Saturday, November 20, 2010

Red Letter Day Mod Sampler Quilt

Well, it's finally quilted, bound, washed and dried AND we've had a sunny day = photos of my Red Letter Day quilt! I love it so much and can't wait to give it to my friend and her kids.
I was also lucky enough to have my big sister visiting, and she helped by holding the quilt up. :)
The pattern is Oh Fransson!'s Mod Sampler Quilt-Along and the fabrics are all from Lizzy House's amazing Red Letter Day line, along with Kona Snow for the sashing. I used 10 fabrics (5 pairs) instead of 12, and made the quilt a smaller 4 x 5 blocks to make it a cot or crib quilt. The dimensions are approximately 40" x 51", after washing and drying.

I also cut and pieced a lot of strips instead of cutting out and piecing all the itty-bitty squares, and was happy with the result. If anyone is interested, I can post some photos and more details regarding this approach.
I was so confident after my first attempt at free-motion quilting, but was quite surprised at how much more difficult it was to quilt this larger quilt. It wasn't the extra area to quilt, it was the difficulty and even physical strain to control all that bulk of fabric. About halfway through the quilting I bought a pair of all-purpose gloves with latex palms from my local grocery store. They were well worth the $5 spent! It made the quilting substantially easier and the stitches a bit more regular. I like to think that the inconsistent quilting adds character to the quilt and overall I'm really happy with the crinkly result.
And here's the doll quilt washed and dried as well. I love how this shot helps put its size in perspective.
Sunshine, beach, visiting family and a finished quilt? Definitely a Red Letter Day.


  1. Red Letter Day indeed! What a great quilt! i love that you used your RLD....and I am assuming you have more left for future projects? I really MUST use some of this fabric!! great job Jill!

  2. So cute! I really love that fabric. I have a few of the prints, but didn't decide I loved them until they were too hard to find. Great work with it!

  3. i love this....that fabric is one that i have been saving for a special project...wonder when i will find it and have time to make it?

  4. Fantastic pattern to show off these fabulous fabrics! I love it! And the doll quilt is beautiful too. Well done!

  5. This has turned really lovely. The simple design is perfect for showcasing the fabrics. I can totally relate to your free motion quilting issues. Smaller items are so much easier to quilt but a bigger quilt is quite a physical workout.

  6. Well the recipients of these two quilts are very grateful indeed! Big sister noticed her doll quilt in the photo straight away and loved it when I read aloud your messages. And we love the baby one as well (of course!) Thank you so much for these special presents that will be cherished for a long time to come. And I know how much you love this fabric - so thanks for parting with so much of it! Kate xo

  7. I love your quilt! It's perfect for a baby! And the doll quilt is soooo yummy:)

  8. Jill these turned out lovely ! I have no clue about free motion quilting so I would not have noticed the the so called "crinkly" parts- to me it looks like it's all meant to be :D very pretty colours too.


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