Red and Green Quilts

November 26, 2015 6 Comments

Red and Green Quilts have been the source of inspiration for many of my quilt designs. Looking at those wonderful antique quilts always sparks an idea or two....... It never ceases to amaze me how amazing those quilters of old were, paving the way for quilters of today. When I was asked to design a block for the Australian Applique Society Newsletter, my thoughts were to base my design on tradition. What better then the wonderful quilts of Red and Green ! After taking a closer look at these quilts I saw that they were not only Red and Green but had yellow, blue and even Pink added in subtly to give the quilt that zing !!!! that we always look for in our quilts. This is the design I have come up with............. Red and Green Quilts/Pine Valley Quilts I started with the centre design, pulling out the most true red I had in my stash. I wanted the reverse applique in the centre to stand out and what better then a subtle but still bold yellow ! Yellow is not a colour I use easily, I am learning to get a little bolder with my colour choices. Reverse applique is a fun way to get a bit of punch in small places, I am loving the outcome. Red and Green Quilts/Pine Valley Quilts The template has been cut where the reverse applique is before ironing it to the back of the background fabric. Red and Green Quilts/Pine Valley Quilts All edges are turned. Including where the reverse applique will be. The fabric used for the reverse applique (yellow fabric) is placed underneath. Make sure you allow extra fabric that will cover the entire area and stitch in place. Red and Green Quilts/Pine Valley Quilts What to add next!!!! I looked through my stash again to find the perfect colour to place with the red around the outer scallops. I tried many many fabrics, the blue was a winner and I love the punch it gives to the entire quilt. the whole center was basted and stitched together before being placed onto the background. The flowers have been basted and stitched together before being placed onto the background. The picture below shows the stitching process,  I hope this gives you the general idea. Red and Green Quilts/Pine Valley Quilts   Red and Green Quilts/Pine Valley Quilts The colours in this quilt are very different to what I have done before. I love how it has worked out ! Adding the pink was a bit different and I would have never thought to add pink before taking a closer look at the Red and Green Quilts. Each time I walk past I get a little surprise and think my gosh did I really make this beauty. Thinking of a name for this small quilt I have come up with Sharon's Surprise. What do you think ? Can you suggest a name you would prefer ? Happy Stitching Sharon


6 Responses

gretchenweaver
gretchenweaver

August 03, 2016

This is a beautiful block, I really like the colors. Yellow is a hard color for me to use too.

Raewyn
Raewyn

August 03, 2016

This is a beautiful block Sharon!

Shasta
Shasta

August 03, 2016

That is so beautiful! Love those teeny tiny ovals. Sharon’s Surprise sounds like a good name to me.

Connie Campbell
Connie Campbell

August 03, 2016

What a beautiful and intricate block!

Linda
Linda

August 03, 2016

Awesome.

Sharon - IN
Sharon - IN

August 03, 2016

Thanks for the tutorial. I can see your center enlarged as a stand alone circle block! Your appliqué block is lovely!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Sharon Keightley Quilts - Quilty Ramblings

Scrap Bin Treasures and One Block Quilts
Scrap Bin Treasures and One Block Quilts

June 21, 2019

I have decided to take the challenge again, this time using a nine patch block.  I would love to have you follow along with my process, you may even like to take up the challenge yourself and join in on the fun..... 

Continue Reading

Invisible Stitching around leaves.
Invisible Stitching around leaves.

June 13, 2019 4 Comments

I am always getting asked the question of what thread do I use, or what stitch do I use. When sewing invisible machine applique. So here is a little video that shows me stitching around a leaf, read about my thoughts on threads and stitches I use etc

Continue Reading

Feathered Star Quilt | Applique Borders
Feathered Star Quilt | Applique Borders

June 07, 2019 5 Comments

The border for my Feathered Star Quilt are pieced blocks, using neutral fabrics with applique on top. Because the feathered star blocks use many fabrics, placing a single printed light background fabric under the applique would just stand out too much. Take a look at my process for mixing up the fabrics in the applique borders.

Continue Reading