Solid red blocks alternated with blocks featuring dogs and cats. Completed quilt with "piano key" border.

I made this large lap/small twin size quilt for my nephew, who turned 16 in July 2018. He requested the color red with dogs and cats for the quilt.

It was fun to work with fabric that is not a theme (the dogs and cats) I would normally have or use. It forced me to shop for fabric I would not normally even look at. I had plenty of solid red on hand already.

I like to make One Patch quilts in personal colors or themes. They are easy to make and the amount of blocks or size of the border can easily be adjusted as needed.

All cotton fabrics with polyester batting.

The blocks are cut 8″ and the black borders are 2.5″ strips. The “piano key” border was 6″ wide and made of the small strips of left over fabrics from the blocks.

The backing was a solid red and the binding was self bound (the back fabric folded over the sewn on the front). This is a fun quilt and intended to be used.

Machine quilted by RLM.

Our families met in Illinois for that 4th of July weekend and he received this quilt in person. He was really excited to get a quilt that was very personal to him. I would say that the Color Red with Dogs & Cats Quilt was a hit!

Today fabrics come in so many designs and themes. If I am making a quilt for a specific person, I really do try to make the theme and/or colors very personal to that person. Besides, it also pushes me to work with colors or fabrics themes I usually would not even try to do.

Some other One Patch quilts:

Have a wonderful day of stitching.

Author: IndianaQuilter40

Made first quilt by myself in mid teens. Addicted to quilting. Love using simple quilt patterns and giving them a twist so they are my own....Live in central Indiana. Raised in Montana. Have traveled and worked all over US and in Germany. Certified medical coder, HIM manager, and medical record auditor. Married for 30+ years to a wonderful guy who likes my quilts. We have grown children and starting on grand-kids.


  1. I really appreciate all your good info! I would not have thought a quilt this simple could be so pretty. And it is super personal.

    I can think of a couple people in my life a personal quilt like this would be a great gift for.

    Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Sandy,

      Glad to give you a new quilting idea. Have a great time making a personal quilt for each of those special people in your life.

      Happy Stitching,


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