The Redwork Quilt

My progress on handwork is going rather slowly, so after the 4th of July weekend, and getting three rooms partially ready for new flooring, I put some serious time into quilting my Redwork Quilt.  I did straight-line quilting in the center redwork medallion, then some free-motion meandering flowers and leaves in the red border, and then straight-line quilting on either side of the seam lines in the pieced border (scrappy 1-1/2 inch finished squares).  See the previous post for photos.  Then I added yet more quilting to the center medallion to help it to lie flatter.  All that remained was the 4-inch black border.

There was a lot of lint from the batting on the black Kona so I used masking tape to clean it up and then pinned the edges to keep it relatively clean while quilting.  Making a tube with the masking tape was fairly ineffective.  Placing a long strip and running your hand across works much better.  A large lint roller would be even better if you have one.

Masking tape

Masking tape

Better masking tape

Better masking tape

Pinning edges

Pinning edges

border practice

border practice

After practicing the same meandering flower design, and choosing a variegated black and red thread, I started and 6-inches in, decided that the tension was not right and the design just wasn’t filling the space like I wanted.  Back to the drawing board.  I took out my Pajama Quilter Reloaded book and found a design I liked: flowers, leaves and ribbons.  I also changed to a solid red thread.  It isn’t perfect but it is finished and the binding is put on.  More handwork for my poor arthritic hands but for now, I still only machine quilt the binding on donation quilts and potholders.  Because of the overstitching in the flowers and leaves (only two of each, thank goodness), it took me 2-1/2 hours of ripping and then the afternoon to quilt all the way around.

frog stitch remains

frog stitch remains

Here is part of the border, showing flowers, leaves and ribbons.  I see the PajamaQuilter Reloaded and PajamaQuilter Rethreaded workbooks/DVDs are sold out.  You can check out Dawn Ramirez’ quilts at http://www.sewdawnfun.com/.  I like her idea of practicing on a whiteboard before stitching on a quilt sample–this is really helpful for a new or complex design and you can just totally erase what you don’t like at any time and start over.

Here is part of the outer border before binding.

outer border finished

outer border finished

Till next time, expand your horizons and try something new–a new quilt design, a new recipe, a new technique, a new skill.  This will keep your craft more interesting, fight boredom, and perhaps, prevent dementia.  If it’s frustrating, it’s good for you.

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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