Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Stash #245 ~ New Robert Kaufman Kona Colors and a Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.
New Kona Colors ~ 2014 | Robert Kaufman Fabrics
New Robert Kaufman ~ Kona Colors 2014 
I do love my solid fabric stash and eagerly add to my Kona Cotton collection every year as new colors are released. This year a further 32 hues were added to the range of Kona cottons and there are now an incredible 303 Kona colors in total. We're so spoiled for choice!


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

The team at Robert Kaufman are kindly giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle of all 32 New Kona colors to one lucky RPQ reader.  
New Kona Colors ~ 2014 | Robert Kaufman Fabrics

To be in the draw please leave 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 on Tuesday 2 September 2014 at 10 am (Australia - EST). 

The winner will be announced by edit to this blog post as well as contacted by email.


2014 ~ New Kona Colors are in store now and available from:

Thank you for all of your entries!
ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED.
The lucky winner of the Kona Fat Quarter bundle is:
Congratulations Maggie! Maggie has been contacted by email.

With thanks to the team at Robert Kaufman Fabrics for their generous giveaway.

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Worn and Washed ~ A Finished Quilt

Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

I've pushed ahead and finished my Worn and Washed Quilt. The fabrics used are reclaimed shirt fabrics with the addition of a several extras - new and unused fabrics - from stash, and the piecing/design was random; cutting and stitching in a freeform (albeit somewhat structured) way.
Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
I wasn't feeling this project when working on the quilt top ~ this style of piecing just wasn't relaxing. I do like to challenge myself and work outside of my comfort zone, but I do think that it is important to also enjoy the process.

Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

It is the quilting that finally made me fall in love with this piece. It has added so much texture! The shirt fabric wrinkled and crumpled with gusto - so much so that I wanted to see more texture. And so, I washed and then dried the quilt in the tumble dryer. What's more, I even resisted ironing it when it came out of the dryer (this is a quite an achievement for me as I iron and press obsessively).

Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt I have used a single large scale text fabric - Script Britton Nummer Fabric for IKEA by Emma Jones - which is a nice contrast with the plain shirting fabrics and the subtle colors of this quilt.

Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

Oh and then the binding ... which only confirmed that scrappy binding is like the icing on a cake with a cherry on top.

Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Worn and Washed Quilt - reclaimed shirt fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt will go into my quilt trunk (for perhaps one day I'll do a trunk show but more so because with the number of small buttons on the quilt top it unfortunately isn't suitable for use by babies, toddlers or children).

Worn and Washed Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Thank you for stopping by,
Rita


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Worn and Washed Quilt in Progress
More RPQ reclaimed fabric projects

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Worn and Washed

Work in Progress

I am all for using and reusing fabrics, no piece too small, and saving the scraps. So, when I spotted this bundle of reclaimed shirt fabrics at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham (UK) earlier this month, it was destined to come home with me. The bundle is collated by Kim Porter who sells reclaimed fabrics under the Worn and Washed label.

Worn and Washed - Reclaimed Shirt Fabrics Quilt

And so it began. Cut. Sew. Press. Repeat. The pieces of fabric in the bundle varied in size from 5 inch squares to larger pieces measuring 5 inches x 12 inches. All pieces were shirting fabrics but varied in weave and print. I therefore decided that a scrappy and improvised patchwork design was the way to proceed with these fabric pieces. 

Worn and Washed - Reclaimed Shirt Fabrics Quilt

My purchase also included a small variety of shirt patch pockets, labels, buttons, cuffs, and plackets all of which have been incorporated into my patchwork.

Worn and Washed - Reclaimed Shirt Fabrics Quilt
Worn and Washed - Reclaimed Shirt Fabrics Quilt
I have also added a few pieces of fabric from my stash including the floral prints as well as the red/white gingham. Frustratingly and despite my best efforts and a positive attitude, it didn't take long for me to rediscover that no matter the amount of fabric play improvised and random piecing is not my favorite way to work. I am however determined to finished this quilt.

Rita

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Stash #244 Hadley by Denyse Schmidt

Hadley by Denyse Schmidt
Hadley by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit Fabrics
It's here! I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this fabric collection ~ Hadley ~ the latest range by Denyse Schmidt. The collection is a 100% quilting cotton collection featuring nine designs in three color ways – Chinese Lantern, Sunflower, Hydrangea – for a total of 26 different prints.

