Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Chambray Flowering Snowball Quilt

Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I love a "big block" quilt and a large scale Flowering Snowball Quilt was always going to happen, and now seemed like a good time. I have had fun playing with the layout/coloring of the blocks in EQ8 (quilt design software). Although using a limited color palette - as I have done for this quilt - does not come easy, the design possibilities are endless and dare I say, this won't be my last big block Flowering Snowball Quilt.

Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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This quilt consists of 16 Flowering Snowball Blocks (each finished block measures 11" x 11"), and the fabrics have been cut using acrylic templates. The fabrics used are Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons (in White and Quicksilver) and a denim chambray fabric by Andover Fabrics. The chambray fabric is a light weight cotton/denim fabric with a white weft for contrast and interest.

Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The quilt is quilted with edge to edge straight lines creating a foundation of intersecting lines (by first ditch stitching the seam lines of the blocks) and then adding more lines of stitching in between. The stitching lines are closely spaced - a 1/2" apart - to create a texture that is lovely to touch and at the same time gives the quilt a soft drape.

Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

In addition, I have used a heavier weight thread for extra stitch definition; for the quilting I have used Aurifil 28wt thread for the top thread and 50wt thread for the bobbin thread. This combination of different thread weights works well in my sewing machine and doesn't create any problems with stitch tension.

Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have used a single text fabric from the Sun Print collection by Alison Glass, and I have finished the quilt by again using the blue chambray fabric for the binding.

Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT DETAILS:
Chambray Flowering Snowball Quilt
The finished quilt measures 45 inches x 45 inches.
16 Flowering Snowball Blocks - finished block measures 11" x 11".
11" Flowering Snowball Block Acrylic Templates.
Fabric:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in:
Snow and Quicksilver.
Chambray in Denim by Andover Fabrics.
Thread:
Aurifil 50wt cotton thread for piecing.
Aurifil 28wt cotton thread for quilting.
Batting:
Low loft cotton batting bleached white.

Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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

See all of the listing details here:

Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

Modern Geometric Baby and Lap Quilt | Flowering Snowball Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store

More RPQ Flowering Snowball Quilts
Flowering Snowball Quilt - September 2016
Berry Marmalade Flowering Snowball Quilt - August 2017
Low Volume Flowering Snowball Quilt - November 2016

More RPQ Big Block Quilts
Two Big Block Baby Quilts - January 2016
Big Block Half Square Triangle Quilt - January 2016

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Stash #414 Classics by Emma Jean Jansen

Classics by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Classics by Emma Jean Jansen
for Ella Blue Fabrics

Today I am celebrating the release of Emma Jean Jansen's most recent fabric collection for Ella Blue Fabrics - Classics. Emma's collection is a feast of all things Australiana and Classics brings together some of Emma’s most popular Australiana designs from her previous seven ranges.

Classics by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Classics by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Emma has takes inspiration from her home town of Ballarat and it's history of gold mining, and her love for the city of Melbourne. Emma grew up in an area where there were abandoned gold mines and caves and spent her childhood playing and having fun. 

Classics by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Classics by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The designs have been re-coloured into stylish black and whites and a soft grey and white, which will work perfectly for all your low volume fabric needs. These classics prints are also great stash basics and will work well as background or sashing fabrics. 

Classics by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Tales of Cloth 2017 Ice Cream Soda Quilt Club now available as a complete English Paper Piecing kit. Choose from EPP papers only, acrylic templates only, papers + templates, or papers + templates + scrap fabric to get  you started.

Classics by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Devonstone Square - Tilda Fabrics - and a Giveaway!

I am pleased to introduce my readers to new sponsor today ~ Devonstone Square ~ and excited to announce that as from January 2018 Tilda Fabrics and Accessories will be readily available in the USA!
Devonstone Square is the new wholesale distributor for Tilda® fabrics and accessories throughout the USA. Devonstone Square recently launched at Quilt Market - Houston, where its inaugural booth won an award for Best New Exhibitor. As an exciting new boutique player in the USA patchwork and quilting market, Devonstone Square is delighted to share the whimsical world of Tilda with American retailers.

The Lemon Tree Collection - Tilda | Distributed in the USA by Devonstone Square

Family owned and operated, Devonstone Square comes with decades of expertise in the patchwork and quilting industry. It has been established by a family with more than 25 years of direct industry experience – not to mention a close and longstanding relationship with Tilda designer Tone Finnanger.

The Lemon Tree Collection - Tilda | Distributed in the USA by Devonstone Square

Tilda fabrics and accessories have a distinctly European style that is fresh, whimsical and chic. The designs spring from the imagination of Norwegian designer Tone Finnanger and perfectly capture the modern and sweet Scandinavian style that is popular with quilters, crafters, and makers around the world.



Devonstone Square work closely with Tone and her team in Norway to develop comprehensive marketing programs, ensuring that all USA retailers are well supported when they choose Tilda. Along with priority access to the latest fabric collections, accessories and books direct from Europe, Devonstone Square retailers will enjoy exclusive programs, pre-season previews and samples, digital image portfolios and personalized service with a family spirit.

