Red Threaders

The history of red and white quilts and redwork embroidery have been a passion of mine and others throughout our lives.

The graphic results are striking and rewarding.

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Favorite threads to use?

Started by birdie. Last reply by Diana R Annis Feb 8, 2014. 20 Replies

I love doing redwork (well all kinds of embroidery really)  I am just now starting to include it in my quilts.  I have several patterns waiting for me!  I would love to know what threads people use…Continue

Red & White Quilt Exhibit

Started by American Quilter's Society Feb 25, 2011. 0 Replies

Have you heard about the Red & White Quilt exhibit planned for NYC's Park Avenue Armory? This looks like a really wonderful exhibit to check out. …Continue

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Comment by Karen Robinson on March 5, 2014 at 8:11am

SewCal Gal, I have several redwork blocks that my husband's grandmother or great-grandmother made that were put together as a bedcover.  Except for the squares, the rest of the bedcovering was just a bunch of blank linen squares and rectangles put together.  I took them all apart to get at the redwork squares and just haven't decided what to do with them.  Maybe I'll have to design something using them and put them in one of the shows. 

Comment by QuiltShop Gal on February 27, 2014 at 7:57pm

Did everyone year about the call for red/white quilts made after 1974 for an exhibit at Houston/Quilt Festival?  More red/white quilt events going on this year.  :)

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 27, 2014 at 1:10pm
yo! cindy!! :)) need some help digging & digging in "all those piles" ?? :)) a little spare time this afternoon. i'll just pop over for a few and give ya a hand w all that vack breaking digging ...lollol
...and as always hugs to you too ...from The Rogue Quilter :))

diana - do you do blackwork also? i love it..have a book, but haven't done any projects w it yet. the complex stitch patterns are so much more visually interesting to me than red or blue work, which i love & have done a bit of.
Comment by Diana R Annis on February 27, 2014 at 12:50pm

Cindy, I find this site very encouraging too. I'm currently doing a quilt with 30 blocks, I'm on # 12, and a very intense border. I think it turns out to be a queen size. Seeing so many people interested in redwork, or blue or green or black (whatever!), gives me more energy to continue. Sometimes I get bored with a project but lately after reading and sharing here, I've really felt a community of people that love the same thing I do and that spurs me on!


Comment by cindy greenwell on February 27, 2014 at 11:45am

This red and white section of the sight is great, now you know how I;ve got UFOs, and no doubt red and white are amongst them, looks like more digging in the piles . Gads you gals just keep me so busy, but I do thank you for all the fun. OK-I'm gonna go dig and see what has been put away in the stash. Hugs to ya all----------cindy

Comment by Irmgard Jacob on February 19, 2014 at 5:20pm

Hello Diana and Rogue, Thank you for your very  useful explanations. It amazes me how fast one can get a question answered in this online world of quilters.

I will put your suggestions to good use.


Comment by Diana R Annis on February 19, 2014 at 10:41am

Hi Irmgard, I'll try to simplify it. When I have either an inside or outside corner, I treat them the same. I end the line I'm doing at the corner and then come up on the next line one stitch into the new line, away from the end. Stitch back down into the end of the line, back up half way through your new stitch and continue your new line of stitching. This gives you a nice point or squared end, whatever it is that you need. I hope this helps. 

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on February 19, 2014 at 9:00am
irmgard - neatness after the skein will no longer stay in the paper sleeve. uears ago i would wrap the floss around the outside of the sleeve. now at craft stores ypu can buy plastic boxes w compartments inside for sorting colors of thread. there are also available now, little plastic square things that you can wrap loose floss onto. they have slots like the old spools of sewing thread so you can slide the floss end into and they stay near. you can also write the floss color number on to the card.

the neat square corners would take me a page to try and describe. i think on one of the embroidery forums or maybe do a web search, you will find a image tutorial or video. i have several embroidery sites bookmarked, but i saved them for their stitch dictionaries more than their technique pages. but i'll take a look later today and check back in here with you if i find anything that might be helpful.

stem stitch is the simplest of stitches, but for all the years i have embroidered, using that stitch on round or square corners has been a challenge. i must have neat or i will remove until i do. :)) maybe riana or one of the others will pop in w better help.
Comment by Irmgard Jacob on February 19, 2014 at 8:20am


Can anybody give me a hint on how to get neat sharp corners when doing the stem stitch for redwork? I can manage the rounded corners, but my sharp corners don't seem to look right.

Also, my threads are getting all tangled up once the paper sleeve is removed. Ay good idea how to keep the floss neat and straight and sorted?

Thank you so much fellow red workers.

Comment by Diana R Annis on February 15, 2014 at 2:27pm

Rosemary, that sounds like a perfect pairing. You'll have to post a pic for us when you are done


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