Friday, June 3, 2016

Opposites Attract Blog Hop


I'm happy to be participating in yet another fun hop! A big thanks to Marian as usual for all her hard work.

As soon as I read the theme of this hop, using just two colors, (we could actually use three colors if desired, but I decided to use just two), I immediately thought of redwork embroidery. I just love the simplicity of the red floss against a white/off-white background. I also thought of pinwheels, although I couldn't tell you why! Just one of those weird things that popped into my head I guess. In any case, I decided to combine the two for this hop and came up with my "Pinwheel Redwork Mini Quilt."

The redwork is a very simple design and is stitched using only a back stitch. The pinwheels are done using raw-edge applique. I cut 4" red circles into quarters and fused onto cream blocks. Then, I machine appliqued the pinwheels to the blocks with a small zig-zag stitch near the edges. I did a very simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting around the blocks. Then, just to add a bit of variation, I used a red and cream gingham for the binding. The binding caused me problems, including the fact that I had to piece fabric together for it, and didn't do a very good job of it! But I'm happy overall with how the piece came out.


Here's a free tutorial on how to make it. And here's the embroidery pattern itself; be sure to print it out at 100%.


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I greatly appreciate all your comments. I will reply to everyone who isn't a No Reply Blogger, but it might take a day or so for me to do so.

Also, there's are two great giveaways for today:



And finally, here's the list of today's participants, as well as the complete list for the hop. Be sure to visit everyone!


 June 03


Complete List:

 June 01

 June 02

 June 03
June 06

 June 07

49 comments:

  1. The minute I saw that embroidery, I was hooked! Thanks so much for sharing that pattern and the tutorial. This is such a lovely little piece and I love red and white or red and tan or cream. dezertskyquilting.wordpress.com

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  2. Such a cute Pattern. Thanks for sharing. raydeer@memlane.com

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  3. Great project Elizabeth. I really enjoy the embroidery, it's great how the pinwheels were placed both ways, and the pinwheel blocks surrounding it was a nice twist on the traditional block. Thank you so much for sharing your project with everyone for Opposites Attract.

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  4. I love your project! The simplicity of the appliqué in two colors and the matching embroidery piece in the middle makes it perfect! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. What a great project. I have always love two coloured quilts.

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  6. Love this and especially the way you created the curved pinwheels. Cute pattern and so nice to see red-work focus. Thank you

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  8. My kind of quilt! I really love it! Red and white, gingham, redwork embroidery - all together! And even a tutorial for it... A lot of work for such a lovely project! Thank you!

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  9. This is a really pretty piece. It has a folksy look. I like that you used several stitching elements...sewing, embroidery, applique.

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  10. It is so sweet!! It has a real delicate touch to it.

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  11. So sweet Elizabeth, and well done too. A classic color combo.

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  12. Elizabeth, I love the pinwheels. Yes, bindings can be a pain.

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  13. Your curved pinwheels are amazing. It seems to be a fun projects.

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  14. I really like embroider and quilting together. Thanks for sharing

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  15. Love the combination of piecing & embroidery. Great job!

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  16. this is so very pretty. thanks for the patterns.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  17. Cute pinewheels. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  18. What a sweet project and applique pinwheels. Now that's right up my alley! Thanks for the tutorial too!

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  19. Great project - love those pinwheels! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Such a classic combination - red and white. Thank you for the pattern.

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  21. That is fabulous. I love the red and white with the embroidery.

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  22. Very pretty, I have never made a 2 color quilt, but it is on my bucket list.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  23. Love the movement created by the curved blocks in the border. I have been experimenting with adding pieces of handstitch to my quilts and this pattern is a great start.

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  24. It's beautiful and thanks for the free pattern. That's always a plus. On my monitor I thought it was brown and beige. Then when I started reading, I could tell the gingham had red in it. It looks marvelous and shows that it would look great in muslin and brown also. It's adorable and homey and I don't know what it would not look great in as long as it has the contrast. Thanks for the inspiration. My adult son has moved back home with just me. Now we have his almost 3 year old daughter. His 10 year old son is here for the summer. The embroidery would be a great project for when the house begins to get quiet in the evening. I'm primary care giver while he works so I can't do anything until late and she doesn't go to bed until late since he doesn't get home until 7PM and she takes no nap. This is wonderful.

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  25. I love red and white quilts! Yours is happy and summery. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  26. I love redwork embroidery! Thank you for providing the tutorial and the embroidery pattern!

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  27. I too love embroidered blocks in quilts. Your border blocks are awesome... hadn't considered curves. Thanks for getting me thinking out of the box!

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  28. I too love embroidered blocks in quilts. Your border blocks are awesome... hadn't considered curves. Thanks for getting me thinking out of the box!

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  29. Very cute! One day I hope to learn embroidery.

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  30. I'm hankering to getting back to embroidery! Very nice touch.

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  31. Very cute, love the embroidered pinwheels (thanks for pattern). If I make the quilt I'll probably just use drunkard Path templates to avoid the applique!

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  32. I would really like to learn to do some embroidery. Thanks for the ideas. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Love the embroidery you did and the red/white combination.

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  34. Love the embroidery you did and the red/white combination.

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  35. Embroidery is very popular here in maine ty for sharing yours... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  36. What a clever idea in all aspects. I like the embroidery. Thanks for the pattern.

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  37. This is cute. The pinwheels remind me of drunkard's path blocks. I don't think I have seen pinwheels before that look like these. I like them a lot. Thanks for the pattern.

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  38. I am a big fan of red works quilts. In fact I have one that I am making right now. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  39. Your design is lovely. A new way to do pinwheels!

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  40. The embroidered pinwheels are so cute. Love the quilt.

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  41. Very cute , thanks for your talent and instructions

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  42. Very beautiful way of mixing embroidery and piecing!

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  43. For some unknown reason I absolutely adore pinwheels. In addition, I love deep wine/brick red, so I think this piece is FABULOUS!! ;)
    You did a lovely job. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  44. This is so much fun! First time i've ever played. :D

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