Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fabric Bubb ~ A Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

Thanking a sponsor today by hosting a fun giveaway for my readers!

Cotton + Steel - Basics range
Cotton + Steel  ~ the basics
Cotton + Steel has arrived at Fabric Bubb including the complete basics collection (pictured above), as well as Mustang by Melody Miller, Hatbox by Alexia Marcelle Abegg and Moonlit by Rashida Coleman Hale.

Hatbox by Alexia Marcelle Abegg - Cotton + Steel
Hatbox by Alexia Marcelle Abegg
I haven't yet had the chance to see these in person (and I am stalking my postie for my Cotton + Steel order) but, oh my goodness, they look so good! It might be too early to call it, but Hatbox may just be my favorite. 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Kristina from Fabric Bubb is kindly giving away a fat quarter bundle of Hatbox by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton + Steel to one lucky RPQ reader. 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 12 noon Friday 25 July 2014 (Australia - EST). A winner will be announced by edit to this blog post.

Hatbox by Alexia Marcelle Abegg - Cotton + Steel
Hatbox by Alexia Marcelle Abegg
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE:

Kristina is offering 10% off all orders
with coupon code:  RPQ10 
(code must be entered at time of checkout)
Ends 25 July 2014.



Thank you for supporting my sponsors.

Good luck,
Rita

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Images by Kristina from Fabric Bubb and used with permission.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt

A Finished Quilt.
Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

Just for fun. A baby girl Flying Geese Quilt. 

Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

My FQ bundle of Dreamin' Vintage by Jeni Baker has been patiently waiting to see some sewing action. I love the color palette of this range of fabrics, especially the yellow, orange and pinks! Perfect for a baby girl. As usual, I have added a few of my own fabrics to the mix including a beautiful yellow gingham (which I had been saving for an all yellow quilt - a challenge that still awaits) as well as a larger scale yellow floral fabric:

Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

This yellow floral fabric is from a reclaimed vintage bed linen (a pillow case). It may even be a poly-cotton, but it is in wonderful - like new - condition. I was almost tempted to keep it and use it for its original purpose. I think we need more fabric just like it.

Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

The quilt design is simple - all Flying Geese Units (3 inch x 6 inch finished blocks). I have again used the Flying Geese Bloc-Loc Rulers to oversize and trim the units which takes care of accuracy and perfect points. No stress sewing.

Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt  ~ Grid Quilting ~ by Red Pepper Quilts
Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt as well as for the quilt binding I have used a single print from the Briar Rose collection by Heather Ross; a perfect color palette match for the quilt top. I have quilted the quilt with an all over 1 inch grid which gives the quilt texture and a soft drape. It is currently my favorite way to quilt although I do try not to put a grid on all the quilts.

Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store.
See the listing details here: Modern Patchwork Baby and Toddler Quilt
Ready for shipping.
Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts
I am now working on a project to use up some of the fabric scraps that are a direct result of piecing these flying geese units. I do love a scrappy project.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita
Dreamin' Vintage Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Red Pepper Quilts
RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
Dreamin' Vintage by Jeni Baker
More RPQ Bloc-Loc Ruler Projects

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Stash #239 - Polka Dot Tea Fabrics Blogger Bundle

Red Pepper Quilts Blogger Bundle for Polka Dot Tea Fabrics
Red Pepper Quilts Blogger Bundle
for Polka Dot Tea Fabrics (Etsy)
Happy days! Danielle and Jeannette from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics (Etsy) have asked me to collate a bundle of fabrics for them. This is one task I love to do! It isn't easy choosing fabrics from a computer screen, but I like to clip the images from the screen then add them to my own design wall (either in Photoshop or Ipiccy) and play around with the colors and patterns. Fabrics are added, deleted and added back on to my design wall ... and on it goes.

