Red Herring
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Red Herring

I finished Red Herring, and I am so excited to get to reveal the whole quilt to you today.

Red Herring

Red Herring

Well, the wind was as excited as I was yesterday. The photo shoot was a bit of of a challenge, to say the least. But with the corner flipped up, you can see how beautifully the Kona Bahama Blue (background) and Kona Oasis (arrows) match the Studioe Prisms (in Aqua) backing. You can also see that I chose to bind the quilt with Kona Ruby, the same as the bright red arrow.

Red Herring

Red Herring

In the sun, the Aurifil #2460 (Dark Carmine Red) that I used along the row with the red arrow really stands out and the Aurifil #5005 (Bright Turquoise) blends in beautifully with the rest of the quilt, with the dense matchstick quilting providing a great texture. I estimate that I used 1.5 large spools of 50wt Aurifil thread on the quilting alone, or 2,133 yards (1.2 miles)!

Red Herring - Texture

Red Herring – Texture

I had a lot of fun as I was hand stitching the binding to the back of the quilt feeling the texture created from the quilting.

Red Herring

Red Herring

So the question is, do all my tricks add up?

Red Herring

Red Herring

Does anything else jump out at you?

Red Herring

Red Herring

I am not convinced that it is hidden very well, but then again, I know exactly what I am looking for.

Red Herring

Red Herring

And it tickles and pleases me so much. Red Herring, you were a really fun quilt to make!

For more details on my process, you can check out my earlier posts about Red Herring:

Red Herring

Red Herring

The quilt finished at 62.5-inches by 70-inches. If I were to make the quilt all over again… I would piece the heads of the arrows as flying geese. I was so gung ho to make the quilt I didn’t even pause to consider, I just started with what came to mind first (HSTs)! And stay tuned, I plan to put together a quilt pattern for this in the upcoming weeks (if you are interested, let me know as more interest means I’ll dedicate more time to making it happen sooner rather than later!).

Linking up with Finish It Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop, and TGIFF.

51 thoughts on “Red Herring

  1. twemyss says:

    Well done, wow! I just love that quilting and the arrows, very modern! Clap clap clap to you!!!!!

  2. Mary says:

    I love it! I can see so many possibilities for this pattern. A baby quilt with a b/w background and solid color arrows or a soft background with varying darker shades of arrows. I found the special part at the end when I saw the quilt up close. If you need any pattern testers, I’ll volunteer.

  3. Helen says:

    Ah I spotted it but don’t want to give the game away . Let’s just say you’re pulled every direction

  4. Pam L says:

    Yvonne, I can see why you are so excited! The quilt is so striking! Love the blues and the red is just the perfect touch. That one arrow swimming up stream is a hoot! Great job!

  5. Ivy says:

    Love this! Love the pattern, the quilting, the blue arrow going its own way haha. Great job!

  6. frstborn says:

    I love the “cheeky-ness” in this quilt! Everything from color choices, sense of humor, play with words, to the quilting!

  7. sewivysew says:

    I love it. I love the pattern, quilting, the arrow going its own way haha! Good job!

  8. Shauna says:

    very cool, there is a real sense of flow across the quilt and the colors are wonderful

  9. Audrey says:

    This is so much fun! I have really enjoyed watching you piece this one! And the quilting is scrumptious! 🙂

  10. Too fun! I see it…..the fun part was me thinking ‘I would do this’ if I made this quilt and then Bam! there it was! 🙂 I *love* the quilting. I have never quilted an entire quilt with matchstick and now I want to so badly! Great job!

  11. Leslie says:

    I love this quilt. A few months back my grandson asked me to make him a quilt with a red arrow. I wish I had seen this one. I know he would love it. I went another direction.

  12. JanineMarie says:

    Well, that was fun!! And fast. It seems like just yesterday that you introduced this quilt. I love the matchstick quilting and that you used the red across that row. And I see what you did. It caught my eye right away. ; )

  13. Miriam says:

    I know what you did… The quilting is astounding… really stunning! It’s a great quilt–layout, colors, graphic design…

  14. Debbie says:

    Yes something did ‘jump’ out at me. Very nicely done! That red quilting really adds to it, and I love your photoshoot with the look from furthest away. I think you succeeded!

  15. This is an awesome finish! I hope you submit this to Quiltcon next year!

  16. Jayne Willis says:

    You are so clever! I love this quilt Yvonne! The blues along with the red, but the quilting is perfect. I think the red thread (while a surprise) is perfect. You know I love the ‘wrong way arrow’…nice touch! From what I can tell, you really can’t tell that you used HST’s for the arrow points. You can blame that on the quilting! I believe a pattern would be in order…hop to it girl! Great photos. Those concrete pipes … love!

  17. Renee says:

    This quilt came together SO well! I love the choice of quilting and threads, it is a really nice detail. I also love the effect of scrolling up and down past the 4th photo–looks like all the arrows are moving and flipping back and forth. What are your plans with this quilt?

  18. Debbie Miner says:

    There’s always one that can’t follow the crowd…or directions, lol! Very cool quilt!

  19. Jessica says:

    I like the one backward arrow swimming upstream from the rest. It blends in more than the flamboyant red herring, but is really more of an individual because for all of it’s colorfulness the herring is still following the crowd. It’s like a storybook with a message!

  20. Jan O says:

    I love it! Especially the subtle arrow pointing to the right. Great job!

