Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Stash #260 Follie by Lotta Jansdotter

Follie by Lotta Jandotter for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Follie by Lotta Jandotter for Windham Fabrics
Follie is Lotta's newest collection for Windham Fabrics. Lotta's design style is unique and inspired by life; exploring the beauty of everyday things, which I aspire to do also, for it is the little things and even the mundane that can bring the greatest joy.

Follie by Lotta Jandotter for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Citron, Taupe, Buttercup and Grey
The Follie collection introduces several fresh hues including fuchsia, teal, periwinkle, citron and taupe all contrasted with a white background that is a commonly seen in Lotta's collections. The prints are over-sized and include gingham, bright woodcut flowers and leaves, geometric dots and stripes.
Follie by Lotta Jandotter for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Periwinkle, Fuchsia, Good Luck Green
What I really like about Lotta's fabric collections is that although they are all unique and complete in their own right each new collection has continued to be in the same large scale and contemporary style. Each new collection introduces new hues, colors and prints, but intentional or not, new collections also expand previous collections with all fabrics mixing together as if one large collection.

Follie by Lotta Jandotter for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Gingham ~ Hopp ~ Follie in Buttercup and Grey
My Follie favorites are the large scale gingham prints as well as the Hopp and Follie design (all pictured above) in the grey and sunny yellow color palette. I can't stay away from anything gingham at the moment!

Follie by Lotta Jandotter is in stores now and available from:
Fabric Worm  15% off orders $25+ with code holidays15. Ends 24 Dec 2014.
Pink Castle Fabrics 20% off all Japanese fabrics with code JAPAN20. Ends today!

Arriving soon:
Follie by Lotta Jandotter for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fabric Shoppe ~ Color Your Stash Fabric Club Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

Do you love fabric and want to add a little color to your stash or feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing fabric? Well, Jody from the Fabric Shoppe has a great stash building solution ~ The Color Your Stash Fabric Club.


Each month you receive 12 different fabrics as well as a bonus matching spool of Aurifil thread ~ a different color package each month! There are several affordable options to choose from - fat quarters, half yards, or yards - and you may join / cancel at any time. All of the Fabric Club details including how to join, cost and the color schedule for 2014 can be found here: Fabric Shoppe Color Your Stash Club.  Jody is offering free shipping on the first month to new members of the stash club with code: COLORSTASHFREESHIP.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

By way of introduction Jody is giving one lucky RPQ reader one month of Color Your Stash Club (value $40). The winner will receive the December (Holiday/Christmas) Fabric Club Package ~ 12 Fat Quarters plus a matching spool of Aurifil thread.


To be in the draw please leave a comment on this post - 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 11am (Australia - EDT) on Saturday 20 December 2014, at which time comments to this post will be closed. The winner will be announced the same day by edit to this blog post, and will also be contacted by email.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE:

15% off any order with code: SEW15
PLUS 4 free surprise fat quarters with any order over $30
(mention free fat quarters from RPQ in note to seller)


ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED.
Thank you for all of your entries!
The lucky winner is:

Congratulations Heidi! Heidi has been contacted by email.


Thank you for supporting my sponsors!
Rita

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Curvy Log Cabin Quilt ~ A Finished Quilt

And a Picture Post.
Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts
Curvy Log Cabin Quilt
48.5 inches x 48.5 inches
832 pieces
64 Log Cabin Blocks
Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts
Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts
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The Curvy Log Cabin Quilt is finished and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I love process piecing, the kind that requires many of the same blocks to be made, so this was indeed a labor of love. Late nights at the sewing machine with coffee close by!

Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts
Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts

The Fabrics:
Solid fabrics are Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Silver and White.

Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt I have used a single red polka dot fabric on a white background from the Delilah collection by Tanya Whelan ~  a classic "can't go wrong with a polka dot" fabric.

Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts
Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts

Quilted with edge to edge straight lines (the majority of which are stitched in the ditch), creating an all over grid the width of which varies as the width of the fabric strips vary.  I have used my favorite black/white stripe fabric for the binding for a clean/sharp look.

Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts

This is project number 40 for 2014! I don't usually keep count of the number of quilts that I make each year but I do back up and store images both online and offline, and at the end of each calendar year the images are sorted and organized in folders etc. Forty folders = forty projects. Lots of stitching. It has been a busy and creative year!
Curvy Log Cabin Quilt - Flower Sugar | Red Pepper Quilts
This quilt was sold prior to publishing this blog post.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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RELEVANT LINKS:
Curvy Log Cabin Quilt in Progress (includes piecing/construction details)
Flower Sugar - Fall 2014
RPQ Finished Quilts 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Stash #259 Lighthearted by Kokka Fabrics

Lighthearted - Kokka | Red Pepper Quilts
Lighthearted ~ Kokka Fabrics

It is time for a closer look at Lighthearted by Kokka Fabrics. As the suggested by the name of this collection Lighthearted is a cheerful and fun collection inspired by retro prints from the 1930's. This FQ bundle is from Sample Spree (Fall Quilt Market) - purchased on my behalf by a kind sponsor, for which I am super grateful.

Lighthearted - Kokka | Red Pepper Quilts
I love this collection for it has a lovely variation in designs, from great stash basics (large and small scale dots) to dainty florals, culinary-themed illustrations, and text fabric (as pictured above).
Lighthearted - Kokka (Culinary Themed Illusatrations)| Red Pepper Quilts
Lighthearted - Culinary themed illustrations in 4 colorways.
Lighthearted - Kokka | Red Pepper Quilts
Lighthearted - Floral, Dots, and Bias Check.
I also like the earthy tones of this collection, a muted but still cheerful color palette. Need I mention how much I love the bias check print?

Lighthearted - Kokka | Red Pepper Quilts

LIGHTHEARTED BY KOKKA FABRICS is due to arrive in stores early in the new year. Several prints (yardage) are now available from:

Arriving soon at:
Polka Dot Tea Fabrics (Etsy)
Pink Castle Fabrics
Stash Fabrics

I will update this list as the Lighthearted collection arrives in stores.

Lighthearted - Kokka | Red Pepper Quilts
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Flower Sugar and a Curvy Log Cabin Quilt

Work in Progress.
Curvy Log Cabin - Flower Sugar Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Following on from this week's Sunday Stash (Flower Sugar by Lecien) blog post it was almost inevitable that once this fabric was anywhere near my cutting table it had to be cut into. And so I did. I quickly decided that it was once again time to work with the traditional log cabin block as it is the perfect way to feature and contrast these colorful fabrics. Contrasting saturated prints with with solid/light fabrics guarantees a fresh and striking result. 

Curvy Log Cabin - Flower Sugar Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

The traditional log cabin is such a versatile block! You can create endless variations in color/fabric placement, variation in construction (including Courthouse Steps and Pineapple Blocks), and then create endless quilt layout patterns.

6 Inch Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool - Creative Grids | Red Pepper Quilts
6" Curvy Log Cabin Trimming tool.

This quilt top is made from traditional Log Cabin Blocks (with strips sewn clock-wise around a center square) but I have varied the width of the strips; alternating narrow strips with wider strips to create the illusion of curves. I am all for making my sewing life (and my life in general) easier so I have used this nifty trimming tool by Creative Grids to make my blocks.  The 6" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool allows you to oversize the width of both the wide and narrow strips and then after each round (of four strips) you accurately trim the block. Over-sizing and trimming really suits my sewing style so this tool meets my needs perfectly. Not essential, but certainly handy.

The ruler looks more complicated to use than it actually is. You simply place the ruler on the center square as indicated on the ruler (round 1, 2, or 3) and trim. Instructions are included with the ruler. I purchased my ruler from The Fat Quarter Shop (also available for 8" finished blocks)

Curvy Log Cabin - Flower Sugar Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

For the narrow strips I have used two Kona Cotton solid fabrics - Kona White and Kona Silver -and I have alternated the color of the center square, and then the layout of the blocks, so that at no point two the same color narrow strips are next to one another.

