Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Stash #390 Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun ~ Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun ~ Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun 
by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
55% linen 45% cotton.
44 inches wide.

Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun is a brand new release from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The fabric base is the same linen and cotton blend as the original Essex Yarn Dyed fabric range, however the Homespun range has a defined weave, more like a traditional shot cotton, adding both texture and interest. 

Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun ~ Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Oh my goodness! Look at that texture! The fabric is also lighter in weight and has more drape than the original Essex range. It is lightly textured but soft, and perfect for dressmaking, soft furnishing, and of course, quilting. Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun is available in a range of subtle shades ranging from black to a natural linen look.

Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun ~ Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
TOP: Pepper, Navy, Indigo, Charcoal, Scarlet.
BOTTOM: Silver, Limestone, Natural, Chambray

ESSEX YARN DYED HOMESPUN is available from:
I Love Fabric
Stash Fabrics
Fabric Worm 
Pink Castle Fabrics
The Fat Quarter Shop
Jones & Vandermeer
Urban Spools
Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun ~ Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Colors from left to right:
Silver, Limestone, Natural, Chambray, Scarlet,
Charcoal, Indigo, Navy, Pepper
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Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun ~ Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun
L to R: Charcoal, Indigo, Navy, Black.
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

For the Love of Patchwork III ~ Work in Progress

For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Back to basics this week with a simple patchwork quilt. Simple patchwork is my comfort zone and my happy space. There's nothing better than pulling out all the fabrics, taking snippets from this and that fabric collection, and putting them all together. 

For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The color palette for this quilt developed during the fabric selection (and cutting) process. The original color palette starting point was red, white, and blue, which may well have been a 4th of July theme. However as time went on I allowed the colors to flow and the fabrics to tell the story, introducing both yellow and brown and allowing red to merge into pink.

For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Many of the fabrics are small scale floral prints and the remainder are stash basics (dots, checks, gingham, stripes). I wanted to mention that I stayed away from using text fabric however I see now that one text fabric did sneak into the mix. I do love my text fabrics!

For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
For the Love of Patchwork III
Quilt top measures 50 inches x 60 inches.
150+ different fabrics. 
I  have made 30 16-patch blocks. 
  A total of 480 patches of fabric (20 rows of 24 squares).
Each finished square measures 2.5" x 2.5".
While this quilt was strip pieced I spent quite some time "randomising"
the blocks by taking strip sets apart, as well as adding individual
patchwork pieces (for example all fussy cut fabrics).

For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Right now I have a small mountain of fabric to fold and return to stash. I do love working from stash but I must say that my fabric stash is not the tidiest! It certainly does not have that glossy magazine picture look about it. Fabrics are pulled out all the time, they are cut into (and I am not always the most economical about how into cut it), and are refolded often with scraggly bits hanging out, before eventually being returned to stash. It is my kind of "tidy" and I generally know where everything is, which is what counts, right?

For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Now ready for basting and quilting.
For the Love of Patchwork ~ Quilt in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt August 2016
For the Love of Patchwork I ~ A Finished Quilt April 2016
Checkerboard Quilt - Strip Piecing Tutorial

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Stash #389 Sevenberry and More!

Sevenberry - Mini Prints and More! Sunday Stash ~ © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Sevenberry ~ Mini Prints & More!

While fat quarter bundles of entire fabric collections are a favorite precut I do also regularly choose and purchase selected fabrics from a range. While my love for fabric has few boundaries - it makes exercising restraint difficult! -  I feel that I have a fairly good understanding of the kind of prints that I reach for most often, and select fabrics based on design and color. This week's selection of fabric is perfect!

Mini Prints by Sevenberry ~ Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Mini Prints by Sevenberry ~ Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The CUTEST small scale designs by popular Japanese fabric house Sevenberry are hitting the stores and I couldn't wait to get my hands on these. Robert Kaufman's selection of these classic prints is spot on and I am so pleased that these sought after Japanese prints have become more readily available.

Mini Prints by Sevenberry for Robert Kaufman available from:
Fabric Worm
Fabric Bubb

Low Volume Fabrics ~ © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
From Left to Right:
Stars in Black ~ When Skies are Grey by Simple and Co (Riley Blake Desings)
Cherries in White - Cucina by Victoria Johnson for Windham Fabrics

I have also added several low volume/background fabrics to stash. These clean white background fabrics can be tricky to find so when I see a print that I like and that I think will work for a future quilt I will buy yardage.

Meriwether by Amy Gibson | Whatever is Love in Cream and Yellow | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Whatever is Lovely in Farmhouse White and 
Golden Delicious from the Meriwether collection by Amy Gibson 
for Windham Fabrics.

And if you stop by here regularly you will already know how much I love text fabric. These two fabrics from the Meriwether collection by Amy Gibson were also promptly added to stash.

