Saturday, July 16, 2011

Another Red & White Tribute Quilt Update . . .

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!!


  1. Thelma,
    I am so impressed with your love of red and how well you do small pieces!! Can't wait to see the finished tribute quilt and I hope you add some of the small logcabin blocks to the quilt somewhere. G

  2. Wow! Gorgeous red and white quilts. The only quilt I made to sell was a red and white school house similar to the one you posted. One day I will make one for myself ;-)

  3. Have I told you how much I LOVE this???? I love the little switch-up on the snowball quilt - I don't think I would have noticed it if you wouldn't have pointed it out - but I like it!

  4. I love watching this emerge. I can't believe that microscopic log cabin!!

  5. Your red and white quilts are darling, Thelma.

    The one with the switched pieces is really speaking to me - I really like the idea of doing that. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I love how my eyes are drawn to the switched 9 patch. I think it looks planned, but I would be worried people thought I messed it up. :-)

    Your tribute quilt is looking good, Thelma! That log cabin block is the smallest block ever!! So cute! Did you paper piece it?

  7. These red & white quilts are amazing ! What a wonderful tribute quilt this is going to make . Looking forward to seeing your Log abin blocks and schoolhouse blocks :-D

  8. They all look great; can't wait to see the houses - one that's been on my list for too long now.

  9. Thelma, you do such beautiful piecing. Love your red and white tribute so far. Look forward to seeing more of it.

  10. I'm so impressed with all your little quilts. Can't wait to see what the end game will be with this one. How do you get such a small log cabin so perfect? I tried making a few truffet pin cushions and can't get those right! You are amazing with the same blocks. I've got to take some lessons from you!

  11. Pretty, pretty, pretty! I love following along on the red & white journey with you Thelma!

  12. A friend of mine saw mention of that quilt show in the newspaper, immediately hopped on a plane, and flew to NY to see it. She says it was well worth the trip. I love red and white quilts.

  13. Love what you're doing! Can't wait to see the completed quilt!!! Amazing :)

  14. Thanks for showing these pictures! Your quilt is going to be amazing :-)

  15. I saw that block right away in the R&W #304! I really liked that little pizazz! Your mini tribute collection is growing and each one of them are be-a-u-ti-ful! thelma- you are an inspiration! Fig Tree did an entire book a few years ago of just house quilts. There was one red and white one in there... not that any of them couldn't have been made in red and white!


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