Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Stash #257 Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Introducing Doe by Carolyn Friedlander 
due to arrive in stores in December. Soon!

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts
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Doe is Carolyn Friedlander's third fabric collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and follows the popular Architextures and Botanics collections. Carolyn's design style is unique and distinctive ~ modern, hand drawn lines inspired by pattern, texture, and elements of art and architecture ~ features of which are represented in all three of Carolyn's collections.

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

The Doe collection in particular is inspired by Carolyn's love for mixing, rather than matching, print as well as finding beauty in those things that are raw and sometimes imperfect. I rather love the grid prints, the contrast of clean lines and hand drawn designs, as well as the inclusion of several great low volume prints.

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

DOE BY CAROLYN FRIEDLANDER is due in stores in December and will be available from:
Fabric Spot (available now!)
Hawthorne Threads
The Fat Quarter Shop
Stash Fabrics
The Intrepid Thread
Pink Castle Fabrics
Sew Modern
Fabric Worm

This list will be updated as the collection arrives in stores.

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

MORE SPONSOR NEWS:
Fabric Worm 10% off Riley Blake and Robert Kaufman fabrics (prices are as marked) plus save $5 on purchases of $50+ with coupon code: redpepper  Ends 8am 26 Nov 2014 PST.

Stash Fabrics Daily Deal ~ 25% off Moda Fabrics. 24 hours only. Prices as marked.

Green Fairy Quilts 40% off all Charm Packs.  All Mini Charms only $3.49. Free USA shipping and discounted international shipping. Sale ends Monday 23 Nov.

Pink Castle Fabrics 20% off all bundles with code BUNDLE20. Sale ends Monday 23 Nov.

Contemporary Cloth (Etsy Store) 25% off orders with code HOLIDAY25

Westwood Acres Free shipping on orders over $150 within the US using the coupon code SHIPFREE. All presale items ship free within the US with coupon code PRESALE (no min. order).

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita
Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Oakshott Cottons and A Bucket List Quilt

Oakshott Bucket List Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Oakshott Bucket List Quilt
Quilt measures 80 inches x 80 inches
Do you have a bucket list of quilts you would like to make? I do. And it is quite a lengthy list of quilts, most of which are intricate and time consuming to make ... all waiting for my creative mood and timing to be just right. It seems this week was the right time to tick just one such quilt off my list.

Oakshott Bucket List Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is inspired by the Kaleidoscope Quilt from Urban Outfitter. I have made a few changes, some of which were unintentional (see the direction of the flying geese units), I have omitted one of the borders (as I was working to a specific quilt size) and worked out my own math. This quilt is based on several very basic traditional patchwork units (like half square triangles, hour glass blocks and flying geese units) and traditional layouts (like trip around the world and shadow star blocks), which makes re-construction simple. Making your own Kaleidoscope Quilt is fun and has provided me with many hours of creative pleasure, but it certainly is not the most cost effective. Materials used for my quilt top alone well exceed the retail price of the Urban Outfitter Quilt. 

Oakshott Bucket List Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Quick Quilt Stats

Quilt measures 80 inches x 80 inches
40 Flying Geese units each measuring 3 inches x 5.5 inches 
236 Black/White Half Square Triangles units each measuring 3 inches x 3 inches
16 Hour Glass Blocks 3 inches x 3 inches
148 Colored squares 3 inches x 3 inches
1 Square in a Square center block measuring 5.5 inch x 5.5 inches
48 Square in a Square Blocks (first border) measuring 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches
3 borders each 3 inches wide.

All measurements include seam allowances.

Whilst this quilt is not hard to make - time consuming but not difficult - it does require accurate cutting and piecing. I over-sized all of the half square triangle units (pressing open the diagonal seam) and then trimmed each unit to size. I did the same for the flying geese units; oversizing then using a Flying Geese Bloc-Loc Ruler to trim to size. This is my preferred method of patchwork piecing (as always, I recommend you use whatever method works best for you).

