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.
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”.
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.
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!