Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Stash #288 Cotton + Steel 2015 Picnic and Lucky Strikes

Picnic by Melody Miller 
July has arrived and with that the long awaited 2015 Cotton + Steel Collections are starting to arrive in stores. Just like last year the 2015 release is a set of five collections by five designers ~ Rashida Coleman-Hale, Melody Miller, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts. All five collections stand alone in their own right but also mix remarkably well, and together with a range of Cotton + Steel basics is a complete and comprehensive collection of almost 100 fabrics.
Picnic by Melody Miller ~ Apples | Red Pepper Quilts
Picnic by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel 2015 | Red Pepper Quilts
Picnic by Melody Miller ~ Picnic Baskets | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Pictured first is Picnic by Melody Miller which features a whimsical lineup of retro picnic baskets, colorful apples, big painterly roses and vintage enamel flowers; featuring my favorite collection/s first. It's ok to have fabric favorites.

Picnic by Melody Miller ~ Cotton + Steel 2015 | Red Pepper Quilts

I love this combination of saturated color and medium to large scale prints that are fun feature fabrics suitable for home decor, accessories, clothing and of course quilts.  Oh my goodness, those apples ... and the baskets!
Lucky Strikes by Kim Kight - Cotton + Steel 2015 | Red Pepper Quilts
Lucky Strikes by Kim Kight
Lucky Strikes is Kim Kight's latest collection. It tells a story of a 70's working class women's bowling league and features bowling pins, strike symbols, score cards, whimsical dots and plaids, and tiny calico florals. 

Lucky Strikes by Kim Kight - Cotton + Steel 2015 | Red Pepper Quilts
Lucky Strikes - Score Card and Domino Plaid
Lucky Strikes by Kim Kight - Cotton + Steel 2015 | Red Pepper Quilts
Lucky Strikes - Domino Plaid, Coffee Shop, Strikes, and Clothesline Floral.

As much as I love the large scale prints from Melody Miller's Picnic collection I adore this softer color palette, and like Kim's previous - Cookie Book - collection, this feels more like "me". There are several prints here that I know I will reach for often. The darling calico floral prints have already been cut into, and yardage has been ordered. 

Lucky Strikes by Kim Kight - Cotton + Steel 2015 | Red Pepper Quilts
Lucky Strikes by Kim Kight
Spring 2015 Cotton + Steel is now available from:
Pink Castle Fabrics
The Fat Quarter Shop
Hawthorne Threads
Fabric Worm   **Spend $50+ and save $5 with code redpepper. Every day.**
Westwood Acres
Miss Matatabi (Etsy)

Arriving soon:
Gotham Quilts
Stash Fabrics (available for pre-ordering)
Fabric Bubb
Lady Belle Fabric
Southern Fabric (available for pre-ordering - see coupon code below)
Bloomerie Fabrics
The Quilted Castle
The Intrepid Thread (available for pre-ordering)
GJ's Discount Fabrics  (Melbourne)
Fabric Spot
Lucky Strikes by Kim Kight - Cotton + Steel 2015 | Red Pepper Quilts

SPONSOR NEWS:


Stash Fabrics  15% off your entire order with code JULY4TH at checkout! Preorder and clubs not included. Ends Monday 6 July 2015.

Shabby Fabrics 15% off everything in store with code SFUSA15. Includes SALE and REMNANTS categories. Ends Monday 6 July 2015.

Southern Fabric  25% Off Storewide on all full priced goods with code happy4th. Does not include sale items or out of stock. Saturday 4th July - USA time - only.

Gotham Quilts  Huge SALE section ~ 30% off a great selection of designer quilting cottons.

Sew Modern  20% off regularly priced fabrics with code SUMMER20. Ends Wednesday 8 July 2015. Check out the SALE section all summer long for hundreds of items already reduced.

The Quilted Castle  Take an additional 15% off everything in the SALE and END OF BOLT category with code fireworks15. Ends Sunday 5 July 2015.

Picnic by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel 2015 | Red Pepper Quilts


Fabric Bubb  Free US shipping on all orders over $25 and discounted international shipping. No code required. Ends today Sunday 5 July 2015.

Oakshott Fabrics  Independence Day Shipping Rates: £8.00 Flat Rate Shipping to the USA. Minimum order £45.00. Ends Monday 9am UK time.

Green Fairy Quilts  Use code JULY4 for HUGE discounts on everything in our store, including any preorders! Ends today Sunday 5 July 2015. Free US shipping and discounted international shipping.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio  15% off all Bundles & Precuts with code FIREWORKS2015. Includes SALE and PREORDER items. Ends today Sunday 5 July 2015.


