Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Miss Matatabi and a Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

Miss Matatabi is a family owned online fabric store specializing in modern Japanese fabrics, shipped directly from Japan. The store is run by husband and wife, Frances and Yoshihiro. Frances and Yoshihiro have carefully handpicked a selection of gorgeous Japanese textiles and they take joy in being able to share not only the most popular Japanese textile brands such as nani IRO, Kokka, and Cotton + Steel, and popular Japanese designers including Suzuko Koseki and Atsuko Matsuyama, but also unique and hard to find fabrics of the highest quality.

In Frances' own words: Having lived in Japan for more than 12 years I have developed a deep appreciation for Japanese craft and design aesthetic and love that handmade is still a valued part of Japanese culture. As a maker, as well as a store owner, taking time to source textiles I not only think you will love but that I also adore to sew with is one of the best parts of my work day. I'm honoured to be able to connect with so many interesting and kind people from all over the world through a shared love of textiles. 


Most recently Frances was the driving force behind the reprint of the sought after - and one of my all time favorite prints -  Kerchief Girls fabric and all seven colorways are currently in stock.


As well as the quilting cotton Miss Matatabi now also have Kerchief Girls fabric in laminate and pre-quilted! Oh, I imagine you could whip up a super cute double sided quilt in a day with this pre-quilted fabric ~


I am a regular Miss Matatabi customer and most of my Japanese fabric stash was purchased right here. I love Frances' unique eye for print and color and especially love the variety of substrates available ~ including quilting cotton, linen, linen blends, double gauze, rayon, canvas, knit; something for every maker. I check often to see what is new, and my orders have always been carefully packaged and shipped promptly. I also  love(!) that many of the fabrics are available as fat quarter cuts.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Frances and Yoshihiro are giving away a half metre bundle of Kerchief Girls to one one lucky RPQ reader - 7 colorways and a total of 3 1/2 meters of fabric!

To be in the draw please leave a comment on this post - 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 on Saturday 21 October 2017 (Australia - EDT), at which time comments to this post will be closed. The winner will be announced the same day by edit to this blog post, and will also be contacted by email.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE:

10% off their orders with the code RPQ10
Ends Saturday 21 October 2017.
Coupon code can be used: 

....  and an awesome shipping deal!
$15 flat rate international shipping
 for orders over $US100
Valid for orders shipping to North America, Oceania, Asia, and Europe. 
Only available at shop.missmatatabi.com.
Ends 19 November 2017.



Good luck everyone and thank you for supporting my sponsors.
Rita
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Stash #406 Chicken Scratch by Kaye England

Chicken Scratch by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Chicken Scratch by Kaye England 
for Wilmington Prints 

I am a huge fan of reproduction prints and therefore could not resist this cute collection of darling small scale prints by Kaye England. The collection is inspired by embroidery and fabrics from the 1930's and features "embroidered" chickens and an excellent range of floral designs in the brightest of colors.

Chicken Scratch by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Chicken Scratch by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

These small scale designs are excellent stash basics and are great for introducing reproduction fabrics into modern projects. I like that you can readily assign a color to each fabric - red, blue, yellow, green etc - which makes it easy to color co-ordinate your fabric selection, and to mix and balance the color palette of your project as you go, regardless of whether the fabric you have chosen for your project is a modern designer fabric or a reproduction fabric.
Chicken Scratch by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The collections consists of 11 designs each printed in up to three different colorways - a total of 22 prints plus two "embroidery" fabric panels. My favorite designs would have to be the cone flower print in both the yellow and the red colorway. Of course, the floral gingham print would have to come in as a close second.

Chicken Scratch by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

CHICKEN SCRATCH BY KAYE ENGLAND is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Chicken Scratch by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

SPONSOR NEWS



Pink Castle Fabrics  Skinny Bolt Sale! Use code SKINNY25 at checkout to save! Sale ends Monday October 16 at midnight EST. Click here to shop in stock skinny-bolts

Oakshott Fabrics Free Shipping on ColourBoxes: order before 30 November for delivery in early December.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio  25% off Fright Night by First Blush Studio for Henry Glass. Prices are as marked. Ends Monday 16 October 2017.

Green Fairy Quilts  All Layer Cakes just $26.88 each. Limited time.  And free shipping on US orders $99+.

Fabric Bubb  37 New Kona Colors now in stock! 

I Love Fabric  Kinder by Heather Ross is now available for Pre-Ordering and just in ~ Tiger Plant by Sarah Golden.