  21. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    I love it! It came together wonderfully and kudos to you for sticking it out during such dense quilting over such a large quilt! I love the rebel arrow refusing to follow the red herring. Lol.

  22. Ida E says:

    This is a great quilt. Please please please do a pattern soon. I would love it!

  23. Yvonne, watching the progress of this quilt has been truly fun for me. I am not a modern quilter yet I really admire individuals that create them. I think this is one of my favorite modern quilts for so many reasons. Your enthusiasm throughout the process always draws me into your posts/quilts that few other quilters do. Seeing the whole quilt, I would make this quilt in a moment for a couple of very special people in my life. If you need a pattern tester, pick me…pick me!! I found what I think you were talking about, but it is so perfect where it is that I would leave it like that for the pattern. You were also so right in choosing the tight line quilting, again when I see it as a whole, it is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this whole process; I have opened my eyes farther. Have a wonderful creative day!

  24. Barbara says:

    I love how crisp it is, and the humorous blue arrow that goes the other way. Once again, you’ve made an absolutely beautiful Modern Quilt!

  25. Terri Ann says:

    Yvonne I really love this quilt and the little extra surprises in it. The crisp lines and the matchstick quilting are wonderful!

  26. Ioleen says:

    This deserves a standing ovation. Well done. Love the red arrow and the wrong way one. When I found it, I just smiled. Love it.

  27. Love this quilt – so simple with just the one shape but so absolutely stunning!!

  28. Rochelle says:

    I really like that little secret. Reminds me of trying to get around in LA when we lived there for 2 years. The quilting is so great and looks so even and I know you said you were just free handing it. The touch of ruby makes it sparkle. Of course, I love the turquoise. Great finish.

  29. quiltyhabit says:

    It’s literally a red herring – I love that. 😀 Beautiful execution. Are you submitting to QuiltCon?

  30. I LOVE IT!!! What a great quilt, and the quilting is awesome. I’d be interested in a pattern.

  31. knitnkwilt says:

    Funny. Only after being nudged to look for more did I find the rebellious arrow. Kind of like the eye filling in all the letters between the first and last letter to make misspellings readable. Now the question is, Would I pause at a quilt show long enough to see it? Might depend on whether it was the first or last quilt I looked at.

  32. Marls says:

    This is wonderful. I love it. The matchstick quilting is so right for this quilt and I love how you used red through the red arrow section. I had to take a second look to find the extra something-was it on purpose or a happy accident?

  33. Sophie says:

    I love this quilt ! Modern and graphic design and fabric choice. Before reading your question, I thought you did it on purpose 😉 This arrow had to be other way … If you need pattern testers, please contact me 🙂

  34. What a great quilt, loved the misdirection, didn’t see it at first really works well.

  35. Margo says:

    It’s amazing to me that such a simple design can be so stunning. Love everything about this quilt, especially the daring blue one. Are you going to enter this to the QuiltCon? You should, and I hope to see it there when I go.

  36. I’ve been following along on instagram and waiting for the reveal of this quilt! It turned out amazing! I love that single red arrow and the arrow that is going in the opposite direction to all the others. So cool. And that matchstick quilting is perfect for it.

  37. Oooh. I love this one, Yvonne. It would be awesome if you created a pattern for it. I’m imagining all the colour combos one could make it in. So many possibilities!

  38. The sneaky wrong-way arrow does not draw the eye as attention is drawn to the pop of red, but that is the fun of it.
    I just read Jenn’s comments. Rainbow herrings! OK, so we would lose the literary reference, but wouldn’t it be pretty?

  39. Denise says:

    I like the turned blue arrow. It makes the red herring idea more elusive – which one doesn’t belong? A where’s Waldo incognito 🙂 I have to ask my 6 year old to solve this mystery 😉

    I rather like the red binding, blue would have been the defsult choice but ruby really adds some zing

  40. I adore this quilt, and your blue arrow looks completely intentional! The quilting is stunning, a beautiful finish!

  41. I see it, I see it!!!! So fun, I love it Yvonne!!!

  42. SarahZ says:

    Haha! You are just full of surprises! I think your excitement and the fun you have had with this one only adds to how fun the quilt is! Your workmanship is flawless…it is as beautiful as it is playful!

  43. Jasmine says:

    This is a great finish. I did notice the extra change, but I love what it adds to the overall look.

  44. Melody Lutz says:

    I enjoy this design! Was your element of surprise intentional? It JUMPED out at me immediately. With so much open space one could get lost in quilting it – but the lines are perfect for this. Yippie for you on the entire project and thanks for sharing with us. Next?

  45. Super! I am amazed that you used more than a mile of thread to quilt this. Such a beautiful, playful design–gorgeous!

  46. LOVE everything about this quilt! The dense quilting, red binding, the blue and red threads, the red herring and the one salmon (swimming upstream) is just amazing. This is one of the projects that it’s obvious that everything just clicked for you. Bravo!

  47. Kaja says:

    Great quilt – and I think your choices for the quilitng and the binding have really enhanced the design. Lovely.

  48. sally says:

    I did a quick double take and spotted it just before I got to your verbal nudge! And I love it, much more subtle and clever than switching the red one, and of course so much more in keeping with the title! Did the switched love letter envelope start your brain off on this line do you think? And the quilting is just amazing.

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