The Lemon Tree Collection - Tilda | Distributed in the USA by Devonstone Square
The Lemon Tree Collection for Tilda Fabrics
Two new Tilda fabric collections are due to arrive in retail stores early in the new year, starting with the release of The Lemon Tree collection on 15 January 2018.  In Australia we are lucky to have Tilda fabrics and accessories readily available in our retail stores. For my US based readers and quilters please ask your local retailer to get in touch with Devonstone Square for wholesale inquiries via their website or by email:  info@devonstonesquare.com 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

The team at Devonstone Square are giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of the soon to be released The Lemon Tree collection to one lucky RPQ reader - 20 Fat Quarters:

The Lemon Tree Collection - Tilda | Distributed in the USA by Devonstone Square
The Lemon Tree collection - Tilda 
To be in the draw leave please 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 10pm (Australia EDT) on Saturday 9 December 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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ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
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Thank you for all of your entries!
The winner of the Lemon Tree collection fat quarter bundle is:
Congratulations Karen! Karen has been contacted by email.

Be in it to win it. Good luck everyone!
Rita

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Monday, December 4, 2017

English Paper Piecing - Liberty Stars Quilt - Part 2

Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017
Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017

It has been two months since I last shared with you the details of my current English Paper Piecing projectLiberty Stars Quilt - and I have since then made steady progress. I am happy to say that the quilt top is now complete. All Star Units have been joined with the (hexagon) background fabric, and even the quilt edges have been filled with part units for a straight edge finish. The papers are out!

Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017
Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017
Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017
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I have loved working with this combination of Liberty Tana Lawn fabric and Oakshott Cotton. These two luxury fabric bases are a perfect match for this classic quilt design and were a pleasure to sit and sew with late into the evening. The needle and thread glided through the fabric layers with ease, and the fabric withstood the glue basting and paper removal process much better than I could have anticipated.

Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017
Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017

QUILT DETAILS
Liberty Stars Quilt
Quilt top measures 58 inches x 72 inches
127 Liberty Star Units + 10 Liberty Half Star Units.
Papers used:
792 Diamonds (Six Pointed Star) with 1 3/4 inch sides.
270 Hexagons with 1 3/4 inch sides.
Notions/Tools Used for English Paper Piecing:
Acrylic templates with a 3/8" seam allowance for cutting fabrics.
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads.

Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017

Fabrics Used for Star Units:
Liberty of London Tana Lawn and
Liberty of London Tana Lawn - Plain/Solid
Background Fabric:
Oakshott Cotton :: Scandinavia in Stockholm

Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017
Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017

The quilt top was sewn together in vertical rows - there are eleven vertical rows of stars. I first laid out all of the Star Units and arranged and rearranged the units until I was happy with the layout. I then picked up the Star units in rows and in order, placed each row in a zip lock bag, and simply started by joining the units of row 1 together with hexagons. And repeat for row 2 and onwards. 

Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017

The papers were removed as progress was made, leaving only the papers along the outer edges in until the gaps were filled along the edges of the quilt with part units. (Some of the photos shown were taken while quilt top assembly was still in progress and papers - mainly along the outer edges - were still in).

Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017
Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017

This quilt top will be quilted by Karen Terrens from Quilts on Bastings - a professional long arm quilter and also my sister - and I am looking forward to seeing how she works her magic on this quilt; I imagine the quilting detail on the background fabric (hexagons) will add much interest to this quilt!

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Liberty Stars Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts2017


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday Stash #413 Yuwa Stash Basics and More!

Yuwa fabric stash basics - Gingham | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Fabric stash basics make up a significant portion of a fabric stash and while these stash staples vary from sewer/quilter to quilter, for me that usually means dots, stripes, checks, solids, and of course, gingham. Japanese fabric house Yuwa Fabrics do some great fabric stash basics including these gorgeous gingham fabrics.

Yuwa fabric stash basics - Gingham | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

These gingham designs are printed on a lovely quality cotton base fabric and while they do release these prints in a range of colors they are not always easy to find in stores. I have been adding these Yuwa prints to stash for some time, and most have been sourced from local patchwork stores. We have some great fabric stores here in Melbourne!

Yuwa fabric stash basics - Dots | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

In addition to gingham, Yuwa also do a complementary range of dots, again printed on quality cotton base and in a range of colors that I cannot resists.

Yuwa fabric stash basics - Gingham & Dots | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

In addition, I have also recently added these beautiful medium scale floral fabric to my stash from the Coloring collection by Jacqueline Savage McFee for Camelot Fabrics; one design, three different colorways. That yellow background color is so cheerful!

The Coloring Collection by Jacqueline Savage McFee for Camelot Fabrics
The Coloring Collection by Jacqueline Savage McFee 
for Camelot Fabrics

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Yuwa fabric stash basics - Gingham & Dots | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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