A Return to Redwork

I haven’t worked on my redwork since 2014. We had a lot going on in our lives back then and I couldn’t give it the attention it requires. So, I folded it up and put it away. Fortunately, I had the good sense to put the redwork fabric, embroidery thread and supplies all together in a bag and there they stayed in the drawer for the past 4 years. Having the supplies altogether sure made it handy for me when I decided to return to it.

I went back through my blog posts and read about my redwork. I’ve changed a couple of my plans for it. I’m not going to dye the fabric and I’ve cut the blocks apart. I plan to add a small print red fabric border on the blocks. As it turns out, planning to use a border and cutting the blocks apart was a good move for me because now I only have a few blocks to go, whereas when I had the fabric in one large piece I needed like 16 more pictures to embroider.

This morning, in an effort to try to arrange the blocks in some sort of order, I laid a sheet on the floor and began to lay out the blocks. Shelibean decided that what the blocks needed was for him to test them for comfort. He found them to be quite comfortable and napped there for about 20 minutes. I didn’t mind, he was cute sleeping peacefully and I was busy going through my coloring pictures and trying to choose some for the last few blocks.I’m glad to have my redwork as an active work-in-progress once again. My Redwork is the perfect example of my starting a project and some times needing to leave it alone until the time is right for me to finish it. It doesn’t really bother me having unfinished projects, matters-a-fact there’s a strange sense of comfort in it for me. Although, from time-to-time I need to finish my unfinished projects before starting new ones. Now that I’ve got my redwork going again, I hope I can keep up my motivation and finish it before the Summer is over, that would make me so happy.

Have a happy weekend.

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18 thoughts on “A Return to Redwork

  1. Red work is beautiful; I have an old quilt made of red work squares. I think it’s dated 1920…or 1930..?? I’ll have to check! Shelli Bean sure picked a comfy spot for a nap!

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    • Thanks so much Dianna
      Oh my, I bet your redwork quilt is a lovely one. The craftsmanship a hundred years ago was so durable. Shelibean is a master at finding the most comfortable spots. I think he thinks it’s his job. lol 😀


  2. it is pretty! I think with the red borders, it will be a lovely creation. And especially so if the red borders mean that you get it done more quickly! Looks like you are almost there!

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    • Thanks so much Catherine
      The break from a project usually makes a big difference in helping me make it better than originally planned. There is something about getting to finish it faster that makes it much more enjoyable. 😀

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  3. The fabric border for the blocks sounds like a wonderful idea! Glad you have picked up this project after such a long time, and hope you enjoy working on it. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Anita
      I’m enjoying it a lot more now. I’ve a few redwork blocks to go, but I think a fabric border is going to make the blocks look better. 😀

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  4. Love the redwork! I like to work on redwork projects; no choosing of what color to use on the designs, just pick up the red thread. 😉

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    • Thanks so much Charlotte
      You were my inspiration to start this redwork project. I love seeing your redwork and all your other creations in your blog.
      I’m with you, not having to choose the color and just picking up the red thread is a relaxing way to embroidery. It’s my favorite style now. I have you to thank for that.
      Thanks for sharing your redwork, sewing, quilting, farming and other wonderful things in your blog. You brought many smiles to my life. ❤


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