Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Stash #226 - Nesshome Fabrics and More

Wild Flower and Friends by Nesshome - Red Pepper Quilts
Wild Flower and Friends by Nesshome - Easter Bunnies!
available from Miss Matatabi (Etsy Store)
Today I have some Nesshome - Korean brand fabrics - and a few other fabrics to share with you. Nesshome fabrics vary in weight/blend, with some designs printed on an all cotton base and other designs printed on a cotton/linen blend base.The bunnies and floral fabrics pictured above - Wild Flower and Friends by Nesshome - are cotton/linen blend fabrics (55% linen, 45% cotton) and are a medium weight fabric - somewhat heavier than standard quilting cotton. But they are super soft! The 6 different designs are printed on single panel of fabric.
Nesshome - Text Fabric - Red Pepper Quilts
Text Fabrics by Nesshome
More text fabric for me! Like I said, it isn't over yet, there are more quilts with text fabric to come. This bundle of fabrics is also by Nesshome, and the great news is that they are 100% cotton, a lightweight fabric very much like standard quilting cotton. Happy days. 
Text Fabric by Nesshome
Text Fabric by Nesshome 
There is no such thing as too much text fabric. This print with a white background has already been cut in to. 

Vintage Time by Kei Fabrics - Red Pepper Quilts

Next up are a bundle of Japanese Import fabrics by Kei - called Vintage Time. These are again a linen/cotton blend (50% linen, 50% cotton), but they are lightweight and soft. This fabric has a smooth weave, slightly open, and drapes well; considering its linen blend base it handles remarkably like standard quilting cotton.

Vintage Time by Kei Fabrics - Red Pepper Quilts

Nesshome and Kei Fabrics featured here are all available from:

Timeless Treasures - black white stripe fabric

And last, a re-stock of a fabric that I use often and is my go to binding fabric ~

Black/White 1/8" Stripe by Timeless Treasures - available from:
Fabric Bubb (Etsy) (more stock arriving late next week)


Happy Easter and Spring/Autumn break everyone!
Enjoy Sunday,
Rita

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts
Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt

Rainbow Quilts are such happy quilts! Personally, I'd be happy to make simple patchwork and rainbow quilts for, for ... well, a long time. And it photographed well so get ready for photo overload, every angle is covered.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

The quilt colors are loosely arranged in quarters, radiating out from the center of the quilt in value, and around the quilt in color temperature - cool and warm colors. My knowledge on the subject of color theory is limited, and I tend to go with what pleases my eye rather than refer to principles of color theory, and as such rules may well have been broken.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

For the back of the quilt I have used a single text fabric - Newsprint - from the Collage collection by Carrie Bloomston - one of my favorite text fabrics (which is about to be released in a range of new colors in Carrie's upcoming Paint collection for Windham Fabrics!).

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

More grid quilting. I have quilted an all over 1 inch grid ~ horizontal and vertical edge to edge lines of stitching, just one inch apart. I love the simple, clean look of grid quilting, and also the texture created by the closely space lines.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper QuiltsA Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

I use 100% cotton batting for all of my quilts. It is a low loft batting (not puffy) which is a look that I prefer and also seems to work well with closely spaced grid quilting. The quilt has a lovely drape.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

No surprises for the quilt binding ~ machine stitched as always:

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts - machine stitched binding
A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - binding - Red Pepper Quilts

I know I say this often, but I really have loved making this quilt. Working with both saturated color and low volume fabrics, arranging and re-arranging the half square triangle units again and again until I was happy with the layout, and then completing it with a number of hours of grid quilting has made for a wonderful week of fabric play and creativity.

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt  - Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store.


A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

A Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Work in Progress ~ A Rainbow HST Quilt

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - work in progress

Two days of continuous rain in Melbourne was the springboard for my next project. I needed an infusion of color in what was otherwise a dull week (in terms of weather only!). Bring out all the colorful fabric and make a whole bunch of half squares triangles and soon the possibilities are endless.

