Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Simply Red

I'm always amazed how something so simple is so satisfying. What could be simpler than the block design of this quilted red and white runner? Better yet, the red strips used to make this runner were leftovers from the log cabin quilt I made for my oldest son. Every time I look at this project, I feel the energy of those reds!


My quilting was very simple - I started with one wavy line that I freehand machine stitched and then echo quilted it to cover the whole runner in a lengthwise direction.


I find I like to use curvy quilting lines when the block design is linear. It just seems to make the overall look more whimsical.


The binding is a seasonal print (that is hard to photograph!) - pine branches on a rich red background. For the backing I tend to use plain pieces of fabric, but I think I'm about to change that after seeing some inspiring pieced quilt backs over at Crazy Mom Quilts. Hmmmm... I still have some red strips left, maybe I could satisfy my desire for more red along with my curiosity to attempt a pieced back... stay tuned.... ;o)







16 comments:

  1. I love simple because as you said it is so satisfying. I love the way you quilted this runner too. I used crossed wawy lines on one of my baby quilts and loved it too.

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  2. Lovely! Those curvy lines give a pretty looking, and the colours...
    I've said more than once (you know my English is limited..) I love your quilts, Katherine!

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  3. beautiful simple and elegant quilt......

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  4. When I first saw this piece it reminded me of the little quilt Amanda Jean did with the frayed edges. I really like the colors and I also really like the wavey line quilting.

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  5. love the quilting on this one! so, for that first line, did you just go for it and sew the wavy line or did you mark it first?

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  6. i too love this quilt... its simplicity is perfect as is your quilting, I love what you have done.. so much so I am inspired to almost rush into the sewing room and make me one! LOL if I didn't have a bazillion things on the go already I'd be there sewing! I love cobblestone style quilts, I have made a few now, or whatever the block you want to call it, but its just lovely..


    Lissa

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  7. Mmmmm ... red. My favourite colour.
    Your runner looks great and I love the quilting.
    Andi :-)

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  8. Its beautiful!
    Love the red and the wavy line quilting is fantastic!
    Keep it up and you may turn me into a quilter yet. LOL

    Kimberly :)

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  9. Looks great...I love the simplicity of the quilting...it works very well with the design of the quilt.

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  10. I love the smooth curved lines of the quilting. They combine very well with the simple design and the great reds you used.

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  11. Simply red! How perfect. And what a great name for a band!

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  12. simple is sometimes more satisfying than complicated in my mind, your quilts are always lovely!

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  13. it's a beautiful tablerunner! I love the log cabin block so much. and the wavy line quilting is fabulous on this piece. nice job, Katherine!

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  14. I love this quilt! Lately red is my favorite color!

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  15. Using wavy quilting lines was most inspired! Red quilts always look gorgeous.

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  16. It is beautiful. I love the curvey lines.
    Your quilt work is lovely!!

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