Oakshott Bucket List Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Fabrics used:
Black
Camaraque (White)
Thistle (Blue)
Chara (Pink)
Violet (Purple)

Oakshott Bucket List Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Oakshott Colourshott in:
 Vico (Yellow)
Avocado (Green)
Nectarine (Orange)

Beautiful Oakshott fabrics! It is difficult to capture in a photo just how lovely the weave of these fabrics are. Oakshott Colourshott fabric has a shot weave with a warp and weft of different tones - which creates a beautiful luminous and iridescent hue. 

Oakshott Bucket List Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is not for sale. It has been made as a commission for a raffle quilt. I am working on this project in collaboration with Karen Terrens (long arm professional quilter, who also happens to be my sister). Karen will be quilting this quilt. It is going to be amazing!

Oakshott Bucket List Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Ready for quilting.
I am really looking forward to seeing how the quilting adds texture and interest to this quilt. I will be sure to share with you the finished quilt when it returns from the quilter.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Oakshott Bucket List Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Little Crafty Shop ~ Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.
I am welcoming a new sponsor today. Little Crafty Shop is family owned Australian online craft supplies and handmade store based in Melbourne. Little Crafty Shop specializes in quality quilting fabric, yarns, doll making supplies and handmade goods. Lilian owns and manages all aspects of the business and strives to make your online visit and purchase a fun and rewarding experience. 
Lilian has a love for timeless and beautiful fabrics and yarns. You'll find an extensive range of timeless Tilda fabrics, the latest designer fabrics such as Hadley by Denyse Schmidt , a fine selection of Suzuko Koseki fabrics for Yuwa, and the recently arrived Flower Sugar Maison range for Lecien:


If, like me, you also have a passion for yarn crafts be sure to check out the Yarn section (see in particular Madelinetosh and gorgeous Skein yarns ~ a hand-dyed yarn company also based in Australia).


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

The Little Crafty Shop are giving one lucky RPQ reader a $75 Gift Certificate good for all in-stock items. That would make a very welcome early Christmas gift!


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 21 November 2014, at 10 am (Australia EDT) by edit to this blog post.

Thank you for all of your entries!
ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
The lucky winner is:
Congratulations Jen. Jen has been contacted by email.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Lilian is offering $5 off all orders $50+ 
Ends 25 Nov 2014.
Discount automatically deducted at checkout.

FREE SHIPPING within Australia and New Zealand
 for orders over $50. International customers please use code  DISC5SHIP
to receive $5 off shipping.




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

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Mini Quilt Monday ~ Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt

Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt
Measures 20 inches x 24.5 inches
78 Half Rectangle Triangles (HRT's)
Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt ~ Quilting detail | Red Pepper Quilts
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It has been so very long since my last Mini Quilt Monday blog post! I love making mini quilts for they are a great way to experiment with fabric, color, patterns, rulers, templates etc as well as learn and practice new techniques.

Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt - Quilting Detail | Red Pepper Quilts

This design has been on my mind for some time and is created by joining rows of Half Rectangle Triangles, then offsetting and separating each rows with a strip of fabric - sashing - to create a jagged Chevron effect. It did have to experiment with block size (and several different color combinations) and sashing width to finally get a result that I was happy with. 
Bloc-Loc Half Rectangle Triangle Rulers

I have again used my Bloc-Loc Half Rectangle rulers for the job of trimming the over-sized HRT units to size, with the diagonal channel hugging the seam allowance for quick/accurate ruler placement. Over-sizing and trimming units is still my preferred sewing method so these rulers really do suit my needs. [All Bloc-Loc Rulers are now available from the Fat Quarter Shop]. This one set of rulers makes up to 14 different HRT sizes.

Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton colors used:
456 Shale (grey), 479 Mediterranean (blue), 476 Grellow (yellow), and 1387 White.
Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt ~ Quilting Detail | Red Pepper Quilts

My favorite part however was the quilting, and I really went to town on this one. Lots of quilting using the walking foot, with much turning of the quilt. Not any of the lines were marked, instead I used the edge of my walking foot as a guide and visually estimated the turning point. It took some time to find my quilting groove and for a while there my seam ripper was my very best friend, but after some trial and error it all fell into place.

Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I also matched the top thread to the color of the fabric, and added a few contrast colors for interest. I use a shorter stitch length - 3.2 as compared to my usual 4.0 stitch length - which made it easier to gauge if another stitch, or more stitches, were required prior to turning.

