Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Stash #320 First of Infinity 2016 by Kumiko Fujita

First of Infinity  by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima  for Lecien Fabrics
First of Infinity
 by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima 
for Lecien Fabrics

Today I am featuring another fun, bold, and colorful collection by Lecien ~ First of Infinity ~ and from my count I think it is fourth in a series of First of Infinity collections. This popular modern fabric range by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima is all about letters, numbers, and bold geometric shapes. [Although all designs are featured here today, several designs are available in additional colorways which are not show here today].

First of Infinity  by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima  for Lecien Fabrics
First of Infinity  by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima  for Lecien Fabrics

The latest collection features postcard-sized prints with encouraging words and birthday/anniversary wishes, announcements with adorable text, postage stamps, and large scale graphic shapes in a range of saturated colors off set against clean white for a sparkling effect.

First of Infinity  by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima  for Lecien Fabrics
First of Infinity  by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima  for Lecien Fabrics

I am always excited to see more text/numbers prints and sneak pieces into my quilts for interest and contrast in design. These fabrics are perfect for fussy cutting - snippets of text, shapes, or postage stamps - or for a geometry inspired quilt.

First of Infinity  by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima  for Lecien Fabrics

FIRST OF INFINITY BY KUMIKO FUJITA is available from:
Pink Castle Fabrics
Westwood Acres
Stash Fabrics

First of Infinity  by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima  for Lecien Fabrics
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SPONSOR NEWS






Fort Worth Fabric Studio  Sale - Floriography by Riley Blake reduced to $5.55/yard and $12.95 for Fat Quarter bundles. Ends Thursday 18 February 2016.  And Valentine's Day Sale: Save an additional 10% off the lowest price on all items in our House of Hearts with code HEARTS10. Ends Monday 15 February 2016.





First of Infinity  by Kumiko Fujita and Kazue Nakajima  for Lecien Fabrics
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lady Belle Fabric and a Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

It's time for another fantastic fabric giveaway! Lady Belle Fabric is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Rob and Brooke Becker. With an exceptional eye for color and pattern Brooke sources fabrics to inspire. Their goal is to bring to you gorgeous lines of fabric that are ready to go for your next project and to get them to you quickly. 


Lady Belle Fabric loves to carry carefully curated bundles of beautiful designer fabric that are fresh, fun, and modern, including complete designer collections and custom luxury Liberty Tana Lawn bundles. Recent arrivals include Sommer by Sarah Jane, Eastham by Denyse Schmidt, and Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi. Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille is also available and on sale!


You'll also find a great range of patterns and notions at Lady Belle Fabric. Fabric may be my first addiction but notions, especially rulers, run a very close second! Also see ~ Clover Wonder Clips ... Aurifil Thread kits ... Quilt Kits and more!

Friendly customer service and prompt shipping is their priority. Please feel free to email Brooke at questions at ladybellefabric dot com if you have any questions or would like request a custom order.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Today Brooke is kindly giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle of the Denyse Schmidt's brand new collection - Eastham - to one lucky RPQ reader. And it is gorgeous! 

Eastham by Denyse Schmidt | A Ladybelle Fabric Giveaway
Eastham by Denyse Schmidt

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 10am (Australia EDT) on Saturday 13 February 2016, 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!
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ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
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The winner of the FQ Bundle of Eastham by Denyse Schmidt is:
Congratulations Hebe! Hebe has been contacted by email.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

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Ends Monday 15 February 2016.

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Eastham by Denyse Schmidt

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

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Daisy Chain Quilt - An English Paper Piecing Project ~ Part 1

Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

For some time now I have been wanting to start another English Paper Piecing (EPP) quilt project. I say another for this is not my first EPP project. Unfortunately I failed to finished my first EPP project (started in 2007) and after some time of it sitting around I passed it on to a quilter keen to work with my UFO. So this is a fresh start.

Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

A slow sewing project does not exactly suit the otherwise fast paced nature of my blog but I thought that if I occasionally show you a progress update that would work. I am allowing myself most of this year to complete this project; no pressure behind the scenes hand sewing. It may cut into my knitting time but that was a sacrifice that I was happy to make.

Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing Project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This project was bursting my head, it was all I could think about. Obsessed. I already had a starting set of papers (purchased from Sew and Quilt at the Quilt Festival in Birmingham back in August) and preparation finally began in mid January. As you can see I spent quite some time cutting fabrics and preparing papers. I am glue basting! What a time saving revelation. I am using a Sewline Water Soluble Glue Pen and Sewline Refills to baste fabric on papers and it is working a treat. (Here's a great tutorial for glue basting).

Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing Project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing Project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I have made quite a few Daisy Flower units in the last few weeks - 80 at last count. I am working my way through my fabric stash, choosing predominantly small scale fabrics for these small patchwork pieces. Some fabrics have been fussy cut, some flower units have petals that are all the same, and some flower units have petals with two different alternating fabrics.

Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing Project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I have also worked my way through a bunch of different needles and have finally settled on Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage Betweens Quilting Needles - Size 10. They are short and thin sewing needles which allow me to whip stitch by just catching a few threads of the fabrics so that the stitches are not visible on the front of the units. I am consciously making an effort to relax my hold of the fabric; to not grip the fabric/paper pieces with such great intensity when stitching, for this will quickly lead to a sore hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, neck, and headache. Ask me how I know.

Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing Project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

That box of ready to go pieces is now empty. My order for more papers has arrived and I am going to spend another day or so cutting fabrics and glue basting. I can then settle and sew slow in the evenings to my heart's content. My target is for 3 finished units a day. I haven't yet set a target date for completing the quilt top (I haven't even calculated how many I units I will need) and I haven't yet made a final decision on how to join the Daisy Flower units, although a likely solution is with a diamond shape.

Daisy Chain English Paper Piecing project | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The Daisy Chain Quilt ~ An English Paper Piecing Project
1 inch Hexagon Centers
with a 3/8" seam allowance

The Daisy Chain Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Daisy Chain Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Now all I have to do is enjoy the process, one slow stitch at a time. 

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita
The Daisy Chain Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Stash #319 Sommer by Sarah Jane

Sommer by Sarah Jane  for Michael Miller Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Sommer by Sarah Jane 
for Michael Miller Fabrics

Featured today is Sommer, the most recent collection by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics. Literally "summer" in German and Scandinavian languages, Sarah Jane has been thinking wistfully about Sommer for some time. 
Sommer by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Sommer by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Sarah's newest collection for Michael Miller reflects her love of beautiful Scandinavian summers. With hopping bunnies, stunning blooms, kite flying kids, and elegant swans, this collection is "sweet enough for the children, but sophisticated and feminine for the ladies too."

Sommer by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Available in pastel and bright colors. The bright blue background fabrics really add a sparkle to all of the fabrics! The medium scale floral fabric (Plockage in Navy - pictured above) is stunning and is available both as a quilting cotton and canvas fabric. Of course, I also love these adorable low volume prints with frolicking bunnies ~ 

Sommer by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

SOMMER BY SARAH JANE is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Fashionable Fabrics
Hawthorne Threads
Fabric Worm
Stash Fabrics
Lady Belle Fabric (bundles are on sale)
Southern Fabric
Westwood Acres
Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory
Pink Castle Fabrics

Sommer by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

SPONSOR NEWS

The Fat Quarter Shop  20% off Basic of the Month: Pure Elements Solids by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. Prices are as marked. Ends Monday 29 February 2016.

Westwood Acres  Sale! 15% off selected bundles and 45% off selected bundles.

Bloomerie Fabrics  Take an extra 45% off Sale Fabrics with code EXTRA45.

Dinkydoo Fabrics  Just in Vintage Picnic by Bonnie & Camille and Moda Ombre Basics.

Canton Village Quilt Works  Moving Sale!  40% off all fabric and kits - until sold out. Prices are as marked.

Stash Fabrics  20% off Basic of the Month: Cotton + Steel Basics. Prices are as marked. Ends 29 February 2016. AND 20% off Bundle of the Week: Vintage Market by Tasha Noel. Prices are as marked. Ends Sunday 14 February 2016.

Miss Matatabi (Etsy)  Just in ~ Nani IRO 2016 double gauze fabrics.

Pink Castle Fabrics It's not too late to sign up for the 2016 Block of the Month: Vice Versa. All details here

Fabric Bubb  Just in ~ Sunprint 2016 by Alison Glass and Me + You by Hoffman Fabrics 

Sommer by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt and Quilt Pattern

The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - Pattern Available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Scrappy Day Trip Quilt
58 inches x 70 inches
After having spent the better part of two days writing the instructions for my strip pieced Scrappy Trip Quilt I came to the conclusion that this really this needs to be a proper detailed pattern. I am sorry to disappoint anyone that may have been looking for a free tutorial but a tutorial just wasn't going to cut it. I like my instructions to be comprehensive and that includes detailed diagrams and photographs for every step of the process which also makes this pattern suitable for beginner quilters. The tutorial became lengthy and at first glance it looked like information overload for something that is really not complicated. A structured pattern will deliver all this information in a format that you can print if required and peruse at your leisure.

The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - Pattern Available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

ABOUT THE SCRAPPY DAY TRIP QUILT PATTERN (PDF FILE)
  • The quilt is strip pieced in blocks and blocks are constructed in such a way that all seams will "nest" when sewing the individual blocks together, as well as when sewing blocks together into rows, and when sewing rows together into a quilt top. This not only makes the task of matching seams and sewing a quilt top easier but helps to ensure that the seams will lie flat resulting in an smooth and even quilt top. 
  • Although not specifically written for use with Jelly Rolls the pattern is Jelly Roll friendly.
  • Pattern includes a foundation paper piecing pattern for the (black) Triangle in a Square Block as well as paper templates if you prefer piecing these units with templates.
  • The finished quilt measures 58 inches x 70 inches.The size of the quilt can however very readily be increased or decreased by adding more or less rows/bocks.
The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - Pattern Available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - Pattern Available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I have LOVED every part of making this quilt! I love the repetitive task that is block making; choosing fabrics and the easy strip piecing process. I finished the quilt by ditch stitching all seam lines, taking nothing away from the fabrics and the design, but giving the quilt texture and a lovely soft drape.

The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - Pattern Available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

For the back of the quilt I have used my current favorite text fabric Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston, and have matched it with my signature black/white stripe fabric for the binding. I have used Warm & White batting from The Warm Company; a low loft batting perfect for use with light and bright white fabric.

The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - Pattern Available | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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

See all of the listing details here: 

Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - A Strip Piecing Pattern | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - A Strip Piecing Pattern | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

As always, thank you for stopping by, for all of your kind comments about my quilts, and of course happy stitching!

Rita

Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - A Strip Piecing Pattern | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
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RELEVANT LINKS:
The Scrappy Day Trip Quilt - Work in Progress
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
Red Pepper Quilts Pattern Store

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