Red and White Tribute Quilt

Hello - Welcome to my Red and White Tribute Quilt Page!

I've assembled all the posts I wrote about my Red and White Tribute Quilt adventure and put them in  chronological order to create a little Red and White Tribute Quilt story.  I hope you enjoy it.


So here's how it all started, on May 31, 2011 . . . . 

I woke up early Saturday morning with the urge to take every item out of my kitchen cabinets, spread it all over my countertops, then put it all back in, nice and neat. Luckily that urge passed as quickly as it came.

One thing I did do was swap out the quilt that hangs in my living room. I've been meaning to change that quilt for a couple of weeks but I just hate climbing that ladder. I don't like to climb it when I'm home alone, but I also don't want to be messing around on it when my husband is watching, it's all about the timing. (there's just something about someone watching me and saying, "be careful, don't fall" that makes me nervous!)


I was going to go with A Mazing Abundance, but at the very last minute I decided to go with Father's Fancy. I've been thinking about the Infinite Variety of Red and White quilt show and maybe making a tribute quilt, and thought that maybe hanging that quilt would motivate me.


Out of all the great pictures I've seen of the quilt show, this one is my favorite.

So, I was thinking about doing some sort of tribute quilt sometime, but now I have a great reason to not only get going on a tribute quilt but to finish it by the first of September!

The Temecula Quilt Company, in Temecula, California is hosting a Red and White Quilt Challenge in honor of the Red and White Quilt Show.

If you live in the area, your quilt will be displayed in the shop, but if you live far away, like me, you can just send a picture of your finished quilt and still participate!



(This picture is courtesy of the Temecula Quilt Company)

Added later - The Temecula Quilt Company DID have their show click here and look for the October 5th post to see all the amazing quilts!)

I'm in! Why don't you join in on the fun!


I'm going with Moda's Bella Solids in Country Red and White for my fabric. At first I was thinking of going with the antique white, but decided it was too yellow. I'm still working on the details of the pattern.

Cooper's getting into the Red & White spirit of things too, every time I put food in his red food bowl he eats it.


I'm guessing Cooper's saying, "please, can I just eat in peace"


First Official Project Update - June 23, 2011


Who came up with that term, "lazy days of summer"? There aren't any lazy days at my house, summer or otherwise. It's rare for me to even be doing just one thing at a time, I like to do 2 or 3 things at once. It drives my family crazy, I hear, "can't you just sit down", and "don't you ever relax" all the time.

So while there are no lazy days here, you wouldn't know it by my quilting output.

I am working away on my Red and White Quilt Show Tribute Quilt.

I've made some pretty good progress, but the majority of my work has been in my head or on paper.



I would like my quilt to look something like this, nothing but red and white quilts, all patterns, shapes and sizes.

After studying the quilts in the show I decided I wanted the Tree of Life pattern to be the center of my quilt.



There are several Tree of Life quilts in the show, different settings, different tree patterns. This is quilt number 1056 and was hung in the interior middle of Pavilion One.




So here's what I've got so far. This section is 20" x 20" and has 97 pieces. (I'm counting as I go, to make it easier in the end)

Did you know that traditionally the trunk section of this block was appliqued? I appliqued the little triangles at the bottom of the trunk, but not the whole trunk. And after I got it all done, and compared it to the original, I noticed my block was a little leaner. I'm hoping I can live with it. If I have to make every quilt twice I'll never get done!

Now I just need to surround this block with about a dozen or so red and white quilts in various sizes, patterns, and designs. Sounds like fun to me!

Here's what I do know for sure, the quilts will be red and white. Really that's all I know, I've yet to determine the finished size or even all the additional quilts I'll use for inspiration. And deadline, you know me and having a plan, but how can I possibly put a deadline on this? I'm hoping for the end of July, but we'll see.

So anyway, I've got a start and I'm looking forward to the challenge. (remind me of this when it's August and I'm still not done!)


June 28, 2011 . . . . 

I'm still working away on my Red and White Quilt Show Tribute Quilt.

There were several quilts in the show with different takes on the Irish Chain pattern. This one was my favorite, I think it was just the simplicity of the pattern.




This quilt was hung in the interior bottom of Pavilion Four and is quilt #898.

Here's my version.



My blocks are a little smaller and the quilt has fewer blocks. I'm thinking this piece will be easy to fit in anywhere in the overall scheme of things.

My little quilt finished at 23" x 23" and has 766 pieces. The bigger 9 patch blocks finished at 4.5 inches, the small 9 patch blocks finished at 1 1/2 inches.




So 2 down, I don't know how many more to go. I maybe need to work on a piece that has more red than white in the pattern.

I was surprised how easy those little pieces fit together and enjoyed working with the smaller blocks. One thing that made that easier was my Go Cutter.

