Using Redwork for Quilting Motifs


Redwork and other outline designs are wonderful when used in quilting. I’ll show you some tricks in this quilting with paisley project!

Open, line stitching can be easily used to quilt blocks. Make sure:

  • they have a low stitch count
  • have minimal color changes (single color designs like Redwork and Blackwork work quite well)

Cut blocks the easy way!

Cutting the fabric blocks and batting squares can be the most tedious job. Using dies from AccuQuilt cuts cutting time by about 90%.

They have dies for most any type of quilt block. Specialty dies can cut the fringed rag quilt block front and back as well as the center batting. Rag quilts typically have an “X” stitched from corner to corner. Why not stitch something pretty to secure the layers?

Pretty paisley does the job without overpowering the fabric design. Hoop the project with water-soluble, fabric-type stabilizer or use the stabilizer window technique for multiple hooping projects.

You can even use this trick to quilt pieced blocks. Just sandwich the same as the rag quilt square above and embroider.

Choosing Thread Colors

Make sure your thread matches but also color contrasts enough to stick out.

  • Read here for tips on choosing thread colors for solid fabrics.
  • This blog shows how to choose thread colors for printed fabrics.

Using colored thread in the bobbin makes the back pretty too! It can either match the top thread or is lovely stitched in a complementary color.

How do you use embroidery to quilt?