Good day, quilty friends!! Thank you so much for joining me on my day to present my project for the Color it Red Blog Hop, hosted by the very talented Carol of Just Let Me Quilt! If you love the color red, I know you have enjoyed visiting the bloggers on this hop and seeing all the awesome projects they have created.

The rules for this hop were very simple – just use the color red somewhere in your project!! I like simple! While red is not my favorite color, I do like using red in my quilts. There are so many shades of red that I can always find one (or more) that I like! If you think about the color wheel there are only three primary colors and all other colors are made by combining those and adding white or black! I came across this neat chart during one of my “squirrel hunts!” LOL I knew red had to be ok because my favorite color is a secondary color made by combining red and blue – yes, that would be violet (any shade of purple, really!!) Do you love playing with color? It’s a fascinating subject though it can be problematic for some quilters. It can be confusing – analogous, complementary, monochromatic, cool colors, warm colors, etc.! I say find a print you like and pull your additional colors from the fabric. That beauty of this is that the fabric designers have done the work for me!

All this talk about color makes me want to get out my oils and acrylic paints and play…but they are probably all dried up by now since quilting has taken over my life! So, onward and upward to my project for today.

I decided to get out one of my favorite block patterns. It is called Swoon Sixteen by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms. The original Swoon pattern was a 24 inch block but I wanted my project a little smaller so I could add borders and will donate it to our guild’s silent auction next year at our biennial quilt show. The money raised the past two shows has been donated to Meals on Wheels, which is a great organization.

Since I don’t have a LOT of red in my stash, I visited my closest LQS and found this haul. They had just gotten in the Ruby Star Society fabrics and I chose this deep red with flecks of gold in it! I LOVE this line of fabric!! So many pretty colors from which to choose! And I found a cute Valentine tic-tac-toe print, and pulled a white out of my stash. I decided not to use the other red and white print, so it is safely tucked away in my stash!!

Next, I got busy cutting and stitching and in a short time had the block completed! This picture actually shows the colors very well. Don’t you love that Ruby Star Society fabric??!! This one is called Speckled Metallic Wine Time.

Next I added borders using the same Ruby Star Society fabric, quilted it and here it is. As I said, the picture above really shows the colors better. I apologize, but it has been so dark and rainy here, I could not get a good picture with adequate lighting. I’m glad I live on a hill or we might need to build a boat of some sort. Unfortunately there has been so much damage from all the flooding here in the southeast. We need sunshine!!

My pebbles aren’t the greatest, but I had fun playing with my rulers and the free motion ribbon candy hearts!! And look at the backing fabric. It is so fun!! In full disclosure – yes, the center hearts are sideways on the back because I forgot to quilt it before I turned it to quilt the side borders!!

Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internet today to see my Color it Red project. Please take a minute and visit my fellow bloggers and leave them a sweet comment on their blogs. We love hearing from you all! Here is the schedule for today and tomorrow.

February 20th

Life in the Scrapatch
Songbird Designs (that’s me!!)
High Road Quilter
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Patchwork Breeze
Lynn’s Blog
DesertSky Quilting
Seams To Be Sew

February 21st

Just Let Me Quilt (our lovely host!)
Quilt Fabrication
Beaquilter
All Thingz Sewn
Karrin’s Crazy World
Den syende himmel
Daughters of Dorinda
Quilt to the Edge
Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

I’ll be linking up with some of my blogging friends this week. Until next time…

Have a day blessed with perfect stitches!

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31 Comments

  1. Turid

    Great swoon, and a fantastic background fabric.

  2. Rebecca Smith

    I can see why you fell in love with that Ruby Star fabric, it’s beautiful and I have a feeling it’s even better in person.

  3. Elizabeth Coughlin

    Your project is definitely swoon-worthy! The fabrics are all great, especially the lips lol.

  4. Cindy

    A great swoon block, love the red! Your fmqing looks great!

  5. Anita L Jackson

    Your block and quilting is so gorgeous!

  6. lynn and bourgeois

    This is the first time I’ve heard of a swoon block. It is lovely, and now I’ve learned another something new. Thanks

  7. selina

    Love your block choice. It makes a wonderful contribution to this terrific RED event. Cute quilting as well.

  8. Carol Kussart

    Love that block and the fabrics you chose. I especially like the heart-ribbon quilting you did on the border. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Janice Snell

    Love that swoon block. It is very dramatic in red. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Carol S.

    I love your Swoon block in those fabrics and your quilting looks great to me! This is such a sweet red project and I’m so glad you hopped with us to share it. Hopefully, you’ll get some much needed sunshine soon!

  11. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Great block and I love the Ruby Society fabric!! I thought the backing was angel wings…imagine my surprise to read from Elizabeth that they are lips!! How funny!! Whatever they are, you did a fine job of quilting your quilt!!

  12. Joan

    Swoon looks fabulous in those fabulous reds that you choose. I’d love to send you some sunshine, but it’s more likely to be just a lot of snow. Wishing for spring for us all!

  13. Karrin Hurd

    Great block, love your color choices. I’d send you some sunshine, but I think we are going to be overcast today. We could really use the rain!

  14. Charlene McCain

    Beautiful block! This is one of my favorites and it looks lovely in red. Great job! Sending sunny thoughts your way.

  15. Susan S

    Nice block! I love the swoon pattern and I love the Ruby Star reds! A good combination.

  16. The Joyful Quilter

    Your quilting was a wonderful touch. It was a surprise that turned that one block into a lovely little quilt! Thanks for sharing with the Hop.

  17. Marian

    Love this block Brenda, the dark red really brings out the star in the block. I love dark red over other red colors myself, but I also like a bright red, other than that I think reds like yellow is very difficult to find for quilting. Beautiful job.

  18. Sharon Andersen

    Such a beautiful bock! Your quilting makes it even more fabulous.

  19. Cynthia

    Great work.

  20. Gail Beam

    Hi Brenda, Love your beautiful red block with the fun prints that you used.

  21. LJ

    That’s such a sweet block/quilt. Your choice of fabrics was perfect. Color is always a challenge for me; I tend to pick only what I like which does limit my interaction.

  22. Colette

    Awesome Swoon and love the fabrics you chose.

  23. Karen Moore

    Pretty block and I love those luscious lips on the back.

  24. Connie K Campbell

    Beautiful quilt block and fabrics Brenda!

  25. Roseanne

    Hi Brenda! Oooh, these fabrics you chose. I can easily see why they came home with you! I love that deep red with the gold sparkles, and this block lets all of those pretty fabrics shine. Just perfect for this hop and also the silent auction. ~smile~ Roseanne

  26. Susan

    Definitely swooning over red!

  27. Raewyn

    This is lovely! This block makes a very effective one block quilt!

  28. Dixie McAdam

    Lovely block & fabric choices combined with a great combination of quilting designs! Thanks for sharing your creativeness.

  29. Sharon Vrooman

    I’ve yet to make a Swoon – hard to believe. Very affective in a single block mini with those sweet reds. Nicely quilted as well.

  30. Martha Briese

    I love this block, so sweet and beautiful and the quilting is perfect. I’ve not done this block before but it is on my todo list!!!

  31. Alycia

    It is lovely! and your quilting compliments the block! LOVE it!

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