Jagged Chevron Mini Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I would like to make Mini Quilt Monday more of a regular feature here, however I don't make any promises for this small piece took way longer than anticipated. I loved making it though so I will definitely have to make time for more small projects like this.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
More RPQ Mini Quilts
More RPQ Half Rectangle Triangle Projects
More RPQ Bloc-Loc Ruler Projects

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Stash #256 Suzuko Koseki and More

Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa - made in Japan | Red Pepper Quilts
Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa - made in Japan.
Vintage Fashion
Vintage Sewing Fashion
Small Daisy and Text
More prints by popular Japanese textile designer Suzuko Koseki arrived this week. I could not resist. You know how much I love text fabric especially when featured on a beautiful white background as seen in the daisy print above or when the design involves sewing notions or theme.
Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa - made in Japan | Red Pepper Quilts
Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa - Made in Japan.
Tape Measures in Blue, Charcoal, White and Pink
Suzuko Koseki and Atsuko Matsuyama fabrics available from:
Miss Matatabi (Etsy Store)

More Suzuko Koseki fabrics:
Sew Me a Song (Etsy Store) - 20% off all bundles. Prices as marked. No coupon required.
Little Crafty Shop
Pink Castle Fabrics
Westwood Acres
Polka Dot Tea Fabrics (Etsy)
Atsuko Matsuyam - Sweet Recipe in black/white
Suzuko Koseki - Small Daisy in Red
Liberty Tana Lawn | Red Pepper Quilts

Gratuitous Liberty Tana Lawn fabric photos for I may be planning another Liberty project. There's no such thing as too much Liberty, and these feel like Summer ... not that we need reminding for we've already had some days too warm for comfort.
Liberty Tana Lawn | Red Pepper Quilts
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

30 Quilts for 30 Years Blog Hop

A Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Celebration

Welcome! Today is my day for the Robert Kaufman 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop! The team at Robert Kaufman are celebrating 30 years of Kona Cotton solids with 30 days of blog posts and giveaways!
Tangled Quilt & Free Pattern  | Red Pepper Quilts
Tangled Quilt
Quilt measures 72 inches x 72 inches 
Features 25 Kona Cotton colors (+ background fabric).
I am pretty excited to finally be able to show you the quilt that I designed and made (pieced and quilted) as part of this celebration. The quilt features in the 30 Quilts for 30 Years Kona Look Book. It is an honor to be included with so many great designers and quilters.

Tangled Quilt & Free Pattern  ~  30 Quilts for 30 Years Blog Hop | Red Pepper Quilts

I decided to call the pattern Tangled - which seems an obvious choice - and the pattern is available as a FREE download from the Robert Kaufman website ~ here: Tangled Quilt Pattern (pdf file).

Tangled Quilt & Free Pattern  ~  30 Quilts for 30 Years Blog Hop | Red Pepper Quilts

What's more, I was also asked collate my own Designer Palette Bundle of 25 Kona Colors - which made this project a little more challenging for me  ~ using all 25 colors in the one quilt. Choosing colors however was the fun and easy part!

Rita Hodge - Designer Kona Color Palette Bundle
Rita Hodge Designer Palette Kona Bundle
The Tangled Quilt includes all of these colors and no more than 1 fat quarter of each color is required to complete the quilt (plus yardage of the background fabric - Kona in Snow).

Rita Hodge Designer Kona Palette Bundle is in stores now and available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop ~ Quilt Kit also available.
Fabric Bubb (Etsy)
Sew Modern Online
The Intrepid Thread

I also have a few fat quarter bundles listed in my Etsy Store however shipping outside of Australia is cost prohibitive.

Tangled Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
GIVEAWAY:

With thanks to Robert Kaufman Fabrics I am giving away a Charm Pack of the Rita Hodge Designer Palette to one lucky reader.


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 14 November 2014, at 2 pm (Australia EDT) by edit to this blog post.

Thank you for all of your entries!
ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED.
The winner of the charm pack is:
Congratulations Sona!  Sona has been contacted by email.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
30 Quilts for 30 Years Kona Look Book 
All blog hop participants.

Rita Hodge - Designer Kona Color Palette Bundle
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