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Red & White Quilts: 14 Quilts with Timeless Appeal from Today's Top Designers

Red & White Quilts: 14 Quilts with Timeless Appeal from Today's Top Designers

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Red & White Quilts: 14 Quilts with Timeless Appeal from Today's Top Designers

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Nov 1, 2018


Generations of quilters have been captivated by the simple beauty of red-and-white quilts. Today's quilters are no different. Whether it's humble patchwork or more complex designs, a quilt stitched in only red and white fabrics speaks to the hearts of so many quilters.

In Red & White Quilts, 14 of our generation's top designers share their takes on red-and-white quilts, ranging from vintage-inspired beauties to more modern styles. From patchwork to applique to English paper piecing, designers including Lisa Bongean, Sue Daley, Kim Diehl, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Carrie Nelson, Camille Roskelley, and Jen Kingwell offer a one-of-a-kind collection sure to inspire you to create your own legacies in red and white.

Nov 1, 2018

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For many quilters, the truest form of love and caring is making a quilt for someone special. With every fabric we select, the pieces we cut, and the many stitches we take, if we’ve predetermined the recipients, we’re thinking about how they’ll use or display our quilts and the joy it will bring us to see their faces when we give quilts as gifts. To be sure, not every quilt we make as a gift for someone else is a masterpiece or a work of art. Sometime it’s a baby quilt delivered in the nick of time or a dorm room quilt meant to wrap a student with a warm hug from home.

But there are times when we seek out the one perfect pattern to create a quilt that is going to commemorate a lasting event—the wedding, the milestone anniversary, the first home, or the advanced degree. Or maybe it’s not an occasion at all that prompts a special pattern selection, but it’s the recipients themselves—a friend who’s helped in immeasurable ways, a family member who’s meant so much, a hero in our midst for whom words are truly not enough. Or perhaps it’s you. You’ve always dreamed of completing a timeless quilt for yourself that’s both aspirational and inspirational. It’s your legacy quilt that you’ll pass on to generations to come.

Whatever your reasons for quilting, when you’re looking for patterns to create quilts with ageless appeal, a quilt that will look as inviting and special 100 years from now as it does today, you’re certain to find that special design in the pages of this book.

We reached out to today’s top quilt designers and asked them to create their own version of a quilt they’d treasure for a lifetime. In limiting their palette to red and white, our thinking was twofold. First, in our minds, no color combination has enjoyed continuing popularity as much as the red-and-white duo has. It seems equally popular among longtime quilting enthusiasts and relative newcomers. The striking contrast appeals to modern and traditional quilters alike. Secondly, red is among the most popular fabric colorways across multiple vendors and shops. It’s universally available season after season, ensuring that you’ll be able to find it on shop shelves for years to come.

So whether you begin cutting out your quilt today, or simply start dreaming today of the quilt you wish to make someday, red and white fabrics will be ready when you are. Here’s to making memories!

~Jennifer Erbe Keltner



I love the challenge of creating a quilt that fools the eye. You’d think this design had some appliqué to create the rings that appear. But here’s the secret—there’s not one curved seam or appliqué piece in the entire quilt. It’s the various angles of the straight lines that fool the eye into thinking you’re seeing circles. Add quilting to emphasize the circular shapes and this classic 1930s quilt design becomes a graphic, modern quilt. It’s a dream-come-true pattern in my book!

QUILT SIZE: 78½ x 96½

BLOCK SIZE: 15 x 15


Yardage is based on 42"-wide fabric.

6 yards of white solid for blocks, sashing, and border

5 yards of red solid for blocks, sashing, border, and binding

7¼ yards of fabric for backing

87 x 105 piece of batting

Template plastic


All measurements include ¼" seam allowances. Trace triangle patterns A and B on page 11 onto template plastic and cut out the shapes on the drawn lines. Trace the templates onto the wrong side of the 3½"-wide strips as specified below, rotating the templates 180° after each cut to make the best use of your fabric.

From the white solid, cut:

1 strip, 5 x 42; crosscut into 4 squares, 5 x 5

8 strips, 3⅞ x 42; crosscut into 80 squares, 3⅞ x 3⅞

30 strips, 3½ x 42; crosscut 13 of the strips into 142 squares, 3½ x 3½. Cut the remaining strips into:

246 A triangles

246 A triangles reversed

26 strips, 2 x 42

From the red solid, cut:

8 strips, 3⅞ x 42; crosscut into 80 squares, 3⅞ x 3⅞

20 strips, 3½ x 42; crosscut 6 of the strips into 63 squares, 3½ x 3½. Cut the remaining strips into 246 B triangles.

10 strips, 2½ x 42

17 strips, 2 x 42

designed and pieced by LISSA ALEXANDER

quilted by TERESA SILVA

Making the Blocks

Press all seam allowances as indicated by the arrows.

1. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each white 3⅞ square. Layer a marked square on a red 3⅞ square, right sides together. Stitch ¼ from both sides of the marked line. Cut the squares on the line to make two half-square-triangle units that measure 3½ square, including seam allowances. Repeat to make 160 half-square-triangle units.

2. Sew together a red and a white 2 x 42 strip to make a strip set that is 3½ x 42. Make 17 strip sets. From the strip sets, cut 320 segments, each 2" wide.

3. Sew the segments together in pairs to make 160 four-patch units that measure 3½" square, including seam allowances.

4. Sew a white A triangle to one edge of a red B triangle; be sure the blunted tip of the B triangle is pointing up. Add a white A reversed triangle to the adjacent edge of the red triangle as shown to make a star-point unit. Press. The star-point unit should be 3½" square, including seam allowances. Repeat to make 246 star-point units.

5. Join eight half-square-triangle units, eight four-patch units, four star-point units, four white 3½ squares, and one red 3½ square in five rows of five pieces as shown. Join the rows to make a block. The block should be 15½" square, including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 blocks.

Making the Sashing Units

Sew together two white 3½ squares, two star-point units, and one red 3½ square in a row to make a sashing unit that measures 3½ x 15½, including seam allowances. Repeat to make 31 sashing units.

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