Red and Green Quilts have been the source of inspiration for many of my quilt designs. Looking at those wonderful antique quilts always sparks an idea or two....... It never ceases to amaze me how amazing those quilters of old were, paving the way for quilters of today.
When I was asked to design a block for the Australian Applique Society Newsletter, my thoughts were to base my design on tradition. What better then the wonderful quilts of Red and Green ! After taking a closer look at these quilts I saw that they were not only Red and Green but had yellow, blue and even Pink added in subtly to give the quilt that zing !!!! that we always look for in our quilts.
This is the design I have come up with.............
I started with the centre design, pulling out the most true red I had in my stash. I wanted the reverse applique in the centre to stand out and what better then a subtle but still bold yellow ! Yellow is not a colour I use easily, I am learning to get a little bolder with my colour choices. Reverse applique is a fun way to get a bit of punch in small places, I am loving the outcome.
The template has been cut where the reverse applique is before ironing it to the back of the background fabric.
All edges are turned. Including where the reverse applique will be. The fabric used for the reverse applique (yellow fabric) is placed underneath. Make sure you allow extra fabric that will cover the entire area and stitch in place.
What to add next!!!! I looked through my stash again to find the perfect colour to place with the red around the outer scallops. I tried many many fabrics, the blue was a winner and I love the punch it gives to the entire quilt. the whole center was basted and stitched together before being placed onto the background.
The flowers have been basted and stitched together before being placed onto the background. The picture below shows the stitching process, I hope this gives you the general idea.
The colours in this quilt are very different to what I have done before. I love how it has worked out ! Adding the pink was a bit different and I would have never thought to add pink before taking a closer look at the Red and Green Quilts. Each time I walk past I get a little surprise and think my gosh did I really make this beauty.
Thinking of a name for this small quilt I have come up with Sharon's Surprise. What do you think ? Can you suggest a name you would prefer ?