I am so excited about SewCalGal‘s Red and White Design Challenge–a red and white quilt has always been on my quilter’s “bucket” list. I was inspired by pictures of mosaic floors and tile work to design these quilts in EQ7. My ‘Rising Star Medallion’ quilt measures 64 1/2″ x 64 1/2″ and requires 5 3/8 yards red and 4 1/8 yards white fabric for the quilt top, 7 1/2 yards fabric for the backing, and 1/2 yard red for the binding. (Whew! that seems like a lot of fabric, EQ7 frequently over estimates the amount of fabric needed. However, I’d much rather overestimate yardage than not have enough, I just add the excess to my stash!). To calculate the fabric needed for backing and binding, I used the calculators found on The Quilter’s Paradise,
The ‘Rising Star Medallion’ quilt features the following blocks from Barbara Brackman’s Blockbase: “The Rising Sun”, Finley #3445, the first border uses the block: “Sonnies Playhouse,” Kansas City Star 1935 #N023, and the third border uses: “Lover’s Knot,” Old Chelsea Station Needlecraft Service/Laura Wheeler #3010.
I designed several quilts with these blocks. Some are more challenging than others to piece, and some have a more modern aesthetic, such as the following which uses the Lover’s Knot block:
The ‘Lover’s Knot’ quilt is 36″ x 36″, and requires the following fabrics: 3 yards medium red, 1/4 yard dark red, and 1 1/2 yard white (backing and binding included).
Lastly, I designed ‘Sonnies Knot’ quilt as a bed quilt, it is 82 1/2″ x 99 1/2″, and requires the following fabrics: 6 3/8 yards medium red, 1 yard dark red (plus 1/2 yard for the binding), and 6 3/4 yards white. The backing will require 8 1/4 yards (I’m considering red minky for the backing to make it super snugglie).
I really appreciate SewCalGal‘s hosting of the Red and White Challenge, and EQ7 and Island Batik. Batiks are wonderful fabrics to work with when doing precision piecing because their higher thread counts will stand up to the shorter stitch length used in foundation piecing, they are easily pressed, and their bias edges don’t stretch as much as quilting cottons. I am planning several tutorials on precision piecing as the Red and White Challenge progresses to the construction phase. Please look at SewCalGal’s blog for all of the red and white designs.
I’m linking up with SewCalGal, Design Wall Monday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Anything Goes Mondays, Show and Tell Tuesday, and Freemotion by the River. I follow all of these blogs.
Have a quilty day!
19 thoughts on “Red and White Challenge”
Those are. awesome.
Thank you so much. I am really enjoying your blog.
I am impressed by your designs. I like it that you are inspired by mosaic floors. I have always loved them too. Your quilts are going to be so intricate and precious.
Thank you for your kind comment. I am now following your blog on bloglovin’. I really like your fabric choices for Barn Door.
Oh yes, very nice design…I love it!
Thanks for stopping by on my blog also…just wondering whether you are aware that you come up as a no-reply blogger. So, I am glad I found you here as an entry.
You have designed some gorgeous red and white quilts! The Rising Star Medallion is my favorite. I would love to see this when completed! Good luck with your year with Red and White quilts!
Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am so excited to work on the Red and White quilts.
Love the “love knots” quilt. So fun to play around with EQ7 🙂
That is beautiful, I like the lace look it has. Have you decided which one you’re going to make? All three? 🙂
Wow!!! I LOVE the medallion quilt! Amazing!
Those are great designs…. What a decision!
Beautiful designs….all of them! Thanks for sharing.
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Oh wow, what a great plan!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Your medallion design is really beautiful!
Beautiful designs! My favorite is the medallion!
Wow – talk about Knock My Socks Off beautiful! Love your ideas!! Isn’t this a fun challenge 🙂
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