New Orleans House Project

Saturday, July 11, 2015

RSC 15: All Reds Together

In last Saturday's RSC post, I mentioned the dearth of true red fabrics to be found in today's quilting marketplace.  Many commenters agreed with my observation, but their comments stirred a memory for me.

Back in the day, a fellow member of the Pensacola Quilters' Guild entered a quilt in our bi-annual quilt show entitled "Mary Ellen Hopkins Was Right!"  The inspiration for the quilt was a quote by quilter and author Mary Ellen Hopkins, who claimed all red fabrics worked together.  The quilt in question featured 154 different red prints, string-pieced and sashed with black fabric with a scrappy 9 patch border.  Just in case you're thinking this sounds like something you'd see in a "modern" quilt show - the quilt was made in 1993!

So perhaps I shouldn't whine about the lack of true red fabrics and just play with my red scraps and see what develops!

Some reproduction red scraps were used to make Scrap Jar Stars.  Since taking stock during Wednesday's RSC progress report, I'm thinking I may need to go back and make an additional star in each monthly color in order to have enough for a decent size quilt.  Still thinking about this.

Some red Maverick Stars were also added to the collection.  I'm planning to set these with alternate blocks, so I think I will have enough of these for a quilt at the end of the year.

Red Sugar Bowl blocks.  No definite plans for these yet.

That's the extent of my red scrappiness for the month.  I need to concentrate on my 4 block eagle quilt, so that will probably be most of my focus for the rest of July.  Unless I give in to the siren song of all the red strips and strings that are patiently waiting in various tubs and baskets to see if all reds go together!

15 comments:

  1. Super red blocks. Looks like good variety to me. The Maverick stars have to be my favourite. I'll have to put them on my someday list.

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  2. don't think i have that many reds but hubby says i have to much fabric.

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  3. I think your reds all look great together, "true" or not.

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  4. Gotta love red scraps. Your blocks are beautiful.

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  5. Mary Ellen was right! These blocks look great. I love red...every single shade of it.

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  6. Love those rich red prints. Beautiful blocks. I must try some Maverick Stars Blocks.

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  7. Beautiful ... Siren song (giggle)

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  8. I hope they are being really loud in those tubs so they can come out to play this month! I didn't think red went together at all until I did my apple quilt - I was quite surprised that it worked.

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  9. You've got quite a selection of RED fabric and your blocks are turning out GREAT!!!

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  10. Love the red blocks! Maybe the reds will continue to call to you from their various hiding places too. I've found that the best places to look for good reds are in the Valentine's and Christmas fabrics. Look out for hidden snowmen!

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  11. I love this month - everyone's reds are so beautiful!
    All your blocks are terrific, and are so tempting. I love what you're up to!

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  12. Yes, all reds will play nicely together, especially if you have LOTS of them!

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  13. Great Red blocks. Someday I may have to try a few maverick stars.

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  14. I'm having a hard time finding specific shades of red lately. It's a cycle though and hopefully they'll come back around! They do generally work well together--I've seen that!

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  15. Lovely fabrics and yes I think all reds do go together....wise words!

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