Friday, August 2, 2013

[workinprogress]

A Strawberry Nine Patch Quilt


This one is an old favorite and a remake of a quilt that I made way back in 2008.  The original Strawberry Patches Quilt was the start of what was to become Red Pepper Quilts when I received an email inquiry asking if the quilt - photos of which were uploaded to Flickr -  was for sale.  It was a surprise to hear that someone would be interested in purchasing my work and it gave me the confidence to start blogging my quilts and my addiction to love for fabric.   

Some quilts have more meaning to me as a quilt maker than others.  Don't get me wrong, I love all of my quilts.  I love the quilt in progress, and I love the quilt a little more when it is finished and I have managed to snap some decent photos.  But then there are those quilts with which special memories are associated and this is one of them.  The Strawberry Nine Patch Quilt has been on my quilt making bucket list (it's a long list!) for some time and I was itching to get started on it this week.


And so it has been a week of cutting small squares, some of which are from my scrap bin although most are from stash.  I have again used a variety of red and pink fabrics with a splash of orange.  It did not come as a surprise to see that my variety of fabric on hand has increased significantly since 2008.


DETAILS DETAILS
  • Traditional nine patch blocks.  All fabric squares are cut as 2.5 inch squares.
  • The size size of each nine patch block is 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches.
  • Sashing - 1.5 inches wide (includes seam allowances)
  • Corner stones - 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches (includes seam allowances).
  • The cornerstones fabric is a fussy cut design from a Liberty of London Tana Lawn print called Kinnear in Red.
  • Quilts Stats: 504 red/white/orange squares | 63 white squares | 48 cornerstones

I am planning on spending this Wintry weekend basting and quilting.  Perhaps even binding. Perfect really. And you?


Rita

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40 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I love that quilt! The red is so nice and crisp. Great choice for the corner stones, too.

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  2. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love the liberty corner stones and the mix of colours. I'm off to give a special friend a quilt that I made for her birthday........so a little bit of sewing in the car. Have a great weekend Rita! As always, thank you for the inspiration. Marie

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  3. Love this, as well as the story that goes with it! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I really want to make this quilt, thank you for sharing..

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  5. What a gorgeous quilt! Thanks so much for sharing your story!

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  6. A lovely quilt Rita, very pretty colours. I particularly enjoyed your story about getting into blogging and making quilting your business. Well done.

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  7. Thanks for showing us this and giving the details. You are always so inspiring. It was so funny to hear you talk about this wintry weekend, here in England we have had it record breaking (for us) warm so having a quilt over you isn't the most pleasant experience at the mo but we've just had a downpour and the humidity has dropped so maybe I can get on with my quilting after all. Thank you as always for your lovely pics.

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  8. Beautiful! Really like the flowers in the corners.

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  9. This looks lovely.
    Nice to hear how you started your blog and selling your quilts. As for the weekend I am fingers crossed 2 x netball games will be cancelled tomorrow although I will still have basketball, an RMIT talk and shopping for the inlaws and then Monash open day Sunday and 3 hour dance class for #3. I don't think I will find much crafty time.

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  10. I love this Rita! The reds, pinks and oranges are so cheery together. I also love the name :)
    Amanda

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  11. it just looks so wonderful, finished my nine patch babyquilt last week, and totally love it

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  12. I think I'd give just about anything to be able to see your stash : ) I love the variety of prints in this.

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    1. I wouldn't mind a peek at it too! Maybe we could get some photos? I'm actually interested in how people build up their stash in the first place. Do you just start out buying random material, do you have a plan or did you in the first place just buy what you needed for each specific quilt? :-/

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    2. Hi Carla and Rowan - My fabric stash is what I call a "working stash" and it is rare that it is tidy. You would probably be dismayed at the state of it. But here is a picture of when I have had a busy sewing day:

      http://instagram.com/p/Wx2N5tulSL/

      and after a tidy up (this is hours and hours of folding, ironing and stacking:

      http://instagram.com/p/XJJp_nulVu/

      This isn't all of it of course :-) It excludes Flea Market Fancy, Katie Jump Rope, Liberty, Japanese Imports, Solids, Oakshott's, Shot Cottons, backing fabrics, and Linens.

      Enjoy!
      rita



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  13. Both quilts are adorable, I´d like to see a pic of your stash, too ;-)

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  14. So very fun with the unexpected cornerstones! Thanks for beautiful pics as well, have a great weekend.

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  15. Rita, it's lovely. So quintessentially your signature look! I found your blog early on and have been an avid follower ever since. You have greatly inspired my quilting style - thank you!

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  16. Very pretty. I love your sense of color.

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  17. This is lovely! I have a great fondness for red quilts and this one does not disappoint! :)

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  18. this is such a beautiful, inspirational quilt. if you added some squares from breast cancer fabric, it would make a wonderful raffle quilt for the americal cancer society. if i could afford it, that is what i would do. keep up the great work. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  19. Is there a greater joy than a quilt in progress? Well, I suppose a finished quilt, shaken out and unfurled to the light is pretty wonderful too. The sewing isn't it. It's the magical transformation of color and pattern into something else entirely. Don't you think that a quilt is really our heart on our sleeve? The intangible made tangible.
    Wow, it is too early in the morning for deep musings. I must go make some tea. thanks for sharing! We are in the midst of summer heat here.

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  20. I can see why someone wanted to buy it. This is an awesome quilt! Love your work.

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  21. You always have such beautiful fabrics. Would love to see your stash! I have followed your blog for ages and ages so know about you Sunday Stash posts and always LOVE the fabrics you showcase. Do you usually buy a fat quarter or yardage of these new ranges?

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  22. I love the colors! And the balance between the reds and the whites is also really wonderful.

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  23. Gorgeous, Rita! And fun to hear your story. I hope to start a new quilt today. Happiest day!

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  24. Just lovely! What a nice trip down memory lane! Will you be selling this one as well? Your last quilt you listed was sold before I even got a chance to look at the listing:)

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  25. I love it! I also have a long list of quilts that I want to make. Here's one of my WIP; its from the moda bake shop pattern "Wiggly Whimsy":

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tutu-qltr/9163315924/in/photostream

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  26. It's a wintry weekend over here too, so definitely some sewing is in order. Amazing how a simple block can look so stunning. I love this quilt.

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  27. I love it so much. And I always enjoy your walks down memory lane, from a time so long ago that you "rarely ha[d] yardage on hand for unpieced backs." :-)

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  28. Love the design..love the colors! Hope to see the back when you have completed this project.

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  29. So gorgeous. Love the fabric and colors.

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  30. This is the perfect use for scraps! I don't like scrappy quilts like this but do save my scraps and have just been sewing them together alternating a white square...okay, but not to great in my view. But this is perfect! I'll start saving the scraps by color now and do this way..or at least one square per color. Thanks for the idea!

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  31. Yet another beautiful quilt. Love all the reds!

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  32. Your quilts have such big personalities. My eyes zoom in your work really fast when I Google and look at quilt images. I love your style and I always love love love the colors/fabric you use! Thanks for sharing your art with us!

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