In discussing color and meaning I can only present generalities. A color may have one generally understood meaning but that doesn’t mean that it has the same meaning for the recipient of your quilt. Maybe you are going to design a quilt for a friend and using a color that generally means strength, or love or hope or whatever. You get it made and proudly present your gift only to discover that for your friend that color is associated with some horrible memory from childhood. It’s more important to make quilts that you love in colors that you love. But that doesn’t need to stop us from having some fun with the colors for a few weeks!
to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red.” Maria
"Red is the ultimate cure for sadness." Bill Blass
I have to start the investigation of colors with my favorite color to wear (aside from black): red. I have red glasses and I will always select a red sweater over a blue, green or purple one. Red makes me very happy.
Red, as with most colors, has positive and negative connotations.
In Asian cultures it means good luck
In Indian cultures it means purity
In South Africa it is the color of mourning
In the red – losing money
Paint the Town Red – celebrate
Seeing red – anger
Red eye – overnight flight
Red carpet treatment – being treated like a VIP
Red flag – warning sign
Red herring – deceit
Red light district – illicit sex
In almost all cultures red is used on stop signs and to signify prostitution.It is the predominate color used in national flags therefore, we often use it most heavily in patriotic quilts with the other colors of our national flag. With green, we use it for Christmas quilts. Vintage quilts in red and white were very popular and in recent decades black, white and red quilts have been popular. Currently, you do not often see quilts that are predominately red, unless it is a more muted shade of red like pink or burgundy.
How do you use red? Let's have some fun with a little poll. Which phrase best describes how you use red?