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It Could Be Red October!

Posted on | October 19, 2013 | 37 Comments



I am linking this post to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival  at Amy’s creative Side.  This quilt is going in the Two Colour Quilt section.

There will be hundreds of amazing quilts to view and inspire.  Thanks Amy for this wonderful opportunity.


This particular quilt has been some time in the making. I started to play with the red and white fabrics back in 2010. It went into Amy’s Quilt Festival back in May 2011, when it only had the first border. It then had its own post on Sew We Quilt as a finished flimsy in August 2011.

And then it sat for quite a while. I wasn’t confident about quilting it myself as it was 70 X 70 ins and I knew I had to wait until I found the right quilter for the task.  Earlier this year I started an Art Journaling class and met Melinda Gibson. I found that she had her own long arm business called Around The Block Quilting.  When I saw her work I knew that she would be perfect for this quilt.

So here is the end result, 3 years after it was first started.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


I have to show off the beautiful quilting.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


Here are a few close ups of the detail.

The medallion.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


Some detail of the feathers and swirls.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


The Dresden fans in the corners.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


And again.

Red October - Sunburnt Quiltss


Delicate detail in the tiniest of squares.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


The star border.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


And the drunkards path border.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


I think I enjoy looking at the quilting on the back as much as the front.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


Of course I played with the light coming through the window to show up the quilting.

Red October - Sunburnt Quilts


I am thrilled with the final finish for this quilt and am so thankful to Melinda for her beautiful quilting.

The name Red October? Easy – I started it in October and finished it in October, and the other part you can guess.


37 Responses to It Could Be Red October!

  • Queenie says:

    A truly beautiful red and white quilt!! Congratulations on a true family heirloom!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  • Sarah says:

    I love your quilt. This is an amazing piece of art. The amount of detail is really spectacular. Beautiful.

  • Sarah Cooper says:

    Oh, that is gorgeous! I’m glad you waited until you found just the right quilter, because the result is phenomenal!

  • Your quilt is just beautiful! I love all the different components; it makes it very interesting and fun to look at. I found that I spotted new things the longer I looked at it. The quilting is lovely as well. I am new to the blogging world but hope to figure out how to vote for your quilt for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. Good luck!!

  • Kris says:

    This is so beautiful!

  • Jill says:

    This is just so pretty. White and red is such a timeless and beautiful combo!

  • karen walker says:

    Beautiful quilt…amazing amount of work…love love love it…and the quilting is superb. :)

  • Kati R. says:

    Your quilt looks breath taking! I looked up your name and realized you were from Australia, I should’ve recognized that in the first place. There’s something about Australian quilts that just stand out and makes my jaw drop. I love the way you did the drunkard’s path border and the quilting looks amazing, no blame why you wanted to show it off. You have a stunning quilt you should be really proud of!

  • Connie says:

    What a beautiful quilt!

  • CitricSugar says:

    Stunning! The workmanship is incredible.

  • audrey says:

    Very lovely work. This quilt is quite beautiful.:)

  • Rebecka says:

    Hi Karen: I love your quilt. Great entry for the quilt festival. I always love a red and white quilt. Hope you are doing great.

  • Penni@CWQ says:

    The quilt and the quilting are indeed beautiful. My entry was red and white as well. Absolutely gorgeous job.

  • Charlotte says:

    wow! it’s amazing! What a labour of love! Enjoy the festival :-D

  • Astrid says:

    WOW! It’s GORGEOUS! The quilt itself is so beautiful and the quilter did an amazing job. It’s a masterpiece!

  • Suz says:

    This is fabulous Karen! Red and white is such a classic colour combination! And that quilting is amazing! You have a real treasure to love and enjoy!

  • Linda King says:

    Karen it is beautiful! Great job by both you and your quilter.

  • Frances says:

    The top is gorgeous by itself but the quilting really takes it to a new level. This will be one that you will enjoy for a LONG time!!

  • Bev C says:

    Wow, Karen this is stunning, if it is missing it will be at my home. Love the name of it too.

    Happy days.

  • Joan says:

    Ok, so you can clearly see I can’t spell worth beans today. Make that Holy Moly and step in AS a tie breaker! I don’t like this getting old stuff! LOL!

  • Joan says:

    Holey Moley Karen, that is absolutely spectacular. What a beautiful quilt, and your quilter certainly did it proud! You have a treasured heirloom on your hands. So when does the fighting begin as to who gets it when… LOL!! I would happily step in a the tie breaker! tee hee

  • I remember when you started this. BEAUTIFUL finish!

  • Wow & Wow again. Just gorgeous Karen. It is simply beautiful

  • Pauline says:

    Karen, WOW, WOW, WOW…your quilt is absolutely stunning. Your peicing…perfect and Melinda’s quilting…stunning. Congratulations on a gorgeous finish. I hope you enter it into some quilt shows. It is a blue ribbon quilt for sure.

  • marina says:

    Your quilt is absolutely breathtaking. The quilting completes the top perfectly. Well worth the wait!

  • Oh, Karen, it is STUNNING!!! The craftsmanship of you and your quilter are just magnificent. This is a masterpiece. (And of course, you know I love the red!)

  • sunny says:

    Wow. that is awesome. I’ve always loved medallion quilts, but this is breathtaking!

  • Patti says:

    Congratulations on a beautiful finish! Your decision to have it professionally quilted has made a spectacular quilt, even more so! Hope you plan to enter it into the upcoming Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

  • Fiona says:

    such a lovely quilt and she has quilted it beautifully so that it shows up your work…. love it all…

  • Melody says:

    Together you have created a masterpiece

  • Susie says:

    It is beautiful

  • Rachaeldaisy says:

    It’s wonderful to see this beautiful quilt finished. The quilting is perfect, I love those swirly feathers. Amys Quilt Festival is coming up, I think you should share it again for that.

  • BillieBee says:

    The quilt and quilting are both fantastic. Congratulations on a finish.

  • Sunnybec says:

    WOW Karen, that is stunning. What a fabulous quilt, it may have taken you a while to do it but boy was it worth it. Hugs xx

  • Denise in PA says:

    Wow, that was worth the wait! It’s a spectacular quilt to begin with and the quilting just puts it over the edge! Also, you can never go wrong with red & white. What an heirloom!

  • Lesley says:

    Love, love, love Red October! It is such an exquisite quilt. I hope you will enter it in some quilt shows. It sure looks like a winner to me. Love your choice of fabrics and your piecing is so precise. The quilting is the perfect final touch. Congrats on a beautiful finish.


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