Pig Sooie!  A University of Arkansas Herringbone Quilt Top

This week’s top is all about simplicity and modern geometric shapes.  Seeing as mom is an Arkansas alum and my wonderful in-laws are Razorbacks alums/fans as well, it was long overdue to make an Arkansas baby/toddler quilt.

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What we didn’t realize is that Arkansas’s colors are hard to find!!  Cardinal, not red, and White.  Rather than trying to find it online, we headed to our local quilt shop, InTown Quilters, and looked for the elusive Cardinal color.

We had just about lost hope and were scrapping the whole project when Mom came up to me with a beautiful Cardinal Red bolt of fabric asking: “Is this it?”  It was.  It has a subtle herringbone print and upon very close inspection, the herringbone print is actually brown! (Browns by the way are a tough color for us…)

Once we found the fabric, we started looking for other complimentary fabrics so that our patchwork ideas could come alive.  But that didn’t happen at all.  Fabrics were too red, too burgundy, too purple, too this, too that.  That’s when Mom said, “Can’t we just use this and white?”

So I loaded up my Cardinal Red and Kona White fabrics into my EQ7 and played around with squares, rectangles, half square triangles and finally, half rectangle triangles and that’s when I found our pattern: The Herringbone.

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What I like about the Herringbone pattern is that it is simple and classic.  But it wasn’t that simple to cut and piece!  We needed 252 triangles cut and that took longer than expected.  And then we had to piece them back together – something we enjoyed doing while watching the Olympics.  I thought this layout would be easy, but I got confused a couple times and had to un-sew a row twice to make it line up correctly.  Ugh!

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Isn’t this quilt top top stunning?  For a quilt that only has two different fabrics, it sure does make quite a visual impact.  And it has a very lightweight wool feel – it sewed up beautifully and feels so soft.  Can’t wait to see this one quilted.

Now on to basting, quilting and binding.  In the meantime, we are finishing up our Kentucky Blue and White Baby Quilt – It’s super cute!

See you soon!

Jenn and Linda

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