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

I have made my half square triangle units for this project by contrasting dark (saturated color fabric) with a light (low volume) fabric, with most of the low volume fabrics being a black/white print. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of my stashed black/white fabrics were suitable for this project although I did need to expand upon my initial fabric selection by including shades of grey. 

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

For the quilt layout I have arranged the half square triangle units by color, radiating out from the center of the quilt in value and around the quilt in color temperature - cool (purple, blue, green) versus warm (yellow, red, orange), overlapping and blending the color groupings without strictly adhering to color theory principles.

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Working with these glorious colors, combined with the repetitive tasks involved in piecing these units - including the trimming - certainly brightened my week. I have already made good progress on this quilt and hope to have more to show you soon. 

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

PROJECT DETAILS:
  • Half Square Triangle Units (HST) - measuring 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches including seam allowances.
  • Fabric requirements: 5.5 inch squares in a rainbow of colors contrasted with a 5.5 inch square of light fabric. 
  • Piece HST units using Step 1 to 3 in this HST tutorial. Trim each unit to measure 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches. 
  • Arrange HST units in color groupings, mix and blend as you like. When you are happy with your layout sew your units together into a quilt top.
Happy sewing,
Rita

Rainbow Half Square Triangle Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Stash #225 Vintage Fabrics and More

It has been a busy week, and unlike most weeks two days were spent out and about at Quilt Shows. Two shows in one week, and one of those was the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne (last day today!). Both quilt shows were wonderful and inspiring with color, design and fabric overload. My brain is buzzing. Quite exhausting really.

Vintage Fabrics - quilting cottons

Found this week at one of the quilt shows were these vintage fabrics - these are not reproductions. I am very fond of these small scale floral prints, the colors and color combinations in particular are lovely .... the orange/brown and orange/greens. 

Vintage Fabrics - quilting cottons

These fabrics are all vintage cottons and they were in their original unwashed state. So precious. Most were straight off the bolt and they were were dirty (not so much stained but dirty from decades of storage and handling). The fabrics pictured here are post-wash. I gave these the harsh treatment because if they can't withstand being soaked with a stain remover product, then washed in the washing machine on a gentle but warm cycle, and finally tumbled dried in the dryer then I can't use them in one of my quilts. I am pleased say they are now clean, smell fresh and are ready for action.

Vintage Fabrics - Strawberries

The large scale strawberry print is also a vintage fabric. I couldn't possibly leave it there! All of the fabrics here are from A Piece of Cloth; an Australian vintage and antique textile sourcing business with fabrics and quilt tops sourced internationally and for sale directly from the studio or online.

Reproduction Fabrics - Aunt Grace in A Pickle and Feedsack III by Sara Morgan

Pictured above are some of the reproduction fabrics that either came home with me or arrived at my home over the last few weeks. A number of these fabrics are from the Feedsack III collection by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill Fabrics. The cute umbrella fabric (as well as the two floral fabrics directly above the umbrella print) is from the Aunt Grace in a Pickle collection by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics. 

Sew and Tell - sewing themed text fabric in black and white

And these too. I am still loving (and using) text fabric and these are a quilter's delight. Text fabric with patchwork and quilted words, in black or white.

Sew and Tell by Blank Quilting available from:

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Pretty Little Totes

Pretty Little Totes - tutorial available

I made two bags! Oh my goodness, these were so fun to make. Working on something other than a quilt is like taking a short holiday for me. A change is good and although this isn't my first foray into bag making, I did learn some new skills. And there is still so much more that I would like to learn.

Pretty Little Totes - bags.  Tutorial available.

This bag pattern is a free tutorial by Svetlana (s.o.t.a.k. handmade) and is called Pretty Little Tote. Svetlana is an incredible patchworker, quilter, and sewist. A visit there is highly recommended! The tutorial was easy to follow and the pattern is simple - even suitable for a beginner. I happened to have all of the material requirements on hand, including the webbing for the handles, and whipped up both bags in one evening of fearless sewing. For me the most time consuming part was choosing the fabrics!


