Monday, March 7, 2011

Red and White Quilt Love

I may have mentioned the "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts" quilt show being held at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City once or twice. Red and white quilts are among my favorites. I can never get enough of them. Obviously, I'm not the only one. Taryn at Repro Quilt Lover is hosting an online red and white quilt show on her blog. If you have a red and white quilt, I know a lot of us would love to see it! Go to Taryn's blog and link it up.

One of the very first quilts I made was this Irish Chain. I had just discovered batiks and found two red prints to mix with my solid white. I found the pattern free online. It was a great pattern for a new quilter, and seemed way easier than the king-size Burgoyne Surrounded pattern I originally had my eyes on. I'm still a little skeered of that one.

The 54" x 66" Irish Chain was comprised of nine patches and solid squares, which are pretty easy for beginners. I was thrilled at how it all came together very effortlessly.

The quilting was done by a quilter who had just started quilting for others. I've never been to Vegas, but my Irish Chain took the trip. Jackie was very helpful in suggesting quilting motifs and did a beautiful job quilting. In normal fashion, it probably took me two or three years to bind the quilt and I bet there's still no label, but it's kind of finished and I love how it turned out. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's red and white quilts. And for those of you in NYC, take pictures of the show for us.


  1. I love your red prints in this quilt. Your machine quilter really did a great job. I love dense quilting.

  2. oh this is GORGEOUS. absolutely stunning. you did an amazing job with the piecing (so precise!), and i adore the prints you chose.

  3. Hello Michelle, It has been so much fun to visit so many new blogs thanks to Taryn's Red and White on-line Quilt Exhibit Challenge! I see you are a member of the Modern Quilt Guild. As a quilt historian, I have been very intrigued by the rise of this new wave of interest in quilting. Iit seems to be occuring in those under 50 -- for the most part, I assume! That is very good news indeed! I got into quilting 30 years ago when I was 37! That's just not possible! It has been astounding to see what has developed and changed in those 30 years. Stop by my Quilt History Reports blog sometime at Your generation is helping create a whole new chapter to quilt history! Best of luck to you and keep that needle flying! If you all dont' keep making quilts, future quilt historians will have nothing to study!

  4. Love this quilt, just beautiful.


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