Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Triangles and more triangles!

Work in progress ~
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

A peek at what I have been working on for the last few days. A simple quilt featuring just one shape, an equilateral triangle, and all the blues ... dark blue, navy blue, sky blue, aqua ... and black, and grey. Plus a splash of soft pink and red, for working within the constraints of a limited color palette is  a challenge for me, in a good way.

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Working with triangles can be tricky for the bias edges of the fabric pieces need to be handled carefully so as not to stretch them, and it helps to pay attention to the grain of the fabric when sewing the triangles together. This design requires accurate cutting, gentle fabric handling, and accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance sewing to match seams and to end up with a flat and even quilt top.

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For this quilt I have used a fabric cutter to cut the triangles (I have both major brand fabric cutters and don't prefer one over the other). For this quilt I used an AccuQuilt Fabric Cutter with the AccuQuilt Equilateral Triangle die with 4 1/2" Sides to cut all the fabric pieces. Using a fabric cutter and die helps to ensure that your triangles are cut accurately, and provided that you pay attention to the grain of the fabric when cutting AND when sewing your triangles together, it really does come together well. I also like that this particular die cuts notches on the sides of the triangles and trims the corners which makes it easy  to line up your fabric pieces.

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT DETAILS
Equilateral Triangle Quilt ~ the Blues
Quilt top measures 56 inches x 66 inches.
18 rows of 27 triangles = 486 triangles
Printed Fabrics:
A range of prints from stash in blues and low volume/white background,
including several pieces of Liberty of London Tana Lawn.
Solid fabrics: 

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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I am very pleased with how this quilt came together and I love the color palette! While the color palette for this quilt is limited, the fabric play was the opposite; rummaging through my fabric stash, auditioning prints, playing with contrast, and refining the selection. This is a task  I could happily do time and again.

Triangles and More Triangles! An Equilateral Triangle Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Ready for basting and quilting.

More soon.
Rita

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Stash #381 Kerchief Girls by Kei Fabrics

Kerchief Girls for Kei Fabrics ~ Japanese Fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Kerchief Girls for Kei Fabrics
Reprinted and available exclusively from Miss Matatabi.
They're back and I am super pleased that these fabrics have been reprinted. Kerchief Girls by Kei Fabrics ~ a Japanese fabric house ~ were available in five different color ways when I first started blogging in 2009. Since then these popular prints have become somewhat of a treasure hunt, hard to find to say the least, and when snippets popped up on Ebay or Etsy they were priced accordingly.

Kerchief Girls for Kei Fabrics ~ Japanese Fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Over the years I have often used pieces of my small stash of original Kerchief Girls in my quilts rather than hoarding it. I am therefore rather pleased to see that these adorable prints are once again available. My stash has been abundantly replenished in every color way including the two new colors yellow and aqua ~

Kerchief Girls for Kei Fabrics ~ Japanese Fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

KERCHIEF GIRLS by Kei Fabrics is exclusively available from:
Miss Matatabi online store
or
Miss Matatabi (Etsy Store)

Kerchief Girls for Kei Fabrics ~ Japanese Fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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The Fat Quarter Shop  20% off Notion of the Month: Schmetz Sewing Machine Needles. AND 20% off Basic of the Month: Riley Blake Confetti Cottons.  Prices are as marked. Ends 30 April 2017.

Oakshott Fabrics  20% off Aruba fabric packs with code SUNSHINE. Ends Tuesday 2 May 2017 9am UK time.

Alice Caroline  Quilt SOS Launch for 2017 With subsidised help to purchase Liberty fabric help provide quilts to children who have lost their families, living within an SOS Children’s Village. All the details here.

Kerchief Girls for Kei Fabrics ~ Japanese Fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Kaffe Fassett's Sew Artisan eBook and I am an Artisan Challenge

Introducing Free Spirit Fabrics and Kaffe Fassett's first eBook for ~

About FreeSpirit 
FreeSpirit is a brand under Westminster Fibers, Inc., a division of Coats plc, and is one of the leading brands offering high quality fabrics and well-known for its creative, unique fabric designs and talented, trend-setting artists. FreeSpirit offers some of the finest fabrics in the market to inspire sewing creativity and speaks to a new generation of sewing enthusiasts.

Sew Artisan by Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett is a master of color whose career has influenced the worlds of fashion, needle crafts and quilting, along with FreeSpirit Fabrics are pleased to introduce Kaffe Fassett Sew Artisan!  This first-ever eBook for Kaffe, is filled with simple, yet bold, patchwork quilts, clean-line fashions and easy-to-make accessories, showing quilters and sewists how to mix and match his newest fabric range, Artisan.

