Fabric, Kona Cottons, Quilt Designs

April 16th – When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It!

Today’s Kona Cotton color of the day is Lipstick! This true red color could easily grace your hips (wrapped in a quilt) as well as your lips (dolled up with this namesake color).

As the title implies, if you’ve got it, flaunt it…. well, quilts that is. I don’t flaunt it, because I ain’t got it, physically that is. But the quilting? That I’ve got! I personally don’t wear that much lipstick and I could never wear red….ever. It’s just NOT a color that looks good on me. It would have competed with my once too red hair. And I’m okay with that.

Funniest story I remember was my mother telling me the reason that she didn’t wear makeup, because, of course, as a curious girl I wondered why all the other girls moms wore makeup and she didn’t. She told me that as a young woman in her early twenties she did indeed wear makeup, every day. But her favorite thing to put on was a really red, really “in your face” kind of lipstick. And she LOVED lipstick, as she told me. She had the coloring for it and I bet it looked good. I don’t have any pictures to know whether or not that was true because I only have 2 pictures of her as a young woman and they were black and white photos. Anyway, as the story goes, my father used to work downtown and he didn’t have a car at the time so he rode the city bus where they lived. Apparently it took him maybe 30-45 minutes to get to his job via bus system back in the day. One morning my mother gave him a great big lipsticked kiss on his cheek and neither really noticed that it left a big lip print on his face. And then he rode the crowded bus all the way downtown with that really red, REALLY obvious lip print on his cheek. Apparently he received quite the teasing from his co-workers about it, who waited until midday to say anything to him about it. It upset him so much that when he spoke to my mother about it later that evening, he made her promise never to wear lipstick again. So she didn’t. She didn’t wear lipstick or any other makeup except for very special occasions and even then it was a pale pink.

Nowadays, we don’t really think about the effect that a simple lipstick mark on the cheek would have. We would say just wipe it off and move on. But back in the early 60’s…. who knows what kind of teasing our parents got.

But there is nothing wrong with this Kona Cotton color. It’s bright, it’s beautiful and let’s put it in some traditionally blocked two color quilts, shall we? And it will shine!

Lipstick Red Rules – LeMoyne Star by Kathleen Reynolds for Sew Charming Quilts

Lipstick Red Rules – Case In Point by Kathleen Reynolds for Sew Charming Quilts
Lipstick Red Rules – Red Roof Inn by Kathleen Reynolds for Sew Charming Quilts

Lipstick Red Rules – All In Perspective by Kathleen Reynolds for Sew Charming Quilts

Don’t miss the opportunity to flaunt this color in your quilts. Get it here today!

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