Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt

And a picture post.
The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
QUILT STATS
Quilt measures 50 inches x 50 inches.
20 rows each of 20 squares.
100+  different quilting cottons including 
numerous beautiful Liberty of London Tana Lawn prints.

The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The color palette of this quilt is not my usual palette, but I have grown very fond of these muted tones, and together with the pops of brighter colors - like the yellow prints - I don't think that this quilt is that much of a stretch in terms of my "normal". I love the finished quilt, even with all those purple fabrics!


I have quilted the quilt by ditch stitching all seam lines, thereby creating an all over 2.5 inch grid of intersecting lines as well as a single set of diagonal quilting lines (cross-hatching). Ditch stitching with a low loft  batting is functional rather than decorative, allowing the fabrics to feature, whilst still giving the quilt  a subtle texture.

The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

For the back of the quilt I have used a single fabric - a small scale red floral print with white background - from The Simple Life collection by Tasha Noel.  And for this quilt I felt it was necessary to deviate from my standard black/white stripe binding fabric, instead using a soft pink print ~ Squared Elements in Rosewater (Art Gallery Fabrics) to complement the overall tone of the quilt.

The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

This quilt is listed for sale in my Etsy Store.

See the listing details here: 

The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita
The Color Purple - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Etsy Store
The Color Purple - A Quilt in Progress
Checkerboard Tutorial and Strip Piecing Tutorial

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Stash #295 Gracie's Schoolhouse by Judy Rothermel

Aunt Grace - Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics by Judy Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Aunt Grace - Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics
by Judy Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabric

Reproduction fabrics, more specifically 30's reproduction fabrics, continue be an obsession, and I love incorporating these into my quilts together with modern and contemporary fabrics.

Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics by Judy Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics by Judy Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics is exactly that, a collection of classic 30's small scale  prints reproduced in colors associated with the 1930's pre-depression era; purple, pink, yellow, green, blue, red ~

Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics by Judy Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

These small scale designs are great for introducing reproduction fabrics into modern projects as you can readily assign a color to each - red, pink, lavender, minty green and blue (above). You can then color co-ordinate your fabric selection, mixing and balancing the color palette of your project as you go irrespective of whether the fabric you have chosen for your project is a modern designer fabric or a reproduction fabric.
Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics by Judy Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Gracie's Schoolhouse by Judy Rothermel is available from:
Westwood Acres
The Fat Quarter Shop

Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics by Judy Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

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Gracie's Schoolhouse Classics by Judy Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabric | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Hayley's Comet Shawl - A Finished Knit

Hayley's Comet Shawl - Plucky Knitter | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
It's been some time since a knitting update, although that's not to say that I haven't been knitting. Instead I have been slow to take photos, often gifting finished items prior to snapping a picture.

Hayley's Comet Shawl - Plucky Knitter | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Hayley's Comet Shawl - Plucky Knitter | Red Pepper Quilts 2015


My most recent finished knit is Hayley's Comet Shawl, a pattern by Plucky Knitter.  This shawl is a relatively easy project with a nice balance of knit, knit, knit as well as a more detailed stitch pattern repeated across one side of the shawl. The pattern was charted which I prefer (written instructions also form part of the pattern). Perfect for TV knitting.
Plucky Bello Yarn - Plucky Knitter | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
The Yarn: Plucky Bello in the following colorways:
As You Wish 
Narragansett Gray 
Skies of November 
Overcoat

The yarn (which I purchased as a kit for this particular project) is a gorgeous fingering weight yarn - 55% Merino, 45% Cashmere - easy to wind from skein and a pleasure to knit with; no knots, not splitty, no color run, and blocked beautifully. I love these wearable colors and I also really like that the shawl is long, measuring more than 65 inches along the straight top edge. It will wrap and wrap beautifully. Perfect for Winter.

Hayley's Comet Shawl - Plucky Knitter | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Hayley's Comet Shawl - Plucky Knitter | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Hayley's Comet Shawl - Plucky Knitter | Red Pepper Quilts 2015



For more photos and all the details including links to the Hayley's Comet Shawl Pattern see my Ravelry page.


Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Ashburn Shawl also with Plucky Bello Yarn
RPQ ~ Ravelry
More Red Pepper Quilts Knitting Projects

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Shabby Fabrics - A Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

Jennifer Bosworth is the owner and designer for Shabby Fabrics. Jennifer is a commercial airline pilot and what started with taking hand craft projects with her on trips and layovers in various hotels, has turned into a thriving business. The events of September 11, 2001 changed Jennifer's world and forced both Jennifer and her husband to reinvent themselves as they found themselves out of work. It was at this point in time that Jennifer decided to do something she loved and already knew so much about. It started with selling fabric on eBay and now 10 years later Shabby Fabrics is a thriving business, selling fabrics, patterns, and Block of the Month programs, and laser-cut applique kits world wide.


