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


  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... :)

  2. Beautiful! Looking for the snail!

  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.

  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! :)

  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!

  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!

  7. I've heard of red herrings as a term in mystery 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.

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

  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.