When I started to think about my quilt the Red Shirts were barricading themselves in Bangkok. And trouble was brewing. Red is my favourite colour - I think of it as a cheerful thing, lively, energetic, and full of promise. But throughout our modern history it is a colour that is associated with violence, evil, and oppression. Which got my goat a bit.
I've used my fabric that I made during a Rayna Gillman workshop on gelatin plate printing, and the red is my own dyed fabric. I've embroidered a variety of names such as red shirts, red brigade, khmer rouge, red guard, seeing red, red square, and then racking my brain for the last: rackham le rouge. A little humour never hurts.