Sunday, September 4, 2011

"Pawprints" Bound!

Now this is a RED quilt! I swear, it glows in the dark, tee hee. I am very proud of this one because I chose my own design work for the first time. It is a simple 2 1/2" four-patch that has been placed into a nine-patch setting block, using 4 1/2" scrappy reds.
I am also proud that the binding is DONE before Labor Day! It only came back from my longarmer (Linda Monasky of The Bear Paw Gallery in Alton, NH)
on August 31st, so that was three days! Linda did a beautiful job of hand-guiding the red thread into lovely swirls.

Usually I take a month to get "around to it" on the bindings. This is also the first quilt that I ever happened to make with a binding that is the same fabric as the outer border. Would that be called a "self-binding"? I have a basket of binding scraps saved and there was more than enough of them to use on this, but I just could NOT bring myself to add another layer of busy-ness to this quilt. I'm glad. It looks fine.
This border and binding fabric were a super-saturated Robert Kaufman fabric that is a great blender. It has almost every shade of red worked into it which is I think why it works so well with all those varied scrappy reds in the quilt's center. I'm also glad that I decided to use a bland neutral for the 2 1/2" inner border.
I'm often guilty of making quilts that are "too girly" So this one got a real macho flannel camouflage backing. And one of the scrappy reds that I used is a tone-on-tone of red pawprints, hence the name.
The quilt's secondary pattern of crisscrossing lights doesn't show up until you view it from a distance, but it is so fun when you finally see it!


JCnNC said...

I really do like the camo backing. Just the right touch. Great quilt. Judy C in NC

The Cozy Quilter said...

I love all the reds and the pattern that the lights make. Great job!

Michele, a distracted quilter said...

Great scrappy project. I love the reds (my favourite colour).

Helen in the UK said...

Came to your blog to see the cheddar bowtie challenge, then found a link to this. This is so simple, yet so stunning! This might be just the thing to use my own 2" scrappy 4 patches from leaders/enders!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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