Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Stash #274 Oakshott ~ Scandinavia and a Giveaway!

Oakshott Fabrics - Scandinavia | Red Pepper Quilts

Introducing the latest collection of colors for

Oakshott Fabrics - Scandinavia | Red Pepper Quilts

The inspiration for is palette of eight calm, muted tones of vaporous blues, soft greys, milky whites, and  woody shades comes from the clean, bright, airy colors of stylish Scandinavian interiors and the ethereal quality of northern winter light.

Oakshott Fabrics - Scandinavia | Red Pepper Quilts

Oakshott cottons are a fine quality fabrics, ethically hand loomed in an environmentally friendly way, in the south of India. The cotton weave is shot - with a warp and weft of different tones. In this instance the fabrics are shot with a common white warp (the straight grain), creating a range of soft pastel colors.

Oakshott Fabrics - Scandinavia | Red Pepper Quilts

OAKSHOTT ~ Scandinavia available from Oakshott Fabrics.
as bundles of fat eighths, fat quarters, half meter blocks, and 1 meter packs.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
Michael from Oakshott Fabrics is kindly giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of the Scandinavia Collection to one lucky RPQ reader.

To be in the draw leave please a comment on this blog post. Only one comment per person/per email address - email me if you are not able to leave a comment (redpepperquilts at gmail dot com) and I will leave a comment on your behalf. International entries welcome!

The draw will take place at 9 pm (Australia EDT) on Monday 30 March 2015, at which time comments to this  post will be closed. The winner will be announced by edit to this blog post, and will also be contacted by email.

Oakshott Fabrics - Scandinavia Collection

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE:

10% DISCOUNT on all lines 
Please use promotional code SCANDINAVIA  during checkout.
Valid 29 March 2015 to 7 April 2015.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING RATES:
£20 Flat Rate shipping with TNT to the Australia & New Zealand.
£16 Flat Rate shipping with FedEx to the USA and Canada


Thank you to Michael and the team at Oakshott Fabrics for a generous giveaway. Good luck everyone!

Enjoy Sunday,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
RPQ + Oakshott Quilts and Projects

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation

The week in stitches.
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

I have had a big week behind the sewing machine with some last minute stitching before I take a break from my sewing machine, and my sewing machine takes a break from me. I am heading to the USA for a holiday and to teach at Sewtopia, and my sewing machine is spending some quality time with a technician. I am sure we will both come back refreshed, inspired, and eager to sew.
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
In the meantime, and in preparation for this break, I have a number of new projects, including several quilts that I have worked on behind the scenes, giveaways, as well as Sunday Stashes to show you over the next fortnight or so.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

This week I have been working on another version of my Color Wheel Block pattern. My first Color Wheel Quilt featured all solid fabrics (see Kona Color Wheel Quilt) so this time I thought it might be interesting to use only printed fabrics.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The arcs of the block are foundation paper pieced and I have alternated two contrasting colors, generally a "dark" fabric and a "light" fabric for each arc, although I didn't strictly apply this rule; provided there was contrast in color/pattern I was happy with my fabric selection. I have used many different quilting cottons (most are small scale prints), from lots of different collections for this quilt, all from my fabric stash. You'll probably recognize many of my fabric favorites!

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

For the background of the blocks I have used low volume fabrics. What is low volume fabric? I am not big on definitions, and I think it is perfectly acceptable to have your own liberal interpretation of "low volume fabric" rather than work within the constraints of a formal definition. For me, a low volume fabric is a printed fabric that reads as a light or white fabric. It doesn't necessarily have a white or off-white background although that is generally what I gravitate towards when choosing a low volume fabric.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

QUICK QUILT STATS:
12 Color Wheel Blocks.
48 Foundation paper pieced arcs.
384 patchwork pieces.
Each finished Color Wheel Block measures 17" x 17".
Quilt top measures 51 inches x  68 inches.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

(You will be sent an email with a secure link to download
 this pattern (pdf file) immediately.)
Pattern is also available from my Etsy Store.


Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

This quilt top is ready for basting and quilting ... and will be waiting for me upon my return.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
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RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Pattern Store
Color Wheel Block Tutorial
Kona Color Wheel Quilt

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt

A Finished Quilt.
Quick Quilt Stats
Vintage and feedsack fabrics as well as new quilting fabrics.
Quilt measures 48 inches x 60 inches.
Squares and Four-Patch design.


First, please let me thank everyone who sent an email or left a comment on the work in progress blog post for this quilt, and the many recommendations offered to remove that vintage smell from vintage fabric. There were some really great suggestions - and some age old remedies - and in the end I rewashed the quilt top by gently soaking it in a tub, then allowed it to line dry, leaving it out in the sun for several hours. It seems to have worked a treat. I have had several impartial noses smell the quilt and all have told me that the quilt smells fresh, without a hint of musty odor. So that's good news. Really good news, allowing me to move on and finish the quilt.


I have quilted this quilt by first ditch-stitching all the seam lines, and then stitching another set of edge to edge straight lines (vertical and horizontal) through the center of the squares. Simple and functional, giving the quilt a lovely texture and a very nice drape.


