Red is so energizing! No surprise it was used so much in the kitchen. Women used to LIVE there, and I imagine (because cooking is NOT my thing) that you had to have SOMETHING to keep you going morning, noon, and night! Ha!
I'm more into cut and paste than pastry. . . .
But old flour sack embroidered dish towels are at the top of my fun list! Especially if they're appliqued like this one is!