Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gotham Quilts and a Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.
Gotham Quilts Studio
40 W 37th St, Suite 603
New York, NY 10018
and online at www.gothamquilts.com

Gotham Quilts is owned and managed by Andrea Deal and Ivete Tecedor. Andrea and Ivete met several years ago in one of Andrea’s quilting classes, when Ivete fell so hard for quilting she finished three quilts during a 6-week class! They have been great friends ever since, and always talked about opening a store in NYC for modern quilters, and now they have!


Andrea and Ivete have set everything up to make it easier for you to create amazing quilts. The store is stocked with fabric from the biggest names in modern quilting including Anna Maria Horner, Carolyn Friedlander, Cotton + Steel, and Heather Ross.

And Andrea and Ivete have a passion for teaching and always have a busy schedule of classes available ranging from basic sewing (including hand sewing) to patchwork and quilting. They have also curated a fantastic selection of patterns by well known designers as well as created their own patterns to share with the quilting community. I really like their Carkai Yuma Quilt Pattern (free to download) which is also available as a kit.


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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Ivete and Andrea are giving away a $35 Gift Voucher to one RPQ reader.


To be in the draw please leave a comment on this blog post. You can 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 readers are always welcome to enter. Only one entry per person/email address.

The draw will take place at 12 noon (Australia EDT) on Saturday 21 January 2017, 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.


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

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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Red and White Irish Chain Quilt

A finished quilt and a picture post ~
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

My quilt bucket list is long and on it are many quilts, in no particular order, that I would one day like to make. That one day finally came for a traditional Irish Chain Quilt, and a red and white Irish Chain Quilt at that. 

Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 
20 New Designs with Historic Roots
I have long bookmarked an Irish Chain Quilt in the book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots by Denyse Schmidt. This is such a great book! It is full of graphic - and beautifully photographed - modern quilts with a distinct nod to the traditional. I followed the instructions for the Irish Chain Quilt verbatim which included piecing sets of skinny strips from the full width of the fabric. This is definitely not my favorite way to piece a quilt top but I accepted the challenge and won. All's well that ends well. Admittedly it was a quick and efficient way to piece the quilt top.

Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Once the quilt top was completed I pushed ahead and basted the quilt in preparation for quilting. While I don't usually mark my quilt tops for quilting I did mark all the quilting lines for this quilt. The distance between patchwork units was just too great to trust myself to "eyeball" a straight line. I used a Clover Water Soluble Marker and a ruler to mark all lines prior to basting. The quilting ... took ages, but as always these closely spaced lines - just 3/4" apart - add so much texture to the quilt.

Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Once quilted I trimmed off the excess batting and dunked the quilt in a tub of cool water to remove the marked lines. The lines disappeared instantly! Concerned about possible color run from the red fabric I did add multiple Color Catcher sheets to the water. Thankfully the fabric was color fast and did not bleed (and no, I don't pre-wash fabric). I then tumbled dried the quilt on a gentle setting, giving the quilt a soft and slightly crinkled look and feel. All of the photos are of the washed and tumble dried quilt.

Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have used go-to backing fabric: Newsprint in White from the Story Collection by Carrie Bloomston. The binding fabric is the same as the background fabric used for the quilt top: Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Natural. The binding was attached to the quilt after the quilt was washed and dried.

Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt 
Finished quilt measures 55 inches x 55 inches.
Solid fabric used:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Natural
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Tomato
Thread:
Aurifil 50wt (orange spool) for piecing.
Aurifil 28wt (grey spool) for quilting.
Low Loft Cotton Batting:
Warm & White batting from The Warm Company;
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This quilt is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

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Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out and I am happy to have it ticked off my quilt bucket list. Mind you, I don't think that this is my last Irish Chain Quilt, nor my last red/white quilt, or even my last quilt from the book by Denyse Schmidt.

As always, thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Red and White Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Stash #367 Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg

Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg
for Cotton + Steel

I love the colors and prints of this collection most recent collection ~ Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg! Inspired by the sights of an outdoor flower market Alexia explored while travelling in Mexico she picks up where her previous collection Printshop left off. 

Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Incorporating the dreamy textures and colors she found at the market, Alexia once again uses hand painting, stamping and drawing to recreate a handcrafted look. Soft watercolor prints are added in, adding a whimsical feeling to the line. I love the addition of these brighter colors; the vibrant blues and sunny yellow, as well as continuing to expand the low volume range of fabrics all printed on unbleached cottons.

Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

FLOWER SHOP BY ALEXIA ABEGG is now available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Hawthorne Threads
I Love Fabric 
Pink Castle Fabrics
Fabric Bubb
Stash Fabrics (available for pre-ordering)
Urban Spools

Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Flower Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues

A Finished Quilt
An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues
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All the Blues! I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out especially as I was working outside of my color comfort zone. I do love these colors and you'll find snippets of brown and grey fabrics throughout my quilts (blue is almost always well represented in my quilts), but this limited color palette was a challenge for me. You will no doubt note that there are tiny pops of additional colors ~ pink, red, yellow ~ for I cannot help myself and they do add interest to keep the eye wandering.

An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The quilt is quilted with straight horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines. All seam lines have been ditch-stitched; functional quilting rather than decorative, adding texture where needed. A minimal look but not exactly minimum effort. I use 100% cotton thread when quilting and for this quilt I have used a beige color thread to help blend the stitches with the fabric.

An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The quilt was finished with my usual backing fabric and a similar binding treatment: the backing fabric is Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston  (and yes, I have ordered more!) and for the quilt binding I have used an irregular navy/white striped fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics (from the Essentials 2 Collection by Pat Bravo).

An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | quilt back  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | quilt backing fabric and binding  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues
The finished quilt measures 60 inches x 60 inches.
Sewn together in 17 rows of 17 blocks: 
145 squares and 144 Hourglass Blocks.
Each finished unit measures 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches.
A selection of 100+ different fabrics including
quilting cottons and linen blend fabrics.
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This quilt is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

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An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I am planning my next project ... this always involves so much indecision!

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

An Ohio Star Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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