Friday, October 24, 2014

Déjà Vu - A Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

If you are a regular RPQ reader this blog post and quilt top may well leave you with a sense of déjà vu. This quilt design is a repeat from a previous quilt - Strips and Bricks Quilt I June 2009, Strips and Bricks Quilt II July 2010, and Strips and Bricks Baby Quilt 2013. The design is based on a pattern by Malka Dubrawsky and was originally featured in Sew Hip Magazine in 2009, and has since been published as a pdf pattern (available from Malka's Etsy Store). For all quilts I have however made block size adjustments to cater for a specified finished quilt size.

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is a custom order for a soft neutral baby (girl) quilt with a subtle pop of color, and it is very much all about the fabrics. I love the mix of neutral and low volume fabrics contrasted with stronger colors as well as the variation in large scale feature fabrics and smaller scale prints. The fabrics are from stash and features snippets from many collections, including the latest range by Australian design team Umbrella Prints (the Mini Flowers Collection) as well as by Lotta Jansdotter (from the Echo and Bella Collections).

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts
Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

Several of the fabrics that I have used for this quilt top are older (from early collections by Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler - classic designs - which are now hard to find), one or two prints are unique hand screen printed pieces including the dark blue scroll design (pictured directly above), but many are from more recent modern fabric collection. Anything goes.

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

The quilt top measures 45.5 inches x 60 inches;
 quite big for a baby quilt but a really manageable and practical size for when
 in years to come a toddler transitions from cot/crib to bed.

Strips and Bricks Quilt in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts

Ready for basting and quilting.

More soon.
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Strips and Bricks Quilts
Umbrella Prints fabrics

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Loopy Ewe Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

It's time for Loopy Ewe fun for if, like me, you are into both yarn and fabric
 then you will find everything that you need right here at The Loopy Ewe!
7000 square feet of yarn and fabric in Ft Collins, Colorado, 
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The Loopy Ewe Short Stacks

Sheri - the driving force behind all things Loopy Ewe - opened The Loopy Ewe in 2006 specializing in knitting and yarn, and more recently has expanded to include quilting fabrics, kits, notions, and patterns. Sheri is not only an accomplished knitter but also a long time sewist and quilters. She know her fabrics and has collated bundles of Short Stacks (favorite fabric lines including beautiful organic fabric collections) and Short Stack Essentials (coordinating fabrics from various fabric lines) which are perfect for stash building.

The Loopy Ewe Short Stack Essentials
At the Loopy Ewe you'll also find the latest organic fabric collections from Birch including Acorn Trail by Teagon White, plus a great range of stash basics like Timeless Treasures Sketch and Riley Blake Honeycomb Dot.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Today Sheri is giving away one Loopy Short Stack and one Loopy Short Stack Essentials fat quarter bundle (winner's choice) to one lucky RPQ reader! Each Short Stack consists of 8 Fat Quarters - see the full range of Short Stacks here and Short Stack Essentials here.

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 8 pm on Friday 24 October 2014 (Australia - EDT).

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!
ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
The lucky winner is:

Congratulations Jacqueline! Jacqueline has been contacted by email.


Thank you for supporting my sponsors.
Rita

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - A Finished Quilt

A Picture Post
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

QUICK QUILT STATS:
Finished Quilt measures 54 inches x 72 inches 
108 Nine Patch Blocks 
Approximately 100 different fabrics.
100% cotton fabrics, thread and batting.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I am super pleased with how this quilt turned out and I have loved making it. This quilt represents much of what I love about making quilts; fabric play, color play, scrap and stash busting, simple patchwork, and lots of piecing ... where traditional patchwork and modern fabrics meet.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Although not immediately obvious this quilt has been quite heavily quilted. All seam lines have been ditched stitch, effectively creating an all over 2 inch grid of lines. In addition I have quilted a set of edge to edge diagonal lines (cross hatched) through all of the "light" fabrics. The combination of in-the-ditch and cross-hatch quilting has given the quilt texture as well as a lovely soft drape.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt I have used a single floral fabric - Shasta Daisy in Pink from the Glamping Collection for Moda Fabrics; a print that I have used as a backing fabric for a number of quilts and the last of my yardage of this now hard to find print. Use it or lose it.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts

