Completed: The red quilt

I made this quilt in 2016 but thought I had lost the pictures, I found them though so to keep a more complete record of all the quilts I made I am showing it today.

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When I started designing this quilt I wanted to make a red quilt so I started playing with lots and lots of red fabrics. Apparently I am not so keen on that much red because in the end all that was left was one red square, a red binding and some red quilting thread. It was an interesting experiment but for me red just works so much better as an accent colour.

If I remember correctly the grey fabric was a Kona cotton layer cake called Silent Film. I am not sure whether I used all the shades that were in it.

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For the backing I used a print from the Blueberry Park collection by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman. I’ve used it before for a backing and I am a little sad that most of this fabric is gone now. I did buy another print from this collection when I was in New York last year and am now regretting not getting more of it. Somehow it blends really well with a lot of other prints. The design on the back was kept simple with the child’s initial and two floating squares. I am pleased with how this turned out.

For the quilting I created a straight line quilting grid but used 4 different Gutermann Sulky thread colours that were matched to the fabrics in the quilt. The red thread crosses through the red square and then I worked from dark to light grey to the outside in each column and row. It is difficult to see in these pictures but I thought it added a bit more interest.

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I am now wondering whether I used so much more of the light grey in this quilt or whether I used it for another quilt as well. I guess it is probably the latter…

This was not a very complicated quilt to make but I do love the graphic effect with the different shades of grey and that pop of red.

February 4, 2020

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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12 Comments

  1. marissthequilter

    That one red square is very striking. Love the subtle red binding too.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! Looking back it was really funny how I started with only red squares and kept removing more and more “nah, still too much red” until this was all that was left.

      Reply
  2. knitnkwilt

    Funny switch from plan, though the result is good. The eye knows what the planning brain doesn’t.

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    • Emmely

      It often goes this way, probably also explains why I like improv so much.

      Reply
  3. magpiesue

    You’ve made a reversible quilt!

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    • Emmely

      Ah, I suppose that’s something that I usually do. I hardly ever make a plain backing, much more fun with some pieced details!

      Reply
  4. tierneycreates

    The one red square makes me smile! I love the back!

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! It also made me happy when I was making it.

      Reply
  5. Vanessa

    What an adorable quilt!!

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    • Emmely

      Thank you!

      Reply
  6. katechiconi

    I’m so glad you found the photos. The binding is perfect with all that restrained grey and one pop of red. I’m also impressed at how perfect your quilting is, although the photo doesn’t do justice to the colour work in the quilting.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! I should have taken some detail pictures but I was probably in a hurry. Needed to take some quick pictures before gifting it….

      Reply

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