Friday, January 22, 2016

Red Herring baby quilt

Today I'm excited to share another Quilting Jetgirl quilt pattern that I tested:

Red Herring baby quilt, measures 31.5" x 35"

First, what is a red herring?  When I first saw Yvonne's Red Herring quilt I thought it was a fun design, I'd never heard the term "red herring" before.  So here's the definition, for those like me: 
  1. 1.
    a dried smoked herring, which is turned red by the smoke.
  2. 2.
    something that is or is intended to be misleading or distracting.

So obviously we didn't make a dried fish quilt, right?  Here's another look, without the added distraction of the quilting:

Red Herring baby quilt

Oh!  Clever, isn't it?  The pattern is on sale for $6 for two weeks (until February 5th), which you can find in Yvonne's Craftsy and Etsy stores. 

Red Herring baby quilt: quilting detail.
Here's a look at how I made mine with a variety of low volume background fabrics (instead of just one fabric, there more details included in the pattern):

Red Herring baby quilt: Low volume fabrics cut following the directions.

Red Herring baby quilt: Ready to start piecing the arrows!

I laid out the whole quilt at this point to make sure there was an even distribution of each of the low volume fabrics.

Red Herring baby quilt: row layout.

From here the quilt top came together really quickly!

Red Herring baby quilt: quilt top finished!  Measures 32" x 36"

Next I pinned a small piece of batting behind the red herring arrow and then stitched in the ditch, then trimmed the extra batting--this is my favorite method of adding trapunto.  

Red Herring baby quilt: adding trapunto to the red arrow.

It gives the red arrow a little more loftiness, especially since I left it unquilted.

Red Herring baby quilt: trapunto using two layers of Warm and Natural batting.

I spent a week trying to come up with the perfect way to quilt this quilt.  During that week Yvonne and I were discussing what to call this type of quilting, and all the thinking and talking about it made me want to just do. 

Red Herring baby quilt: after the first bobbin

 We finally settled on Flow Quilting, which works so well with this quilt!  I added extra swirls to give the quilting movement in the same direction as the arrows. 

Red Herring baby quilt: after the second bobbin.

I used Aurifil #2320 (light beige) for all of the quilting

Red Herring baby quilt: after the third bobbin.

I really enjoy this style of quilting, it is so much fun, and turns out so interesting!

Red Herring baby quilt: out in the sunlight.

Red Herring baby quilt: back.

This quilt came together so quickly, and so smoothly!  I think this pattern is very well written, and would be appropriate for a beginner.  As an advanced quilter I found the pattern thorough yet simple, easy to read and really enjoyable to put together. 

Red Herring baby quilt: red arrow.

Red Herring baby quilt: back of red arrow.

So what are you waiting for!  Go get this pattern while it's on sale for only $6 (sale ends February 5th)!

Red Herring Pattern Cover

So, how many snails did you find?  I'll give you 3 hints, there are 3 snails, they are really sneaky, and they can be found on every up-close photo of a single arrow, like this one:

Red Herring baby quilt: quilting detail

9 comments:

  1. Once again, I love the view of the back of the quilt. The unquilted arrow really sings. Thank you so much for testing the pattern for me! Time to go snail hunting... :)

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  2. Beautiful! Looking for the snail!

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  3. Beautiful quilt and quilting. I like the low volume background look, though I'm more of an in-your-face quilter. I think I saw the snail in the next to the last photo.

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  4. I think I like the back as much as the front!! I really like your version of this quilt! The low volume 'scrappy' background really works! And the quilting, beautiful! :)

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  5. Ok I'm not so sure I would have looked at the solid one twice (I'm a scrappy gal) but I LOVE LOVE LOVE your scrappy take in it! Brilliant!! And your quilting is stunning!

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  6. You rock, ma'am. The scrappy low volume is not your usual but it looks amazing! Obviously, the quilting is straight up fabulous. Great idea for the unquilted arrow, too!

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  7. I've heard of red herrings as a term in mystery stories...as in something that make you think the solution will be one thing, while it's really something entirely different. I had never thought of it as having anything to do with actual herring! I love the large swirls surrounded by flow quilting. You made a beautiful version of Yvonne's pattern.

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  8. I've always loved how you take pictures after each bobbin. This is beautiful. I want to try that flow quilting sometime.

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  9. You had never heard the term red herring before?!
    I love the little deatils or finishing touches - the one trapunto arrow and the flying geese on the back.

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