And predictably a signature black/white stripe (and entirely machine stitched
binding completes the quilt.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt was sold prior to publishing
 this blog post and is now making its way to the new owner.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stash #252 Vintage Fabrics

Vintage Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

This week I ventured out to a the Eastern Palliative Care Quilt Show (held annually in October in Bayswater/Melbourne) - which by the way was a wonderful exhibition of inspirational quilts by some very talented quilters and well worth the trip out of town - and I also purchased a few pieces of vintage fabric (yardage) from A Piece of Cloth, one of a small number of retailers there on the day.
Vintage Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

A Piece of Cloth is a vintage and antique textile sourcing business run by Jennifer Hyland who sources vintage and feedsack fabrics, as well as quilt tops and quilt blocks, from the USA which are offered for sale online, by appointment at Jennifer's studio in Geelong, and trunks shows around Australia.

Vintage Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts

These precious fabrics are from the 1920's right through to the 1960's and despite their age are still vibrant in color and in great condition (no holes, tears or wear), although after decades of handling and storage they are in need of a long soaking. My cleaning regime for these fabrics is quite harsh and includes soaking in warm water with stain remover detergent to clean and sanitize, as well as tumble drying. Once cleaned I have no hesitation in using these vintage fabrics in my projects; keep your eye out for snippets of these fabrics in my quilts.

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Contemporary Cloth : : Closing down sale. 30% off your order with code SAVE30%
Pink Chalk Fabrics : : Liquidation Sale 30% off all fabric, printed patterns and notions. Prices as marked.
Stash Fabrics : : For the month of October the minimum fabric cut is just a 1/4 yard!
The Intrepid Thread : : All Patterns and Books marked down by 30%. Ends Friday 24 Oct 2014.
Poppy Seed Fabrics (Etsy) : : Many more fabrics added to Closeout Sale section.
Fort Worth Fabric Studio : : Receive a free Autumn Blessings Stitch Kit with your purchase of $75 or more. While supplies last.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

Thank you for all of your comments on my most recent project ~ the Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt! A few readers have inquired about what the best way is to sew and press seams of the Nine Patch blocks so that all of the seams nest when sewing blocks together into a quilt top, and so here today a quick and easy tutorial.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

I have made each nine-patch block with just two fabrics (a light fabric, and a dark/er fabric) and I have alternated the layout of the fabrics; one Nine Patch block has a dark center fabric and matching corner fabrics, and the next Nine Patch block has a light center fabric with matching corner fabrics, thereby creating  a checkerboard look when the blocks are alternated.

I have strip pieced the Nine Patch Blocks - making two blocks at a time :: one light block and one dark block.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:  6 strips of fabric (3 light fabrics and 3 dark fabrics) each measuring 8 inches x 2.5 inches.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial
Click on images for larger view.
STEP 1: Using a 1/4 inch seam sew fabric strips together into two strip sets as pictured, and press seams towards the dark fabric (as indicated by the arrows).

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

STEP 2: Cross-cut both strip sets at 2.5 inch intervals ~ cut 3 units from each strip set:
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

Here is what the wrong side looks like - seams are pressed toward the dark fabric:

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial
STEP 3: Arrange the 6 units into two nine patch blocks - one dark Nine Patch block (left) and one light Nine Patch block (right):

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

STEP  4: Using a 1/4 inch seam sew units into two Nine Patch blocks:

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial
Each Nine Patch Block measures 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches
including seam allowances. Each individual finished square measures 2" x 2".

