Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two Block Patchwork Quilt - The Finished Quilt


A finished quilt! I am pretty happy with how this quilt turned out. I love simple patchwork quilts and this soft color palette isn't unlike several of my previous quilts. I also like to make use of the fabrics that I have on hand and I am pleased to say that many, if not all, of the fabrics were pulled from stash, several even from my scrap bin. I think you'll recognize many of these prints.


I have quilted the quilt by ditch stitching all seam lines, both horizontal and vertical seam lines, as well as the diagonal lines. I have then added additional vertical straight lines spaced just over 1 inch apart across the width of the quilt, giving the quilt additional texture and a further point of interest.


For the back of the quilt I have used a single floral fabric from the Milk, Flower & Sugar collection by Elea Lutz. I love this small scale print and rather than continue to hoard it, I thought this was the perfect backing fabric to complement the quilt top. For the binding I have used a narrow soft pink and white stripe fabric from the Petite Basics collection by Sevenberry.


QUILT STATS
Two Block Patchwork Quilt
The finished quilt measures 49 inches x 64 inches.
17 rows of 13 blocks.
110 Rail Fence Blocks
Each finished block measures 3.75 inches x 3.75 inches.
See work in progress details and photos here.
Printed Fabrics:
A range of prints from stash both dark and low volume/white background,
including several pieces of cotton/linen blend fabrics and vintage fabrics.
Solid Fabrics:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in a range of colors
including White, Snow, Cream, Natural, and Pink.
Batting:
Low Loft Cotton Batting:
Warm & White batting from The Warm Company.

This quilt is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

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Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Stash #385 Old New 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama

Old New 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama for Lecien Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Old New 30's 2017 by Atsuko Matsuyama
for Lecien Fabrics

I couldn't wait to get my hands on the latest Old New 30's collection by popular Japanese artist and quilt designer Atsuko Matsuyama, and they are every bit as good as I had hoped they would be. I love reproduction prints! These fabrics are easy to use and work well as a cohesive collection and just as ready mix with other fabric collections, including modern fabric ranges.
Old New 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama for Lecien Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Old New 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama for Lecien Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Old New 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama for Lecien Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The collection features mainly small scale designs in a rainbow of colors all of which are great stash basics and perfect for scrap quilts. How adorable are the sweet floral prints? The tiny roses - pictured directly above - are perfect and I have ordered extra yardage the yellow, pink, and white background prints.

Old New 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama for Lecien Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The collection features four designs each printed in up to five different colorways. In addition there are two cheater block panels that complete the range ~

Old New 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama for Lecien Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017


OLD NEW 30's BY ATSUKO MATSUYAMA is available from:
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Old New 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama for Lecien Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Enjoy Sunday!
Rita
Old New 30's by Atsuko Matsuyama for Lecien Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sometimes I Knit ... and Sometimes I Crochet

Faux Cable Shawl | Knitting | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Faux Cable Shawl 
Pattern by Christopher Salas

I love to knit and it has been a while since a knitty update. I have missed spending time with yarn and the knitting needles. Instead I have spent quite some time over the last 12 months either hand piecing or English Paper Piecing, both of which have meant less time with yarn. Sometimes though you have to make time for the things you love, even if it means staying up till the early hours of the morning. And the Faux Cable Shawl was not only a great pattern (a charted repeat of rows and intuitive knitting) but the finished shawl is also a warm and wearable item.

Faux Cable Shawl | Knitting | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Faux Cable Shawl | Knitting | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

THE YARN:
3 Skeins Madelinetosh Merino Sport
in Candlewick

Faux Cable Shawl | Knitting | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

More photos of the Faux Cable Shawl on my Ravelry Page here.

And sometimes I crochet ...

Hexie Love Actually Crochet Blanket | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Hexie Love Actually Blanket

My Hexie Love Actually Blanket may be the first crochet project that I have shared with you here but my history with the hook goes back quite some time. My mother taught me to crochet as a child and as a left hander I have fond memories of sitting opposite my mother to mirror her actions with the hook. Since then I have crocheted scarves and blankets (less successfully) and also curtains for my kitchen windows (more successfully). That was all some time ago.

Picking up the crochet hook again after more than a decade is like riding a bike; a little wobbly at first but you soon pick up speed. I have been working on this project since early March and since then I have frequently questioned my decision to use fingering weight yarn for this project, but I think it is going to be awesome when it is done. Right now I am about a third of the way through and have ordered more yarn to join the Hexie units together. There's still a long way to go on this project but I am enjoying every chain and every double crochet (not so much weaving in all the ends).

