2" x 26"



"Hot Flash"
40" x 25"




Priscilla Stultz
Fairfax, VA

The method used to make the quilt is stitch and slash. A block is made such as a 9 patch and slash into 2 pieces. The pieces are stitched together at random and slashed again and stitched at random. Then the piecing of the quilt begins with added strips of fabric.
The quilt is machine pieced and quilted in a botanical pattern.

Barbie Swanson

Machine appliqué, machine pieced, machine embellished, machine quilted.


"Free to Wander"



"Winter Rain"
8-1/2" x 12"

Jan Thompson
Lawrenceville, GA

Artist's Statement: I dislike the winter, everything takes on a colorless cast early in the morning and I made this little piece to depict my feelings about what I saw. The rain being the only hope that the colorless darkness will be wash away and Spring will come to bring the colors back.


Betsy True
Alexandria, VA

This piece was made for the Quilt Art Black, White and Pink challenge. I used photos for the background, covered with a shiny black sheer fabric, representing reflections in a mirror. I composed the design on the computer, combining the background photos, my drawing (done from another photo), and the tile floor which I drew in. Machine pieced and quilted; hand beaded. Commercial fabrics.


"En Pointe"
19.25" x 22" detail 1 - detail 2 - detail 3

"'You Say Black I Say White"
detail 1 - detail 2

Ros Ward
Greenbank Qld, Australia

I used the saying 'You Say Black I Say White' to start off my challenge. The piece has many meanings. Not only do people disagree, see things differently, argue black is white, but internally there is a struggle. I sometimes dont agree with myself and the pink faces represent the frustration of trying to resolve the turmoil within.

I searched in the scrap bags to find any and all fabrics related to pink. I built the faces up on interfacing then stitched them onto the backing fabric. For the hair I chose black and white fabrics ironed onto a black or a white fabric to highlight the pieces. Machine stitched and quilted after all the layers were together.
My first challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Fran Wessel
Santa Rosa, CA

White satin, fuchsia spandex, cotton black and white fabric. Black border is mock croc skin. Web is cotton thread in triple stitch. Spider is a campy plastic one from Holloween. At first I placed the plastic on the quilt just to see where I should embroider the permanent one, but he looks so kooky I decided I liked his!

"Browsing the Web"

"Ad Infinitum"
18" diameter

Bozena Wojtaszek
Lodz, Poland

Cotton, decorative threads and beads; it's machine pieced, machine quilted, hand beaded and embroidered.


Quiltart Web Design
All quilts and images are copyrighted
by the artists and may not be used in
any form without permission.

Last modified:
Thursday, 04-Jan-2007 14:49:42 EST