For the front pocket of the bags I have used beautiful Japanese fabrics by Suzuko Koseki and for the back of the bags I have used a simple black dot fabric (quilting weight) for one bag and a heavier (home decor) weight fabric for the other. The floral home decor fabric is by Alexander Henry (Keely in Black Tea).


The inside of a bag also deserves a beautiful treatment and therefore I have used a green gingham and a black floral fabric, both are quilting cottons. I am not convinced that such a dark color for the inside of a bag is practical - it is dark in there - but I love that pretty bouquet print! (by Pam Kitty Morning).


Even the inside of the front pockets are pretty! The yellow text fabric is also a Japanese import fabric by Suzuko Koseki.


Thank you Svetlana for sharing the details of your pretty totes, and for the time you have taken to write the tutorial. You're inspired me to step outside of my stitching comfort zone, to learn and to experiment, and I had the most wonderful time doing so.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Southern Fabric Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.

Today I am hosting a giveaway on behalf of Aubrey from Southern Fabric. Southern Fabric is a quilter's haven with an extensive range of all of the latest designer quilting collections, including lots of pre-cuts which are great way to add to your fabric stash, as well as a wide range of patterns.

Here is what is happening at Southern Fabric right now ....

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While supplies last ~ Don't miss it! 


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To be in the draw leave please 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 4pm (Australia EST) on Friday 11 April 2014, at which time comments to this  post will be closed. The winner will be announced by edit to this blog post, and will also be contacted by email.

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The lucky winner is:

Congratulations Patty! Patty has been contacted by email.

Thank you Aubrey for such a generous giveaway and thank YOU for supporting my sponsors!
Rita

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Kansas Dugout Quilt - A Finished Quilt

Kansas Dugout Quilt - tutorial available
Kansas Dugout Quilt
First I would like to say thank you to everyone who stopped by to read over and try out the Kansas Dugout Quilt Block Tutorial. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions and I will endeavor to answer them as they pop up in the comments section. 

The Kansas Dugout Quilt is finished and today was all about taking photos and editing. Be prepared, I've got lots of photos with all of the details.

Kansas Dugout Quilt

I thoroughly enjoyed piecing this quilt from the fabric play and fussy cutting center squares, to finally the quilting and binding. The inset seams made this quilt a labor intensive project but I found that once I established a sewing rhythm (by batch cutting, sewing and pressing) it became a step by step process that I enjoyed.

Kansas Dugout Quilt

As usual the quilting is simple and functional rather than decorative, although that is not to say that it is sparsely quilted. I have outlined the seam lines that run diagonally across the quilt, stitching from edge to edge along both sides of  the seam lines; quite a lot of lines in fact.

Kansas Dugout Quilt ~ quilting detail
Kansas Dugout Quilt ~ quilting detail
Kansas Dugout Quilt ~ binding detail

And a signature black/white stripe binding for this quilt. I couldn't find a fabric in my stash that had the same clean/sharp effect. Predictable, but also a reliable result. Do you like how my treatment of the corners? I think it adds point of interest for only a little binding distress.

Kansas Dugout Quilt ~ binding detail

For the back of the quilt I have used two different fabrics ~ primarily a green floral print called Tiny Toile in Lime from the Pam Kitty Picnic collection, and a strip of fabric along one edge of the quilt which is a cute daisy print from the 30's Collection by Atsuko Matsuyama.

Kansas Dugout Quilt - black white stripe binding
Kansas Dugout Quilt
Kansas Dugout Quilt

This quilt was listed for sale in my Etsy Store during the preparation of this blog post and has already SOLD. It is now packaged ready for shipping. I don't think I have ever been more grateful to be doing something I love so much and be so supported by such wonderfully kind readers and customers. Please know that your visits here and your support are never taken for granted. 

Kansas Dugout Quilt

I am ready for a new project!

THANK YOU for stopping by,
Rita

Kansas Dugout Quilt - a traditional quilt block

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