Friday, April 27, 2012

Red and Green Album

In March I saw this album quilt in the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.  This quilt is the inspiration for a new quilt I am working on, a hand applique project.  I liked the smaller blocks with the simple red sashing.  I came home and got out the graph paper and started working the numbers.
  How many blocks?  What size sashing?  Border?  I finally decided on 9 inch finished blocks, and a border that will eventually have the red sashing fabric used for triangle points around the outer edge and a simple applique border.  The layout is going to be 6 X 7 blocks so I have 42 applique blocks to play with. 

The color choices was the easiest decision, it will be red and green with a few yellow touches. 

 I started pulling mostly Jo Morton's prints out of the 19th century reproductions I had on hand and then had a wonderful fabric shopping trip to the local quilt store and added to them. 

Here are my first few  blocks:

 I am choosing the blocks from all my favorite books,  the thrifty little squirrel is from Elly Sienkiewicz's Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts, the other three are from Jenifer Dick's The Circuit Rider's Quilt as are the next two blocks I am working on.
 I really want to draw some of my own blocks and put in some blocks that are personal.  This is an idea of how the quilt will look with the sashing.

The clematis are blooming, they are just beautiful this year.

 Actually they are beautiful every year to me.  Maybe I need to be thinking about a clematis applique block.
Happy Stitching All!


  1. What wonderful blocks! I really like the squirrel :0) I bet you had fun shopping - some of the newer Jo Morton lines are irresistable!
    Your clematis is lovely!!

  2. What a wonderful keepsake you will have when you finish this. I love the blocks you have chosen so far.

  3. I love this idea. The colors are great. I am thinking of doing something similar in brights just for the fun of using pretty colors. A perfect travel project.

  4. It will be beautiful, I visited the study centre in 2010 and loved it there

  5. oh I just LOVE this quilt and LOVE the blocks you chose to do, I may just have to make a quilt like this too! what is better then, red/green and chrome yellow/cheddar?

  6. Oh my gosh! it is going to be lovely and so personal to YOU! I love the idea of adding your own blocks. Nice start!!