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Black-and-White Wall Quilt with Japanese Redwork

We made this attractive quilt using three different black-and-white fabrics. The red trim adds a lively touch that helps complete this project. The designs used on the quilt are from the Japanese Redwork Set to give the quilt an Oriental flair.

The finished size of the quilt is about 37" x 37".

You will need:

  • 1/4 yard of black-and-white patterned cotton fabric for the blocks (this fabric should be mostly white),
  • 1/2 yard of black-and-white cotton fabric for the blocks and binding (this one should be mostly black),
  • 1/2 yard of black-and-white fabric with a different pattern for the borders (this, like the first fabric, should be lighter in color),
  • 1/2 yard of white fabric for the blocks;
  • 1/4 yard of red fabric for the sashing,
  • fabric for the backing,
  • low-loft polyester batting.
For embroidery, we used embroidery polyester threads, and light-weight cut-away stabilizer.

Cutting:

Seam allowance is included and is 1/4".

Out of white fabric, cut

  • 9 squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" each.
Out of the 1st black-and-white fabric, cut
  • 4 strips 2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric; subcut the strips into
  • 9 strips measuring 2" x 6 1/2" and 9 strips measuring 2" x 9 1/2.
Out of black-and-white fabric, cut
  • 4 strips 2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric. Subcut the strips into 9 strips measuring 2" x 6 1/2" and 9 strips measuring 2" x 9 1/2,
  • cut the remaining fabric into 4 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.
Out of red fabric, cut
  • strips 1" wide and the length of the width of the fabric, subcut them into
  • 6 strips measuring 1" x 9 1/2",
  • 4 strips measuring 1" x 29",
  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 37".
Out of white-and-black fabric for the borders, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 4" x 29"
  • 2 strips measuring 4" x 37"

Making the Blocks:

Take a white square and sew a 2" x 6 1/2" light patterned strip to the top and a 2" x 6 1/2" dark patterned strip to the bottom edges of the square. Press the seams.

Sew the 2 1/2" x 9 1/2" white strip to the left and 2" x 9 1/2" black strip to the right edges of the block. Press the seams.

Assembling the Top

Don't forget to press seams after each operation. Always press the seams to the darker fabric, where possible.

Sew 3 blocks in a row, with 2 red sashing srips, measuring 1" x 9 1/2", between the blocks. Make 3 such rows.

Sew the red sashing strips measuring 1" x 29" to the top edge of each row.

Sew the rows to each other.

Sew the remaining red strip measuring 1" x 29" to the lower edge of the quilt top.

Sew the 4" x 29" border strips to the top and bottom edges of the quilt top.

Sew the red strips measuring 1" x 37" to the left and right edges of the quilt top.

Sew the borders strips measuring 4" x 37" to the left and right edges of the quilt top.

Embroidery

Stabilize the white blocks with light-weight cut-away stabilizer and make the embroidery of the designs from the Japanese Redwork Set.

Quilting:

Now place the backing/lining on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted around the embroidery and made free-motion quilting all over the work. Please note that out fabrics have geometric patterns which make free-motion quilting very easy - just follow the lines of the pattern.

After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Finish the raw edges with binding.

The quilt is ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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