Well here I am showing you yet another red project!! If you know me at all.... even a little bit.. you know I am a tried and true blue person! Blue. Not red. For as long as I can remember, I have loved blue. And if you looked at my "stash", you would see more blue fabric than any other color. I probably have enough to start my own Quilt Shop specializing in blue fabrics. I'd call it The Blue Bobbin. Or the Blue Kitty... or... sigh........ Okay, snap out of it Linda! Back to reality..
So what is it lately with all the red? Well, the truth of it is, sometimes you just need a change! I blame it partly on my new car. (How's that for an excuse?!) You see, my car was 13 years old and it was time....We lucked into a gently used, low mileage 2010 Nissan, but it was red! It was a push for both of us, having driven "neutral" cars for all our married life. Yep we're pretty boring folk - silver, grey or beige... lol So red was quite a change! But I'm lovin' it. You know how men of a certain age buy the little sports car, and they call it his "Mid Life Crisis car? Well, maybe that's what mine is... Whatever, I'm loving the red car.. So my theory is every once in a while you just need a change.. or a little shake-up! So here I am working on a predominantly red quilt. Reds and lights. I started cutting for it this summer during the Olympics, but didn't progress much on the sewing aspect. I'm just getting to that now, since my nest is empty once again. I am making some time each day to sew... And I'm lovin' it!
I am using any and all reds - bright, dull, light, dark, reddy reds, orangey reds, browny reds, blue reds, pinky reds.. you name it, I'm using it. The lights have some variety too from creams and off whites to tans, light golds and taupes.
It is a 12" block, with several different components. The first component I've been working on is string-pieced triangles. I need 48 of them; I have 41 done, so I'm almost there. Each triangle averages 9 strips, all different fabrics. Can you believe, in all my years of quilting, I had never done string piecing! I know - Crazy, eh?! It is really fun.. and rather "freeing". I tried really hard to just put together whatever I picked up, not paying attention to whether those two reds really "went together " or not... And it is a great way to use up little leftover bits, ends of strips, scraps, etc.
The next component is a nine patch. I have 12 of those to make. With the forecast of a rainy weekend, I'm thinking I might have those all done by the first of the week, if I'm lucky and don't get sidetracked on another project. The red squares are all cut, I still have some light squares to cut.... Stay tuned...
Sew... that's what's going on in my studio... What's happenin' in your sewing space?
“Red stimulates and excites your nerves, pulse rate and blood
circulation, and lends energy to your entire system. When you are
fatigued, lethargic or sluggish for any reason, red has an energizing
~ Tae Yun Kim, The First Element, Secrets to Maximizing Your Energy