Friday, October 25, 2013

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!

AmysCreativeSide

54 comments:

Charlotte said...

what a beautiful quilt - I love all the different red fabrics you used! Enjoy the festival :-D

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I like how the quilting followed the design of the quilt.

Beth said...

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.

sophie said...

your quilt is absolutly gorgeous!! want this book:)

Clare Somerville said...

Wow -- just beautiful! I love the addition of the blue.

Karen Smith said...

I love it love it love it. It is just perfect, and your color and fabric choices are beautiful. Darn, now I have to add another quilt to my bucket list :)

dolores said...

I don't know what it is about a Red Cross quilt but I just love them so! Maybe it's because it is such a wonderful organization that I get a warm fuzzy!:)
I really gotta make one of these!

Janine said...

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

Thimbleanna said...

Inspired and Reverent. You are TOOO stinkin' funny. Beautiful Quilt Amy!!!

~Diana said...

I love this quilt! So fresh and bright! It looks amazing, well done :)
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Lauren Deel said...

I saw this yesterday on one of your co-author's blogs, and I have been smitten ever since! I'm so glad you can finally share it, and I can't wait to grab a copy of the book...

Mary said...

SEW nice to have a brand new Quilt to show off! Have fun at Market!

Svetlana said...

how amazingly beautiful!!! And congrats, looking forward to getting my hands on this lovely book.

Kim M said...

This turned out so great! Love it! And I'd love to see the rest of the book too.

Books_Bound said...

I adore this quilt! Sometimes red, white, and blue can come off as a little hokey, but this is just gorgeous and fresh.

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 the same person, because there is an enzymatic reaction that causes it to break down (or something--I'm an English major, this is a little beyond me). I've tried this on multiple occasions, and it always works, even if it is gross!

tracy_a said...

lovely!

amy smart said...

Wow! Thanks so much Beth! (Who can resist a red gingham binding??)

amy smart said...

Hahaha! That is so funny! I am totally going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

amy smart said...

I hate when that happens. Well, not really hate, but I know that feeling of the never-ending quilt-bucket-list! :)

amy smart said...

There are some fun projects in there! It was so fun to finally see the others.

Sherri @ RebeccaMaeDesigns.com said...

Love it... And congrats on the book!!!

CitricSugar said...

Amy, the visual impact of this quilt is huge! It reminds me of hand-painted tile.

Rebecca Grace said...

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 stashing help!!

krista said...

oh my goodness. this is stunning! just incredible.

Kristie said...

It's just awesome, Amy. Love how there are so many patterns to notice inside, depending on how you look at it :)

quiltswithpersonality said...

Love it...fabric choice really enhances the pattern. Beautiful

Joyful said...

The book looks like a good read and the quilt is just beautiful!

Katy Cameron said...

I love how depending on the angle you see a different pattern in this! Ouch on the blood infusion though...

Leila said...

Beautiful! My favorite types of quilts are those based on traditional patterns and updated. Great fabric choices and quilting!

Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts said...

This is so great! I love old school patterns made made modern and the colors are fantastic!

oneenglishteacher said...

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's suggestion. You really will get the quilt good as new though you're right that the colors were perfect for disguising the leftovers of your labor of love :-)

margaret said...

very nice, as others have said it is good to see a modern twist on the traditional old blocks

Suze said...

How can you miss with red, white, and blue unless it'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's fun to try though. I love the old quilts and I'm finding that I like the new spin on the old quilts too. I thought I was more of a traditionalist. I certainly wouldn't call myself a modernist yet I do like the new spin. Thanks for a great post and now I have a new excitement.

Cille said...

A lovely quilt. I really like it. Hmmm I think I just have added another book to my wish list :)

FabShabbyRoses said...

Beautiful! That book looks like one I need to keep my eye out for!

Ginny said...

Really gorgeous! Love traditional updated patterns - I will be looking for this book :)

Kathy said...

Beautiful job! Love the nice clean crisp look. Best picture is where you show Melissa's square stipple. Perfect choice.

LynCC said...

Very nice quilt, and I just love the backing fabric for it. :D

Canadian Abroad said...

Love it! The pattern shines with the limited colour palette.

Hitch and Thread said...

Very nice. +1 to what Canadian Abroad said above.

Hilary said...

This is a gorgeous quilt :)

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

This quilt really POPS!!!!! love how it photographs!

Karen said...

Your quilt looks great. Love all the fabrics you have used.

Michele said...

It really is spectacular and congrats on the book.

Judy H said...

I want the quilt and the book! I gives me ideas of what can be done with solids.

holly said...

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!

Magnolia Tea said...

your red cross is gorgeous! I'm a new quilter and know so little, but I know I love bird collage and dear stella. so cute. have a great week!

Kris said...

This quilt is so eye-catching and beautiful.

Kelsey K said...

I really love the around the color wheel solids, they're awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to have that book! Kelseykurucz@yahoo.ca

Leanne said...

This is such a bold graphic design, I love it.

Habibti at Home said...

This quilt is spectacular!

Selfsewn said...

Whilst wizzing through all the entries its this one I've come back to.
I'm really loving red on quilts right now and yours is very red, nice job x

AZ Smurfette said...

SO SO SO SO SOOOOO cute!!!!!

thesewingwren said...

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!
I love the colour combination, the interest in the piecing, and naturally the finished article....
W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L-L !!!