I don't really have a need for little teddy bears, cats, or hearts or all the other whimsical designs that machine can cut, but one thing that did appeal to me about using a Go Cutter was cutting strips. Not so much as a time saver, although it is, but for accuracy. I used my Go Cutter to cut the one inch strips I needed to make my little 9 patch blocks.

I also used the one inch strip die cutter to cut my strip sets, and it worked like a breeze.




I lined up my strip sets with the seams running the opposite direction of the cutter. To make sure they didn't move I taped them in place.


Then I cut them. This was such a time saver. I cut all 200 pieces in less than 5 minutes. I think it would have taken at least an hour to cut all those tiny strips by hand, one by one.

July 7, 2011 . . . . 

Now, on to some more starry business . . .


so this is my inspiration quilt,


and here's what I've made. The star blocks are 3 inches finished. There are so many show quilts I want to work into my tribute quilt that I've realized I need to make smaller and partial versions of most of them.

I left some leeway around my outer edge to trim this quilt down to whatever size works when I'm ready to put all the little quilts together.

This little piece of the puzzle finished at around 20" x 24" and has 326 pieces.



So here's where I am right now, plenty of work to go.
Between these three projects I'm now up to 1,189 pieces.

Each little quilt feels like it's own project so I'm enjoying each leg of this journey. And it doesn't look anything like what I have in my mind's eye, but I'm not worried about it. . . . yet!

July 16, 2011 . . . . . 

So the last time I blogged about my tribute quilt to the Infinite Variety Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts Show, held in New York this spring, I was working on snowballs.

The Red and White Quilt show had several snowball quilts but two caught my eye,


this one, because I liked the border and LOVED the quilting. This was quilt 200 and hung in the interior bottom of Pavilion 5.


And this one,


see how the quilter took one 9 patch block and swapped the position of the red and white fabric to make that little interesting design in the top right part of the quilt. I just love that little something something. Not that I could EVER do anything like that, just a little out of my comfort zone. I would be too afraid everyone who looked at my quilt would say, "Did you notice Thelma made a mistake in her quilt!"

This is quilt 304 and hung in the exterior top of Pavilion 13.

Here's my snowball tribute quilt.


It finished at 24 1/2" x 27 1/2" and has 451 pieces with 3 " blocks.





Here's where I am right now, 4 mini quilts for a total of 1,640 pieces.

I need to change up some sizes on my next few quilts to give the impression of depth.

I know this project just must have some log cabin blocks and am thinking some little ones would maybe look good between some of the mini quilts.



This one finished at 2 5/8". I think it's an adorable block but am not sure I'm up for making 100 of them!
I would love to have this quilt done by the end of the month, yes THIS month. I'm not coming out and actually saying it's a goal, but it sure would be nice.

Here's what's next. . . .




a few of these school house blocks, I'm thinking mine need to be around 4 1/2 inches. Don't you just love the vintage feel of these blocks? This a block I don't see in new patterns at all, I think it's the perfect project to work on while I make up my mind about those log cabin blocks.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, it's going to be a typical July weekend here, which translates into meals of nothing but salads and sandwiches, it's too hot to cook! Thankfully it's never too hot to sew!!

July 25, 2011 . . . . . 


So I'm working on this Red and White Tribute Quilt, and I thought some little red school houses would look good so I sat down with my pencil and paper, did some cyphering, and came up with a plan for making 4 1/2 inch blocks.

Up until this point, the math part of this project has been one of the things that I've really enjoyed. I had no problems whatsoever with the main structure of the school house, but that roof line was another matter entirely.



This was probably my worst attempt . .



Now this is one perfect roof.

Trouble is, it took me NINE attempts before I got that perfect roof.



The first roof I actually tried to piece using templates that I made, not even close!

I then figured I would "just draw" the roof and paper piece it. The second roof, how did that happen!! My first lesson in mirror imaging when drawing a pattern to be paper pieced. I guess I could have made all the houses facing west instead of east, but I've NEVER seen them that way in a quilt so I figured I better draw the roof backwards.

The problem was getting that white diagonal strip to match perfectly with the white horizontal strip in the house.





Now it's down to a few more blocks and a few chimneys and I'll be good to go.


July 28th, 2011 . . . .

So here are a few of the "house" quilts from the Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts show.

I've noticed online that this block has two names, sometimes this block is called "Little Red Schoolhouse" and sometimes "The House that Jack Built".




This is quilt #755 and was hung in Pavilion 5, Exterior Middle. I'm guessing these are more houses that Jack built since they're surrounding a church, like a a little red house town.




This is quilt #1012, and was hung in Pavilion 8. Another little red house town surrounding a church.

This was my favorite house quilt.




I like the fence and how that one row of houses are upside down.

This was the inspiration for my little quilt.