Hadley by Denyse Schmidt

Hadley is such as versatile a collection! Perfect for apparel ­– think crisp skirts and retro dresses – and works equally well for all quilting and crafting needs. There are a number of great low volume prints, as well as pretty florals, plaids, directional prints and vibrant accents to create modern quilts with a vintage scrappy feel. 

HADLEY BY DENYSE SCHMIDT is in stores now and available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Hawthorne Threads
Stash Fabrics
Westwood Acres
Sew Modern Online
Pink Chalk Fabrics

Hadley by Denyse Schmidt

ARRIVING SOON:
Pink Castle Fabrics - current sale: 30% off all Japanese fabrics with code JAPAN30
Fabric Worm
Contemporary Cloth
Hadley by Denyse Schmidt
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt

A Finished Quilt.
Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

Straight back behind the sewing machine. I've had a wonderful two week holiday. Away from home and away from my sewing machine. I was very ready for a break from sewing and blogging and now feel refreshed and rearing to go!

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

I have started where I left off - with my Liberty Tana Lawn Checkerboard Quilt. I knew I'd be coming home to baste this quilt (not one of my favorite tasks) but I don't like to leave projects unfinished. The longer it sits around as a quilt top the less likely I am to finish it.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is one of my bigger quilts; certainly one of the bigger quilts made this year. The quilt measures 64 inches x 80 inches. It seemed a good idea at the time of piecing but less so whilst basting, quilting and taking photos. It was especially hard to get a good photo of the whole quilt.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

The backing fabric is a Liberty Tana Lawn fabric and I purchased it especially for this quilt. I love these cheerful sunflowers! It is rather luxurious to have a quilt with an all Liberty backing fabric but I do think this quilt called for this special touch. And it is so soft!

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

My choices for binding fabric were somewhat limited as I don't have many pieces of Liberty fabric that are the full width of the fabric (I usually buy fat quarters or smaller pieces). It was therefore a choice between a very scrappy binding or using the trimmed pieces from my backing fabric. I went with the latter as these pieces were long and just wide enough, and therefore perfect for this task.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is for sale and the price is available upon request.
Paypal only.
 (email: redpepperquilts at gmail dot com).
SOLD

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

QUILT DETAILS:
 The finished quilt measures 64 inches x 80 inches or 162cm x 203cm.
 A total of 1440 patches of fabric,
 More than 100 different Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics.
Liberty Tana Lawn Quilt backing fabric and binding fabric.
Quilted: All seam lines have been ditch stitch which creates an all over 2 inch grid of intersecting lines.
100% cotton batting (this is a low loft batting) and 100% cotton thread.
Machine stitched binding.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Checkerboard Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Southern Fabric Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

It's time to celebrate.
10 Year Anniversary Sale!


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

The team at Southern Fabric are celebrating a 10 Year Anniversary by giving away 10 Fat Quarter bundles! That's 10 winners and a whole lot of fabric. Here today I am giving away FIVE of those bundles to FIVE lucky RPQ readers.

To be in the draw please leave 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 12 noon Friday 22 August 2014 (Australia - EST). FIVE WINNERS will be announced by edit to this blog post.



TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LATEST NEWS!

ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED.

The five lucky winners are:
Bec S from Beccaurus 
Heather McClure
Ellyn Wood
Cynthia from Cythia Brunz Designs
Kati from Kati's Quilting

Congratulations! All five winners have been contacted by email.

Keep a close eye on all of Southern Fabric's social media sites for details on how to enter to win one of the remaining 5 Fat Quarter bundles.

Thank you again for supporting my sponsors.

Rita

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Stash #243 Cotton + Steel :: August and Moonlit

Two more complete collection by Cotton + Steel have arrived:
August by Sarah Watts - Cotton + Steel
August by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel
August by Sarah Watts  ~ featuring lions and deer foraging in foliage. Sarah wanted her first collection with Cotton + Steel to be one that represented both power and strength. That's where the lion comes in. August is about making wishes, going after your dreams, and being resilient through the journey. It's also about all the fun along the way.

 I love the gentle color palette, soft and pretty but not too overly girly.
Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel
Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale
Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale was inspired by a warm Summer evening in Little Italy in Manhattan ... a candlelit dinner outside, with the twinkle of the city lights above, pennants waving over head, sparklers and luminescence. There are a number of simple geometric prints in this collection that are great stash basics and also coordinate well with other Cotton + Steel collections including the basics range.

Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel

COTTON + STEEL collections are in store now and available from:
Moonlit - Monarchy in Denim and Byzantine
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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