Confession of a bright color stitcher

I have to confess, I hate stitching in white.  Or, more specifically, I hate stitching colors with a low contrast from the background.  Seriously – it drives me crazy.  That’s one of the things that drew me to this particular project, called “Redwork Quilt” by Ursula Michael.  I love the idea of stitching primarily in those bright reds!  The entire pattern has only four colors: three shades of red… and white.  Sigh.  As you can see from the photos, I haven’t yet stitched all the white background within the quilt blocks.  I’ll have to do some soon.  I’m hoping the fact that I can just fill in the blank spaces with white without having to count or think too much will maybe make it a bit more satisfying.  We’ll see…

2 blocks of 'Redwork Quilt'

2 blocks of ‘Redwork Quilt’

When complete, the design is a border of 16 quilt blocks surrounding a backstitched birdhouse scene.  I am making it as a gift for someone whose kitchen is decorated in red.  However, I’m not totally crazy about the scene in the middle and may decide to do something different when I get to that point.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying stitching the blocks.



4 thoughts on “Confession of a bright color stitcher

  1. Carolyn says:

    Your blocks look great. For me when I am in your situation regarding the white. It is always nice to have one color left to fill in without worrying about counting and not making a mistake with the rest of the pattern.

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  2. ambrosiastitches says:

    This looks great. I feel the same about colour contrast between floss and fabric. I am definitely more drawn to bright colours! If I work with softer colours I have taken to using a darker colour fabric. Midnight blue is my current favourite – it provides a good contrast without being too harsh.

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