Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt

A finished quilt and a picture post.
A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Goodness, this week seems to have passed in a blink of the eye. It is short week here with public holidays on both Monday and tomorrow, Friday and I feel somewhat disorientated by the change in program. But, I did finish this quilt; an easy sewing project, where the fabrics do all the talking.

A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

I have again quilted an all over grid with lines evenly spaced just 1.5 inches apart. This feels just right for a quilt that is all about the fabrics, and always sits well on the quilt; it adds a subtle but noticeable texture and softens the quilt to give it a lovely drape.


This time I also did some minimal piecing on the quilt back using fabrics that complement the quilt top (and also saved me from having to further cut into yardage set aside for quilt backs). [The cute fabric with bugs and jars is from the Wee Wander collection by Sarah Jane - see the full collection here.]

A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt - machine stitched binding - Red Pepper Quilts
A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt - machine stitched binding - Red Pepper Quilts
A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt - machine stitched binding - Red Pepper Quilts

I love photos of quilt rolls and binding! I have taken and edited about 10 different photos - of this the same binding (!) - but will only subject you to viewing these three photos. The binding fabric is another favorite ~ Squared Elements in Lemon by Art Gallery Fabrics.

A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store.

The listing can be found here: Minty Green Patchwork Quilt.
A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Now I need to make some time for fabric folding and stash tidying.
Rita

NB: Size of the squares 3.5" x 3.5" including seam allowances.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Minty Green Patchwork Quilt [work in progress]

Minty Green Patchwork Quilt Top - Red Pepper Quilts

A new week and a new quilt but with a color palette carried forward from my last quilt. Whilst working on my Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt last week I was really taken with a small section of that quilt which featured minty green colors ~ softly blending with yellows and blues. So, rather than return fabrics to stash I have continued on ...

Minty Green Patchwork Quilt Top - Red Pepper Quilts
Minty Green Patchwork Quilt Top - Red Pepper Quilts

Do you get a sense that I love the fabric of patchwork? A finished quilt top makes me super happy, even if it is just simple patchwork. Especially simple patchwork! I love how all the colors and designs magically play together despite the random fabric placement, and I enjoy "browsing" through sections of the quilt top as if it were a picture book (although sometimes it isn't until I have taken photos and start editing that I see the fabric magic).

Minty Green Patchwork Quilt Top - Red Pepper Quilts
Minty Green Patchwork Quilt Top - Red Pepper Quilts

My Easter break was productive - perhaps fuelled by chocolate and hot cross buns - and I have already basted this quilt. There is however an ever growing pile of fabric that still needs to be returned to stash. Admittedly, returning fabric to stash is not one of my strong points.

Minty Green Patchwork - Elk Family by Birch Fabrics (Red Pepper Quilts)
Minty Green Patchwork Quilt Top - Red Pepper Quilts

More soon,

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Stash #226 - Nesshome Fabrics and More

Wild Flower and Friends by Nesshome - Red Pepper Quilts
Wild Flower and Friends by Nesshome - Easter Bunnies!
available from Miss Matatabi (Etsy Store)
Today I have some Nesshome - Korean brand fabrics - and a few other fabrics to share with you. Nesshome fabrics vary in weight/blend, with some designs printed on an all cotton base and other designs printed on a cotton/linen blend base.The bunnies and floral fabrics pictured above - Wild Flower and Friends by Nesshome - are cotton/linen blend fabrics (55% linen, 45% cotton) and are a medium weight fabric - somewhat heavier than standard quilting cotton. But they are super soft! The 6 different designs are printed on single panel of fabric.
Nesshome - Text Fabric - Red Pepper Quilts
Text Fabrics by Nesshome
More text fabric for me! Like I said, it isn't over yet, there are more quilts with text fabric to come. This bundle of fabrics is also by Nesshome, and the great news is that they are 100% cotton, a lightweight fabric very much like standard quilting cotton. Happy days. 
Text Fabric by Nesshome
Text Fabric by Nesshome 
There is no such thing as too much text fabric. This print with a white background has already been cut in to. 

