Modern Red Cross Quilt

I’m so excited to finally share a quilt that I worked on last summer. I’m calling it Modern Red Cross (because I’m so gifted at coming up with creative names). This is my modern interpretation inspired by a traditional Red Cross block created during World War 2. 
This quilt is one of the quilts featured in a brand new book from Kansas City Star called Classic Modern Quilts. All of the projects in the book are modern quilt patterns inspired by very traditional quilt blocks. All of the contributors also discuss their thoughts on modern quilting. You can read some of my thoughts on KCS’s My Stars blog as well as meet some of the other authors and learn more about the book.
My copy of the book arrived just this week! I was so excited to finally see the other projects in the book. I’ll be sharing more about this book in a few weeks. But if you want to come back on Monday, there will be a fun giveaway with a copy of the book and a bundle of reds to make your own!
This quilt was quilted by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. I wanted a simple square-stipple to coordinate with the right angles of the quilt design.

I took a bunch of pictures of this ‘on location’ in an orchard but the clothes-line wasn’t high enough to hang the whole quilt. Fortunately my husband snapped this picture when I was showing it to my sisters, that shows the whole thing. Look at how inspired and reverent I’m being.

I also found this picture on my phone from when I was binding it. And that is proof that I put actual blood, sweat (but no tears) into this quilt. Good thing the red is kind of camouflaged in the plaid. 

This is one of my favorite quilts of the year so far. I’m so excited to finally get to show it off – especially just in time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival!



  1. says

    I saw this book previewed in a different place . . . and this was my favorite one. Great job, blood & sweat & all. Love the gingham binding in particular.

  2. says

    I don&#39;t know what it is about a Red Cross quilt but I just love them so! Maybe it&#39;s because it is such a wonderful organization that I get a warm fuzzy!:)<br />I really gotta make one of these!

  3. says

    Amy, I love this quilt! I&#39;m partial to red, white &amp; blue quilts and this is perfect! Beacuse of you I use Melissa to quilt my quilts too. She&#39;s great!

  4. says

    I saw this yesterday on one of your co-author&#39;s blogs, and I have been smitten ever since! I&#39;m so glad you can finally share it, and I can&#39;t wait to grab a copy of the book…

  5. says

    I adore this quilt! Sometimes red, white, and blue can come off as a little hokey, but this is just gorgeous and fresh.<br /><br />Sorry you bled over it! A gross, but effective, way to remove your own blood from fabric is to spit on it and rub it out with another cloth. (I told you it was gross!) I learned this from a seamstress friend of mine. Apparently, the blood and the spit have to be from

  6. says

    Well, actually, blood is quite appropriate for a Red Cross quilt, if you think about it… :-) Strong graphic quilts like this one make me think that I am fabric shopping ALL WRONG. I have very few fabrics in my stash like this that are solid or read as solids, but the design impact of this quilt would be completely lost if it was made up in my crazy multicolor fabrics. I need remedial fabric

  7. says

    I really like this quilt! And, I totally was going to weigh in with the blood removal tip noted above, but someone beat me to it. I second Books_Bound&#39;s suggestion. You really will get the quilt good as new though you&#39;re right that the colors were perfect for disguising the leftovers of your labor of love :-)

  8. says

    How can you miss with red, white, and blue unless it&#39;s blue, white and a touch or red? jk I adore the red bias gingham binding. The blood just blends right into the quilt. Of course, others have already enlighten you as to how to remove it – it works. Now, I can hardly wait for the giveaway. Of course, I know my chances of winning the book are slim to nil. It&#39;s fun to try though.

  9. says

    Another beautiful quilt – love the red. I like the idea of color bundles at Marmalade and the fabric called carnaby street groovy vibes Citrus – what a name!

  10. says

    Whilst wizzing through all the entries its this one I&#39;ve come back to.<br />I&#39;m really loving red on quilts right now and yours is very red, nice job x

  11. says

    I think this quilt… red cross it the nicest quilt I have seen in a long, long, long time! I can see that it is beautifully made! <br />I love the colour combination, the interest in the piecing, and naturally the finished article….<br />W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L-L !!!<br />

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