Stash Fabrics  Rainbow Cotton + Steel Fat Quarter Bundles now available as well as Moda Matchbox Quilt Kits.

Lady Belle Fabric  Up to 40% off Clearance Bundles! Prices are as marked.

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita
Chicken Scratch by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Many Trips Around the World Quilt

And a gallery of photos of the finished quilt ~
Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT DETAILS:
Many Trips Around the World Quilt
The finished measures 49 inches x 61 inches.
49 rows of 39 squares.
Each finished square measures 1.25" x 1.25".
Total number of squares: 1911.
Fabric Used:
100+ different small scale prints including
many stash basics - dots, stripes, checks, gingham.
Solid Fabric: Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White
Quilting:
Ditch stitching all vertical and horizontal seam
lines - spaced 1.25 inches apart.
Batting:
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

A new week and a finished quilt, and as always I have lots of photos to share with you today. This quilt was inspired by the many Trips Around the World Quilts that have gone before it! It must have been - and still is - a popular traditional quilt design both with hand and machine piecers.

Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I machine pieced the quilt top and re-worked my Scrappy Day Trip Quilt Pattern - which is a block based design with strip pieced sections - and I adjusted it for the extra trip - or additional round of squares - around the center square. This allowed me to work on one block at a time; cutting fabric, strip piecing and sewing together each block as far as was possible, and then machine pieced the quilt top without it being too much of a puzzle.

Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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I finished the quilt by ditch stitching all seam lines, creating an all over grid of intersecting lines just 1.25" apart, and a texture that is lovely to touch and at the same time allows the quilt to drape softly. That is a lot of quilting lines!

Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have used a single floral fabric with a soft pink background from the Vintage Daydream collection by Design by Dani for Riley Blake Designs. For the quilt binding I have used a black and white stripe fabric for my signature quilt finish. A simple black/white stripe binding works so well with a scrappy quilt.

Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017


You will find the listing details here:

Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt
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More RPQ "Trip" Quilts:

Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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

Have a great week,
Rita

Many Trips Around the World Quilt | A Finished Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Stash #405 A Little Sweetness and More!


For this week's Sunday Stash I have again chosen several fabrics that have recently been added to stash. I have I lot of fabric and I like to think that I can choose wisely and sensibly; that I know "my style", and purchase fabrics that I will actually use ... and I usually get it right. Well, most of the time anyway, but it is hard not to wish for all the fabrics!

A Little Sweetness by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Little Sweetness by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The first five prints are all from Tasha Noel's most recent collection A Little Sweetness for Riley Blake Fabrics. These are sweet!! And it was hard not to purchase the whole collection, but I know I will actually use these prints. Needless to say the hand drawn dress fabrics are particularly adorable (perfect for fussy cutting!) but I think the small scale floral designs are excellent background/sashing fabrics. As always I love that Tasha's designs are printed on a clear/clean white background fabric.

Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Also added to stash are these beautiful Yuwa fabrics by Japanese textile designer Suzuko Koseki. I am a huge fan of Suzuko Koseki designs and could not resist large scale floral designs with a snippet of text fabric, as well as the button stripe prints.

Letter and Marguerite by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Button and Stripe by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

A LITTLE SWEETNESS BY TASHA NOEL is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop

SUZUKO KOSEKI - Letter & Marguerite and Button & Stripe are available from:
Miss Matatabi

SPONSOR NEWS: 

Expired sales information and coupon codes have been deleted.

The Fat Quarter Shop  20% off Basic of the Month: Grunge by Moda Fabrics, 20% off Book of the Month: The Jolly Bar Book by It's Sew Emma, 20% off Notion of the Month: Bosal Stabilizer, Foam and Interfacing. Prices are as marked. Ends on 31 October 2017.

Alice Caroline  Liberty Fabric Remnant Sale! Up to 50% off a huge variety of Liberty loveliness in the Liberty remnant sale. Prices are as marked. 

I Love Fabric  New Arrivals: Island Life by Dear Stella and Daisy Chain by Annabel Wrigley.

Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Duckadilly and a Liberty of London Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.
Liberty Tana Lawn - curated bundles from Duckadilly

DuckaDilly is a boutique fabric studio and online store specializing in Liberty of London Fabrics and is located in the charming Kerrytown district of Ann Arbor, Michigan. DuckaDilly ~ owned and managed by Lesley ~ carries a variety of seasonal and classic Tana Lawn, jersey, chambray, and fleece. Liberty of London is world renowned for their stunning fabrics and designs printed on luxurious cloth. I too have fallen hard for Liberty fabrics, the Tana Lawn base in particular, and you will often see pieces of these fabrics in my quilts.