Red Pepper Quilts Blogger Bundle for Polka Dot Tea Fabrics

My bundle arrived this week and I was happy to see that not only do all of the fabrics play nice together but I have inadvertently chosen a bundle that splits evenly into a warm  - yellow/red/pink - and cool - blue/grey/green - color palettes. The fabrics are from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics' range of Kei fabrics and all are high quality 100 percent cotton Japanese quilting weight fabrics.

Kei Fabrics - Red Pepper Quilts blogger bundle

This blogger bundle is now available online from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics
 and is a available as a bundle of fat sixteenths or fat eights.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Danielle and Jeannette are kindly giving away bundle of fat sixteenths to one lucky RPQ reader. 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 9 AM Tuesday 22 July 2014 (Australia - EST). A winner will be announced by edit to this blog post.

Red Pepper Quilts Blogger Bundle for Polka Dot Tea Fabrics

Thank you for all of your entries to win!
ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
The lucky winner is:
Congratulations Noga! Noga has been contacted by email. 
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Blogger bundle available from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sewtopia: Chicago 2015

SAVE THE DATE!


Drumrolllll! I am ever so excited to announce that 
I have been invited to teach at Sewtopia in Chicago in 2015!

It's destination USA ~ Chicago 2015 for me! As a family we love to travel and have made several trips to the USA including a short stay in Chicago which as a city we just loved. So when I was asked to teach at this sewing retreat I literally jumped at the chance.

Sewtopia is a weekend where attendees can leave all the stresses of daily life behind to indulge themselves, focus on sewing projects, and get together with friends, old and new. 

WHEN:  16 to 18 April 2015

WHERE: Drake Hotel - Chicago

(See more information regarding registration and an events schedule here). Places are limited.

TEACHERS: Latifah Saafir (The Quilt Engineer) and me! (Latifah is a great inspiration to me and I will be most sorry that I can't also attend Latifah's class!).

It will be my greatest joy to finally meet ~ face to face ~ with other bloggers, quilters and sewists; to spend time together sewing, share knowledge and learn from others. I will be teaching the Kansas Dugout Block and inset seams - a class suitable for all skill levels - and if you're like me and learn quickly in a class setting, then I know you will enjoy this class, and walk away confident to tackle all inset seams, as well as with a completed project.


Good times ahead. Roll on 2015!

RELEVANT LINKS:
Sewtopia ~ Chicago Information and  Events 
Sewtopia ~ Chicago Registration. Opens 1 August 2014.
Download the official Sewtopia App and keep up with all the latest news and information.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt

A Finished Quilt.
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt
60 inches x 60 inches
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

I spent quite some time on the weekend finishing my Liberty Checkerboard Quilt ... piecing the quilt backing, basting, quilting, binding, taking photos ...

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt I have used a Liberty Tana Lawn print ~ Kinnear in Red. This is one of my favorite Liberty prints and one that I believe has been discontinued. It is certainly difficult to find. The only reason I had yardage on hand was that I searched for it some time ago for my Stawberry Nine Patch Quilt and at that time I was only able to find it listed as a 5 meter bundle. It has been well used for the back of this quilt, and I still have some pieces on hand.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Quilted with edge to edge straight lines, ditch stitching all seam lines as well as a diagonal grid (cross hatching) through all of the background chambray fabric. I chose to use a dark thread (for quilting) that would blend with the dark chambray fabric; the quilting adds texture without adding further detail to the already interesting chambray and Liberty fabrics.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

And for binding ~ again a Liberty Tana Lawn fabric: June's Meadow in Red.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Considering the size of this quilt the use of Liberty Tana Lawn has made this quilt surprising light weight. I love the subtle quilted texture, the airy drape and soft hand. 

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt was for sale ~ and has already sold. It is now on the way to a happy new home. This one was not so easy to part with but I have stocked up on more Chambray fabric. Just in case I feel the need to make another ... to keep. 

