Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Stash #373 Eureka by Emma Jansen and a Giveaway!

Eureka by Emma Jean Jansen for Ella Blue Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Eureka 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 - Eureka!  Once again Emma's collection is a feast of all things Australiana. Emma has taken inspiration from her home town of Ballarat and it's history of gold mining. Emma grew up in an area where there were abandoned gold mines and caves and spent her childhood playing and having fun. 

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

The collection features geometric designs representing quartz crystals and a fabulous print with gold highlights showing the veins of riches! There is a fabulous mine shaft map print and a stripe which is inspired by the different colors of the layers of the earth. A wagon wheel is a great circle contrast and of course Emma had to include a Southern Cross Star print which was a symbol of the Eureka rebellion. 

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

EUREKA BY EMMA JEAN JANSEN is in stores now and available from:

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

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GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Emma is kindly giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of the complete Eureka fabric collection to one lucky RPQ reader.

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

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 8pm (Australia EDT) on Tuesday 28 February 2017, at which time comments to this post will be closed. The winners will be announced by edit to this blog post, and will also be contacted by email.

Congratulations Emma on the release of another great fabric collection and thank you and Ella Blue Fabrics for the giveaway fabric bundle!

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt

A finished quilt and a picture post ~
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt
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My second red and white quilt is finished and another bucket list quilt has been ticked off! I love Irish Chain quilts and as it is a block-based design these quilts really are a lot easier to piece than what you may imagine. I also love tiny patchwork piecing - although at  3/4" finished squares this is not exactly all that tiny - and as such this kind of repetitive piecing suits me perfectly.

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

In the same way that I quilted my first Red and White Irish Chain Quilt this quilt has been quilted with an all over 3/4" grid. I also chose to mark some of the quilting lines as the distance between seam lines and the patchwork pieces was too great for me to judge a straight line by eye. I used a Clover Water Soluble Marker and a ruler to mark some of the lines prior to basting.

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The marked blue lines were easily removed by gently immersing the whole quilt in a tub of cool water (after quilting). Concerned about possible color run from the red and black solid fabrics I did add multiple Color Catcher sheets to the water. Thankfully the fabric was color fast and did not bleed (I don't pre-wash fabric). I then tumble dried the quilt on a gentle setting, giving the quilt a soft and slightly crinkled look and feel. All of the photos in this blog post are of the washed and tumble dried quilt.

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have used go-to backing fabric: Newsprint in White from the Story Collection by Carrie Bloomston. The binding fabric is the same as the background fabric used for the quilt top: Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Snow. The binding was attached to the quilt after the quilt had been washed and dried; this simply allowed me to trim off excess batting and accurately square up the quilting after it had been washed/dried.

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt - bidning | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt 
Inspired by the Red and White Quilts featured in the book:

Quilt size:
Finished quilt measures 61 inches x 61 inches.
Solid fabric used:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Snow
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Tomato
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Pepper
Thread:
Aurifil 50wt (orange spool) for piecing.
Aurifil 28wt (grey spool) for quilting.
Low Loft Cotton Batting:
Warm & White batting from The Warm Company;
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
This quilt is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

See all the listing details here:
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt 


Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I am so very happy with how this quilt turned out although having made three quilts from solid fabric in a row has me wanting to dive back into my stash of printed fabrics for my next quilt!

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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

RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt - Work in Progress (includes example of quilt top construction).
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt - January 2017

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Stash #372 Black and White 2017 by Cotton + Steel

Black and White 2017 Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

From the popular design team and following the success of the previous two Black and White fabric ranges comes the Black and White 2017 collection; again a collaborative Cotton + Steel collection.

Black and White 2017 Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Black and White 2017 Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Sixteen prints in black, white and shades of grey and a touch of gold metallic and neon pink. Several of the designs are black and white reprints from earlier and current Cotton + Steel collections others are a play on, or an extension of, previous designs and themes; retro roller skates, bears, snow leopards, seabirds, lanterns.

Black and White 2017 Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Needless to say there are a number of prints here that I love and snippets of several have already found their way into my quilts. The designs that are printed on unbleached cotton fabric base are a favorite, especially the print with a pop of neon pink.

Black and White 2017 Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Black and White 2017 by Cotton + Steel  is due in stores next month:
Now available from:
GJ's Discount Fabrics (Melbourne - in store)
The Fat Quarter Shop
Arriving soon:
Miss Matatabi
Fabric Bubb
Stash Fabrics

Black and White 2017 Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

SPONSOR NEWS

Pink Castle Fabrics  20% off all in stock Cotton + Steel with code CS20. Ends Monday 20 February 2017.

Green Fairy Quilts  40% off all Notions  AND 40% off Quilt Kits AND 40% off Fat Eighth bundles. Prices are as marked.

Gotham Quilts  15% off new Cotton + Steel collections including Yours Truly by Kim Kight and Jubilee by Melody Miller. Prices are as marked.

Miss Matatabi  Just in: S. S. Bluebird by Cotton + Steel and Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton + Steel.

The Fat Quarter Shop  20% off Basic of the Month: Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics. Prices are as marked. Ends 28 February 2017.

Oakshott Fabrics  20% off selected background fabrics with code SHOWCASE ~ Tone Down or Go for Bold! Ends Monday 20 February 2017.

