Red, White and Quilted

Today we have up a recent finish on a custom quilting job done on a red and white quilt.  This quilt is from a good customer of mine who works in the quilting industry and will be selling a book entitled “Red, White and Quilted”, by Linda Lasco.  My customer (, fell in love with a quilt in that book, quilted by the world renowned longarmer, Margaret Solomon Gunn, and wanted her quilt longarmed just like Margaret did it.

So, it was up to me to study the picture and mark out this quilt for such a fantastic design produced by Ms. Gunn.  Onto the frame it went, and half a workweek later, it rolled off absolutely stunning.  Everything was quilted with rulers and freemotion.  I do not have a computer on my BRAND NEW Innova longarm currently. (If you’re interested in checking Innova longarms out, you can visit

I used two layers of quilters dream batting… blend on the bottom and wool on the top… to give great relief.  I also used glide thread in three colors: white, red and an aged gold thread.

Without further delay, here are the results:IMG_1891

The quilting process involved rulerwork first on the diamond areas in order to keep things as straight as possible.


Once the rulerwork was done, it was off to fill all of the areas of quilting.  A simple continuous curve pattern was run in many of the red and white squares, followed with a running feather placed around two of the focal diamonds in the larger white blocks.


The centers of the focal diamonds were microquilted into a very dense fill so that they were nearly embroidered.  Feathers and pebbles were placed around it.


The feathers had a slight arc of their spine to help give them just a touch of movement.  the spine of these feathers was marked with a water soluble “Mark-B-Gone” pen, but no rulers were used to stitch the feathers out… the spine marking was simply there to help guide me.



I just loved the detail work in the quilting.  Margaret Solomon Gunn did a fantastic job of quilting the original out and it was inspiring to recreate her work.


My customer brought me the most lovely backing fabric and I just adored the end result.


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Author: threadworksfactory

I'm a licensed landscape architect who is married with three wonderful step-kids and a wonderful granddaughter. My husband and I share our passion of racing and have very hectic summers. I made my first quilt over a decade ago and waited another 8 years to tackle my second. Doing so fostered a passion to completely "build" a quilt and my third quilt saw me realize my dream to design, construct and longarm a quilt. This was made for a very special mom!

11 thoughts on “Red, White and Quilted”

  1. The quilting is beyond stunning! Margaret Solomon Gunn (along with Bethanne Nemesh and Tracey Russell) are my favorite longarmers. I believe Margaret would be flattered by your reproduction. I, too, love Glide thread and use it almost exclusively. I’ve only been longarming about a year and my aspiration is to be as good as Margaret. Since I found your blog and youtube channel you have been my new “role model”. lol….I’m so glad you posted; I check each day to see if there’s a new post.

    1. You are so very kind, Kattails. I agree.. they are all awesome at their “craft”. It truly is an art form, in my opinion! Love them all and I would certainly add Jamie Wallen, Linda Hrcka, , Judi Madsen and Lisa Calle to name a few more! I’ve only been quilting for just over a year, but they have all guided me through they websites, youtube channels and blogs and online classes! We live in an amazing time of teaching potential!

    1. Absolutely. Judi Madsen created the method that I use, but I can certainly teach it on youtube and post the video in a blog here. Give me a few weeks to clean through all my backlog of quilts and paperwork!

  2. You used the perfect word “stunning”. I am blessed to have been around the quilting world since middle 70’s in the last century and this quilt is such a joy to view over and over and in detail and then back to whole view. What better example can we have of true art in a quilt? Only a quilt like this!!!!!

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