Press seams as pictured:

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial
Dark Nine Patch block (left) :: Seams are pressed away from the center.
Light Nine Patch block (right) : : Seams are pressed towards the center.

Alternating these two light and dark Nine Patch blocks in your quilt layout will create a checkerboard design and all of your seams will nest for easy sewing and seam matching.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

And in case you would like to work with smaller/larger patchwork units:

1 inch finished squares : : cut 6 fabric strips (3 light/3 dark) 1.5 inches x 5 inches : : cross-cut the strip set at 1.5 inch intervals.
nine-patch block measures 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches (incl. seam allowances).

3 inch finished squares : : cut 6 fabric strips  (3 light/3 dark) 3.5 inches x 11 inches : : cross-cut the strip set at 3.5 inch intervals.
nine-patch block measures 9.5 inches x 9.5 inches (incl seam allowances).

Any questions? Please feel free to ask by leaving a comment, and I will reply in the comments section.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Tutorials
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - in progress
Bloomsbury Gardens - Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt 2013

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

News from Stash Fabric and a Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.
News from Stash Fabric 
Text Me Maybe Bundle
Stash Fabrics is a family owned online business operating out of Alpharetta, Georgia, offering all of the latest designer fabric collections in both yardage and bundles, as well as a great range of original bundles collated by Beth, and now also THREE great fabric clubs. 

First 4 months of the Rainbow Stash Builder Club
Fabric clubs are a great way to slowly add to stash, especially if you are overwhelmed by choice or find it difficult to source specialty fabrics from just one store. The following fabric clubs are now available from Stash Fabrics with a choice of either a Fat Quarter Bundle or a Half Yard Bundle:
  • Low Volume Club
  • Rainbow Stash Builder Club
  • Cotton + Steel Remix Club 
  • and coming soon the Art Gallery Fabric Club
For all fabric club sign up information and conditions: Stash Fabric Club Information.

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20% off all BUNDLES. Prices are as marked. Ends 19 October 2014. Excludes pre-order bundles. 

FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50 in the US with discounted shipping internationally.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Today Beth from Stash Fabric is giving one lucky reader a $50 gift certificate good for  any purchase.

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 17 October 2014 by edit to this blog post.

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




Thank you for supporting my sponsors.
Rita

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt - Part I

A progress report in pictures.
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

A new week and a new project, but that's not to say that I whipped up this quilt top in a day, or even two days! The traditional Nine Patch block is one of my favorite blocks ~ simple patchwork with endless possibilities. It is my recent foray into Checkerboard Quilts that has led me to create the dark/light layout of a checkerboard quilt with a simple Nine Patch Block. Different but the same.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I have made each nine-patch block with just two fabrics (a light fabric, and a dark/er fabric) and I have alternated the layout of the fabrics; one Nine Patch block has a dark center fabric and matching corner fabrics, and the next Nine Patch block has a light center fabric with matching corner fabrics, thereby creating  a checkerboard look when the blocks are alternated.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Like many of my quilts this one is all about the fabrics, the colors and the prints. I love each and every one of the fabrics used in this quilt top and hand picked fabrics for each block individually. I always try not to over think the choosing fabrics/colors process but do worry about the quilt being "too scrappy or too busy". It is often not till the end when I lay out and arrange the blocks that I see how it is all going to work (or not). Often I am pleasantly surprised. Scrappy is good.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

QUICK QUILT STATS:
Quilt top  measures 54 inches x 72 inches 
(12 rows of blocks x 9 columns of blocks)
108 Nine Patch Blocks 
Each finished nine-patch block measures 6 inches x 6 inches.
(each nine patch block is made up of 9 squares each measuring
2.5 inches x 2.5 inches including the seam allowances.)
Approximately 100 different fabrics.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

Note also the use of purple! And the gingham.
Gingham fabric in all colors and sizes are still a stash favorite.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

More soon. Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
RPQ  Checkerboard Quilts
RPQ Nine Patch Quilts

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