I Like Red… A Lot

redwork embroidery toujours l'amour french market threads need'l loveThe color red always makes me hungry… apples, beets, cayenne pepper, cherries, cranberries, currants, guava, kidney beans, pomegranates, radishes, red bell peppers, red cabbage, red plums, rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon – yum!  So how many more food items have I left off the list?

Is there anything more truly luscious than red?

It doesn’t much matter the tone – I like reds anywhere from the reddish-pink to a very nearly burgundy red.  Currently (and that gets me thinking about that red of a different color), I favor the tomato red.

I like reds in hand embroidery.  The image above is a piece of redwork that I finished (mumble) years ago and it’s been languishing in a UFO drawer ever since.  I know that it wants to become a pillow, and I’ve been waiting somewhat patiently for inspiration to strike, but it better strike soon or I’ll have to start referring to this piece as my vintage redwork.  And what if it begins to compost… (gasp)?

If you’re curious, the pattern is from a Needl’l Love book called French Market Threads, and happily it’s still in publication.  There are a lot of fun projects inside, including some quilts that are still on my to-do list.

I like reds in a quilt, too.  Anything from itty bitty pieces in a scrap quilt, to an entirely red quilt (with some neutrals tossed in just because).

Kansas Troubles Kaye Egland Civil War Legacy Stitchin' Witches Quilt AlongAnd as of today, I am all caught up with Stitchin’ Witches Quilt Along.  I have officially pressed the last seam in segment #8, Kansas Troubles. I had the idea that perhaps this would be the segment where I toned down the reds somewhat.  Wrong again.  If anything, I think that I added more red prints than before – that green almost looks like an oversight.

split triangles bonnie hunter celtic solstice mystery 2013No, it’s not red, but I do like orange as well.  I’m still plugging away at the components for Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice.  I’ve got everything finished in Parts 1-4, but a mere 5 of the split triangle units for Part 5 are completed (sorry – that doesn’t make for much in the way of scrappy variety for the photo).  I only need 100 total of this particular component, and I’m positive that I can get the remaining 95 knocked out easy before Part 6 goes live on Friday morning.

We’re getting so close to Bonnie’s reveal.

mikado tomatoo seed packetPS – Barbara Brackman has given us a heads-up on a new Civil War BOM that begins January 25, 2014.  I haven’t quite decided for sure, but I’m wavering.

I’m such a soft touch when a quilt along is mentioned.

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16 thoughts on “I Like Red… A Lot

    1. Jo Post author

      After piecing a few split triangles, I came to the same conclusion. Now all I have to do is get up off mybigoldfatone and do it! 🙂

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  1. Ellen

    I like red too and orange is a favourite as well. It is certainly a much more innocent version of red!

    I am joining in Barbara Brackman’s 2014 BOM and am looking forward to the release of the first block.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Keep up the pep talk gals – I reallyreally need to get step #5 complete tonight. I have a feeling that we’ll see another clue post tonight or tomorrow.

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  2. akagracie.com

    Jo, that quilt is going to look so good in my home! As you know, my motto is “any color so long as it’s red,” but I do like the green you’re keeping in there; it softens (is that the word I want?) the red blocks (which I like berry much), but also enhances the overall palette. Especially nice touch is the way you added the green striped fabric. The redwork at the top is one of my favorites, as you know. Must look at the book again next time I’m in OK

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    1. Jo Post author

      Thanks Gracie – I’m looking forward to seeing some progress on your redwork quilt ya know. Haven’t seen you post on that subject in a while.

      Which quilt? Last week you were angling for Bonnie’s mystery quilt. Have you changed your mind and now want Stitchin’ Witches mystery quilt?

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    1. Jo Post author

      I know, right? I should be busy cutting the remaining wings and triangles for part 5, but I so enjoy reading about everyone’s progress.

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  3. Barb in MI

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Love your Redwork and mystery blocks. And anything red is fine by me!
    A reader Beth mentioned Mary’s method for step 5 and have now a whooping 12 units done.
    Happy New Year!

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  4. dustin

    you totally need to join the 2014 barbara brackman QAL. I’m having a blast with the ticking only blocks. I always love to see your take on things!

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    1. Jo Post author

      Never fear, I was simply trying to fool myself into believing that I could finish up a couple of my UFOs before I started another project. Delusional? Eh… could be.

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