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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Friday, August 15, 2014

Poppy Seed Fabrics - A Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

Poppy Seed Fabrics is a family run business operating since 2009. Kimberly is the driving force behind this thriving online Etsy store, with a focus on sourcing a wide range of modern fabrics from all of the big name designers, excellent customer service, and same day shipping.

Up Parasol yardage on sale for $7.50.
Great end of summer price. Sale ends 8/22 
Currently you will find a great range of fabrics at sale prices, with prices from $6.25/yard for quality designer fabrics; this includes collections like Pearl bracelets, Ansonia, Up Parasol, and Fox Field. Be sure to check it out!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Kimberly is kindly giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to one lucky RPQ reader. 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 10 am Sunday 17 August 2014 (Australia - EST). A winner will be announced by edit to this blog post.


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Congratulations Linda! Linda has been contacted by email.

Thank you for supporting my sponsors.

Rita

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Daybreak III - A Finished Knit

Daybreak Shawl - A Stephen West pattern - Red Pepper Quilts

The Pattern: Daybreak by Stephen West

I am taking this short break in sewing as an opportunity to post some of my recently finished knitting projects; I promise, this is the last one for a while ... last knitting post, that is.

Daybreak Shawl - A Stephen West pattern - Red Pepper Quilts

This is my third Daybreak Shawl. I love this shawl! It is soft, big BIG, long and wide, which means I can wrap it around my neck and wear it more like a scarf rather than drape around my shoulders like a shawl. I wore my first Daybreak Shawl often ... sadly, I misplaced it late last year. 

Daybreak Shawl - A Stephen West pattern - Red Pepper Quilts

Daybreak Shawl - A Stephen West pattern - Red Pepper Quilts

As with most of my knitting projects the pattern - Daybreak by Stephen West - is an easy and well written pattern, suitable for beginners with some basic knitting experience, and requires no chart reading.  Once you get the general idea of the placement of the pattern increases, progress is quick although rows are long; a great portable and stop/start project.

Daybreak Shawl - A Stephen West pattern - Red Pepper Quilts

The yarns are stunning, the blues are vibrant. Schoppel Zauberball is a long repeat self-striping yarn and as such the color graduation works it's own magic. Despite the use of color-catchers I did have a minor problem with color/dye run during the soaking of this shawl. The off-white yarn sections are in a few small areas tinged with a blue hue but this isn't obvious, nor noticeable, unless pointed out.

Daybreak Shawl - A Stephen West pattern - Red Pepper Quilts

For more pictures and details (including pattern links) of the Daybreak II Shawl see my Ravelry page.

Rita

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More RPQ Knitting Projects
Madelinetosh and Schoppel Zauberball Yarns available from The Loopy Ewe

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