seeing red

I’m working on my sister’s Christmas present.  Here’s a peek –


It was so much fun to collect the many reds needed for this design.  I am seeing red wherever I go!  In fact, I’ve started several more pieces featuring the color red … it’s that contagious.  Every room can use a touch of red.



Red always seems to lead to orange …DSCN6906

This is the same unfinished Storm at Sea Halloween piece that I pull out every year, with the best intentions to complete it.  I never do!  Maybe it wants to be something else.  Maybe it dreams of becoming a table runner.  Crossing the color wheel …DSCN6896

I made socks for my dear friend Chrissy, the vocabulary nazi.  She is brilliant (like the color of these socks) and funny and sweet and talented.  And generous.  Did I mention generous?  She needs socks for hiking, for studying, for lounging.DSCN6899

I’m fooling around with felted wool these days.  I’ve taken all of my old wool sweaters and felted them in the washer and dryer.  I want to make some bags for my mother’s grocery days as she likes to bring her own along and eliminate the flimsy, environmentally-crushing plastic.  (I’ve got a thing about those nasty bags) I’m thinking lined and quilted linen with these glorious little wooly panel pockets.  And buttons.  Lots of vintage buttons.  And embroidery .  Market day made functional AND beautiful!DSCN6907

A market bag doesn’t have to be plain-jane!  (P.S. it hurt me to cut up those old sweaters!)DSCN6910

My texty piece is roaring toward completion.  The latest block warms my heart – there’s just something about Santa’s helpers – they NEED to be included in this piece, which is quite whimsical.  Every block features one of my most favorite fabric designs, so it is destined to become a favorite quilt.

Do you ever think about the destiny of your quilts?  My son and daughter seem to enjoy receiving the ones that I create for them.  Early on one or two met with canine, shall we say, “enthusiasm”, and there was destruction beyond repair.   I chalk that up to immaturity, remembering what damage I did to my grandmother’s quilt during my college years.  The point is that they are loved and enjoyed, but I can’t help wonder if they will weather the handling of the years and, if they do, what future generations will think about my fabric choices.

About jody

mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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2 Responses to seeing red

  1. Katherine says:

    I’m loving your quilt projects, Jody! I so agree, every room needs a touch of red. Yum!


  2. pratima says:

    Red looks cheerful in your new quilts and lot of festival spirit too! Love these tiny happy gnomes!


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