Friday, April 22, 2011

Block of the Month - Red and White, Quilter's Choice.

You thought that was it for red and whites for a while? Not quite. I had to come up with a Block of the Month for my guild, Empire Quilters in NYC. We won't all be making this block, the design is quilter's choice. But we'll all use red and white to make any block we want, as long as it measures 8 1/2" square. The result will be a sampler quilt. I'm tempted to make more like this one and do a whole quilt. Here's how this block was made: DIRECTIONS: The strips were cut 1.25" wide. Sew 6 strips together. Then cut this new piece into 1.25" strips. Flip every other one so you have a checkerboard, and sew them together. Add a white border. Cut 4 red triangles by eye and sew one to each corner. Then add a red border. Trim to 8.5." Voila! Do this 64 times for a quilt! Haha. We'll see. It might happen.

12 comments:

Leeanne said...

You have the bug!...the Red & White bug!Have fun, Happy Easter

Kathie said...

oh this is fun! I was going to do a sampler quilt in red and white of blocks in the quilts I liked at the show since can I really make that many quilts. (ok maybe I can!)
I have never made a sampler before...
yes I ordered a bolt of red and a bolt white fabric.
Kathie

Lori Kay said...

Hi Karen. I've enjoyed your red and white posts. A quick note re: your block instructions... They should say "trim to 8.5", right?

Nicky said...

I'm not ready for you to stop the red/white theme - just loving it!

Stephanie said...

It would be an awesome whole quilt. I hope you share the red and white samplers from your guild when they're finished. You'll need to have your very own Red and White quilt show.

sallgood said...

That would be a stunner! (And a WHOLE LOT OF WORK!!) :D

Helen said...

That's a great idea for a BOM! I've been obsessed with red and white quilts since I first heard about the Infinite Variety quilt show. I've always loved red and white quilts and now it's time to make one. I'm going to make a schoolhouse quilt as soon as I pick a red I want to work with.

Selvage Quilter said...

Lori Kay,
Thank you for noticing! Yes, I meant trim to 8 1/2". I fixed the post. What was I thinking?

Kathie,
I sounds like you are going to make a lot of red and white quilts, not just a sampler judging from your purchase of two bolts!!
Karen

Rene' said...

I'm glad that the red and white theme is continuing. I'm not ready for it to be over yet. Love this block you made. Our guild just started a block of the month program, and we are doing a red and white block as well. The Infinite Variety exhibit has inspired us all!

RustyBird said...

I love the block, thank you for the easy directions! I wish all block instructions were so simply stated. Thank you!

I predict a big shortage of red and white quilting fabrics...

Thelma said...

What fabric did you choose for your red and white, I love it! What an adorable block, I'm working on a Red & White Tribute Quilt also!

Selvage Quilter said...

My new red and whites are Kona's "Crimson" and "Bone." Next time I'll look for a brighter red, but I'll stick with the "Bone."

Any suggestions?