Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | ® Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt
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The Pineapple Block is one of my favorite traditional patchwork blocks and this week I have combined the Pineapple Block with one of my preferred piecing techniques - foundation paper piecing. I really enjoy the repetitive process that is foundation paper piecing - cut, sew, press, trim, and repeat - as well as the accuracy of this technique.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Mind you it was a slow process, even with all the fabrics cut and ready to go, the cutting mat and ironing board pulled right alongside my sewing machine, it seemed to take forever. I tackled two blocks at a time, became better at managing the process, and progress was made one seam at a time.

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

QUILT STATS
Printshop Pineapple Quilt
Quilt top measures 48 inches x 48 inches.
64 Pineapple blocks.
8 rows of 8 blocks.
Each finished Pineapple block measures 6 inches x 6 inches.
1600 patchwork pieces.
Pineapple Block drafted in EQ7 (quilt design software).

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Most of the printed fabrics used for this quilt top are from the Printshop collection by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel (see more photos of this fabric collection here). I love the contrast of colors in this collection as well as the simplicity of the designs. I think this might be my favorite Cotton + Steel collection released so far. The solid background fabric is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Ash

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I really am very happy with how the quilt top came together despite moments of overwhelming doubt. Sewing this quilt top together with all of the foundation papers still in was not an easy task and I was left wondering if this would actually work till the very end. Removing the papers took about an hour and it kind of looked like it had been snowing in my sewing space. Fortunately this took place during the early hours of the morning when the house is all quite and no one is around to notice the chaos. Once the papers were removed I could press the quilt top with lots of steam, which made my heart happy. I like to gently gently press/steam my quilt tops!

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Now ready for basting and quilting.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Printshop Pineapple Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Stash #347 Apple Farm by Elea Lutz

Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Apple Farm by Elea Lutz 
for Penny Rose Fabrics

Goodness! Another great collection by Elea Lutz has arrived and you may have noticed snippets of this collection in the quilt that I finished this week (click here to see). Fabric doesn't go untouched for long at my house. 

Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Elea's designs and color palettes work so well with most of my fabric stash and I reach for these small scale basics and simple designs often (especially the gingham!). The collections consists of seven designs each printed in three colorways and includes small scale flora designs, apples, ducklings, bears picking apples in an orcharch, an excellent plaid print, and of course a gingham print.

Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

APPLE FARM BY ELEA LUTZ is in stores now and available from:
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Lady Belle Fabric
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Westwood Acres

Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
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Enjoy Sunday!
Rita


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Sunday Stash - Strawberry Biscuit by Elea Lutz
Sunday Stash - Little Joys by Elea Lutz
Sunady Stash - Milk Sugar Flower by Elea Lutz

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Friday, August 19, 2016

For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt

For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

 QUILT STATS
A selection of more than 180 different quilting cottons
were used to make this quilt.
Quilt top pieced from individually cut squares.
357 patchwork squares - 21 rows of 17 squares.
Finished quilt measures 43 inches x 53 inches.
Each finished square measures 2.5" x 2.5".
Low loft cotton batting ~ 
a low loft cotton batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

A picture post of the finished For the Love of Patchwork II quilt today and it is a very happy finish indeed. I love simple patchwork; exploring color palettes and working from stash, mixing stash basics, low volume fabrics, beautiful Liberty of London Tana Lawn, and novelty fabrics featuring flowers, fruits, cats, birds, mermaids and more. Some of these fabrics have been part of my fabric stash for some time and others are very recent additions (still sitting in pretty little piles dotted around my sewing area, not ready to be slotted in with "general stash").

For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The finished quilt measures 43 inches x 53 inches and I have ditch stitched all seam lines thereby creating an all over 2.5 inch grid of intersecting lines and giving the quilt a lovely soft hand without adding or taking anything away from the fabrics that are the feature of this quilt. 

For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II - backing and binding fabric | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II - backing and binding fabric | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

For the back of the quilt I have used a single floral print from the popular Katie Jump Rope Collection by Denyse Schmidt. I love this fabric collection and I am so glad it was reprinted (originally released in 2010). I am trying not to hoard the yardage that I have purchased especially for backing fabric. So far so good - two quilts in a row with KJR backing fabric!

For the Love of Patchwork II Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

For the binding I have used a narrow orange/white stripe binding from stash. Unfortunately there were no details on the selvage and I don't recall when/where it was purchased, but it does complement the tone of the quilt perfectly. 

For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This quilt was sold prior to listing in my Etsy Store
and prior to publishing this blog post. 

If you are interested in purchasing one of my quilts
 - even one that I am still working on - 
please don't hesitate to contact me by email.

For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
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Thank you for stopping by and for scrolling through the many photos!

Have a great day,
Rita

For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

RELEVANT LINKS:
For the Love of Patchwork Quilt II - Work in Progress
For the Love of Patchwork Quilt I (April 2016) - the Finished Quilt

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

For the Love of Patchwork II - Work in Progress

For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Snippets of my week in stitches ... a simple patchwork quilt in a pretty and warm color palette; soft pink, yellow, red, and orange, with a flash of blue, grey, and lime green for freshness.

For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I struggled to find the color palette that I wanted to work with this week, I couldn't seem to make up my mind. Maybe it was the subtle shift in weather - a hopeful hint of Spring - that made me feel so unsettled. Eventually though you just have to make a start and I did by cutting squares of my some of my favorite fabrics.

For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

It didn't take long to gather together a variety of fabrics, all cut into squares. Many squares. I usually like to strip piece my patchwork quilts however by the time I was happy with my color palette I was too far in - too many squares had been cut - to change my method. All fabric squares were individually cut (with rotary cutter) and pieced. All 357 squares ...

For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Despite the slow start I love how this quilt top has turned out! Note the number of floral prints used, and the lovely Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics. as well as the variety of fabrics with fruits - apples, pears, lemons, cherries, strawberries - some of which there are numerous (various prints in different colorways).

For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Now ready for basting and quilting.

For the Love of Patchwork II ~ Ready for basting and quilting | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
For the Love of Patchwork II - A Finished Quilt August 2016
For the Love of Patchwork I ~ A Finished Quilt April 2016

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Stash #346 One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff

One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff
for RJR Fabrics

One Room Schoolhouse is Brenda's second collection for RJR Fabrics. Brenda is an avid quilter, fabric store owner, pattern designer, quilt retreat organizer, blogger, and fabric designer. 

One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Just like Pie Making Day  (Brenda's debut collection) One Room Schoolhouse is inspired by Brenda's significant collection of vintage fabrics and textiles, although this time with a Spring/Summer color palette. The collection was designed with the quilter in mind with small to medium scale designs that are perfect for any patchwork project.

One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The collection consists of 8 designs each available in 3 different color ways. The fabric is a lovely quality, the colors are vibrant and the designs include a fun apple dot print as well as the perfect text fabric. You know how much I love text fabric! The text fabric is based on a dictionary from the 1800's and is available in blue, pink, and clean white background.

One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE by Brenda Ratliff is available from:
Pink Castle Fabrics
The Fat Quarter Shop

One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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One Room Schoolhouse by Brenda Ratliff | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
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Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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