No surprise that when I was buying fabric for the Low Volume Charm swap a couple of red lovelies fell into my basket too. I have to say I'm not usually a fan of red quilts. I love the colour and often wear it. Particularly in winter. I even have a bright winter red coat. The sort of coat that stops traffic. (Which I find especially useful if I'm crossing the road at the time...) What I'm not normally drawn to is red in quilting. As a result my own stash is woefully short of red fabrics. In fact to assemble this quilt I've had to turn out draws and hunt high and low for reds that will be suitable. As a result this is not patchwork-by-numbers kind of quilt. It's a simple quilt with a story. For example there is a Wonderland charm square that Reene sent me as part of the Pay-It-Forward she did on her blog; Some left over scraps of red fabric I'd originally won when Kerry had a give away. There is some left over It's a Hoot from Mum's special quilt; A charm cut from a free Spoonflower Swatch. I also raided the rainbow charm swap pile for some reds and also a Summersville Charm pack. There is also some Sherbet Pips that were destined for a Christmas quilt a few years back and after a couple of cutting accidents, has been used to make a baby quilt already this year.
Someone once told me that if you save fabrics for just the right project you become a fabric hoarder. I don't agree with this. I am loving raiding my stash for reds, precious texts and Lake House Dry Goods fabrics that will work so well in this project. I'm happy to use any of them - even precious ones because this is the perfect project for them. And to get this to lap sized I'll need every bit of red I can lay my hands on. Happily I have some red Summersville and some Bliss I can back the quilt in. With a bit of work I can have a Christmassy lap quilt to form part of my holiday decor.
And on the subject of Holiday decor I have started the runner for the swap. I was good and sewed the stars before any red squares were sewn together. I'm thinking it needs a scrappy border? Oh and if I do perle and machine quilting I should do the hand stitching first, right?
So how's your weekend stitching up?