Hexie Love Actually Crochet Blanket | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Two Block Patchwork Quilt ~ Work in Progress

Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

My quilt in progress this week is inspired by snippets of a vintage quilt that are pictured in the book Warman's Vintage Quilts: Identification And Price Guide by Maggi McCormick Gordon. While this book was written for the purpose of identifying and valuing vintage quilts, it features color photos of 300+ vintage quilts created mainly between 1850 and 1960, many of which are traditional quilt designs. I love paging though this book to study the layouts, and the use of fabric and color for each design.

Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

In the book this particular quilt design is called Two-Block Crib Quilt - maker unknown - and dated C1900. The notes describe the quilt as cotton prints, solids and stripes. Muslin binding. Tied with pink cotton yarn. I love that this quilt is made from two simple patchwork blocks ~ an Hourglass Block and a Rail Fence Block, alternated throughout, and that the fabrics used were similar to those that I reach for and combine often in my quilts.

Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For my quilt I have similarly chosen small scale prints and stash basics. There are dots, stripes, checks, and gingham prints as well as pretty floral designs and text fabric, all in a soft color palette, contrasted with darker prints as well as a range of low volume prints. Included also are several hand screen printed linen fabrics, a few reclaimed vintage fabrics, and a number of solid fabrics. When looking at the finished quilt top I usually see arrows pointing up and down, sometimes stars, or if I switch my focus to the low volume fabrics I see squares set on point.

Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Two Block Patchwork Quilt
Quilt top measures 49 inches x 64 inches.
17 rows of 13 blocks.
110 Rail Fence Blocks
Each finished block measures 3.75 inches x 3.75 inches.

Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Now ready for basting and quilting! I am looking forward to seeing this quilt finished.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Two Block Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Stash #384 Curious Dream by Angela Pingel

Curious Dream by Angela Pingel for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Curious Dream by Angela Pingel
for Windham Fabrics

Curious Dream is Angela Pingel's debut collection for Windham Fabrics. Inspired by the whimsy of Alice's adventures through Wonderland and the Looking Glass, this collection calls to the dreamer in all of us. The subtle theme is perfect for any true lover of the fantastical world, but is also perfect for adding staples to your stash.

Curious Dream by Angela Pingel for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Curious Dream is a modern and subtle take Alice’s adventures. The collections consists of 21 fabrics; seven designs each printed in up to four color ways. Included are designs featuring actual text from the book, brief images of Alice, playing cards and that famous white rabbit. The prints work beautifully together in a soft rainbow of pastel colors and are designed to complement your fabric stash.

Curious Dream by Angela Pingel for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Curious Dream by Angela Pingel for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
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Curious Dream by Angela Pingel for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Carousel Quilt - Work in Progress Part 2

Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

How quickly time flies! It has been more than four months since my last Carousel Quilt update (see blog post here), and during that time the hand pieced circle blocks were never far from my sight. For four months these blocks moved from my sewing machine table back to my cutting table, as was required to make room for the other quilts I have worked on during that time. And with each move the task of sewing these circle blocks together became more and more daunting!

Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Then one evening last week I decided that the time had finally come to make a start by cutting the background fabric pieces. This only took a half hour or so, and I thought it wise to push on while things were going well. I hand stitched just one seam by hand before it crossed my mind that I could just as easily piece the remainder of the quilt top together by machine.

Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Three hours later and some time spent working out the best way to go about sewing the background fabric around the already complete circle blocks, the quilt top was done! I was pretty pleased with myself for ticking this task of my to-do list. As usual no pins were used when sewing these curves

Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Carousel Quilt
A Pattern by Sandra Boyle.
Quilt top as pictured measures 53 inches x 53 inches.
Hand pieced and machine pieced.
In excess of 550 patchwork pieces.
Background fabric is a floral print  from the 30's Collection
by Atsuko Matsuyama for Yuwa Fabrics.

Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The quilt pattern includes instructions for adding several borders however I am at this stage undecided if I want to add borders to my quilt top. Right now I am pleased to have a quilt top that I know will progress to become a finished quilt, rather than the 16 circle blocks that sat idle for too long. 

Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I am also completely at ease with the fact that I spent a very significant amount of time hand piecing the circle blocks only to then finish the quilt top by machine in a matter of hours. I loved hand piecing the arcs, but piecing the remainder of the quilt by hand was just not going to happen. Whatever it takes, right?

Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Carousel Quilt | Work in Progress Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I love a good scrap buster quilt and many of the fabric wedges used in the arcs were pulled from my scrap bin, and represent fond fabric memories; memories of a time, place, and another quilt. This quilt is going to be a keeper!

As always, thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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Carousel Quilt - Work in Progress - Part 1
Sewing Curves without Pins ~ Tutorial
More RPQ Slow Sewing Quilts:
The Daisy Chain Quilt
The Wagon Wheel Quilt 

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