Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wagon Wheel Quilt - An English Paper Piecing Project - Part 1

Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Indeed I had been warned, but little did I know ... English Paper Piecing (EPP) is super addictive! And I cannot stop. As soon as the Daisy Chain Quilt top was complete I started planning my next EPP quilt. After much indecision - for there are so many shapes, designs, and layout options - and inspired by a vintage quilt, I decided that this English Paper Pieced "wagon wheel" design would be my next big project.

Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This design uses three different shapes - hexagons, equilateral triangles and rectangles. I am using custom cut papers by Imprezzio (ordered by my local quilt store and delivered overnight). I love the quality of the paper used by Imprezzio! It is firm and sturdy paper with a smooth (almost shiny) surface so that the basting glue stick glides over the paper rather than dabs on, leaving only the thinnest line of glue. Whilst I am all for glue basting, less is better when it comes to glue, and it also ensures that the papers can easily be removed and reused.

Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I have spent a lot of time preparing ... preparing to sew by cutting fabric and basting papers. Endlessly. Of course, just when you think you have basted enough pieces you need more. And more. I have been processing the tasks involved in batches; varying the work involved by spending periods of time cutting fabric with templates, basting papers, preparing part units (sewing rectangles to triangles), and sewing wheel blocks together. 

Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

To tell you the truth, it has been a paper piecing frenzy in the RPQ sewing room for I have completed all of the 72 Wheel Blocks required for my quilt top. Many hours of preparation and whip stitching, most at the expense of sleep! I have now moved on to piecing the units that join the Wheel Blocks together. My initial calculations suggest I will need to make 56 of these joining units:

Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
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QUILT DETAILS:

Wagon Wheel Quilt consists of the following 3 shapes:
1.25" Hexagons
2" Equilateral Triangles
1.25" x 2" Rectangles
Notions/Tools Used:
Acrylic templates with a 3/8" seam allowance for cutting fabrics.
Water Soluble Basting Glue - both Sewline and Sue Daley brand glue refills. 
60wt Bottom Line thread.

Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The anticipation of seeing the quilt unfold as I sew the individual Wagon Wheel Blocks and then sew these blocks into rows is keeping me motivated. I am mindful of the slow stitching process and thoroughly enjoy my long slow sewing evenings on the couch, but admit that I have been driven to distraction by this project!

Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I ordered my paper pieces sight unseen and recall feeling a little bit sick when I first saw how small the pieces actually were! I am however so very glad that I pushed on, for it is all coming together so neatly. My EPP skills have continued to improve and I am pleasantly surprised that this newfound (to me) slow sewing technique is making me feel so energized. I didn't think I could feel anymore passionate about patchwork and quilting than what I already did prior to discovering EPP!

Wagon Wheel Quilt | English Paper Piecing | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

One stitch at a time. I will get there.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Stash #339 Rotary Club and Checkers by Cotton + Steel

Rotary Club by Kim Kight for Cotton + Steel | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Rotary Club by Kim Kight
for Cotton + Steel

Continuing on with the release of Cotton + Steel's Spring 2016 collections this week's Sunday Stash collection is Rotary Club by Kim Kight. Kim has been collecting and working with vintage textiles for more than a decade and this collection is inspired by a love for vintage communication technologies ~ rotary phones, record players, manual typewriters and cathode ray tv's.

Rotary Club by Kim Kight for Cotton + Steel | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Rotary Club by Kim Kight for Cotton + Steel | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The collection includes several complementary basic prints, like the medium scale circle design (called Ring Rings) printed on both quilting cotton and rayon, as well as a quirky design featuring small scale vegetable and floral motifs that typically may have been seen on kitchen crockery during the 1950's.

Rotary Club by Kim Kight for Cotton + Steel | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Also just about to arrive in stores is Cotton + Steel's first woven collection called Checkers. Checkers is a range of bright and colorful gingham fabrics designed to mix and match with all Cotton + Steel prints and basics, old and new.
Checkers by Cotton + Steel | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Checkers by Cotton + Steel
Available in a range of colors and varying in size from a half inch to two and a half inches:

Checkers by Cotton + Steel | Red Pepper Quilts

I love gingham and include snippets of gingham in my quilts regularly, so I was pleased to add this classic design to my fabric stash.

