Wednesday, October 29, 2014

News from the Fat Quarter Shop and a Giveaway

A sponsored giveaway.
The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly and carries all of the latest fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, Block of the Month programs, patterns and more. Hard work and a commitment to excellent service - every order, every customer - has seen this business has thrive. There's always something new and exciting happening at the Fat Quarter Shop.


Right now the team at the Fat Quarter Shop have just released their latest Shortcut Quilt Pattern  - the Fat Eighth Frenzy (download pdf file for free here) - and accompanying Youtube Video. I love what The Fat Quarter Shop team do with pre-cuts, from the Jelly Roll Jam to Fat Quarter Fizz, and the comprehensive videos made freely available which are a great resource for newbie and experienced quilters alike (see all Shortcut Quilt Series here).

To celebrate the launch of the new Fat Eighth pattern all Fat eighth fabric Bundles are 20% off. This week only. Sale Ends Sunday, November 2, 2014. Prices are as marked.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Today Kimberly from the Fat Quarter Shop is giving one lucky reader a Fat Quarter Bundle of Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics. You already know how much I love this collection!


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


A winner will be announced on Saturday 1 November 2014, at 12 noon (Australia EDT) by edit to this blog post.

Keep up to date with the latest from the Fat Quarter Shop:



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

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Strips and Bricks ~ A Custom Order Baby Quilt

A finished quilt.
Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks Baby Quilt
Finished Quilt measures 45.5 inches x 60 inches.
I have loved working with this customer on bringing her vision for a baby quilt to fruition. The design is simple and perfect for featuring a color palette - this time a mix of soft neutrals with a pop of color - and fabrics.

Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

The fabrics include the latest quilting cottons (and some of the earlier prints) by Australian design team Umbrella Prints. Most other fabrics are from stash, some of which are now hard to find. I love working from stash but it does make the biggest mess ... all in search of that one elusive fabric ... now, where did I put it? Better stash management is required! 

Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt I have used a yellow tear drop fabric from the Enchanted Collection by Michelle Engel Bencsko (Cloud9 Fabrics), which is organic, complements the quilt and was chosen by my customer. It's a perfect match. 

Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

For the quilt binding I have used Squared Elements in Rosewater (Art Gallery Fabrics), just the right shade of pink, and another favorite fabric for binding.

Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
I love photos of binding and folded quilt edges! I hope you do too.
Strips and Bricks - Custom Order Baby Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

A big thank you goes to my customer who has been a pleasure to work with and who has allowed and trusted me to create instinctively and without constraint.

May this quilt be much loved and often used.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita
Strips and Bricks Baby Quilt - Custom Order | Red Pepper Quilts
RELEVANT LINKS:
Strips and Bricks Baby Quilt in Progress (including pattern/design details)
Umbrella Prints Fabrics
More RPQ Strips and Bricks Quilts

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Stash #253 Mimosa by Another Point of View

Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics
Well, here is a fabric collection that I have 
been impatiently stalking stores for!
Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Mimosa is a bright and cheerful collection. At first glance it reminds me a little of the much loved Flea Market Fancy collection by Denyse Schmidt; both collections are inspired by traditional feedsack prints. Mimosa is a complete collection, and includes prints with a good variety in scale as well as a mix of floral and all over geometric designs, in both a cool and warm color palette.

Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
I do play favorites with fabric ... so if I had to pick just one print it might be this leaf design in all of the colorways:
Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

... or maybe this leaf design (I do like a print with a clean white background!):
Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

MIMOSA BY ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW is in stores now and available from:
Hawthorne Threads
Westwood Acres
The Fat Quarter Shop
Pink Castle Fabrics
Shabby Fabrics

Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Déjà Vu - A Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

If you are a regular RPQ reader this blog post and quilt top may well leave you with a sense of déjà vu. This quilt design is a repeat from a previous quilt - Strips and Bricks Quilt I June 2009, Strips and Bricks Quilt II July 2010, and Strips and Bricks Baby Quilt 2013. The design is based on a pattern by Malka Dubrawsky and was originally featured in Sew Hip Magazine in 2009, and has since been published as a pdf pattern (available from Malka's Etsy Store). For all quilts I have however made block size adjustments to cater for a specified finished quilt size.

