Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Stash #266 Retro 30's Child Smile for Lecien

Retro 30's Child Smile for Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts
Retro 30's Child Smile for Lecien
The latest Retro 30's Child Smile collection has arrived in stores and has been welcomed as an addition to my fabric stash. My love for these small scale reproduction prints continues for not only do the background colors blend well with my stash, the designs are super cute and reminiscent of childhood.
Retro 30's Child Smile for Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

Retro 30's Child Smile for Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts


The collection features five different designs in up to to six different colors - colors we've come to associate with quilts made in the 1930's. Designs include chicks, circus tents, classic cherries and two floral prints (both pictured below) which are my pick of the collection. 
Retro 30's Child Smile for Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

Retro 30's Child Smile for Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

Retro 30's Child Smile is available from:
Westwood Acres
Shabby Fabrics
Lady Belle Fabrics
Little Crafty Shop

Retro 30's Child Smile for Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts


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Green Fairy Quilts ::  Moda, Riley Blake and Quilting Treasures FQ bundles all discounted this weekend.

The Fat Quarter Shop :: 30% off Monkey Tales by Erin Michael for Moda Fabrics with code MONKEY. Ends today. Plus 24 Hour Flash Sale - 50% off Storybook by Kate and Birdie for Moda Fabrics.

Miss Matatabi (Etsy) :: New Japanese fabrics by Suzuko Koseki and Atsuko Matsuyama in store now.
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Hawthorne Threads :: Folk Song by Anna Maria Horner now available for pre-ordering.

Pink Castle Fabrics :: First of Infinity Rainbow Text bundles now available as well as Flower Sugar Fall 2014.

Retro 30's Child Smile for Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt

A Quilt in Progress.
Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

A quilt that has been on my to-do list for some time, and again the units are simple ~  a traditional Drunkard's Path block and a patchwork square ~ as is the layout.

Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
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Until last year my curve sewing skills were limited and I am glad that I've found a piecing method for Drunkard's Path units that suits my style of sewing: oversizing, no pinning, and trimming for accuracy (see also No-Pin Drunkard's Path Block Tutorial). This is quite possibly a longer and more time consuming process, but let's face it, I am just not a pinner, and this method not only works well, but I actually enjoying the piecing. 

Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt
66 inches x 66 inches
Choosing fabrics was, and it always is, a highlight. The color palette for this quilt is a little bit different to what I normally work with, choosing stronger, saturated colors over softer, pastel colors. It took all of my efforts to stay away from my stash of pink fabrics!

Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

This was also a great opportunity to work with my stash of text fabrics, and many of the text prints used are from the First of Infinity Collection by Kumiko Fujita. I love that you can fussy cut these designs to vary the scale of the text as well as the background color of the fabric. Several of the fabric panels are multi-colored and perfect for fussy cutting ~ one fabric, 8 or more different colored squares.

Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

All other fabrics are from stash, several pieces have been rescued from my scrap bin. Choosing and cutting fabrics was very time consuming, and took longer than expected. This is one aspect of the quilting process I tend to underestimate. The actual sewing rarely takes as long as pulling fabrics from stash and cutting, then returning the fabric to stash in an orderly manner.

Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

QUILT STATS AND DETAILS
Quilt measures 66.5 inches x 66.5 inches.
22 rows each of 22 blocks.
200 Drunkard's Path Blocks each measuring 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches incl. seam allowances.
284 patchwork squares 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches incl. seam allowances.
684 patchwork pieces.
Solid fabric for used for the Drunkard's Path block
is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in white.
120+ different fabrics (a conservative estimate).

Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vintage Modern Fabrics ~ A Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.
Introducing a new sponsor and a giveaway!

Vintage Modern Fabrics is an Etsy based online store owned and managed by Michelle. Vintage Modern Fabrics specializes in high quality, modern designer fabrics & patterns to inspire your next project. It is Michelle's goal to offer products that inspire your creativity, to provide you with exceptional customer service, and to ship your order super-fast! Custom orders are gladly accepted. 

Tula Pink - Blender Bundle
Michelle favors designers such as Tula Pink, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Joel Dewberry, Cotton + Steel, Lizzy House, Bonnie and Camille, Basic Grey and Sweetwater and loves to personally curate bundles.  

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Michelle is giving away a rainbow Fat Quarter bundle of Tula Pink's Blender fabrics as pictured (18 Fat Quarters).

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 10 am (Australia EDT) on Friday 30 January 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.

Thank you for all of your entries!
ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED

The lucky winner is:
Congratulations Meg! Meg has been contacted by email.

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Good luck and thank you for supporting my sponsors.

Rita

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Stash #265 First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita - Lecien

First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for Lecien
First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita
for Lecien
The third installment of Kumiko Fujita's First of Infinity collections is just about to start arriving in stores. This popular modern fabric range is all about letters, numbers with graphic designs as background. This third range also introduces a pastel floral print. 