My houses are 4 1/2 inches, and even though they were pesky, I love them. I would love a whole quilt of these houses but not houses that are only 4 1/2 inches, I would want to build bigger houses for a full size quilt.

My version is 21" x 39" and has 450 pieces.

For the whole project I'm now up to 2,090 pieces. I think I'm over the half way point.

Next up, a few of these.





Do you know what these quasi four patch blocks make?




This rickrack design! Did you know that? At least that's how I think I make this pattern, that's what I'm going with, stop back by to see how it all works out!

August 5, 2011 . . . . 

I sure hope my title says Red and White Tribute Quilt Update! I thought maybe you would be ready for a change of pace, and since I'm still working away on my red and white tribute quilt, (and have been since the middle of JUNE!) the best I could do for a change of pace was messing with my title . . .

so this is where I left you last,


a little zigzag pattern that turned into



a little bigger zigzag pattern. This will be trimmed to fit somewhere.


This was my inspiration, Quilt #930, which hung in Pavilion 11, Exterior, at the Infinite Variety Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts show at the American Folk Art Museum.


Next up, something like this,


this is Quilt #132, which hung in Pavilion 1, Interior Bottom.

Or maybe this . .



Quilt # 1041, which hung in Pavilion 10, the Interior top. There's something going on in this quilt that gives it more of a presence of white fabric which I find very interesting. The white side of the block is the same size as the red side with the hsts, subtle isn't it!

So far, my "quilts" have been predominately white, so I figured I better go with quilt 132, even though I really prefer quilt number 1041. But at this point I need to think about the finished top and stop picking what I like the best.



So I made this. The blocks with the hsts finish at 5 inches.

August 9, 2011 . . . . 

There's just no other way to say it or make it anything other than what it is, yes it is yet another update for my Red and White Tribute Quilt.

Here's the inspiration,




Quilt # 1040, Pavilion 10, Exterior Top.

Here's my version,


29" x 29"
406 pieces.

Thanks so much for continuing to stop by and watch my progress, it must be like watching grass grow, nothing but red and white somethings every post.

Hang in there, the end is in sight!

August 12, 2011 . . . 

I've finished the last two "quilts" for my Red and White Tribute Quilt.

I just knew I needed some flying geese in my project, and there were several quilts with geese that caught my eye.


Like this quilt for example, #765, displayed in Pavilion 1, Interior Top.


Same theme different version, # 892, displayed in Pavilion 10, Exterior Top.

In the end my decision was driven by the space I had to fill, and this one fit the bill perfectly.


This is quilt #1026 and was displayed in Pavilion 12, Interior Bottom. The quilting really makes this quilt, there are braids between each row of geese and in the border. I plan to ask my quilter to do the same.




So here's my version of 1026.

I also felt pretty strongly that some log cabin blocks needed to be in my quilt.



I'm going with 3 inch finished blocks. I'm thinking they will be good filler for the space I have left. (I paper pieced these blocks)

So that's it, all that's left is putting together all the pieces.



And here's how I'm doing it. I'm shooting for a quilt around 68" x 82" and using graph paper to get a general idea of how it should all go together. Scary, I know! I'm guessing this isn't how the professionals do it.

Thanks so much for your continued support and interest in this project, your comments have motivated me and convinced me that this will all come together, hopefully it doesn't all come together in my trash can . . .just kidding, I'm too stubborn to give up now!

August 18, 2011 . . . . 

The Infinite Variety Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts show in New York City consisted of more than 650 quilts. When I started working on ideas for my tribute quilt, I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with making one red and white quilt, but also knew I didn't need to be making more than 650, that's how I came up with the idea of combining several mini quilts.

I studied all the quilts and narrowed the list of potential projects down to nineteen. It wasn't even really that hard. A lot of the quilts are similar in nature, so I knew I would pick only one from quilts that used the same block. Some of the quilts used techniques that I don't have the skill set for, like Hawaiian Applique quilts, there were several of those, and I eliminated those right off the bat. Some of the quilts required a pattern that I just didn't have the ability to recreate, so they were out too.

I ended up using 10 from my original list of nineteen. There wasn't a big plan to only use 10, that's just how it all worked out, the quilt told me it was done, and I listened.

I though perhaps you would enjoy seeing the nine quilts that didn't make the final cut,






Quilt #853, Pavilion 4 Exterior Middle - A pineapple quilt. I love pineapple quilts, making a pineapple quilt is on my To Do list. Maybe someday I'll make a red and white one, just like this, but there are no pineapple blocks in my project. I just didn't think they fit in with the other blocks.

This is Quilt # 907, Pavilion 2 Exterior Middle, Churn Dash block. I personally feel like this block has an old time quilt feel to it. I've never made a churn dash block and thought this quilt would look so good in my project, I just ran out of room. Luckily the Farmer's Wife quilt has two churn dash blocks, so there are some in my future.