For the back of the quilt I have used a single fabric from the Country Girls collections by Tasha Noel. Also note that for the quilting stitches I have matched the bottom/bobbin thread color with the backing fabric (red) and used an off-white thread for the quilt top. This was a risky decision for if the sewing machine tension is not right it will quickly show; either by the bobbin thread showing on the right side (the quilt top) or the top thread showing on the quilt back. My machine is delivering a neat stitch at the moment so I was fairly confident with this decision. She did not let me down.


For the quilt binding I have used an Art Gallery Fabric ~ Squared Elements in Turquoise.


I really am very happy with how this quilt turned out! I especially love that this quilt features so many of my vintage fabrics. It is always satisfying to work with stash fabrics, but even more so when they are treasured vintage fabrics collected over a number of years. I like to think this quilt somehow represents a small catalog of fabrics from another era, again made functional for someone to enjoy.


This quilt is for sale, however I won't be updating my Etsy Store until after Spring Break/Easter.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me: redpepperquilts at gmail dot com.


Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt ~ Work in Progress
Vintage Fabric and RPQ Feedsack Projects

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Stash #273 Elizabeth by Tula Pink

Elizabeth by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts

Elizabeth by Tula Pink 
for Free Spirit Fabric
Elizabeth by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts
Woah! Tula Pink's latest collection, Elizabeth, has arrived! Elizabeth is a fantasy adaptation about a dynamic queen based on the life of Elizabeth I of England and tells a story through fabric. There are hidden treasures in many prints, from ships used to fight the Spanish Armada, to pelicans, pearls, and decadent foliage and flowers.

Elizabeth by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts
16th Century Selfie ~ Pearls of Wisdom ~ Chain Mail
Tent Stripe ~ Tudor Windows
The collection consists of 25 fabrics, 8 different designs in up to four different colors, and is available in three color palettes - Plum, Sky and Tart. Surprisingly (for I am not normally a fan of the color purple), I am rather taken with the Plum color palette.

Elizabeth by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts
Tent Stripe in Tart, Plum Citrus and Sky.
Elizabeth ~ Astraea ~ by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts
Astraea in Sky, Tart and Plum
As we've come to expect from Tula, this collection is quirky, elegant, and vibrant, but distinctively Tula. The medium to large scale floral designs are detailed and even the "stash basics" (the Pearls and the Tudor Window prints) are unusual, however for me the most outstanding design is the 16th Century Selfie:
Elizabeth ~ 16th Century Selfie ~ by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts
16th Century Selfie in Plum, Tart and Sky

ELIZABETH BY TULA PINK is now available from:
Hawthorne Threads
The Fat Quarter Shop
Pink Castle Fabrics
Fabric Worm  Save $5 off purchases $50+ coupon code redpepper.
The Quilted Castle 
The Intrepid Thread
GJ's Discount Fabrics (in store - Melbourne)
Fabric Junkie
Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory
Westwood Acres 
Lady Belle Fabrics
Fabric Spot - coming soon.
Southern Fabric - coming soon.

Elizabeth by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts
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MORE SPONSOR NEWS



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Canton Village Quilt Works  20% off Hoffman Batiks and Clearance Sale. Prices are as marked. Ends today. 


The Fat Quarter Shop  20% off Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics. Prices are as marked. Ends 31 March 2015.

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt

Work in Progress.
Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Continuing on with last year's them of Use It or Lose It, this week I cut into my treasured collection of vintage fabrics and feedsack fabrics. I have accumulated these fabrics over a number of years, all were carefully washed and stored, some pieces were occasionally cut into for a project, but never a quilt using so many of these hoarded  precious and much loved fabrics.

Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The fabrics used to make this quilt top include vintage fabrics (from the bolt), feedsack fabrics as well as designer quilting cottons (new fabric). The variation in the weave of the fabrics - some coarse and with an open weave, others more tightly woven and fine - as well as the variable quality of the fabrics made sewing with them slightly challenging, although overall I wasn't too concerned with how the quilt top was coming together.

Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Although all of the vintage/feedsack fabrics had already been washed, I re-washed and tumble dried all of the fabrics prior to cutting. It surprised me to see how much red dye seeped from the large scale red gingham fabric (a vintage fabric), especially as I had previously washed it.

Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Once the quilt top was completed I spent some time pressing seams. I use a warm iron (on a cotton setting) with lots of steam to gently press my quilt tops. The task of pressing the seams and the quilt top itself wasn't a problem, but I was troubled by the slight musty smell coming from the quilt top and in the vapors from the iron; the smell of vintage fabric that wasn't at all obvious whilst I was working on the quilt top, still lingered in the fabric.

Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

My plan of action is to work on removing the  smell with a natural remedy, before basting and quilting. The internet suggest baking soda, sunshine, vinegar .... If you have remedy I would love to hear it, and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated, for I can't imagine a quilt that smells "not quite right". That's just wrong!

Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

I will be sure to keep you updated, what works and what doesn't. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Vintage and Feedsack Fabric Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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Feedsack and Vintage Fabrics and Projects

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