Sew Artisan by Kaffe Fassett

Within the 72 pages of this eBook, Kaffe effortlessly weaves his 100% cotton two-color print, hand-dyed batik, yarn-dyed woven and Ikat Artisan fabrics into everything from simple patchwork quilts and pillows to casual table fashions and even a child’s tent.

Sew Artisan by Kaffe Fassett

This eBook offers 14 projects with step-by-step instructions, plus tips and techniques which encourage the quilter and sewist to appreciate and embrace the different characteristics of combining these stunning fabric from the Artisan range designed by Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit.  For instance the “kantha” stitched whole cloth quilt is backed by a silky, smooth blush Ikat, allowing the heavier-weight quilting threads to easily pull through all layers while adding a luxurious feel and drape to the quilt.


“The idea of combining together different fabrics is hardly new: ‘make-do’ and ‘waste not’ are patchwork ideals. In Sew Artisan! you will see that these fabrics offer an opportunity that is well worth exploring,” said Kaffe.


The Sew Artisan! eBook by Kaffe Fassett is now available for $14.99 (US) by visiting http://www.freespiritfabrics.com/sew-artisan. A print on demand version is also available for $19.99 (US) plus shipping and handling. As always, the projects and photography are outstanding!


To learn more about Artisan by Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit, visit www.freespiritfabrics.com.

I AM AN ARTISAN CHALLENGE

You are challenged to create a 60" x 60" quilt featuring roughy 80% of the new Artisan by Kaffe Fassett fabric. You can win the opportunity to be hand-picked by the Kaffe Fassett for his juried exhibit, AND the chance to win up to $4,700 in prizes!

For more information on the challenge theme click here ~


Entry deadline: 2 June 2017.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Giant Granny Square Quilt - A Finished Quilt

And a picture post  ~ click on any image for a larger view.
Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Today I have lots of photos to share of the finished Giant Granny Square Quilt. I have loved working on this quilt! This quilt is all about the fabrics and choosing the right fabrics and placing those fabrics alongside one another is the kind of fabric play that I enjoy the most.

Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The bunnies hopping anti-clockwise around the quilt are a favorite! Although, if you look carefully you will note that one bunny is hopping out of sequence. This was not intentional. I had the opportunity to fix this "error" prior to basting the quilt top - in fact the quilt top was still in several pieces when I noticed it - however I chose to let it slide. It's the kind of imperfection that adds interest, does not detract from the quilt, and acknowledges that it is ok to be be different, and to make mistakes.

Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I have quilted the quilt by ditch stitching all the seam lines, creating a grid of intersecting lines 2 inches apart which gives the quilt texture without further adding detail to the design. It is functional quilting rather than decorative. The corners of the quilt top were left "unfinished" which adds another point of interest.

Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have again used my favorite backing fabric (Newspaper from the Story Collection by Carrie Bloomston) which I thought was a perfect accompaniment to this otherwise colorful quilt.

Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
QUILT STATS
Giant Granny Square Quilt 
The finished quilt measures 60 inches x 60 inches.
841 squares each measuring 2" x 2" (finished).
1 center square plus 21 of rounds of squares, plus setting triangles.
Fabrics Used:
Thread:
Aurifil 50wt (orange spool) for piecing and quilting.
Batting:
Low Loft Cotton Batting:

Giant Granny Square Quilt - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This quilt is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Stash #380 Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi

Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi
for Art Gallery Fabrics

Charleston is Amy Sinibaldi's most recent collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. A cross country relocation lands Amy in a city filled with pastel painted homes, quaint cobblestone streets, whimsical umbrellas, and lush flower boxes decorated with glistening rain. As a tribute to her new home Amy translates this southern hospitality with shades of cherry red, navy, and her signature feminine and graceful design style.

Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This is a collection of color contrasts with small and medium scale floral prints, iconic row houses, and sweet pineapples on light/white or sweet pastel base fabrics, and the same designs printed on dusky navy background. As we've come to expect from Art Gallery Fabrics the base cloth is a high quality/high thread count premium cotton cloth, with a lovely soft hand.

Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

CHARLESTON BY AMY SINIBALDI is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Westwood Acres
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Lady Belle Fabric
Southern Fabric
Fabric Bubb
Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory
Kiwi Fabric (Etsy)

Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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The Fat Quarter Shop  20% off Notion of the Month: Schmetz Sewing Machine Needles. AND 20% off Basic of the Month: Riley Blake Confetti Cottons.  Prices are as marked. Ends 30 April 2017.

Oakshott Fabrics  20% off Aruba fabic packs with code SUNSHINE. Ends Tuesday 2 May 2017 9am UK time.

Alice Caroline  Quilt SOS Launch for 2017 With subsidised help to purchase Liberty fabric help provide quilts to children who have lost their families, living within an SOS Children’s Village. All the details here.

Enjoy Sunday and the Easter break!
Rita

Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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