Week of February 11, 2018 – Red and White Quilts

I just love red and white quilts.  They look so clean and crisp and fresh.  I guess that’s why this year’s Follow Along has been a red and white quilt, “Twinkle Twinkle Many Stars”.  At the same I have also been making some little doll quilts out of red and white fabrics and I want to share a few of them with you.

The first one (9.75” x 11”) was made last year and my friend Jane Nelson stipple quilted it for me.  It may not look as crisp as it should because I decided to get it wet, throw it in the dryer and have it wrinkle up so it would look older.  Well, I did all that, but it also bled a little red onto the white!  That was a good lesson for me.  No need to wash a red and white quilt.

The next three are my favorites for this month (it seems like the latest one that I have made is usually my favorite until I make another one).  It is called the Indiana Puzzle block and first I made the middle-sized quilt (8.5” x 10.5”) and liked it so much I decided to make a larger doll quilt size (15” x 18”) and I loved it even more.  Then I made my absolute favorite!  It is the little mini (6” x 7”).  Isn’t it just so cute?  After showing them to my sister we had an interesting discussion about what you first see when you look at one of these quilts.  Do you see the red blocks or the white blocks?  She first saw the white ones and I saw the red ones.  I’m sure a psychologist or someone else could try and figure out what make us see one or the other and what that means, but for now I just love all three of them.

The next quilt (9.5” x 11.5”) is made up of simple four patches on point and nine patches in the border corners.  Sometimes simplicity can be beautiful.  I love how the stripes in the border become the nine patches when reversed.  I also like reversing the four patch on point and making half of them red with white background and the other half white with red background.  Two color quilts are so versatile that way.  You aren’t always sure which one is the block, and which one is the background.

The last quilt I want to share (13” x 13”) is called, “Which Way Do I Go?”  It is made up of sets of three flying geese with narrow red strips on either side.  I think it turned out quite charming.  I may just have to find a room that needs to be redecorated in red and white and put all my two-color quilts on display in there!

Just for You – Quilt Quote “Quilters lead pieceful lives.”

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