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