Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Stash #377 Outback Wife by Gertrude Made

Outback Wife by Gertrude Made for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Outback Wife by Gertrude Made
for Ella Blue Fabrics

Outback Wife is the debut collection of Cathi Bessell-Browne, the hands and heart behind Gertrude Made. Cathi is a dressmaker from rural Western Australia. Cathi's passion is for vintage floral fabrics which she uses to make a selection of unique dresses.

Outback Wife by Gertrude Made for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Kirstine in Cream and Blue, and Elaine in Pink - background fabric.
Outback Wife by Gertrude Made for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Bindi in Blue, Pink, Purple and Yellow
Inspired by the beautiful floral bark cloth fabrics of the 1940s and 1950s, the details of this collection have been carefully considered to create a range with an authentic vintage voice. The hand-painted floral designs are printed on an exclusive cotton bark cloth base and tell the story of four Australian rural women: Bindi, Kirstine, Elaine, and Mary (click on the links to read the story of these four inspiring women). Outback Wife is an ode to the strength, passion and courage of rural women across Australia.

Outback Wife by Gertrude Made for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Mary in Pink, Blue, and Brown. Elaine in Purple - background fabric
Produced in Japan the fabrics are 150cm wide, are lightly textured, a medium to light weight (they are slightly heavier than quilting cotton) with a soft hand and medium drape. The bark cloth fabric is carefully woven to create a vintage feel and the quality of the prints are exceptional. These fabrics are so far from my usual style - and my purchase has raised a few eyebrows with strong reactions, it seems you either love them or ... not - however I am drawn to these and cannot wait to make a quilt with them. There are several more prints that form part of this collection but not shown here today.

Outback Wife by Gertrude Made for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Kirstine in Blue and Cream
Outback Wife by Gertrude Made for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Kirstine in Blue and Cream
OUTBACK WIFE BY GERTRUDE MADE is now available from:
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Outback Wife by Gertrude Made for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Kirstine in Blue and Yarn Dyed Check in Blue
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Outback Wife by Gertrude Made for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
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Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt Top

Work in Progress Part 2
Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Thank you for all of your kind comments on my previous blog post - the quilt blocks! Today the quilt top is ready and I have lots of photos to share. Once all of the 25 quilt blocks were completed the quilt top came together quickly and without any problems.  

Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Before I started piecing and pressing the blocks I planned the pressing of the seams so that regardless of the orientation of the alternating blocks all seams would nest together. This ensures that sewing the blocks together is stress free, all those seams line up relatively easily, and that you end up with a flat and even quilt top. (See Irish Chain Scrap Buster Tutorial for seam pressing instructions ~ although the example shows a smaller quilt block the design concept is the same as are the seam pressing instructions for this block.)

Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt
Quilt top measures 70 inches x 70 inches.
25 patchwork blocks:
12 scrappy patchwork blocks (pictured left)
13 patchwork blocks with solid fabric (pictured right).

Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Squares measure 2 inches x 2 inches (includes seam allowances).
A total of 1949 patchwork pieces.

Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Fabrics Used:
Solid Fabric 
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Tomato
And lots of scrappy fabrics!
Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This quilt top features many fabrics, numerous of which have been carefully fussy cut to feature a print; a shape, face, flower, animal, bird, fruit (so many different strawberries!), accessory, or notion. There is a lot to see. I have mixed busy prints with stash basics (checks, dots, and small scale prints) as well as low volume fabrics. I think that's what makes it all work. It is a busy quilt but the prints and colors are not overwhelming.

Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

It feels great to have rescued so many of these fabrics from my scrap bins! No scrap of fabric is wasted here and you know it has been a good week for me when I have had the opportunity to play with so many fabrics.

Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Ready for basting and quilting.

More soon,
Rita
Scrap Busting - An Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

RELEVANT LINKS:
Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt - Work in Progress Part 1 - March 2017
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt and Tutorial 
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt 1 - July 2015
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt 2 - October 2015

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt

Work in Progress Part 1
Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress

A peek into what I have been up to this week! I have been thinking about cutting my fabric scraps into regular - and useful - size pieces for some time, and this week I have finally made a start. I also have a project in mind!

Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress

I have two large scrap bins and both are overflowing with scraps of fabric in all shapes and sizes. I keep even the smallest scraps of fabric plus anything that doesn't neatly fold back into my fabric stash is also added to my scrap bins. I dig though these bins often and most of my quilts include fabrics that have been reclaimed from my scrap bins. 

Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress

The regular digging through and turning over of these scraps has meant that many of the scraps were starting to look tatty, with tangled pieces of fabric and fraying edges. Not so pretty. It was definitely time for some organised scrap management. I therefore decided to cut my fabric scraps into 2 inch squares. Over a period of 3 days I methodically worked my way through the many pieces of fabric, cutting almost 2000 squares! Yikes, that's a lot of cutting.

Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I did have some help cutting the scraps. I have used a fabric cutter (Sizzix Big Shot) and a 2" die to cut the scraps. This was a huge time saver and at the same time ensures accuracy. Mind you any fabric square that looks like it has been fussy cut to feature a design has been cut with rotary cutter and ruler, and there are many of those! Of course I did not set out for this quilt to feature so many fussy cut fabrics but it was against my nature to cut those cute fabrics without thought to the design.

Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I am making good progress with my quilt! The design is a Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt not unlike my Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt made in 2015, although for this quilt I have up-sized the blocks  (9 rows of 9 squares). This quilt was inspired by a vintage quilt.

Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I was adamant that I would cut as many fabric squares as was needed for this project without having to go back and cut more. I am busy chain piecing the many units together and I am pleased to say that there will be squares left over! These will no doubt be put to good use - and will not be tipped back into my scrap bins!

Scrap Busting ~ An Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This has already been such a satisfying project!

More soon,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Scrap Buster Irish Chain Quilt - Work in Progress Part 2
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt and Tutorial (July 2015)
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt (June 2016)
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt (January 2017)

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Stash #376 Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Wonderland Rifle Paper Co
for Cotton + Steel

The Rifle Paper Co has again teamed up with Cotton + Steel for the release of their second fabric collection - Wonderland. Anna Bond from Rifle Paper Co was asked by Puffin Books to hand illustrate the 150th anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and it is from this collection of 80 original hand paintings that this fabric range was derived; a total of 32 pieces in cotton, lawn, rayon, and canvas (only quilting cottons are featured in these photos). 

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

With signature Rifle Paper Co style designs the collection features Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole to a world of tea parties, enchanted forests, and the curious cast that she meets on the way. The fabrics are rich in color and several designs are embellished with luxurious metallic gold printed to add magic to a classic tale.

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt

A Finished Quilt
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt
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So much for a Summer's End Quilt! Every year I have a tendency to celebrate the end of Summer way too early. I should have known better! Summer doesn't seem to know that Autumn has officially arrived and we continue to see day after day of above average temperatures. Today is warm and windy and while I am grateful for the cooler evenings and early mornings, I am even more grateful for an air conditioned work space and iced coffee!

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I am also pleased to have finished the Summer's End Quilt and have lots of photos to share. The more photos the better right? There is a lot to see. Making simple patchwork quilts continues to be a favorite way to use my fabric stash and to spend my time at the machine. It is repetitive work but I also find it relaxing and rather satisfying.

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The quilt is quilted by ditch stitching all seam lines; simple and functional rather than decorative quilting, and at the same time giving the quilt a lovely texture and a very nice drape. I have created a foundation of grid lines by ditch stitching all horizontal seam lines and then ditch stitching all vertical seam lines. (Short lines before long lines is what seems to work best to keep my quilts nice and flat - no tucks or puckers - and I do not turn my quilt for every second line of quilting. I only turn the quilt when it seems easier to manage the bulk of the quilt on the outside of the machine rather than rolled under the arm of the machine).

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have used my go-to backing fabric: Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston and my signature binding fabric is a narrow (1/8 inch) black and white stripe by Timeless Treasures. 

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt - quilt binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt 
The quilt top measures 56 inches x 68 inches.
A selection of almost 200+ different printed fabrics make up this quilt.
I made fifty-six 16-patch blocks plus seven 8-patch blocks.
 952 patchwork squares.
Each finished square measures 2" x 2".
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This quilt was sold prior to publishing this blog post.

If you are interested in purchasing one of my quilts
 - even one that I am still working on -
please don't hesitate to contact me by email.

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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