Project QUILTING 10.2: Red, White, and Blue (Made by My Daughter)

I’m R. I’m six years old. I live in San Jose, and my quilt is called Mixed Up Signs. I got the idea from an old kids’ book called Mr. Pine’s Mixed Up Signs.

My quilt has four arrows pointing in all different directions. One block (top left) is themed “England," one (bottom right) is “Dots," one (bottom left) is “Outdoors," and one (top right) is “Random.” The white in my blocks are white-on-white. And my thread number is #2735 (Aurifil 50wt). The thread color is Medium Blue.

The reason I made arrows is that my Mom was making half-square triangles, and I told her that they looked like half an arrow. And she said, “How would you make an arrow?” And I said that I would write it down. So I did.

And we started making them. But first she said that there was a challenge, and I asked, "what is the challenge?" She said it was only red, white, and blue fabrics. And I said I wanted to do that challenge with arrows.

A couple days later, after we started making them, she said “So, you want your arrows to be facing all different directions?” I said, “No, I wasn’t thinking that, but I might actually do that.” Then a couple days after that, I said to myself, “I’m going to do different facing arrows like Mr. Pine’s Mixed Up Signs!”

I learned that I can make arrows, and that books can inspire you.


Mixed Up Signs
designed, pieced, quilted, and bound by R, age 6 1/2
with cutting, pressing, and supervision help from mom
12.5" x 12.5"

Linked up to Project QUILTING 10.2. R's quilt is #72 in the linkup. And my submission is #74. Voting is open! You can vote for your ten favorites.

22 thoughts on “Project QUILTING 10.2: Red, White, and Blue (Made by My Daughter)

  1. Kathleen McCormick

    Very inspirational - books and arrows in many directions. You did a great job designing and making your quilt. Thank you for sharing your process!

    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thank you, Kathleen. I really liked the challenge of using only red, white, and blue. And I liked having arrows on the front and arrows on the back. -R

  2. Dear R,
    You were inspired by a fun book and I am inspired by you! I love how you thought about the half square triangles and thought about making arrows with them. You used some great red white and blue fabrics too! Two things about your quilt that make it extra pretty are facing the arrows in all different directions which makes it fun for my eyes to look at. The second thing is the pretty stitching you chose to use for the quilting. That is very creative and makes your quilt look so fancy. I hope you do quite well in the PQ10 challenge this round. I know I am voting for you!!!

  3. R, you did a great job with this quilt! I really like your arrows and that each block has a theme. You also did a really great job explaining your process--how your idea started, how you drew it out, and why you made the choices you did. That can sometimes be really hard to put into words. Congratulations, and I look forward to seeing what you make next!

    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thank you. I'm going to make a Waterfall Quilt from the book Sewing School Quilts. I'm gonna make it a rainbow. -R

  4. Roberta Pabst

    Hi R! It was so fun to see you today even though I didn’t get a chance to talk to you. I hope your quilt has a sleeve so you can put it in the quilt show in May. I love the story and it would be fun for lots of people who might not yet read your blog to read it next to your quilt. Thank you for sharing it with us! And yes, I voted for it!! I sign my name R sometimes, too. R

  5. Welcome to the Project Quilting fun R!! I love your inspiration, design process and finish!! Sorry I missed your show and tell earlier this week. You got my vote!!


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