Red & White Pine Trees Quilt

I’ve got quilting tonight, it’s my LQG’s first one for the year and I’m looking forward to catching up with all my quilting buds.

I’ve got heaps of Show and Tell of course because I can take the two finished quilts from the previous post


this quilt top…

image of Pine Trees quilt

Pine Trees quilt

You might remember I had run out of puff a little while ago with this quilt.

Truth be known, I had made two and a bit blocks several months ago,

and the ‘bit’ of a block is because I got some of the units turned the wrong way

(isn’t that what always happens when sewing late at night)

I could use those units in another block, but I guess that was enough to get out of sync with it.

So on Monday I got the Ikea tub out (all my projects are in Ikea tubs) and decided to just get on with it.

image of Pine Trees Quilt in progress

ooodles of half square triangles

First things first,


then sew.

So many half square triangles, I quickly dubbed the day Mundane Monday.

I sewed them in chains of twenty as that is how many are required for each block.

I had to make 260 of these for starters

image of half square unit

(I had already made 60, luckily)

But I got on with it because I didn’t want to still be making those the next day or it would be tedious Tuesday

image of Pine Trees Quilt in progress

Down to the last few

By the end of the day I had all the blocks done.

Tuesday morning I was set to get this knocked over in the day.

Way back at the start I had cut all the setting triangles and plain squares,

the border strips and even the binding, as I was worried about having enough of the Smithsonian Red.

image of Pine Trees Quilt in progress

"I can feel an empty tub coming on..."

There’s no other way to do it is there?

Is this what you do too, just lay it all out on the floor and start sewing…

image of Pine Trees Blocks

image of Pine Trees Quilt

Nearly there

I realise now I didn’t take a photo of the borders, which I sewed as four sets of complete strips

(Red, White, Red, White)

then added them with mitred corners.

I think if I had done them as four separate rounds I’d still be at it.

The inspiration for this quilt,

apart from Linda Collin’s Exhibition later this year :-)

and apart from having enough, with only a little to spare, of Red Smithsonian Fabric,

was an 1875 – 1900 Pennsylvanian quilt in the American Museum in Britain (Bath) collection.

The original quilt is quilted with Feather Wreaths in the plain squares and Clamshells in the pieced blocks.

If I decide to do that it will keep me out of mischief for a while LOL.

I’ve got to join a back before I get up to that bit.

In the meantime, I’ve got this to work on tonight at quilting

image of Block F6

Block F6

The whole block is stuck done and ready to go sew, time for a quick cuppa then I’m off.

Til soon…



  1. it sure looks beautiful. You could keep that renegade block and sew it as part of the label on the back!

  2. LOL, no renegade blocks left over, I used it. I had to…it’s got Smithsonian fabric in it ;-)

  3. Linda Collins says:

    Woo Hoo!! Got to love red and white!!! It’s stunning. Well done on your first finish for the year.

    • thanks Linda, it’s nice to have the head space in January to have a few projects lined up and actually complete them. Hope you’re enjoying your summer break too :-)
      M x

  4. Ady Hirsch says:

    It’s beautiful! I’m partial to two-color quilts, and this one is especially attractive. Ady

    • Hi Ady, thank you…I’m partial to two colours too and have another (only in my head at the moment) using my Dargate Indigoes.
      Your Maltaville is looking good BTW, I must pop over to that site later and leave a comment :-)

  5. Absolutely love this red & white pine trees quilt. Hope to make one one day.

    • Hi Helen, thank you…I never used to make such High contrast quilts, but I’m getting a taste for them now. I’m glad you like it :-)

  6. Congratulations on being an international quilt designer!!! I arrived home from work yesterday to find you in Quiltmania – the best quilt magazine going around – in my humble opinion. Well done!!! Lately Aussies have featured quite heavily and you are up there with the best!!!

    • thank you Debbie, I must confess I haven’t been to the Post office to get the mail so I haven’t got mine yet. I’m going to race round there this morning to grab it and see what it looks like. It is really the best magazine isn’t it…it’s the only one I subscribe too even tho I occasionally buy others.

  7. I love Mid 19th Century Star Quilt that is in Quilt Mania. Being in the U.S. even with a subscription it takes a bit for the magazine to arrive.

    The red and white Pine Trees is lovely. Looking forward to part two fo the star quilt. I plan on making it.

    • thank you Meredith, I’m going to go and grab my copy from the Post office this morning. I’m very excited to see how it looks. I’m glad your going to make it :-)
      I’d love to see a pic sometime if you’re able.

  8. Wow. I’m impressed how you pushed through to the finish. Half-square triangles can be so boring after the first dozen or so! This looks great.

    • Thanks Ann Marie, yeah it’s hard to feel creative isn’t it when faced with a mountain of tedious little units…the only way is plenty of coffee and great music. Fantastic feeling of acheivement tho when finally done :-)

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