First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for Lecien
First of Infinity - Alphabet and Flower Panel
I am always excited to see more text/numbers prints and sneak snippets into my quilts for interest and contrast in design. I particularly like the alphabet/numbers with bold stripes as a background, which is available in five different colorways, and the book/magazine style text panel available in four colorways ~ both pictured below:

First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for Lecien
First of Infinity - Alphabet/Numbers and Stripes Panel
First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for Lecien
First of Infinity - Book Panel

First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita available from:
Pink Castle Fabric - sold as panels.
Westwood Acres
First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for Lecien
First of Infinity - Alphabet and Numbers Panel
First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for Lecien
First of Infinity - Scaled Alphabet Panel
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The Fat Quarter Shop - 20% off all Windham fabrics. Prices as marked. Ends 30 Jan 2015.

Shabby Fabrics - Shop the Remnants Sale

Green Fairy Quilts - 40% off all Charm Packs and Mini Charm Packs only $3.49. Ends Mon 26 Jan 2015.

Little Crafty Shop -  24 hours flash sale with 15% off all items. Use code  #2015AUSTRALIADAY at checkout.

The Quilted Castle - 40% off the following Christmas Collections with code holiday40 :: 25th and Pine :: Christmas Basics :: Holiday Banners :: Treelicious :: Holiday Cheer. Ends 31 Jan 2015.

Oakshott Fabrics - Free Inspirational Booklets and Patterns available to download.

Stash Fabrics - Folk Song by Anna Maria Horner available for pre-order.

Westwood Acres - Lighthearted by Ayumi Mills available for pre-order.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio - Milk Sugar & Flower by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics available for pre-order.

Hawthorne Threads - Folk Song by Anna Maria Horner available for pre-order.

First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for Lecien
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

Disclosure:The First of Infinity 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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Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Custom Order Baby Quilt - A Finished Quilt

A Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt
44 inches x 56 inches.
This sweet baby boy quilt is finished and has been shipped. I am happy to have met all the requirements of my customer's brief; one that suits my color/fabric preferences perfectly - happy customer and happy quilter. A pleasure to make!

A Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
A Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Shirt, Boots and Jumper fabric have been fussy cut from a single fabric:
Lifestyle from the Live Life Collection by Yuwa 
(available in Pink, White and Light Brown, but it can be hard to find!)

I don't have a standard size for baby quilts but this larger size quilt for a baby - 44 inches x 56 inches - is a practical size for baby and toddler. Small enough to fold and take on outings, big enough for a baby play mat, as well as suitable for a toddler to carry/drag the quilt to where it is needed. This quilt may have been made for a baby boy but I think it equally suitable for a baby girl. 

A Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
A Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Quilted with straight horizontal and vertical lines - first ditch stitching all seam lines, then stitching through the center of each block, thereby creating an all over grid of quilting lines just 2 inches apart (the finished size of each square is 4 inches). For the back of the quilt I have used a classic red polka dot fabric on a white background from the Delilah collection by Tanya Whelan.

A Custom Order Baby Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts

And I have used my usual black and white stripe fabric for binding, as was requested.
A Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

What makes parting with each of my quilts so much easier is knowing that the quilts are going to homes where they will be loved and used. Especially baby/children's quilts which may be part of a bedtime routine, or story time, or movie time; creating memories that last.
A Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt

And a Picture Post.
Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

A custom order baby quilt for a very special baby boy; born early, fought hard to overcome many obstacles, and won. His mother has told me that they expect to be home soon, and that they both deserve a special treat. I can't begin to imagine how difficult their journey home has been and I hope that this quilt represents the comforts of home for both of them.

Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Although I was given free reign to create and use fabrics of my choice I was pleased to be given  the following general guidelines: fresh, modern, but still sweet and nostalgic, the use of fabrics with letters and text, low volume fabrics and I-Spy elements, straight line quilting and striped binding. Perfect! A combination of all my favorite quilt elements.

Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

I started the fabric selection process with a green/blue color palette and added red/yellow and a sprinkling of brown fabrics for warmth, and black/white prints for contrast. I think I've met the I-Spy, low volume and text fabric requirements. There is much to see and there are stories to be told.


All fabrics are from stash and include several of my hoarded favorite Japanese prints. For my fabric friends:

Lissa in Grey Cloud - Follie by Lotta Jansdotter  :: Large scale grey gingham.
Countdown by Alexander Henry Fabrics :: Large scale black/white numbers.
Geekly Glass in Yellow from the Geekly Chic Collection :: Glasses in Yellow
Elk Family by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics :: Deer in Green and Grey
Spoonflower - Scandinavian Fish by Syko :: Low volume fish.

Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

A great start to my week. More soon.

Rita

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