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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Update on the Traditional Red and Green Quilt

By: Karen

I have been busy the past month quilting – some progress, not as much as I would like but it is still possible to get this quilt done in time for the holidays.  Now if I just was not working on so many other things.

I unrolled the quilt the other day to get photos of the border as I had forgotten to do that before I had rolled it to start quilting on the blocks.  It took 3 photos but here is the border.




I am marking my grid with the blue wash out pen “Mark b Gone” I have had excellent luck with it and I am not concerned about leaving the ink in the quilt so long – I will not be spritzing it out as I go as the red and green colors could possibly bleed – the water would just be sitting there as it would be damp for awhile – in the washing machine you know there is a lot of water and color catcher’s – completely different story!


I use the white chalk pen from Fons and Porter for the red borders.  That will brush out as I work and what doesn’t will wash out when the quilt gets tossed in the wash.


I am quilting on some of the applique – some of it is pretty thick though as I did not trim out the back fabric in all places – just didn’t think about it – so I am using a stab stitch which I am not used to and do not like on the thickest of the applique parts so all stitches are not created equal!



I am keeping up a progress report on my personal blog of this quilt if you wish to check it and I will periodically on this blog.


  1. WOW! This is SO beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Karen it is looking wonderful! I have done the same thing in the past with not trimming behind the applique, it does make things a lot more difficult.

  3. This is lovely and you are on a roll!

  4. Beautiful red and green quilt. Love seeing the hand quilting. Once I had marking removal issues, but not with product you mentioned. Now I pretest.

  5. Looking good!! Beautiful stitches, especially though all those applique layers!

  6. Such a stunning quilt! Your hand applique' work and quilting is GORGEOUS!

  7. Fabulous red and green quilt and aweswome quilting!

  8. que gran trabajo, precioso!!!!

  9. It's really looking so good Karen! Even your imperfect stitches are wonderful.:)

  10. A sensational quilt, love it.

  11. Absolutely lovely quilting Karen, and what a beautiful quilt it is. Would love to know how the washing out of the blue pen goes. I am sooo nervous to use any blue pens as I have seen bad results. Please let us know.


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