Pink Castle Fabrics 2000 Golden Tickets up for offer this Summer. Earn a ticket for every $50 you spend. Each ticket is guaranteed to land you a prize, with five grand prizes including two Janome sewing machines, a Glamp Stitchalot ticket, 36 yards of fabric, or 12 issues of Quilt Now. 

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive Aurifil Thread Boxes - A Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.
Aurifil Master Set : the Aurifloss Set, the Patchwork Set and the Finishing Set in four colorways, and exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop
Aurifil Thread Boxes exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop
Imagine my excitement when I opened a BIG box of threads that arrived at my door all the way from the Fat Quarter Shop, and I am equally excited that I have been given the opportunity to showcase these new Aurifil Threads Boxes exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop here today. The thread boxes are available in three different weights: 50wt Patchwork Sets, 12 wt Finishing Sets, and Aurifloss Sets:


And each set is available in four different colorways inspired by delicious desserts: Tart, Macaroon, Biscotti, and Scone:

Aurifiloss in Tart, Scone, Biscotti and Macaroon coloways - exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop
From top left to bottom right:
Aurifloss in Tart, Scone, Biscotti and Macaroon
Twelve boxes of thread complete the Master Collection and today the team at the Fat Quarter Shop are generously giveaway away the complete set!

Aurifiloss in Tart colorway exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop
 Aurifloss in Tart colorway.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

To spread the Aurifil love the Aurifil Master Collection set (12 boxes of thread) will be split so that there will be three winners each to receive ONE of the following threads sets in FOUR colorways:
  1. The Aurifloss Set - 6 stand floss perfect for hand embroidery
  2. The Finishing Set - 12 weight thread perfect for hand quilting or top stitching
  3. The Patchwork Set - 50 weight thread perfect for patchwork piecing
There are four thread boxes in each set (four colorways), each with 10 spools of thread. 40 spools of Aurifil thread for each winner. That's a lot of thread and a lot of colors! 
Aurifil 50wt The Patchwork Set in Macaroon colorway exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop

To be in the draw leave please a comment on this blog post, and please indicate which set of thread you would like to win (Aurifloss - Finishing - Patchwork).  If no thread set - or more than one thread set - is indicated, I will choose the set. 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! 
Aurifil - 12wt Finishing Thread in Scone Colorway exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop
Aurifil - 12wt Finishing Thread in Scone colorway.
The draw will take place at 8 pm (Australia EST) on Saturday 4 July 2015, at which time comments to this post will be closed. The 3 winners 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 winners are:
1. Aurifloss Set   Vreni Kohler (Oops-Lah)
2. The Finishing Set  Carla Morris 
3. The Patchwork Set   Beverley T.

Winners have been notified by email.

Aurifloss in Biscotti colorway exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop
Aurifloss - Biscotti
Aurifloss - Scone Colorway exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop. 6 strand floss perfect for embroidery.
Aurifloss - Scone colorway.
With thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for their ongoing support of my work and sponsorship, and this very generous giveaway!

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Good luck everyone,
Rita

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt - Part 1

Work in Progress
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilts | Red Pepper Quilts

The last few days I have been cutting my fabric stash and the larger pieces in my scrap bin into 2.5" squares. Maybe not my entire fabric stash, but it sure felt like it. Some of the square have been fussy cut - with ruler and rotary cutter - to feature a print, but most squares were cut using a fabric cutter and a 2.5" die, cutting multiple layers of fabric and squares at once. It saves time and saves my back from aching, and is very accurate, with only minimal fabric wastage. 

Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilts | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilts | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

My project is a super scrappy Irish Chain Quilt - a traditional quilt design with layout variations that vary from simple to intricate. I am keeping it simple, two alternating blocks - one scrappy and one with a structured layout. This design is not unlike the Scrap Vomit Quilt Movement of 2013 led by Katy Jones from I am a Ginger Monkey, although I've added an extra row of squares to the repeating design that then flows into the scrappy block.

Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilts - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts

At this point in time I have a few more blocks to piece together and then I get to arrange and rearrange my blocks. I have also worked out a way to press seams so that regardless of how I turn my blocks all seams will "nest" when sewing together the blocks in this alternating layout. My goal for today is to end the day with a quilt top ... and I will have sewn together more than 1200 squares in the last few days. Good times.

Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilts - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

More soon,
Rita
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilts - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Stash #287 Retro 30's Child Smile ~ Spring 2015

Retro Child Smile - Spring 2015 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts
Retro Child Smile - Spring 2015 by Lecien
The latest Retro 30's Child Smile collection (Spring 2015) by Lecien has arrived in stores and has once again been welcomed as an addition to my fabric stash. My love for these small scale reproduction prints continues for not only do the background colors blend well with my stash, the designs are super cute, playful and reminiscent of childhood.
Retro Child Smile Spring 2015 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts
Retro Child Smile Spring 2015 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

The collection features six different designs in up to to six different colors - colors we've come to associate with quilts made in the 1930's. Designs include dots, dogs, classic cherries and a floral prints which is my pick of this collection (pictured directly above).

Retro Child Smile Spring 2015 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

Retro 30's Child Smile by Lecien is in stores now and available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Westwood Acres

Retro Child Smile Spring 2015 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

SPONSOR NEWS

The Intrepid Thread  20% off everything in stock, including patterns, new fabrics and clearance items, with code VACAY20. Excludes gift certificates and pre-order items. Ends Monday 28 June 2015.

Fabric Worm  And spend $50+ and save $5 with code redpepper. Every day.

Southern Fabric  20% off Art Gallery Fabrics with code artgallery. Includes already on sale items, cannot be combined with other coupon codes, does not apply to out of stock items. Ends Friday 3 July 2015.

The Fat Quarter Shop  30% off Patriotic Fabrics with code 4JULY. Ends Sunday 5 July 2015.

The Quilted Castle  Take an additional 15% off everything in the SALE and END OF BOLT category with code fireworks15. Ends Sunday 5 July 2015.

Shabby Fabrics  Summertime Savings! Six more collections added to the Sale category, including Daysail by Bonnie & Camille and Bambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft

Bloomerie Fabrics  Now taking pre-orders for Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille, Farmhouse by Figtree & Co, and Meadowbloom by April Rosenthal. Order now and save 15%. Prices are as marked.

Alice Caroline 10% off RPQ fat quarter bundle (Liberty Tana Lawn) with code REDPEP10. Also available as 1 meter bundle or scrap bundle.  Ends 25 July 2015.

Lady Belle Fabrics  Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine FQ bundles for Art Gallery Fabrics on sale for $45.90

Pink Castle Fabrics  Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff now in stock.

Miss Matatabi (Etsy)  Shop the Clearance Sale - includes select 2014 Cotton + Steel fabrics.

The Loopy Ewe  For the yarn lovers - Wollmeise Yarn now in stock.

Retro Child Smile Spring 2015 - Lecien | Red Pepper Quilts

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Alice Caroline ~ Liberty Fabric Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.
I am pleased to introduce a new sponsor today ~ Alice Caroline

Alice Caroline specializes in selecting fabrics from the main Liberty of London collection, the world's most desirable fabrics with a unique heritage dating back over 100 years, and putting the right designs and colors together to form their own unique brand. These are packaged together to give customers a wonderful choice of colors for their sewing projects. If you regularly read my blog you'll already know how much I love working with Liberty fabric

Liberty Tana Lawn - Alice Caroline

Visit the Alice Caroline Online Store for a great range of Liberty fabric from the current and classic collections plus some rare examples also. Be the first to see the new Liberty Autumn/Winter collection which will be shipping from 1 July 2015 (available for pre-ordering now).


Alice Garrett, the owner of Alice Caroline has also recently released her first book Little Lady Liberty: Over 20 Simple Sewing Projects for Little Girls. Inspired by Alice's lifelong love for Liberty fabrics; the huge range of magical prints is perfect for making beautiful things for children. Alice says: "I love making making and sewing a project with a beloved one in mind, something they can play with or wear. A gift like a dress, a toy, a cushion or a quilt becomes woven into their childhood. All of the projects are named after little girls I know; for each one I put together my favorite palette of prints and colors from the new season, classic and vintage designs. I have designed the instructions and step by step drawings to be accessible to beginners as well as more advanced sewers, so I hope anyone with a special little girl in mind can find a project they love."

Signed copies of Alice's book are available from her store here: Little Lady Liberty.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

By way of introduction Alice is kindly giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle of 8 Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics as pictured to one lucky RPQ reader:

Liberty FQ Bundle Giveaway - Alice Caroline
From Left to Right ~ Liberty Tana Lawn:

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 4 pm (Australia EST) on Friday 26 June 2015, 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.

Thank you for all of your entries!
ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
The lucky winner is:
Congratulations Rosemary! Rosemary has been contacted by email.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Alice is kindly offering 10% off the 8 giveaway fabrics pictured
(links included with the above image)
with code REDPEP10
No minimum purchase. Code valid until 25 July 2015.
Bundles also available:


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

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Photos by Alice Caroline and used with permission.