Quilt Pattern

Red Herring Pattern Release

I am excited to announce that Red Herring is now available as a digital download PDF pattern! You can find the pattern in my Craftsy and Etsy stores. The pattern will be on sale for $6 for two weeks (until February 5th).

Red Herring Pattern Cover

I made Red Herring just after I completed a large secret sewing project that I was very, very excited about. I still cannot share too many details about the other project, but I was able to share a surprise peak of that project a few weeks ago! It was so hard to put my best effort into a project and not be able to really share that process with you, so I immediately dove into the Red Herring quilt, which was a lot of fun to tease along until the final reveal.

The definition of a red herring is “something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue.” The design goal of this quilt is to use a bold and distracting arrow to divert a viewer from noticing the regular arrows which happen to include one facing the wrong direction.

Pickled Herring

Pickled Herring by Mali Engedal

Mali Engedal lives in Norway, and she was very interested in the Red Herring quilt pattern! I couldn’t write it fast enough, so I just loosely gave her some dimensional guidance and she made this fantastic version of the pattern that she calls “Pickled Herring”.

Red Herring Quilting Detail by Renee @Quilts of a Feather

Red Herring Quilting Detail by Renee @Quilts of a Feather

Renee @Quilts of a Feather made the baby quilt size of Red Herring as a pattern test for me using a variety of low volume fabrics for the background. I have to say that her quilting is amazing and really helps continue the illusion and draw the eye away from the backwards arrow – but you will have to go visit her blog for full details on her version of the quilt!

I also owe thanks to Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs for her thorough editorial review of the pattern.

Red Herring

Red Herring

I hiked Red Herring around in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park back in December to get a few more photographs before I gifted it to a friend.

I am really looking forward to seeing other interpretations of the Red Herring quilt, and I hope you share your progress and finished quilts with me by using #RedHerringQuilt and tagging me on Instagram (@quiltingjetgirl), or by sending an email to me at jetgirl8 (at) gmail (dot) com with photos or a link to a blog post!

Linking up with Finish it Friday and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.

27 thoughts on “Red Herring Pattern Release

  1. The photo in the desert is such a contrast to a photo shoot here with all of our snow. I have really enjoyed seeing the progress of this quilt and love the Pickled Herring version made by Mali. Congratulations on the release of your new pattern, Yvonne!

  2. Liz says:

    Congrats on the pattern release! Really clever quilt concept. I love how excited you were about sharing this quilt, it made me all the more excited to see the progress as you shared it, and now you’ve got a completed pattern!

  3. Congrats on your pattern release Yvonne! What I love most about this quilt is the surprise of finding that one arrow moving against the flow. Red Herring is a good name! The quilt has such a fun personality – love it!

  4. Tish says:

    Congrats on the pattern release. Red Herring is such a unique idea. I love that the quilt tells a very subtle story and is very eye catching in its simplicity.

  5. Love seeing how others interpreted your pattern. Congrats on the release!

  6. Your Red Herring is amazing and the picture of it in the desert is gorgeous. This is one I plan to make. Thank you for the design.

  7. Audrey says:

    Woohoo! I especially enjoy seeing the other versions of this. Congrats!

  8. Congrats on a beautiful pattern! This is probably my favorite quilt of yours! I can’t wait to see more of your tester versions. 🙂

  9. RuthB says:

    Congrats on the release – its such a fun pattern playing with colour like that and distracting from the one blue going the wrong way!

  10. Jayne says:

    Awesome Yvonne! Congrats on knocking this pattern out! Love seeing the different versions of it. They are so different, good and inspiring!

  11. SarahZ says:

    Yay! Congratulations on such a fun pattern release! It is such fun to see the different versions!

  12. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    Congrats on the pattern release! Such a fun pattern, I still love the little rogue arrow sneaking off the other way. 🙂

  13. Ben says:

    Love the idea! Fun quilts, all of them.

  14. congrats on the new pattern release! I love your photographs of your lovely quilt in the dessert!

  15. Mari says:

    Congratulations on the new pattern! The red arrow made me smile. 🙂

  16. Yvonne, I think it is wonderful that you are now selling this pattern. Every time I see this quilt, I stop and just wander slowly across each row and up and down just enjoying the amazing beauty of the design, fabric usage and quilting. The other links will be interesting to explore also; so thank you for sharing them. Have a fantastic creative day!

  17. Karen says:

    This design makes me want to giggle–especially since the first time you posted it, it took me a minute to find the “secret,” even though I know what a red herring is 🙂 I love the “pickled” name. Another terrific pattern–way to go, Yvonne!

  18. Shauna says:

    that is a great pattern, I love your version, and the pickled herring is just too cute.

  19. Judy says:

    Isn’t it fun to see other people’s takes on your patterns?? Your quilt is so cool and then Pickled Herring, so different but also a fabulous quilt. And then Renee’s quilt using not solids – it works so well in prints too! Congrats on another pattern release!

  20. Congratulations on finishing the pattern! I love this quilt. It’s simple, but yet it’s not. So striking.

  21. Congrats on the pattern release! It is an awesome design and a beautifully written pattern!

  22. helen says:

    congratulations on the pattern release. Red Herring is one of my favourite of your quilts. And not only do I love the quilt, but I love old fashioned detective stories with lots of red herrings. Pickled Herring made me smile, we eat a lot of pickled herrings for some reason.

  23. Sally says:

    Congratulations on the pattern release. Really interesting to see other versions of this one. Renee’s take on it has such a different feel to it, amazing what a change of fabric and quilting can do.

  24. Pickled Herring? 🙂 How cleverly appropriate for Scandinavia!

  25. Jasmine says:

    So exciting and fun seeing it in different colors.

  26. Sarah says:

    This pattern made me laugh — so clever! I love it.

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