Vintage Time by Kei Fabrics - Red Pepper Quilts

Next up are a bundle of Japanese Import fabrics by Kei - called Vintage Time. These are again a linen/cotton blend (50% linen, 50% cotton), but they are lightweight and soft. This fabric has a smooth weave, slightly open, and drapes well; considering its linen blend base it handles remarkably like standard quilting cotton.

Vintage Time by Kei Fabrics - Red Pepper Quilts

Nesshome and Kei Fabrics featured here are all available from:

Timeless Treasures - black white stripe fabric

And last, a re-stock of a fabric that I use often and is my go to binding fabric ~

Black/White 1/8" Stripe by Timeless Treasures - available from:
Fabric Bubb (Etsy) (more stock arriving late next week)


Happy Easter and Spring/Autumn break everyone!
Enjoy Sunday,
Rita

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts
Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt

Rainbow Quilts are such happy quilts! Personally, I'd be happy to make simple patchwork and rainbow quilts for, for ... well, a long time. And it photographed well so get ready for photo overload, every angle is covered.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

The quilt colors are loosely arranged in quarters, radiating out from the center of the quilt in value, and around the quilt in color temperature - cool and warm colors. My knowledge on the subject of color theory is limited, and I tend to go with what pleases my eye rather than refer to principles of color theory, and as such rules may well have been broken.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt I have used a single text fabric - Newsprint - from the Collage collection by Carrie Bloomston - one of my favorite text fabrics (which is about to be released in a range of new colors in Carrie's upcoming Paint collection for Windham Fabrics!).

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

More grid quilting. I have quilted an all over 1 inch grid ~ horizontal and vertical edge to edge lines of stitching, just one inch apart. I love the simple, clean look of grid quilting, and also the texture created by the closely space lines.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper QuiltsA Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

I use 100% cotton batting for all of my quilts. It is a low loft batting (not puffy) which is a look that I prefer and also seems to work well with closely spaced grid quilting. The quilt has a lovely drape.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

No surprises for the quilt binding ~ machine stitched as always:

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts - machine stitched binding
A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - binding - Red Pepper Quilts

I know I say this often, but I really have loved making this quilt. Working with both saturated color and low volume fabrics, arranging and re-arranging the half square triangle units again and again until I was happy with the layout, and then completing it with a number of hours of grid quilting has made for a wonderful week of fabric play and creativity.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store.


A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Work in Progress ~ A Rainbow HST Quilt

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - work in progress

Two days of continuous rain in Melbourne was the springboard for my next project. I needed an infusion of color in what was otherwise a dull week (in terms of weather only!). Bring out all the colorful fabric and make a whole bunch of half squares triangles and soon the possibilities are endless.

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

I have made my half square triangle units for this project by contrasting dark (saturated color fabric) with a light (low volume) fabric, with most of the low volume fabrics being a black/white print. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of my stashed black/white fabrics were suitable for this project although I did need to expand upon my initial fabric selection by including shades of grey. 

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

For the quilt layout I have arranged the half square triangle units by color, radiating out from the center of the quilt in value and around the quilt in color temperature - cool (purple, blue, green) versus warm (yellow, red, orange), overlapping and blending the color groupings without strictly adhering to color theory principles.

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Working with these glorious colors, combined with the repetitive tasks involved in piecing these units - including the trimming - certainly brightened my week. I have already made good progress on this quilt and hope to have more to show you soon. 

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

PROJECT DETAILS:
  • Half Square Triangle Units (HST) - measuring 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches including seam allowances.
  • Fabric requirements: 5.5 inch squares in a rainbow of colors contrasted with a 5.5 inch square of light fabric. 
  • Piece HST units using Step 1 to 3 in this HST tutorial. Trim each unit to measure 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches. 
  • Arrange HST units in color groupings, mix and blend as you like. When you are happy with your layout sew your units together into a quilt top.
Happy sewing,
Rita

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

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