The wider strips are predominantly fabrics from the Fall 2014 Flower Sugar collection by Lecien, with the addition of several prints from earlier Flower Sugar collection. 

Curvy Log Cabin - Flower Sugar Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

64 Curvy Log Cabin Blocks
each block measures 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches
quilt top measures 48.5 inches x 48.5 inches
832 pieces
many hours of patchwork piecing

Curvy Log Cabin - Flower Sugar Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Ready for basting, quilting and binding.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Curvy Log Cabin - Flower Sugar Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Intrepid Thread - A Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

Another happy giveaway day!

The Intrepid Thread specializes in high-end, designer quilting cottons and carry the most sought-after, modern fabric in the industry, including collections by Allison Glass, Carolyn Friedlander and Maureen Cracknell. Julie ~ the driving force behind The Intrepid thread ~ offers friendly, prompt customer service and competitively priced quilting products. All fabric is hand-cut and hand wrapped with special care and we take pride in helping you choose quality fabrics for your next project. Custom fabric orders are always welcome at The Intrepid Thread!


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Today Julie is giving away one FQ bundle of my (Rita Hodge) Kona Designer Palette to one lucky RPQ reader.

To be in the draw to win the 25 Fat Quarters as pictured please leave a comment on this blog post.  Only one comment per person/per email address - email me if you are unable to leave a comment (redpepperquilts at gmail dot com) and I will leave a comment on your behalf. The draw will take place at 10 am on Friday 12 December 2014 (Australia EDT).


The winner will be announced by edit to this blog post and will also be contacted by email.

Thank you for all of your entries!

ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED.

The lucky winner of the Kona FQ bundle is:
Congratulations Karen! Karen has been contacted by email.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE:

Julie is offering 15% off purchases*
with coupon code: RPQ15
Ends Sunday 14 December 2014 (USA time).
*Coupon code does NOT apply to pre-orders.



Good luck everyone, and thank you for supporting my sponsors.

Rita

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Stash #258 Flower Sugar Fall 2014 by Lecien

Flower Sugar Fall 2014 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts
Flower Sugar - Fall 2014 by Lecien
Flower Sugar Fall 2014 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

If you've a regular RPQ reader you may already know that I am a big fan of Lecien's annual Flower Sugar collections, and you may have noticed  snippets of these collections in my quilts or projects. Every year Lecien release a new range of vintage inspired floral prints which expands upon their previous collections.

This year's Flower Sugar color palette is soft and delicate; pastel colors and dainty prints. This is a change from the more recent Flower Sugar collection which notably featured darker and more saturated colors such as navy blue and (the introduction of) the color orange.

Flower Sugar Fall 2014 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts
Flower Sugar - Flowers and Dots
Flower Sugar Fall 2014 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

Beautiful floral prints, both large scale and small scale, and in particular roses and rosebuds are signature prints of Flower Sugar collections, all in stash friendly colors; colors that are easy to use and blend well with all previous Flower Sugar collections as well as other quilting cotton collections.

Flower Sugar Fall 2014 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

My favorite re-print is this small-scale mini flower design in a range of colors (I especially like the usually hard to find minty green colorway - pictured above), as well as the wedding ring cheater print:

Flower Sugar Fall 2014 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

FLOWER SUGAR - FALL 2014*  is due in stores this month/January 2015and will be available from;
Pink Castle Fabrics
Westwood Acres
The Fat Quarter Shop
The Quilted Castle
Little Crafty Shop

*I will continue to update this list as this collection starts to arrive in stores.

Flower Sugar Fall 2014 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

Disclosure: The Flower Sugar Fall 2104 collection was sent to me courtesy of Lecien without any obligation - the work, words, photos and opinions are all mine. No persuasion needed.

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