Liberty of London Tana Lanw - Little Land of Rhyme collection.

New arrivals at the store include the very recently released Little Land of Rhyme; a wonderful and playful new collection of 16 original childrenswear designs inspired by much loved nursery rhymes. Also just in is the Autumn/Winter 2017 seasonal collection - The Garden of Temptation, and the 2018 Classics Collection; a range of both new and recolored classic prints (check out Betsy in the yellow colorway - top right hand corner!)

Liberty of London Tana Lawn - 2018 Classics Collection
(click on any image for a larger view).

DuckaDilly offers a range of special cuts including:
Better still is the I ♥ Liberty Club where every month you receive a beautifully curated bundle of Liberty Tana Lawn (again available in a variety of cuts). What a great way to build stash plus with Liberty you only need a small piece to make a huge impact!

Liberty of London Tana Lawn laster cut Hexagons

Lesley also offers offers a selection of bundles ~ groupings of prints from past monthly bundles and guest curators, as well as color Stash Pack bundles that are not only great stash builders but also excellent eye candy!

Liberty of London curated bundles at Duckadilly.
Liberty of London Stash Pack bundles at Duckadilly.

You also don't want to miss the Sale Category! 40% off select Tana Lawn yardage, bolt ends, and more. Keep up with the latest news - including a heads up of Remnant Sales - at DuckaDilly by subscribing to their newsletter:


Lesley is passionate about all things Liberty and offers a meticulously curated range of Liberty fabrics in a variety of cuts to ensure these beautiful fabrics are available to quilters/sewists worldwide. As a DuckaDilly customer myself I can personally vouch for Lesley's customer service ~ with excellent communication, carefully packaged fabrics, shipped promptly.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Today Lesley from DuckaDilly is kindly giving away a $75 Gift Certificate to one lucky RPQ reader. You get to choose your own rainbow of Liberty fabrics!

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 10 pm (Australia EDT) on Saturday 7 October 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.

ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
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The winner of the $75 Gift Certificate is:
The winner has been contacted by email.

Liberty Trim & Bias Tape 


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

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress

Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt
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It's back to basics this week. Squares, Squares, and more squares. I do love traditional quilt design, simple patchwork, and working from stash, so this Many Trips Around the World Quilt design suits me perfectly! It also is an extension on my previous quilt (and quilt pattern) - The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - this time adding an extra trip for each block.

Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This Many Trips Around the World Quilt design is a great scrap buster project and represents hours of cutting, puzzling, and sewing together a whole bunch of patchwork pieces. Having said that, I am always determined to find the easiest way to put together a quilt; to simplify the process and at the same to ensure that when it comes to sewing the quilt top together that all the seams nest. 

Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

So I revisited my Scrappy Day Trip Quilt Pattern - which is a block based design with strip pieced sections - and I reworked it for the extra trip - or round of squares - around the center square. This allowed me to work on just one block at a time; cutting fabric, strip piecing and sewing together each block as far as was possible. Once all 50 blocks were ready - plus a whole bunch of half blocks to fill the edges - I could arrange and re-arrange the blocks until I was happy with the layout, and then sew together the quilt top in rows.

Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Mind you, it was still a bit of a puzzle, and sewing together the quilt top required my careful attention to ensure that all the pieces ended up in the right place. I can look at this quilt top now and say how fun it was to make, but at the time of sewing my inner voice demanded to know why the small pieces, and why so many!!  Of course, when all the quilt blocks are laid out on the floor, and the quilt top is ready to be sewn together, there's no stopping until it is done.

Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT DETAILS
Many trips Around the World Quilt
Quilt top measures 49 inches x 61 inches.
49 rows of 39 squares.
Each finished square measures 1.25" x 1.25".
Total number of squares: 1911.
Fabric Used:
Approx 100 different small scale prints including
many stash basics - dots, stripes, checks, gingham.

Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I love this scrappy and colorful quilt top, and all the time spent carefully choosing fabrics, cutting, and piecing has been worth it. I have a feeling that there may be more Many Trips Quilts in my future.

Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Although I am not so much looking forward to basting the quilt top, I cannot wait to start quilting it!

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

Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Many Trips Around the World Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

RELEVANT LINKS:
Scrappy Day Trip Quilt and Quilt Pattern 
Many Trips Around the World - the Finished Quilt
More RPQ Scrap Quilts:
Scrappy Trip Along Quilt - January 2013
Philadelphia Pavement Quilt - October 2013
Single Irish Chain Quilt - October 2015
Giant Granny Square Quilt - May 2016

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