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is a custom order for a soft neutral baby (girl) quilt with a subtle pop of color, and it is very much all about the fabrics. I love the mix of neutral and low volume fabrics contrasted with stronger colors as well as the variation in large scale feature fabrics and smaller scale prints. The fabrics are from stash and features snippets from many collections, including the latest range by Australian design team Umbrella Prints (the Mini Flowers Collection) as well as by Lotta Jansdotter (from the Echo and Bella Collections).

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

Several of the fabrics that I have used for this quilt top are older (from early collections by Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler - classic designs - which are now hard to find), one or two prints are unique hand screen printed pieces including the dark blue scroll design (pictured directly above), but many are from more recent modern fabric collection. Anything goes.

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

The quilt top measures 45.5 inches x 60 inches;
 quite big for a baby quilt but a really manageable and practical size for when
 in years to come a toddler transitions from cot/crib to bed.

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

Ready for basting and quilting.

More soon.
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Strips and Bricks Quilts
Umbrella Prints fabrics

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Loopy Ewe Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

It's time for Loopy Ewe fun for if, like me, you are into both yarn and fabric
 then you will find everything that you need right here at The Loopy Ewe!
7000 square feet of yarn and fabric in Ft Collins, Colorado, 
where you can shop in person

The Loopy Ewe Short Stacks

Sheri - the driving force behind all things Loopy Ewe - opened The Loopy Ewe in 2006 specializing in knitting and yarn, and more recently has expanded to include quilting fabrics, kits, notions, and patterns. Sheri is not only an accomplished knitter but also a long time sewist and quilters. She know her fabrics and has collated bundles of Short Stacks (favorite fabric lines including beautiful organic fabric collections) and Short Stack Essentials (coordinating fabrics from various fabric lines) which are perfect for stash building.

The Loopy Ewe Short Stack Essentials
At the Loopy Ewe you'll also find the latest organic fabric collections from Birch including Acorn Trail by Teagon White, plus a great range of stash basics like Timeless Treasures Sketch and Riley Blake Honeycomb Dot.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Today Sheri is giving away one Loopy Short Stack and one Loopy Short Stack Essentials fat quarter bundle (winner's choice) to one lucky RPQ reader! Each Short Stack consists of 8 Fat Quarters - see the full range of Short Stacks here and Short Stack Essentials here.

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 8 pm on Friday 24 October 2014 (Australia - EDT).

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 Jacqueline! Jacqueline has been contacted by email.


Thank you for supporting my sponsors.
Rita

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - A Finished Quilt

A Picture Post
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

QUICK QUILT STATS:
Finished Quilt measures 54 inches x 72 inches 
108 Nine Patch Blocks 
Approximately 100 different fabrics.
100% cotton fabrics, thread and batting.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I am super pleased with how this quilt turned out and I have loved making it. This quilt represents much of what I love about making quilts; fabric play, color play, scrap and stash busting, simple patchwork, and lots of piecing ... where traditional patchwork and modern fabrics meet.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Although not immediately obvious this quilt has been quite heavily quilted. All seam lines have been ditched stitch, effectively creating an all over 2 inch grid of lines. In addition I have quilted a set of edge to edge diagonal lines (cross hatched) through all of the "light" fabrics. The combination of in-the-ditch and cross-hatch quilting has given the quilt texture as well as a lovely soft drape.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt I have used a single floral fabric - Shasta Daisy in Pink from the Glamping Collection for Moda Fabrics; a print that I have used as a backing fabric for a number of quilts and the last of my yardage of this now hard to find print. Use it or lose it.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts

And predictably a signature black/white stripe (and entirely machine stitched
binding completes the quilt.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt was sold prior to publishing
 this blog post and is now making its way to the new owner.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts