Next in Line

“It’s all relative,” is the message of this quilt. Bill and I had so much fun looking at the subtle differences between the blacks and grays used in this quilt. On the shelf all of the fabrics looked blue or gray but in the company of others, their different hues quickly became apparent. These colors also make for a great guy quilt I think. Masculine with no camo in sight. I also want to make this quilt in totally different fabrics. maybe some of the new brighter Cherrywoods or feedsack prints? Or maybe as a little boy quilt with sage greens and Wedgewood blues? Never fear, Bill has put together alternate palettes in the book so there will be no shortage of ways in which you can customize Next in Line.

I also have to tell you how thrilled I was to be able to use one of my favorite Japanese vases in this shot. I’ve had that vase since 1985 and it still looks so fresh and modern to me.


  1. Posted December 28, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    This soothing color palette is like balm on my holiday over-stimulated soul!

  2. Posted December 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I just love this quilt! You guys do such a great job of coming out with the coolest quilts! Keep up the great work and beautiful quilts!

  3. Posted January 1, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Weeks and Bill, I just received my copy of “Transparency Quilts” and I just love, love, love the book! Thanks for sharing the quilts on the blog. The quilts are so tasteful. You guys are so inspiring. Happy New Year! Lora

  4. Jeannine Shoemaker
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    I love this pattern but I would like to do it in shades of black being the main blocks and maybe grays being the outlying strips. My problem is what to use to do the transparency strip. Could you please help or show me a sample of this. I’m making this as my wedding quilt! Thank you.

  5. Weeks Ringle
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    @Jeannine – The whole idea behind Transparency quilts is that you learn to think in terms of values, not just in terms of hues. If you haven’t read the design portion of the book yet, I think that will explain what you need to know. The short answer is that you could use your black and gray palette but use a lighter gray for the transparency strips or as we have, fabrics that have a lot of gray in them but that also have other hues in them like green or blue or brown. But if you want to have black and gray straight up, go for a lighter gray.

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