Black and White Plus One was the theme of this year's annual Expo challenge sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman, the challenge being to use only black and white and one other color. This makes for some very striking quilts.
Bison in Prairie Flowers is by Debra Ninas of Elgin MN. Her yellow flowers are done with a black & white print that was sprayed with textile paint.
The same effect could be achieved with a flower screen printed in black on yellow (or any color) as Sue has done on some of her quilts.
Above is Flowers of the Night by Nancy Roodell of Roscoe, MT. We especially liked the border print at the top and bottom of this one, it reminded us of a screen print.
This is called Night and Day, by Mary Kay Price of Lake Oswego, OR.
The variety of black and white prints here really adds a lot. Also notice there are a few squares that repeat the sun image.
Skiing on Burns Glacier by Debbie Derr-Weaver of Urbana, IL, shows how to create visual depth using value. Very striking.
Black White and Read, This Could Be Grimm is by Terri Sankovitz of Albuquerque, NM. The description says it is done with fused applique (very thin lines!) and has lots of stitching to enhance the image.
Sentimental Lady by Diana Napier of Mountain, WI has a background painted with Inktense inks.
Besides the striking color contrast, the quilting on this is a real stand-out.
Weekly Walk: Winter is by Laura Moss Gottlieb of Madison, WI. This really evokes the peace and serenity of a walk in freshly fallen snow.
In Licks of Love, Eileen Daniels of Brodhead, WI, layered white on top of black to create shadowing.
Of course, there were more wonderful quilts in this challenge, all a source of inspiration.