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

RELEVANT LINKS:
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - in progress
Checkerboard Quilt and Strip Piecing Tutorial
Melange/Chambray Yarn Dyed Fabric by Lecien
Melange Yarn Dyed Fabrics available from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics (available in natural, black, taupe and red).
More RPQ projects using Melange Yarn Dyed by Lecien
More RPQ Liberty Tana Lawn Projects
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Stash #238 ~ Japanese Fabrics by Suzuko Koseki and Yoko Okamoto


This week's stash addition is a bundle of recently released fabrics by Suzuko Koseki and Yoko Okamoto; both are popular Japanese textile designers.
Fashion Style in White, Lime, and Apricot  by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics
Fashion Style in White, Lime, and Apricot
 by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics
100% quilting cotton
As you may already know I am a big fan of Suzuko Koseki's designs and I absolutely could not resist this cute new print featuring fashion items; clothing and accessories ~ ideal for fussy cutting, and includes a great low volume colorway which I may have purchased a little extra of. Just in case. 

Small Circles in White, Lime and Grey by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics
Small Circles in White, Lime and Grey
by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics
Colorful Square Patchwork in Grey, Pastel and Multi by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics
Colorful Square Patchwork in Grey, Pastel and Multi
by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics
In addition, these two designs, Circles and Colorful Square Patchwork ~ which are smaller scale prints of previously released fabrics by Suzuko ~ both made their way into my stash. The diameter of the circle is just under 1 1/2 inches and the squares are approximately 2 inches x 2 inches; quite a bit smaller than the original designs.

Love Osaka by Yoko Okamoto for Yuwa in Yellow, Teal, Red and White
Love Osaka by Yoko Okamoto for Yuwa
in Yellow, Teal, Red and White
And last, a fat quarter bundle featuring Parisian streetscapes and settings by Yoko Okamoto. All fabrics featured here today are all fine quality quilting cottons.

Suzuko Koseki and Yoko Okamoto Fabrics are available from:
Miss Matatabi (Etsy)


Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt in Progress

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

Use it or lose it and yes that too applies to my stash of Liberty Tana Lawn; the most luxurious fabric in my stash and one that I have carefully collated over a number of years. This year I also subscribed to the Westwood Acres Liberty Club (receiving a monthly bundle of 10 different Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics) which has been a great way to add variety in print and color to my stash ~ even colors that I would not necessarily have chosen myself, but without which this quilt would not be the same. 

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

It has been a week of sewing pretty, and there were times that I just had to step back and admire the colors and patterns, especially when contrasted against the dark background fabric. I have used Melange Yarn Dyed in black by Lecien for my background fabric which is a 100 percent cotton fabric with a cross weave that creates a textured appearance much like traditional linen. This fabric is similar in weight and presses, cuts, sews and feels just like standard quilting cotton. The texture and weave of the background fabric is difficult to capture in a photograph and are best pictured in some of the close-up photos. 

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

I have followed the same piecing method as per the Checkerboard Strip Piecing Tutorial to piece the blocks (although I have cut my fabric strips wider and longer).

Liberty and Chambray Patchwork Blocks - Red Pepper Quilts

QUICK QUILT FACTS
Chambray Yarn Dyed and Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics were cut
 as strips measuring 2.5 inches x 11 inches (this will make more sense when
read in conjunction with the strip piecing tutorial).
I made 64 16-patch blocks ~  a total of 1024 patches of fabric,
and I used more than 100 different Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics.
Quilt top measures 60 inches x 60 inches.

Liberty and Chambray Patchwork in Progress - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

Strip piecing and chain piecing is quick and easy; certainly less fiddly and enduring than sewing together rows of 2.5" squares. I actually really enjoy the repetitive process, even find it therapeutic, and as each step of the process was ticked off the quilt that I had envisioned came together as planned.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

RELEVANT LINKS:
Melange Yarn Dyed Fabrics available from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics (available in natural, black, taupe and red).
More RPQ projects using Melange Yarn Dyed by Lecien
More RPQ Liberty Tana Lawn Projects

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

See photos of the FINISHED Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt here:

http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2014/07/liberty-tana-lawn-and-chambray-quilt.html

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