COTTON + STEEL SPRING 2016 COLLECTIONS are due to arrive in stores soon and will be available from:

Southern Fabric
Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory
GJ's Discount Fabrics (Melbourne)


Checkers by Cotton + Steel | Red Pepper Quilts

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Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - A Finished Quilt

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

QUILT STATS
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt

Finished quilt measures 70 inches x 70 inches or 177 cm x 177 cm.
35 rows of 35 squares.
1225 squares each measuring 2.5" x 2.5" (incl seam allowances).
250+ different printed fabrics.
All solid fabrics are Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons. 
100% cotton fabric, batting, and thread.

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

A finished quilt! A really satisfying finish this week. I love working with fabrics from stash and as you can see this quilt includes a huge range of fabrics from both old and new collections. Many are now hard to find and sought after fabrics, some have only just hit the stores. Included throughout are snippets of Liberty of London Tana Lawn for a touch of added luxury. Most fabric squares were individually cut and pieced, many fabrics were fussy cut to feature novelty items like a face, animal, shape, text, or other character.

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Once again this quilt is one of my bigger quilts - 70 inches x 70 inches - which can make basting and quilting quite an onerous task. I therefore decided to ditch stitch this quilt - quilting only the seam lines. When I say only I don't mean that this quilt is lightly quilted, for by quilting all seam lines an all over 2" grid of intersecting lines is created. I love this minimal look, and the subtle texture from the quilting is truly amazing.

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

For the back of the quilt I have used my go to backing fabric ~ Newsprint from the Story Collection by Carrie Bloomston, and I have matched it with my signature black/white stripe fabric for binding; both complement the style and tone of the quilt perfectly.

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - black & white stripe binding | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This quilt is for sale and is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

See the listing details here:

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This is my third Irish Chain Quilt made with the Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt Tutorial, and I doubt that it is my last. This is such an effective design, offers opportunity for fabric play, and what's more, it is the perfect stash and scrap buster.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - Work in Progress
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt 1 - July 2015
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt 2 - October 2015
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Tutorial

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - Work in Progress

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This is what has been keeping me busy this last week or so: cutting squares and stitch, stitch, stitching. There was a lot of stash and scrap busting going on but I also selected some beautiful fabric that just needed to be featured.

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I recently discovered the Memoire A Paris fabric collection by Lecien Fabrics at my local fabric store. This fabric is a lightweight lawn fabric and is it finely woven with a high thread count. It is very soft and has a smooth hand, similar to Liberty of London Tana Lawn. The stunning teal blue floral print immediately drew my attention and needed to be featured in my quilt.

Memoire A Paris fabric collection by Lecien ~ Lawn | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris - Irish Chain Quilt - Blocks in progress | Red Pepper Quilts

I love Irish Chain Quilts! This traditional design can easily be modified and the layout can vary from simple to intricate. The design for this quilt is the same as the design that I have used for my previous Irish Chain Quilts for which a tutorial is available here.

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Most of the 2.5" squares for this quilt were individually cut, and many squares were fussy cut so as to feature a fun element from the fabric like a face, shape, flower, animal or other character. I have also used snippets of many different Liberty of London Tana Lawn prints which not only complement the luxury look and feel of the feature fabric, but also blend well with the scrappy feel of the quilt. Scrappy but cohesive, that is the challenge.

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

QUILT STATS
Quilt top measures 70 inches x 70 inches.
1225 squares each measuring 2.5" x 2.5" (incl. seam allowances).
35 rows of 35 squares.

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - feature fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Feature fabrics are from left to right (pictured above):
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - Work in Progress.
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I have already made good progress with this quilt. I have pieced the backing fabric, cut the batting to size, and have even basted it. That's my least favorite part done. Now on to the quilting which I do enjoy!

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Lots of photos again today. Thank you for stopping by and scrolling through.

Rita

Memoire A Paris Irish Chain Quilt - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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