I Love Fabric  Just in: Winter Walk by Denyse Schmidt AND Shop the SALE!

Fort Worth Fabrics Studio   Meow or Never by Moda now just $7.95/yard. AND 40% off Farm Fun by Moda with code FARM40. Ends Thursday 23 February 2017.

The Intrepid Thread  Shop the Clearance Sale! 20-70% off a great range of fabrics.

Lady Belle Fabric  40% off selected bundles. Prices are as marked.

Kiwi Fabric (Etsy)  Shop the sale! 250+ fabrics marked so clear. 

Black and White 2017 Cotton + Steel | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Exclusive Alice Caroline Liberty of London Collection ~ A Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

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. Fabrics are packaged together or sold individually by the yard to give customers a wonderful choice of colors for their sewing projects.

Alice Caroline Liberty of London Collection
Exclusive Alice Caroline Liberty of London Collection 
Alice Caroline is delighted to announce the launch of their brand new and exclusive Liberty collection of fabrics. The collection has been designed in collaboration with the Liberty design team. Alice has chosen her favourite prints and created a collection of gorgeous new colorways which are now available exclusively from the Alice Caroline website. There are 16 stunning Liberty prints in the Alice Caroline Exclusive Collection. These include brand new colorways of the popular Betsy, Mitsi, Poppy and Daisy prints as well as some very exciting printed patchworks which have never been seen before!

Alice Caroline Liberty of London Collection - Patchwork print in purple
Alice Caroline - Exclusive Liberty Printed Patchwork
The two printed patchworks are especially exciting as these are brand new for both Liberty and Alice Caroline. In one of the patchwork prints Alice has revived her favourite purples in this stunning collection of much loved and vintage prints (pictured above). The second patchwork print brings together the beautiful Alice Caroline exclusive prints in some stunning tones and colours (pictured below). Both these patchwork prints are perfect as a cheater print for quilt making, and better still for when you need a variety of small fabric pieces - for applique or English paper piecing!

The Alice Caroline Liberty of London collection is shipping now! Alice Caroline is based in the UK and ships internationally. 

When clicking over to take a peek at the exclusive collection you may also like to check out the new Classics collection that has just arrived: New Liberty of London Classics.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Alice and the team at Alice Caroline are giving away a fat eighth bundle of the exclusive Alice Caroline Liberty Tana Lawn collection (14 fat eighths) to one lucky RPQ reader.

Alice Caroline Liberty of London Collection | Betsy Y in Mint
Liberty Tana Lawn - Betsy Y in Mint
If I had to choose a favorite this would be it!
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 2pm (Australia EDT) on Saturday 18 February 2017, at which time comments to this post will be closed. The winners will be announced by edit to this blog post, and will also be contacted by email.

Thank you for all of your entries!
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ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
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The winner of the Liberty Fat Eighth bundle is:
Congratulations Kate! Kate has been contacted by email.



Thank you to Alice and the team at Alice Caroline for this giveaway and thank you for supporting my sponsors.

Good luck everyone!
Rita

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt

Work in Progress.
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Red and White Quilts are my most recent fascination! After the completion of my recent Red and White Irish Chain Quilt I could not help but delve further into the world of traditional red and white quilts, and more specifically Irish Chain Quilts. I have added a resource book to my extensive quilt book library that I can highly recommend called: Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety: Presented by The American Folk Art Museum.


This book is a catalog of red and white quilts (it is not a pattern book). It is a detailed look at the world’s most celebrated collection of red and white quilts. The book features over 650+  beautifully photographed quilts from the past three centuries and includes many traditional quilt designs and examples of of feathered stars, diamonds, log cabins, Irish chain, baskets, lettering, snowflakes, embroidery and applique. Anyway, inspiration for my quilt has come from the examples of Irish Chain Quilts that are featured in this book. Although I have added my own variation ...

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The quilt design is block based, and when broken down into smaller units it is not difficult to piece. In an effort to sew efficiently I first made in excess of 200 nine patch blocks pieced from strip sets. Each finished nine patch block measures 2 1/4" x 2 1/4", with each tiny square measuring 3/4" x 3/4" (finished).

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Piecing 200+ nine patch blocks was time consuming, but once these were done the quilt top came together in an afternoon + evening sewing session.

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT DETAILS:
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt
Quilt top measures 62 inches x 62 inches.
Fabrics Used:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Tomato, Snow, and Pepper.
Nine Patch Block measures 2 3/4" x 2 3/4 inch (incl seam allowances).
200 red and white nine patch blocks.
16 black and white nine patch blocks.
Quilt top is made up of four blocks:
Tutorial: Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
BLOCK 1: Make 12 blocks.
BLOCK 2: Make 8 blocks.
BLOCK 3 (Center Block): Make 1 block.
BLOCK 4: Make 4 blocks.
TOTAL: 25 Blocks (5 rows of 5 blocks).
Press all seams away from the nine-patch blocks and all seams will nest.
Adjust nine-patch block to the size your prefer to work with. 

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I am so pleased with how this quilt top came together and cannot wait to add texture by way of quilting! 

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Lots of photos ... I thought I might as well show them all! 

Thank you for stopping by and scrolling though.
Rita

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Red and White Irish Chain Quilt - January 2017

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