Red Herring - Partial Design Rendering

Red Herring: Quilt Design

Quilt Design

I took a 2 week vacation in September, and I was able to sit and sketch out a lot of quilt design ideas while I was relaxing. One quilt in particular came to me as a complete design. It even tickled my husband. I loved it so much that one of the first things I did when I got home was to order fabric for the quilt.

I thought this quilt would be fun to share my process steps with you. So, the first place to start is obviously my sketch from vacation. The name of the quilt actually preceded the design, but really, I had to write something down first.

Red Herring - Vacation Design Sketch
Red Herring – Vacation Design Sketch

As you likely know from literature assignments in school, a red herring is

something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue. [Wikipedia]

And I am clearly only showing you a portion of my design sketch up above… šŸ˜‰

Red Herring - Fabric Selection
Red Herring – Fabric Selection

I actually purchased the backing fabric for the quilt first. At the time, I just thought I had found a good deal on some StudioE Prisms wide backing, but the next day as I sat down to pick out colors for the Red Herring Quilt top, I realized I could just color match to the backing fabric that was already on order. So I picked up Kona Bahama Blue, Kona Ruby, and Kona Breakers, and I am really happy with how the Bahama Blue and Breakers coordinate with the backing print. Also, the Kona Ruby is vibrant and sings out for attention… just what I want!

Red Herring - Partial Design Rendering
Red Herring – Partial Design Rendering

As a final checkĀ before I placed my order for the solids for the quilt top, I rendered the quilt design using my color selectionsĀ (I use Inkscape for my computer generated pattern designs). I really love how the Ruby pops out, and I am excited to start cutting and piecing the quilt top.

I will say that I have a goal in mind of getting the quilt finished in time to submit to QuiltCon (November 30th deadline). I don’t think this is particularly the most modern quilt; I am making it because it excites me, so having a goal to work toward makes sense. If I don’t make the goal… no sweat. If I complete it in time to submit to QuiltCon and if it doesn’t get accepted… at least I made a quilt that tickles and excites me!

One of the most fun aspects so far is the color selection for the quilt. The teals versus the red is probably not something I would have chosen to do without the prompt of color coordinating to the backing fabric. I love how that serendipitous it all worked out. Have you had any fabric color combinations surprise you this way?


I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)