Red redux

“Things you value and know to be true.”

Acey’s words finally sank in as I continued to work on the second red square, the one that called out “poinsettia” in response to Dana’s comment …

Things I value and know to be true.

Home.

Family.

Food is love.

And this community of cloth … the one I entered upon finding Jude Hill’s Spirit Cloth … the Kindred Spirits.

So I guess it wasn’t surprising that I travelled back in time to my initial explorations, which included the Kitchen Towel Series. Pieces that had purpose, not only as a tool in the kitchen, but as a way of testing the durability of cloth and stitch, how they might withstand many trips through the laundry. They withstood it quite well, it turns out.

And so it grew in my mind to create a new kitchen towel …

And to finally finish another one begun two years ago

Because, one can never have too many kitchen towels …

no matter how long they last.

A truer red

This first red square was more rusty than red …

But Acey’s next prompt seemed to call for a truer red, so I looked in my cloth stash and found not one, but three …

Each one by itself looked to be a “true” red, but put together they sorted themselves into light, medium and dark.

As I stitched, I recalled the wonky log cabin blocks that I put together for P’s coverlet. It seemed like a good way to go …

so I did …

And I don’t know where it will end up, but then again, neither do I have any planned “use” for this …

except to simply be in the moment with it.

Sending out Hope

It seems like longer ago, but it has been a mere 14 months since Don and I went to a gallery in Johnson City and came home with A Box of Hope

Then 2020 happened … a year that has felt more like a decade. It is only now that I have begun to breathe again, now that there is hope for 2021.

And so, after asking Don if he’d be okay with it, I am sending out pieces from A Box of Hope …

along with bits of cloth and thread, paper and stitch.

I also stitched a four-patch homage to a rock …

after reading this on Jude’s blog.

And I took a walk, looking for an acorn and a feather to add to it …

after seeing’s this on Nancy’s blog

Last for now, I sent a donation to Fair Fight

after reading Deb’s blog. Because there’s still a long road ahead of us …

before the Blue Wave finally crests on January 5th.