Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Printshop Pineapple Quilt and Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern

Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The Printshop Pineapple Quilt is finished and I am thrilled with how it turned out! I love the Printshop fabric collection by Alexia Abegg so I wasn't worried about how these fabrics would all play together, and the soft grey background fabric complements all the colors and prints beautifully. I was more concerned about sewing the Pineapple Blocks together with the many seams that needed matching however the accuracy of the paper piecing seems to have taken care of that concern.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I also love how the quilting has become a feature of this quilt. I have quilted edge to edge straight (horizontal and vertical) lines guided by the width of the strips of the Pineapple blocks, which has created an all over grid of lines.  For the first time I have also used Aurifil 28wt thread (the gray spool) for quilting (28wt top thread - 40wt thread in the bobbin), and my sewing machine seems to like it. This is a heavier weight thread which makes the stitches stand out and add another point of interest.

Quilting detail ~ straight line grid quilting.
Quilting detail - Pineapple Quilt

For the back of the quilt I have used my go to Newsprint fabric from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston. And for the binding I have used a print also from the Printshop collection: Point in Charcoal.

Binding and backing fabric.
Backing and binding fabric.
Binding fabric - Printshop Pineapple Quilt
Binding fabric.

QUILT STATS
Printshop Pineapple Quilt
Finished quilt  measures 48 inches x 48 inches.
64 foundation paper pieced Pineapple Blocks.
8 rows of 8 blocks.
Each finished Pineapple block measures 6 inches x 6 inches.
Low loft cotton batting ~ 

Pineapple quilt featuring the Printshop collection by Cotton + Steel

I have made the foundation paper piecing pattern for this block available as a PDF file - ready to download - from my Pattern Store.  The download is for a three page PDF file and includes:
  • 6 inch finished Printshop Pineapple Block Foundation (as used for this quilt).
  • 7 inch finished  Printshop Pineapple Block Foundation should you wish to make a larger size block.
  • A black/white line drawing of the quilt (64 blocks) which will allow you to color in and experiment with colors and color placement.
Print only page 1 (for 6" block) or only page 2 (for 7" block) of the pdf file to print multiple copies of the foundation pattern.


Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The download pattern does NOT include any paper piecing or assembly instructions - general paper piecing knowledge is a prerequisite. These basic instructions will assist you in successfully completing this project.
  • The "pineapple" effect is created by alternating printed fabric with solid fabric.
  • Cut 2 5/8" inch squares for the center of the blocks - use a small dab of water soluble glue to adhere it to paper. This is your starting point.
  • Cut fabric pieces larger than required.  Cut long strips of fabric 1.5 inches wide and then cross cut the fabric strips as required. 
  • Cut 4 inch squares and cut once diagonally for the corner triangles. This will ensure that the edges of your blocks are all on-grain.
Reduce the length of your stitches. This will make removal of the foundation paper a breeze and keeps your seams intact after the paper has been removed.
Don't remove your papers until after you have joined your blocks together.
Print your foundation pattern ACTUAL SIZE.  Do not reduce or scale to fit.

Please note the cutting instructions are for a 6" finished size block.


Foundation paper piecing looks ways more intimidating than what it really is. It is time consuming but always well worth the effort. I hope you'll give it a go!

Pineapple Quilt - foundation paper piecing pattern available.

The finished quilt itself is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Thank you for stopping by and for scrolling through the many photos!
Rita

Printshop Pineapple Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
Red Pepper Quilts Pattern Store
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress
Sunday Stash #341 Printshop by Alexia Abegg

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Stash #348 Hemma by Lotta Jansdotter

Hemma by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Hemma by Lotta Jansdotter 
for Windham Fabrics

Hemma is Lotta's newest collection for Windham Fabrics. Lotta's design style is unique and inspired by life; exploring the beauty of everyday things, which I aspire to do also, for it is the little things and the everyday things that can bring the greatest joy.

Hemma by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Hemma by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This bold new collection showcases Lotta's signature Scandinavian style. Lotta combines tulips, half moons, and a cat’s face with a clean and classic color palette of blues, orange, green and yellow. Perfect for modern quilts, garments, and modern home accessories.

