A throw in the classic color combination of red and white can segue from the holidays to Valentine’s Day and even the Fourth of July.

October 21, 2020
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Designers: Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken of Jo’s Country Junction

Materials

Designers Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken used rolls of precut 2-1/2"-wide strips to cut the rectangles and squares for rows 1–4 more quickly. Additional yardages are needed for the border and binding; they are listed separately.

  • 35—2-1/2×42" precut strips or 2-1/2 yards total solid red (quilt center)
  • 35—2-1/2×42" precut strips or 2-1/2 yards total solid white (quilt center)
  • 2/3 yard solid white (border)
  • 2/3 yard solid red (binding)
  • 4-3/4 yards backing fabric
  • 77×85" batting

Finished size: 68-1/2×76-1/2"

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From solid red precut strips, cut:

  • 280—2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles
  • 16—2-1/2" squares

From solid white precut strips, cut:

  • 280—2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles
  • 16—2-1/2" squares

From solid white yardage, cut:

  • 8—2-1/2×42" strips for border

From solid red yardage, cut:

  • 8—2-1/2×42" binding strips

Assemble Rows

1. Referring to Row Assembly Diagram, sew together nine solid red 2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles and nine solid white 2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles in a vertical row, beginning row with a solid red rectangle and alternating colors, to make Row 1. Press seams toward solid red rectangles. The row should be 2-1/2×72-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight total of Row 1.

2. Join two solid red 2-1/2" squares (beginning and ending of row), nine solid white 2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles, and eight solid red 2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles, alternating colors, to make Row 2 (Row Assembly Diagram). Press as before. The row should be 2-1/2×72-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight total of Row 2.

3. Repeat Step 1, beginning row with a solid white rectangle, to make Row 3 (Row Assembly Diagram). The row should be 2-1/2×72-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight total of Row 3.

4) Join two solid white 2-1/2" squares (beginning and ending of row), nine solid red 2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles, and eight solid white 2-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles, alternating colors, to make Row 4 (Row Assembly Diagram). Press as before. The row should be 2-1/2×72-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight total of Row 4.

Assemble Quilt Center

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out one each of rows 1–4 in vertical rows. Join rows to make a section. Press seams in one direction. The section should be 8-1/2×72-1/2" including seam allowances.

2. Repeat Step 1 to make eight sections total.

3. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out sections in eight vertical rows. Join sections to make quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 64-1/2×72-1/2" including seam allowances.

Add Border

1. Cut and piece solid white 2-1/2×42" strips to make:

  • 2—2-1/2×72-1/2" border strips
  • 2—2-1/2×68-1/2" border strips

2. Sew long border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add short border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward border.

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired. Designer Jo Kramer machine-quilted swirling curlicues across the quilt top.

3. Bind with solid red binding strips.