Just in and popular right now at Shabby Fabrics is the complete collection of Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics and Sunrise Studio 2 by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods ~ both collections are available in several colorways in addition to these pictured here.


Be sure to also checkout the extensive Sale Section which includes a range of sale fabrics, books, patterns and kits. And of course it isn't too early to start browsing the Christmas Fabric Shoppe.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
The team at Shabby Fabrics are giving one lucky RPQ reader a $50.00 Gift Certificate.


To be in the draw please leave a comment on this blog post.  Please 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 readers are welcome to enter. Only one entry per person/email address. 

A winner will be announced on Friday 22 August 2015,  by edit to this blog post.

Edited to announce the winner:

Thank you for all of your entries!
ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
The lucky winner of the $50 Gift Certificate is:
Congratulations Anita! Anita has been contacted by email.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE:

Jennifer is kindly offering RPQ readers 
15% off your entire order
with code RPQ15
Ends Friday 22 August 2015.
One use per customer. No minimum purchase.



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

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Color Purple ~ A Quilt in Progress

The Color Purple ~ A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The joy of simple patchwork and fabric play! I really enjoy color studies with fabric, and I love mixing colors and designs that more often than not would not be considered to "go together". I am all for sewing fabrics together regardless of style (modern, thirties reproduction, text, vintage, Japanese, Liberty of London). If I can sew it together, it goes!

The Color Purple ~ A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
The Color Purple ~ A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The color palette for this quilt is a challenge that I set myself: to use some of my stashed fabrics in colors that I use less often. The overriding tones for this quilt are pink (a color that I do use often), brown, purple and yellow, a rather pretty color palette. Who would have thought that I would make a quilt with quite so many purple fabrics? Purple is a color that I used to avoid, and until quite recently I had very few purple fabrics in my stash. But I never say never, and slowly the color purple has crept into my work. 

The Color Purple ~ A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

I can say the same for the "brown" fabrics that I have used in this quilt, although I see these brown fabrics more like a neutral fabric; rather than dominate the quilt these brown fabrics act like a background fabric that allow the surrounding fabrics sparkle.

The Color Purple ~ A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
The Color Purple ~ A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

This quilt was strip pieced as per the Checkerboard and Strip Piecing Tutorial (the fabric strips for this quilt were cut as 3" x 11" strips), and each finished square measures 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches. The quilt top measures 50 inches x 50 inches. I enjoy this cut, sew, press, cut, sew, press, and repeat process, and although selective about my fabric choices I don't overly concern myself with the final placement of the fabrics other than not allowing the same fabrics to fall alongside one another.

The Color Purple ~ A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
The Color Purple ~ A Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Ready for basting, quilting, and binding.

More soon.
Rita

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Checkerboard and Strip Piecing Tutorial

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Stash #294 Shirt & Tie by Another Point of View

Shirt & Tie by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Shirt & Tie by Another Point of View
for Windham Fabrics

Shirt & Tie is the most recent collection by Another Point of View. Traditional shirting fabrics have been around for centuries but with this collection Another Point of View have refreshed the colors into a jeweled color palette that works with both modern and traditional prints. 

Shirt & Tie by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Shirt & Tie by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Shirt & Tie marries rich colors with low volume, into blender fabrics that work well as backgrounds fabrics. I have a soft spot for these small scale prints with limited color as they are easy to use and work well with many other collections.

Shirt & Tie by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The collection consists of 30 fabrics in eight different designs in up to 7 colorways. It includes a great selection of low volume prints which I have avidly added to stash, and snippets of which no doubt will soon start appearing in my quilts.

Shirt & Tie by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

SHIRT & TIE BY ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW is now available from:
Pink Castle Fabrics
Westwood Acres

Shirt & Tie by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

SPONSOR NEWS

Stash Fabrics 10% off your entire purchase with code WOW303. Ends 6 September 2015.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio  20% off all Moda Fabrics with code MODA20. Excludes Moda pre-orders. (Includes new arrivals - like Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille). Ends Monday 17 August 2015.

Shabby Fabrics  20% off all remnants. Prices are as marked.

Bloomerie Fabrics  Shop the Clear the Bolt Sale. These fabrics are end-of-bolt pieces looking for a good home and they are all on sale!

Shirt & Tie by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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