This is Quilt #831 Pavilion 11 Chairs - I loved the look of this quilt, and there were several of these. I thought about having just one row of these blocks in my quilt, but I was afraid if I stuck in single rows here and there, you would loose the feel of an entire quilt, even though my project has just sections. It's hard to describe and hard for you to imagine, me not wanting my project to look too busy, but believe me, even I have my limits when it comes to busy!


Quilt #963 - Pavilion 2 Interior Middle. I thought this pattern needed to be on a corner to work, and I used up my corners before I got to this one.


Quilt #1023 Pavilion 2 Interior Middle -I loved the look of this quilt and thought I would enjoy the math challenge of making a mini one of these. Then I decided I would need a good chunk of this project in my quilt to look like this pattern, and I didn't have the space to give.





Quilt #1074 Pavilion 2 Interior Bottom - there were several checkerboard designs and I loved them all. My grandmother made this type of quilt, cutting her blocks with scissors and using a cardboard template. She made a brown and white one, a red, white and blue one, a pastel colored one (I got that one!) and several others. I initially thought this pattern would be good filler, but it looked too busy when put in the mix.



Quilt 1189 Pavilion 11 Interior - Irish Chain - there were several Irish Chain patterns in the show, I went with a very simple design, but I really preferred this one, but I didn't have the space I needed to pull this one off.


Quilt #822 Pavilion 3 Interior Middle - There several of these plus some were the reverse, white blocks with red sashing. You just don't see this design anymore, I thought this one would be a good filler or background project, but I just didn't need it.


Quilt 689 Pavilion 1 Exterior Top - Dots! I love these dot quilts. There was another one that was red strips with white dots next to a white strip with red dots, back and forth, too cute. Of all the quilts in the show, I would say I'm most likely to make a red and white dot quilt, they just tickle my funny bone for some reason.

So that's my parade of "almost but not quite" quilts. You'll be relieved to know my Red and White Tribute Quilt is DONE!! It took me 22 hours to get all the pieces together perfectly, and one section took 4 tries. I'm surprised you didn't hear me hoot'n and a holler'n when I finally got the last section to fit, it was a celebration at my house, that's for sure, and a huge relief. I think it was worth every minute.

August 23, 2011 . . . . 

After torturing you with 10 Red and White Tribute Quilt posts I won't make you wait any longer, here it is . . .



The idea of this quilt is to make you feel like you're walking into the Infinite Variety Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts Show and all that you see is red and white quilts.

This quilt has no border for one reason, I wanted my mind's eye to continue with each quilt that was on the edge and to the other quilts in the show. Having a border made this project have a stopping point, and it doesn't, not to me, after all, the show wasn't called Infinite for nothing!

I was also a maniac about the layering of each quilt, the center tree quilt is the only piece where you can view the entire quilt, the other quilts show at most two borders, because the quilts "hang" in front of or behind the other quilts.


This is the picture that gave me the idea to create my quilt in this manner.

My first plan, assembling the quilt using graph paper, was a good starting point but when it got down to the final few filler quilts I went with a different approach.


I placed painters tape on the floor the size I was shooting for, I also ran tape down the center and side to side to keep the tree quilt in the middle.


This approach made playing around with the final placement of each piece much easier. I guess easier is a relative term, as I mentioned in my last post, it took me 22 hours to get all the pieces to fit together perfectly .


This shot gives you a better feel for the size. I don't think there is anything I would change. I enjoyed the challenge, the process, and the quilt has the look I was going for.

This is Lifetime Quilt #73, it finished at 67 1/2" x 83" and has approximately 4,054 pieces. (900 less than my personal high of 4950, Oh Christmas Tree has that honor)

Thanks so much for your support, enthusiasm, and bewilderment as I worked on this project. I loved working on my tribute quilt but sharing it with you was just as 
much fun and a real motivator to see this project through.


Back from the quilter . . . . . 





Yes it's true, my Red and White Tribute Quilt has been quilted.
It was quilted by Connie Lancaster at Quilts Plus in Indianapolis, IN.

Here it is, all done. I could not be happier.

Each mini quilt in this project was quilted uniquely. Connie went with a perfect combination of new and old quilting designs, I think it adds so much to the overall look and feel of the quilt.


So here's the center, it's hard to go wrong with feathers.


We chose a more modern design for the Jacobs Ladder quilt.


And some swirls for the snowball blocks.


More feathers to surround the stars,


and some wreaths and crosshatching for my houses.


Finally, a different wreath pattern for the double nine patch quilt.


It's so hard to believe that after spending my whole summer devoted to this project that it's all done. Nothing left to do now but enjoy it!