Red, White and Blue!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Just popping in to show you my latest finish in red, white and blue. My friend pointed out that this one is very patriotic, being the colours of several national flags around the world.


I love red, white and blue together. This is a simple sampler and great for any beginner. My free fourteen part photo tutorial is available in my tutorials at the top right of this page if you want to make it. It’s a large lap quilt size which would also work well as a single bed topper. My favourite block is the card trick which is the blue and white one in the middle of the second from bottom row. It probably has other names too depending where you come from.


The quilting is in a waves pattern as I’m Sewing Beside the Sea. This is such a relaxing design to do in free motion quilting, really good for my muscle memory Winking smile.


I first attached the binding to the front by machine and then, for a change, machined it on the back. I’m really pleased with how it turned out as I usually prefer to stitch the binding by hand. A change is as good as a rest, so they say Smile.


I’ve got a very exciting new project (well for me anyway) to post about over at Sewing Beside the Sea so I’d better get on with it and then catch up with what you have all been getting up to.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend Smile

Avis x

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  1. it certainly does look very patriotic, looks great 🙂

  2. Isabel's Needleworks

     /  April 13, 2014

    Beautiful work as always…

  3. Beautiful! Love the ‘seaside’ quilting. 🙂 Not the German national colours, but our regional flag (state of Schleswig-Holstein) is blue, white and red.

  4. Avis……That’s beautiful!!! I love all the blocks and hope I can do one like it….maybe later this summer (I can’t believe I am thinking like that already!!!!). Your binding is perfect!! What width did you cut it (I’m assuming it’s double). Hugs………………….

    • Oh yes, always double 😉 I cut it at 2.5 inches and then folded in half. I usually cut at 2.25 if sewing the back by hand but I didn’t want the line of machine sewing to spoil the look on the front of the binding so allowed it to go just past the edge of the binding on the front (if that makes sense).

      • It makes perfect sense. The funny part is I cut it 2.25 when I do it totally by machine and 2.5 when doing it by hand. My 1/4″ machine foot is a scant measure so this works for me. The point is….your stitching on the back is perfectly on the edge. Do you do the final stitching from the front (SID)?? I think I’m doing something a bit off…LOL!

        • No, I machined on the back and made sure the binding on the back went past the edge of the binding on the front. I have a line of stitching about one eighth of an inch in from the binding on the front but it is very neat and tidy. I prefer that to SID as that is never as successful for me and I would need to do that from the front which would mess up my back LOL.

          • EXACTLY!!!!! I’m going to try the method you do and see how it works for me. Sometimes I need help in this “quilting thing”!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!

            • Don’t we all 🙂 This is the first one I’ve done this way and it worked a treat for me. It’s just important to keep the wrap-around consistent with the front so your line of stitches on the front is equidistant from the binding all the way around. I don’t use pins or anything, I just keep a close eye on it and sew slowly. It might be worth trying it on a pot holder first. Good luck!

  5. claire93

     /  April 13, 2014

    Rule Britannia, Brittania rules the waves lol

  6. The Dutch flag is red white and blue too! It is a gorgeous quilt. I am saving up red and blue fabrics too for one of these beauties!!!

    • I’ve made another one in blue and white. You can see a photo in the right hand column if you scroll down. I’m sure your version will be wonderful 🙂

  7. Very nice and would make a nice qift and the bedroom beautiful. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  8. This is great! I have always been a fan of the card trick block, but have never made it. Now, I will not only make that one, but I’m going to tackle this whole sampler (in the summer). I’m going to go the scrappy look. Thanks for getting me excited about it! 🙂 By the way, I love the waves for the quilting design.

    • Thank you, it’s lovely to share ideas.Scrappy samplers are lovely too. All the measurements and quick piecing methods are included in my tutorial if you want to make the same size as mine 🙂

  9. Gorgeous quilt Avis. Love the red,white and blue. It looks very fresh and bright. Cheers Linny

  10. witchylin

     /  April 14, 2014

    It looks lovely Avis. Card Trick is my favourite too. I like the idea of trying the machine binding on both sides. If I am going to machine bind I do it the other way around but I think yours looks brilliant. I plan to give it a try. It is a really fresh summer quilt and the quilting is perfect with it too. 🙂

    • Thank you Lin. Give it a try. I’m sure it’ll work well for you 🙂 I have seen it done the other way around and tried it myself….once. Never again. I made such a mess and had to frog it LOL.

  11. It’s gorgeous. I love all the different blocks in it 🙂

  12. Definitely patriotic colours – looks a bit nautical too! I love the stitching patterns you have used as well. 🙂


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