MERIWETHER BY AMY GIBSON is available from:
I Love Fabric
Fat Quarter Shop
Lady Belle Fabric


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Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt

My Frankie Quilt is done and I am so pleased with how it turned out. It has such a fresh and modern feel to it! I have enjoyed working on this project; working with triangles, hexagons, and cutting fabric with templates. As always I immersed myself in the fabric and color play, even to the point of choosing and cutting fabric for more star blocks than was needed (I think my next quilt will need to be a scrap quilt to take care of the endlessly overflowing scrap bin).

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The quilt is quilted with edge to edge straight lines; first by ditch stitching the horizontal seams, then by quilting vertical lines just 3/4" apart. The horizontal quilting lines are hidden (in the seam) but serve as a foundation to help stabilize the quilt sandwich. I then added vertical lines at evenly spaced intervals; first 3 inches apart, then added additional lines in between.

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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No lines were marked for the quilting, instead I used a quilting guide attached to the walking foot to assist with keeping the lines straight (by running the guide along the seam lines and reference points on the pattern/star block).

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have used my all time favorite backing fabric ~ Newsprint by Carrie Bloomston from the Story Collection. It really is the perfect backing fabric and the good news is I still have a nice stash of this fabric on hand. It really does complement my quilts so well.

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Once again I have matched it with my signature black and white stripe binding fabric ~ 1/8" Stripe by Timeless Treasures (available from Fabric Bubb).

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Frankie Quilt
Acrylic templates also available from Treehouse Textiles.
The finished measures  60 inches x 72 inches.
46 Star Blocks.
Instead of adding borders to the top and bottom of the quilt as per 
the pattern I have added an extra row of stars (additional 7 stars).
Solid Fabric:
 Batting:
Low Loft Cotton Batting:
Warm & White batting from The Warm Company;
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

With permission from and credit to Emma Di Stefano (Treehouse Textiles) this
 quilt is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

See all the listing details here:
Modern Star Quilt - Frankie Quilt

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

As always, thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
Frankie Quilt - Work in Progress
Frankie Quilt Pattern and Acrylic Templates available from Treehouse Textiles

Frankie Quilt - A Finished Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Stash #388 Love and Friendship by Verna Mosquera

Love and Friendship by Verna Mosquera | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Love and Friendship by Verna Mosquera
for Free Spirit Fabrics

Love and Friendship is Verna Mosquera's most recent collection for Free Spirit Fabrics. The collection is a celebration of her twenty year wedding anniversary as well as 20 years since she first starting quilting. 

Love and Friendship by Verna Mosquera | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Love and Friendship by Verna Mosquera | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The collection consists of 24 fabrics; 8 designs each printed in three colorways. The designs include roses and hearts for a romantic vibe as well as stash basics like stripes and small scale geometric repeats. The color palette ranges from warm yellows, sky blues, spring green, coral pinks and true red.

Love and Friendship by Verna Mosquera | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Love and Friendship by Verna Mosquera | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP BY VERNA MOSQUERA is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Love and Friendship by Verna Mosquera | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Love and Friendship by Verna Mosquera | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Frankie Quilt ~ Work in Progress

Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Since finishing my Carousel Quilt I have eagerly been looking for my next hand piecing project; something portable, simple, and preferably a block based design for which I can choose, cut, and mark fabrics in advance.

Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

And I thought I had found it! Frankie Quilt is a star based design and pattern by Treehouse Textiles. Acrylic templates are also available for this pattern (a triangle and a hexagon - templates are sold separately) which allows for quick and accurate cutting and marking of fabric pieces.

Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I couldn't wait to get started on this quilt. The day the templates arrived in my mail box I hand pieced the first star block. At that point I had to re-assess my overly ambitious plans for this quilt. Hand sewing was going to take much longer than anticipated and realistically this wasn't the right time for me to commit to another slow sewing project.

Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

However, what can be done by hand, can also be done by machine, and I quickly worked out an easy way to sew this quilt by machine ~ simple row sewing, no inset seams. Sewing the pieces together into rows does make it feel like you are working on a giant puzzle, with each row of stars interlocking with stars from the previous row as well as the next row. A design wall - or design floor - comes in very handy!

Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Quilt top measures approx 64 inches x 72 inches.
46 Star Blocks.
Instead of adding borders to the top and bottom of the quilt as per 
the pattern I have added an extra row of stars (additional 7 stars).
Background fabric is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White.
I used acrylic templates to cut all fabric pieces.

Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I have loved working on this quilt top, and regardless of how you go about piecing it together (by hand, by machine, or even English Paper Piecing) the quilt design is modern, fresh, and so striking. I especially enjoyed choosing the fabrics for each star block, so much so that I ended up with a few star blocks that didn't make it into the quilt. Mind you, it was a lot of work and I have had some late nights which are catching up with me now. Lots of coffee and an afternoon nap have seen me through this day.

Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Frankie Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Ready for basting and quilting!

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Frankie Quilt Pattern and Acrylic Templates from Treehouse Textiles
The finished Frankie Quilt ~ all the photos!

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