I am RED, RED, READY for my turn to guest post on Sew We Quilt . And what a delight it is to be here during the Wantobe Quilters Campaign!
Thank you so much to Madame Samm for the invitation. Sew exciting!
HI! My name is Karen and I like to play over at Sunburnt Quilts.
Madame Samm suggested that I might like to share my RED quilt. I think M. Samm has quite a passion for RED too.
My quilt really started as several small niggling ideas and gradually grew into a bed sized quilt. I had collected some red and white fabrics and also wanted to make a medallion quilt as well as play with borders.
And so this bundle of fabric changed from this.......
This quilt is far from perfect but I have learnt so much in the process. And have tried many new techniques thanks to my LQS.
I had no particular plan in mind when I started, so I really just want to show you how it grew. When it is broken down into its smaller parts it is nowhere near as complex as it first looks. It has ended up being 70 x 70 inches.
I started with the medallion for the centre. This is a version of the Rose of Sharon design. I used needle turn to appliqué the pieces to the block. I had only done needle turn on small pieces prior to this so it was quite daunting.
I felt this needed to be framed so added a border using flying geese and then a small width of striped fabric.
I had reached this point and was starting to think of borders but felt it was a little ordinary. Then I had the idea that it could sit en pointe. I had no idea how to do that but was determined to use my maths skills to work out the size of the triangles. I must admit to being a little surprised as to how large this made the centre when I sewed them on. It was then that I also realised what a lot of big empty spaces I had created. That's where the Dresden fan came to mind and I used one in each corner.
And so the centre sat en pointe, fans were in the corners and a thin red border was added to frame it.
Now came the time for a few borders. I had really been careful with my maths calculations because I wanted to use 6 inch stars in the first border. Thankfully all went to plan and they fitted in as they should. I was able to use most of my fabrics in the stars. I left out the one with the thin red circles as there was not enough red in it to define the star shape.
And so the next border grew and was also framed in red (shadow-play).
After using the sharp angles in the stars, the plan was to use the curved shapes of the Drunkard's Path in a border. I had also wanted some plain borders just using the fabric as the feature. The maths of the quilt determined what came next. I had to work out the size of the DP and how to turn each corner before I could make the plain fabric borders.
More calculations and some inappropriate language and the design came together. I simply used two fabrics in the border broken by a thin strip of stripes, then framed again in the red shadow-play.
Then it was on to the Drunkard's Path marathon. I ended up making over 180 individual blocks so I had a few spares to swap around. These were each made at 3 1/2 inches so that when combined in a four patch they were a 6 1/2 inch block.
And more strips.
Finally the last borders went on and linked with each corner (thankfully).
So now my quilt is at the point where I need to make the sandwich and decide on the quilting. I am even still trying to decide if I will do it myself or send it out to someone who has a long-arm machine. No rush as I have taken a while to get to this point, a little longer will not be a problem.
I love seeing it draped over the bed with the sun streaming in the window.
Along the way there were some hiccups. At one stage I was busy making the star blocks and picked up the wrong white fabric. I merrily sewed 10 of them before I realised my mistake. Not being one to waste something, I turned them into a small quilt for the table.
I also used the left over Drunkard's Path blocks in a small mat.
And you can see that my passion for red is not just limited to this quilt!
I will stop with the red photos there (although there can never really ever be enough red!).
Thank you for indulging my passion for red. And I hope that a few quilters may be encouraged to have a go at a medallion quilt of their own.
Please visit me at Sunburnt Quilts and tell me about your medallion quilts or the quilts you have made in red. In fact, I'd love to see what you have made in any colour!! I'd love to visit and see your work.
Thank you once again, Madame Samm, for kindly asking me to be here for a guest post.
Well dear Karen, I have always been a FAN of reds and whites..and your post today filled me with freshness.
That is what it is...RED and WHITE Is just sew fresh...and being that you have created such excitment...
today the Giveaway...................
GIVEaWAY is for QUILTERS
who also love RED and WHITE
This from Free Spirit....isn't this lovely!
All cut in 1/2 yard triangles.... 6 yds and let us just add
a little more BRIGHTNESS to it all..
How about this Beam N Read...I did a blog hop
a few weeks ago hosted by Kelly @ IHAN.
( she has these for sale if you don't win)
I have tried sew many lights, I think I was just burned
out in the same way as I was about IRONS...
none ever worked for me UNTIL
this one...now I can't imagine living without it..
NO heat, just light, lightweight around your neck...
idea for seeing those teeny weeny stitches...
and the best part..it stays BRIGHT..go figure..
SEW Beam N Read is also our sponsor...
Sew here is what you need to do....
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