Hemma by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

HEMMA BY LOTTA JANSDOTTER is in stores now and available from:
Hawthorne Threads
Fabric Worm (see coupon code details below)
Pink Castle Fabrics
Southern Fabric (available for pre-ordering)

Hemma by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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Fort Worth Fabric Studio  Little Ruby by Bonnie & Camille just $7.25/yard. No code required.  AND Lil Red by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda just $6.25/yard. Ends Thursday 1 September 2016.

DuckaDilly  Liberty Clearance Sale! We are getting ready for Autumn and new stock. Check out the dozens of items on sale - while supplies last.  AND a rainbow of Liberty Charm Packs now available.

The Fat Quarter Shop  20% off Basic of the Month: Riley Blake Confetti Cottons Solids. Prices are as marked. Ends 31 August 2016.

Little Crafty Shop (AU) Shop the Sale! Up to 50% off a great range of fabrics. Free shipping orders $50+ (Aust and NZ).

Fabric Spot  Cotton + Steel Stash Builder Bundle on sale, and Kona Bundle of the Month (Pleasant Pastures) now just $CAD30. Prices are as marked. Ends Tuesday 30 August 2016.

Green Fairy Quilts  Just in and on sale: Flight by Janet Clare and Wild Wave Batiks for Moda Fabrics.

Lady Belle Fabric  30% off Clearance Bundles. Prices are as marked.

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

Hemma by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | ® Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt
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The Pineapple Block is one of my favorite traditional patchwork blocks and this week I have combined the Pineapple Block with one of my preferred piecing techniques - foundation paper piecing. I really enjoy the repetitive process that is foundation paper piecing - cut, sew, press, trim, and repeat - as well as the accuracy of this technique.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Mind you it was a slow process, even with all the fabrics cut and ready to go, the cutting mat and ironing board pulled right alongside my sewing machine, it seemed to take forever. I tackled two blocks at a time, became better at managing the process, and progress was made one seam at a time.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

QUILT STATS
Printshop Pineapple Quilt
Quilt top measures 48 inches x 48 inches.
64 Pineapple blocks.
8 rows of 8 blocks.
Each finished Pineapple block measures 6 inches x 6 inches.
1600 patchwork pieces.
Pineapple Block drafted in EQ7 (quilt design software).

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Most of the printed fabrics used for this quilt top are from the Printshop collection by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel (see more photos of this fabric collection here). I love the contrast of colors in this collection as well as the simplicity of the designs. I think this might be my favorite Cotton + Steel collection released so far. The solid background fabric is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Ash

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I really am very happy with how the quilt top came together despite moments of overwhelming doubt. Sewing this quilt top together with all of the foundation papers still in was not an easy task and I was left wondering if this would actually work till the very end. Removing the papers took about an hour and it kind of looked like it had been snowing in my sewing space. Fortunately this took place during the early hours of the morning when the house is all quite and no one is around to notice the chaos. Once the papers were removed I could press the quilt top with lots of steam, which made my heart happy. I like to gently gently press/steam my quilt tops!

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Now ready for basting and quilting.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita


Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Stash #347 Apple Farm by Elea Lutz

Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Apple Farm by Elea Lutz 
for Penny Rose Fabrics

Goodness! Another great collection by Elea Lutz has arrived and you may have noticed snippets of this collection in the quilt that I finished this week (click here to see). Fabric doesn't go untouched for long at my house. 

Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Elea's designs and color palettes work so well with most of my fabric stash and I reach for these small scale basics and simple designs often (especially the gingham!). The collections consists of seven designs each printed in three colorways and includes small scale flora designs, apples, ducklings, bears picking apples in an orcharch, an excellent plaid print, and of course a gingham print.

Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

APPLE FARM BY ELEA LUTZ is in stores now and available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Lady Belle Fabric
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Westwood Acres

Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
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The Fat Quarter Shop  20% off Basic of the Month: Riley Blake Confetti Cottons Solids. Prices are as marked. Ends 31 August 2016.

Gotham Quilts If you need some Tula Pink - Elizabeth in your life, we've just put our remaining inventory on sale for a 30% off.

Lady Belle Fabric  30% off Clearance Bundles. Prices are as marked.

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Enjoy Sunday!
Rita


RELEVANT LINKS:
Sunday Stash - Strawberry Biscuit by Elea Lutz
Sunday Stash - Little Joys by Elea Lutz
Sunady Stash - Milk Sugar Flower by Elea Lutz

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