Red Three-Six-Nine quilt (141)

This teacher wrote, “A lot of my house decorations are black or a deep red color.”

As soon as I read that, I thought to myself, “Oooh, this one is going to be fun.”

Thus came about the Three-Six-Nine Quilt.  Why these numbers?  The more I looked at this quilt trying to figure out what to call it, the more I saw the Roman Numerals III, VI, and IX.  Yes, I also saw IV and XI, but the Three-Four-Eleven quilt doesn’t sound as good.

Red Three-Six-Nine quilt 2

Yes, I just added three strips of a variety of Kona Reds to each block (35 blocks total) in an improvisational manner.  Then, I cut the blocks down to size (12.5 inches) and pieced them together.

Red Three-Six-Nine quilt 3

I had a difficult time choosing the quilting pattern for this quilt.  Had I had more time, I would have gone with a more straight-line approach.  Perhaps I would have drawn out a bunch of random lines across the top, to make an all-over pattern and to give a nod to the random movement of these red stripes.   But, time was against me, and so I chose a simply loopy pattern, mostly just to unify the quilt under one design.  I do like how it turned out.

And, I’ll be honest, the black binding is my favorite.

Red Three-Six-Nine quilt 4

Here is the back of the quilt, handprints and all.  This teacher also has two classes, so I incorporated all 60 or so handprints into this quilt.  I had another parent help me collect all of these signatures.  She definitely cut my time in half, if not more, on these quilts.

The Three-Six-Nine quilt ended up being 62 x 86 inches, after washing.  This was a fun quilt to make, and I think once I figure out my bedroom colors, I’ll have to revisit this style again.

Thank you so much for visiting.  I hope you have been inspired to make something wonderful for your teachers.  I give them away on Thursday.  I hope I don’t cry!

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