Red Letter Day was another one of those Thimbleblossoms patterns (much like Swoon) that I kept seeing everywhere and I was loving every quilt I saw. My local quilt shop (Janie Lou) had the pattern and I just couldn't resist. Lucky me, my Lou Bee friends and I were having a retreat soon thereafter and it was the perfect opportunity to sew up the quilt top. The pattern is straight forward and if you chain piece, will come together quickly. The large block size doesn't hurt either!
I wanted to make this quilt with fabric I had on hand, and since I have a box of solids sitting lonely most of the time, I decided to start there. I grabbed a stack of Free Spirit solids that Anna Maria was selling on her site and since they are meant to coordinate with her fabrics I pulled a coordinating AMH fat quarter to go with each solid. I tried not to over think it - just chose, snapped a picture and started cutting!
I like to do all my cutting before retreats and sew-ins if possible. Makes my time there seem so much more productive because I'm sewing up results baby! I tease, but it is a lot of fun to share finished tops with friends. I used the old iron fat quarters on top of each other trick to make cutting go more quickly. I will iron up to four pieces of fabric together and rotary cut them all at once; the ironing kind of makes them 'stick' together. Some people use starch too, but I personally don't find it necessary.
When all the blocks were pieced I was thankful to have my friends help arranging the layout. We moved them around and around before deciding on the final layout.
I loved the way Cindy quilted her Red Letter Day and since she's pretty much a rock star and I aspire to her level of awesome...I quilted mine the same exact way.
Up close I like this quilt. While making it and quilting it I admittedly was feeling kind of meh about it. From far away I love it. Something about the solids being all different colors makes me need to see it from a distance to get the effect of the whole quilt? I'm not even sure that makes sense. Hopefully you get what I'm saying.