“Red", I write "is the color of life. It's blood, passion, rage. It's menstrual flow and after birth. Beginnings and violent end. Red is the color of love. Beating hearts and hungry lips. Roses, Valentines, cherries. Red is the color of shame. Crimson cheeks and spilled blood. Broken hearts, opened veins. A burning desire to return to white.”
The following quilts celebrate red and white in amazingly beautiful ways.
They were all on display at the Vermont Quilt Festival 2013 in Essex Junction, Vermont this past weekend. Enjoy!
C202- Second Place Red Ribbon (seen above)
"The Star and Crown" by Consortium of Malone, NY, was an entry in the "A New Twist on and Old Favorite" theme quilt category. The description reads "Twenty-four reds with twenty-four background off-whites made into Peaky and Spike, four-patches, half-square triangles, solid block units and paper pieced four pointed stars were arranged to create a circle and star within. Long arm machine quilted."
C618- Third Place Yellow Ribbon
"Feather Storm" by Rose Orr of Colchester, Vermont is my personal favorite of this set of quilts. It uses a variation on Storm at Sea setting. Rose was able to play with machine quilted feathers in the blank spaces and how color progresses from red to white within the blocks. It was quilted on a home machine.
C611- Third Place Yellow Ribbon
"A Quilter's Snowflake" by Cathy Pelletier of Danvers, MA
Cathy writes "A Quilter's Snowflake by Richard Larson, Quilter's Newsletter December 2005, is a two-color quilt bed topper or wall quilt. Traditional Hunter's Stars complement the large Feathered Star. Long arm machine quilted nu Pamela Gondola."
C1010- Third Place Yellow Ribbon
"Peppermint Swirls" by Pauline R. Charpentier of Maynard, MD was the maker's response to a guild challenge of red and white. This piece was inspired by "a friend's vase." It was quilted on a home machine.
C915- Third Place Yellow Ribbon
"My Fantasy Flower Garden-No Weeds" by Rita A. Bond of Pembroke, NH
Rita writes, "My daughter-in-law has an antique embroidered red and white quilt, which I love. I have tried to duplicate it by machine embroidering the white blocks. I used floral designs from Garden Fantasy, digitized by Janet Sansom. Long arm machine quilted by Saima Davis."
"Touching Stars, circa 1880" is also from the collection of Debra Grana. She believes it is from Unadilla, NY. "There is an assortment of symbols in the quilting, including hands, hearts, hex or good luck, scissors and a series of people holding hands."