No Turn on Red is a quilt I designed and made for a local foster care kid. I am member of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild in North Carolina and the local foster care system is the charity we work with by making and donating quilts each year.
In addition, foster care is close to my heart for another reason. My sister and brother-in-law have fostered probably 15-20 kids by now, and have adopted my nieces and nephews below. They are adorable and such happy kids!
This year our guild members were challenged to create a “Modern Quilt” for a “Modern Kid”. I have made and donated several baby quilts previously, so I wanted this one large enough to be for an older child or a teenager.
I sketched out this pattern on paper earlier this year. So when the challenge was announced and the fabric received by the guild, I looked though my idea book and thought this would be the perfect pattern to spotlight the fabric. Or maybe I should say to ‘stop’ light the fabric since the idea for this pattern came from stop lights. Most of the stop lights in our area are hanging from wires that are attached to tall wooden poles. But just down the road from me are stop lights hanging on sturdy poles and I really liked the geometric pattern play it provides. Add to that a few directional arrows (flying geese) and negative space, and a modern quilt was born.
And I have to say that I love it! Sometimes when ideas are on paper, you’re not quite sure if it’s going to work or not. But I love how this came together and I really love the red and yellow fabric in this design. I do wish the blue print was a bit stronger in this design, but overall I really like the effect. If the quilt wasn’t already promised, I would probably keep it – I like it that much! And the back is a solid piece of an awesome IKEA print. I purchased this fabric earlier in the year and was holding it for something special. It works well with this quilt.
The top was very easy to put together — certainly easy enough to piece in one day. And then it took me another day to quilt it. It finished up at 54″ x 68″, which is a good lap size for most anyone.
Overall I’m super happy with it, and super happy that I finally got another quilt finished. I have several more tops done, so hopefully I’ll have some more finishes to share in the next month.
Also, I have entered this quilt in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. Head on other there and vote for me if you get a chance. My quilt is entered in the “Original Design” category and voting runs Nov 1-7. Click here to link to that page. And while you’re there, check out all the other amazing quilts that were blogged about this week around the world.
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