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The Red Quilt Pattern

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

Happy Belated Canadian Thanksgiving Everyone.


In Ontario, this is the time our land goes to glory, the trees change colour, the fields are harvested and most of us will be taking time with our families and giving thanks.

With the events of the past two years, quite frankly there can’t be enough giving thanks.




This is my season. I love the fall colours. And the pervasive energy of getting things done. And today while making the pies for tomorrow's feast I finally made a colouring page for my red quilt.



When I first started my Youtube channel, a friend of mine, Laura Henneberry and her husband Gar started Prequilt.com, a wonderful online application to design and colour your quilts. And in one of my first videos, Stash Management, I took Prequilt for a test drive.


From a charm pack I had lying around, I designed and then made the wall hanging behind me on my YouTube set. And it is one of my most requested patterns.


Last month, I finally made colouring pages for all my Stashbuster Patterns. And I revised my website so that now you can find the video, Free Pattern and colouring pages in the same place. You can click here to check it out for yourself!


Then I realized that I could also do colouring pages for my other quilts. Like my red wall hanging. And my Prequilt Challenge quilt too. If you want to check out these colouring pages for yourself, you can click here!*



I know that I have spoken about prequilt several times. And Laura has been on my channel several times. Every time I use it, I am so impressed by all the updates and tweaks to make the program better and better.





This week on Karen's Quilt Circle, I spoke with Rose Parr, author of Sew Healthy and Happy (Affiliate Link). As both a quilter and a personal trainer, she has a wonderful understanding of how a quilters' body is used, and she has excellent tips and tricks on how to prevent and/or minimize pain while quilting. It's an interview you will not want to miss out on. You can click here to watch today.







And if you're looking for a cozy craft to do this Fall, why not try English Paper Piecing? Last week, I released my video EPP: The Basics, and it covers everything

you need to know before you get started. I even show you my tips and tricks for getting the hand sewing just right. English Paper Piecing is a great way to sew up your scraps, and it can be a nice break on your back after using your domestic sewing machine. And the quilts can be really beautiful and dynamic - just look at one of my Millefiore Rosettes (#9)



What are you giving thanks for this week? Are there any UFOs you dug out this Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments below! *Please note that there is no official pattern for "The Red Quilt". With the Prequilt Colouring pages, you have the freedom to play around with colours and print it off to ensure each Half Square Triangle (HST) is in the correct spot. Without the pattern, you also have the freedom of using whichever final HST block size you'd desire. For my quilt, I used charm squares (which are 5" squares), and used the two-at-a-time HST method. If you're a beginner and unsure how to make HSTs, you can click here or here to learn more.







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Sew It All Away
Sew It All Away
Oct 27, 2021

This is my favorite quilt of any I've ever seen. I have loved it since the first time I saw it. It jumped out at me and caught me, and won't let go. I will make this quilt one day, or something like it, and for now I am so happy that someone who means so much to you, gets to love this quilt without ever having to let it go.

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louise.chevrefils
louise.chevrefils
Oct 21, 2021

Dear Karen, I love all your videos and also your blog. Every tip or trick that you give us is inspiring and more than once have I benefited from your experience. Now, I have never made a quilted mural to hang on the wall for one reason: I don't know how to do that. Would it be a subject that you could use in one of your next videos? I would appreciate it so much... Thank you so very much for your never-ending generosity XXXXXX

Louise from Châteauguay, QC

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Carol Schon
Carol Schon
Oct 21, 2021

I love Fall and Spring --- and you can't have either without winter. You Canadians know about winter and so do we, who live in Michigan. Thanks, Karen, for continuing to educate and inspire quilters!😘

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drabeck83
drabeck83
Oct 14, 2021

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year! God’s Beauty that surrounds me daily with all the changing color gives me a happiness & peace each day! I started baking all my families favorites. Add one of your YouTube videos, a cup of tea and some seeing.. BLISS!! Looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with the family! If you’re ever in New Bern, North Carolina, you have a place to stay!

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We don't celebrate thanksgiving in South Africa, but as a personal challenge I decided to do a 100 days of thankfulness on my own. The first thing I am thankful for, is that I recently upgraded my sewing machine and have since absolutely fallen in love with sewing. Then I got curious about quilts. And thanks to your inspiration, I have just purchased the Kinship pattern and my first quilting fabric is on its way. I hope it will be delivered before the weekend so that I can start playing. I plan on incorporating my #100days100blocks, or whatever the hashtag may be, into my thankfulness challenge.


Thank you for your encouraging way and the excitement you share for your craf…

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