Red and White (or Cream and Crimson) go well together! Cream and Crimson are the colors for Indiana University (IU) and I recently made a queen size IU quilt for a customer. The IU quilt has 4″ red and white cotton stripes on the front that looked crisp and clean next to each other, so I began sewing random pieces together.
Small pieces of red and white leftover scraps were strewn around my sewing area. I began sewing rectangles, triangles, and squares together and noticing interesting patterns!
Now what? I had red and white fabric sewn together in jagged random patterns! Solution? Cut 4″ squares and start designing. This method of sewing is one way to make a modern quilt from scraps and background fabric. The red and white looked rather jarring, so I added small black and white checks to highlight the red. Add in black and white checks and it is still bright and jarring!
Next addition? Take the small black and white check pattern and repeat with larger 2″ squares in grays/blacks/whites with notes of red. Setting the centerpiece small red/white squares “on point” and the bigger squares horizontal highlighted the center diamond shape well! I machine quilted straight lines in gray thread to complete the piece.
Here is the back of the wall hanging! Random piecing of the fabric from the front combined nicely into a tall building in a “cityscape”. I really like this side with the quilting showing through.
Thanks to my customer for the inspiration to use red and white (or Crimson and Cream)! Come see it in the Indy Modern Quilt Guild Show 2017 in Broad Ripple Park, Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, August 20, noon-4:30.