Aug 23

Red, White and Blue Quilt (99)

*I have made a free tutorial for this quilt. 

Last summer, I bought about 1 yard of each of the DS Picnics and Fairgrounds fabric.  After selling a fat quarter bundle, making two twin quits and a baby quilt, I still had a lot left.  This quilt is using up all of the left over pieces of the blue and red prints in the collection.

Red White and Blue Quilt


It was an easy quilt to cut and piece.   Sometimes, the simple quilt patterns let the fabric sing, and in this case, I think this is exactly what this quilt does.


I have found that 4 1/2 yards for a quilt backing is just not enough for my size of twin quilt.  I’m not even sure if 5 yards is enough, but sometimes you just have to learn through experience.  So, here is my way of making up for the fabric that I lacked.

I’ll be honest, though, it feels good when you have a pieced quilt back, and after quilting and binding, the pieced back still looks straight.  It’s always my fear that I will go through all that work and end up with a crooked quilt back. 🙂

I used a free motion pattern that I have seen around the internet, but I haven’t used yet.  It reminds me of the shape of clam shells, but I’m sure there is another name for it.  Here it is on the back side of the quilt.

free motion quilting design

This twin quilt ended up being 71.5 inches by 92 inches before washing.  I almost don’t want to wash it, because I would love for the recipient to see the quilting in all its goodness before it gets crinkled up in the wash.

What is your standard protocol?  Wash before you give, or let them be the first ones to wash it?

I’m planning on selling this one on etsy, with a warning that it will shrink after washing.

Thanks for visiting.



  1. Barbara Orozco says:

    I never wash a quilt before giving it away. It isn’t only to show the quilting, but also that I give something new. To give a quilt washed feels to me like giving something used. And I’ve printed a washing instruction onto my labels anyway.

  2. Marci Warren-Elmer says:

    I always wash quilts before giving them away or selling them. Why? One time I had a disaster and a red fabric that I purchased (and didn’t pre-wash) turned all of the white parts on my quilt pink. It was a mess and I had to remake the entire thing. I would have died if the friend I had made the quilt for had that experience instead of me.

  3. Kelsey says:

    I LOVE this!! So simple but beautiful. I always wash before I give away. Then any loose thread ends pop up and I can snip them and they feel a bit more cuddly. Plus I find that if it’s already washed then the recipient won’t be as afraid to actually use it and wash it themselves!

  4. Lynda M O says:

    I wash them too so it feels more comfy and snuggly and the new owner is not afraid to use and abuse the piece. I also guarantee any needed repairs thruout the quilt’s life.

  5. Janita says:

    Your quilt is beautiful. I love red white and blue quilts. Janita