Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Stash #248 ~ This and That

I've spent the last day adamantly complaining that I have no Sunday Stash. Can you imagine?! And yes, there was much eyebrow raising from my family who are surrounded by my stash. So I dug deep and came up with some prints that I have selected from new fabric ranges and added to stash in the last few weeks.

Newsprint in Not Pink, Coral and Spackle ~ Paint by Carrie Bloomston
Newsprint - Paint by Carrie Bloomston
First up is Newsprint from the Paint collection by Carrie Bloomston (in 3 colorways - Not Pink, Coral and Spackle). My love for text fabric - in particular newsprint - continues. This design is a reprint from Carrie's first collection (Collage) which I have used as background fabric for my Liberty Checkerboard Quiltand I know many of my readers were keen on sourcing this print, (but is now hard to find).

Newsprint in Spackle - Collage and Paint Collection (a comparison)
Newsprint:  Collage on the LEFT and Paint on the RIGHT.
Click on image for larger view.
Whilst the design is the same the color of the Spackle colorway is slightly different: the new Newsprint fabric from the Paint collection is closer to a black/white print whilst the previous fabric was warmer, tinged with yellow and ever so slightly mottled. Both are great background fabrics and I've stashed yardage. Just in case. 

Paint by Carrie Bloomston is in stores now and available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
The Quilted Castle
Hawthorne Threads
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Stash Fabrics save 10-20% on bundles this weekend. Prices as marked.
Fabric Worm  $5 off orders $50+ with code redpepper
Pink Castle Fabrics 40% off Super Sale Fabrics with code SUPERSALE. Ends today.
Sew Modern

Retro Floral Daisies - Yuwa
Yuwa - Retro Floral Daisies
(quilting weight cotton)
Classic Dot - Yuwa
Yuwa - Classic Polka Dot
These two fat quarter bundles, both by Yuwa, also arrived at my home in the last few weeks. The retro floral bundle (top image) is a quilting cotton weight (and has already been cut into) whilst the dot bundle is a lighter weight fabric; the thread count is higher and finer, but still suitable for quilting projects. Both these bundles are available from Westwood Acres as half yard or fat quarter bundles.

Westwood Acres:
Retro Floral Daisies
Classic Dot 

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spool and Nine Patch Quilt ~ A Tutorial and Templates

Two traditional quilt blocks ~ a Spool Block and a Nine Patch Block ~ are all that are required to make this quilt; neither block is difficult to piece however I thought I would share with you a tutorial, and provide templates for those of you who prefer not to draft your own.

Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
Click on any Image for LARGER view.
Let's get started.

SPOOL BLOCK TUTORIAL

Fabric Requirements for each Spool Block:
1 center square 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches
2 contrasting fabrics for side pieces ~ each fabric piece measuring 12.5 inches x 2.5 inches
(which makes this block Jelly Roll friendly).

Step 1
Download, print and carefully cut out your templates or draft your own templates for a 6 inch finished block.
Spool Block Templates | Red Pepper Quilts

To assist in cutting the fabric pieces for a 6 Inch finished Spool Block I have made templates available for purchase (pdf file) from my Craftsy Store:


The pdf file is available for immediate download and includes Spool Block templates for a 6 inch finished block, a full color quilt layout, as well as a black/white line drawing of alternating Spool and Nine Patch blocks with which you can experiment and play with your own color palette.

Step 2
For each Spool Block you will need one center square and four side pieces (two the same pieces of each side fabric chosen ~ you can use solid fabric, printed fabric, or a combination of both).

Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
Step 3
Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
Mark (on the wrong side of the fabric) a 1/4 inch seam allowance along three sides of the fabric, as pictured above. (I use a 2B pencil with a 7mm lead as it is soft enough to lightly mark the fabric without breaking the lead).

Step 4
Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS

Align and center the first side fabric to be sewn on top of the center square (right sides together). There is no need to mark the center square as you can easily see if you have correctly centered the fabric by the matching the size of the opposite corners. With a short length stitch start sewing where the lines intersect and stop at the next intersecting point. Back-stitch at the start and end of the stitching line to lock the stitches in place.

Step 5
Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS

Repeat step 4  for the fabric piece on the opposite side of the center square.

Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS

Finger press the seams away from the center square. Don't use an iron at this stage.

Step 6
Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS

The third fabric piece is going to fit right in between the first two pieces. Line up the folded edge of the first side piece (the purple fabric) with the starting point (where the pencil lines intersect) of this third piece of fabric. Do not start stitching in the seam allowance of the purple fabric. Stitch one or two stitches, back stitch - and continue on till the next intersecting point.

Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS

Stop stitching at the point where the pencil marks intersect but again do not stitch into the seam allowance of the purple fabric.  If you have accidentally stitched too far use a seam ripper to undo those stitches.

Your block now looks like this. Finger press the seams away from the center square.
Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
Step 7
Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
We are now ready to sew the final four side seams of the Spool Block. With the right side of the block facing your fold over the center square diagonally in half (wrong sides together). The side seams that need to be sewn will lie flat together ready for sewing.

Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS

Start stitching at the intersecting point and sew all the way to the end. Back stitch at start and end to lock stitches.

Work your way around the block by re-folding the center square and sewing all four of the side seams. Your block will then look like this:

Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS

Step 8 Press your block.

Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
Front and Back of Spool Block
Spool Block measures 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches (including seam allowances).

Press two opposing center seams in towards the center square and the other two seams away from the center square. The points where the fabrics come together will simply twist open. Gently press.

NINE PATCH BLOCK TUTORIAL

Fabric Requirements for each Nine Patch Block:
Nine 2.5 inch squares in two contrasting colors
Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
9 squares
4 solid fabric squares :: 5 printed fabric squares
Arrange your squares in three rows of three ~
Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS

Using a quarter inch seam allowance sew squares together into rows of three squares. Then sew rows together. Press seams as desired. These seams won't require nesting or matching with Spool Blocks so direction of these seams is not important in this instance.

Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
Front and Back of the nine patch block.
Nine Patch Block measures 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches (including seam allowances).

Arrange your blocks by alternating a Spool Block with a Nine Patch Block. Using a quarter inch seam allowance sew blocks together in rows. Press seams for each alternate row in opposing direction. Then sew rows together. Press final seams open or one side.
Spool and Nine Patch Block ~ TUTORIAL | RED PEPPER QUILTS
50 Spool Blocks + 50 Nine Patch Blocks
POINTS TO REMEMBER:
  • Reducing your stitch length will help you to stop on or before the point where lines intersect.
  • Back stitch at the start and end of all seam lines to lock stitches.
  • If you have puckers on the front of your block it is usually because your have stitched too far and into the seam allowance. It is not too late to fix this. Simply turn your block over and unpick those extra stitches.
  • Take your time to press blocks carefully.
  • Print templates ACTUAL SIZE.  Do not reduce or scale to fit.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask by leaving a comment, and I will explain/clarify as required.

Next up ~ a picture blog post of the finished Spool and Nine Patch Quilt.

Happy Stitching!
Rita

Spool and Nine Patch Quilt - TUTORIAL | Red Pepper Quilts

RELEVANT LINKS:
Spool Block Templates - RPQ Craftsy Store
More RPQ Tutorials
Spool and Nine Patch Quilt in Progress

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spools and Nine-Patches ~ A Quilt in Progress

Spools and 9 Patches - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts

A change of direction. My Spool Blocks were looking great and I was pleased with the ease with which they were coming together, but whilst procrastinating (over having to make another 50 Spool Blocks) I started to play around with a block which I could alternate the Spool Blocks with in the quilt layout.

Nine-Patch Blocks | Red Pepper Quilts

And so that is how these nine-patch blocks came about. Now if only I had planned this from the start for then I would have made 6" finished Spool Blocks rather than 5" finished Spool Blocks, and I then therefore would not have needed to make 5" finished nine-patch blocks. The math was messy to say the least. But if nothing else, I am determined and pushed on regardless.

Spools and 9 Patches - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts
Spools and 9 Patches - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts

I am glad I did for it was worth it. I like how the addition of the nine-patch block has created a whole new look, how different shapes form depending on the light/dark color play. The quilt top is a riot of color, but I don't mind it, and rather reminded me of my Scrappy Trip Along Quilt as I was piecing it.

Spools and 9 Patches - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts

Now ready for basting, quilting and binding.

Spools and 9 Patches - work in progress | Red Pepper Quilts
More soon.
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Spool Blocks ~ A Quilt in Progress
Spool and Nine Patch Quilt - TUTORIAL and templates

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Stash #247 Oakshott Colourshott Cottons

Colourshott by Oakshott
Colourshott by Oakshott
(colours 1-30)
precut bundles available in fat eighths, fat quarters and half yards.

Brilliant NEW Colourshott colors from Oakshott and it is a bundle of high end, luxury fabrics. The cotton weave is shot - with a warp and weft of different tones - which creates a beautiful luminous and iridescent hue. The fabric feels soft, the colors are vibrant. The team at Oakshott source and design all of their own fabric ranges thereby ensuring product quality as well as supply.

Oakshott Colourshott ~ Autumn Pack
Colourshott ~ Autumn Pack

Oakshott Colourshott Cottons are available from:

Oakshott (UK) - sign up to receive newsletter to keep up with all the latest news as well as sales and shipping offers.
Contemporary Cloth
New! Bundles of  Colourshott 10" Squares 

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Spool Blocks ~ A Quilt in Progress

Spool Blocks | Red Pepper Quilts
Spool Blocks have been keeping me busy this week; inspired by issue no. 182 of Patchwork Tsushin, a Japanese patchwork magazine. I purchase this magazine every so often just for the pretty pictures; it is always filled with projects that inspire.
Patchwork Tsushin 182
This issue features lots of bag projects but also several quilts made with variations of the Spool Block and the not dissimilar Butterfly Block. All of the instructions are in Japanese and in addition all measurements are in centimeters rather than inches, which makes following a pattern somewhat tricky, but the basics are all there.

Patchwork Tsushin 182
Patchwork Tsushin 182 - Butterfly Blocks (left) and Spool Blocks (right)
I have previously made a Butterfly Block Quilt (and have written a Butterfly Block Tutorial) and the image above made me want to start another Butterfly Quilt, but at the last minute I changed my mind and tried out a Spool Block.
Spool Blocks | Red Pepper Quilts

I drafted a Spool Block using EQ7 (quilt design software) and printed templates to cut the fabric pieces. My finished block measures 5 1/2" including seam allowances, although with EQ7 you can print templates for whatever size block you choose to make.

Spool Blocks | Red Pepper Quilts

You can easily piece this block with squares and half square triangles however I designed my Spool Block with inset seams (Y-seams). Inset seams are not difficult (although it is slower than chain piecing) and they do eliminate eight seams from this block.  All of my blocks are machine pieced. 

Spool Blocks | Red Pepper Quilts

So far I've made 40 spool blocks and I have cut fabric for an additional 10 blocks, ready for sewing. More blocks are needed and I am trying hard not to over think the fabric and color combinations.

Spool Blocks | Red Pepper Quilts

More. More. Just cut and sew. 

Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Butterfly Block Tutorial
Inset Seam Tutorial 
Patchwork Tsushin Magazine from Ayumi (Etsy)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Quilted Castle and a Giveaway!

A sponsored giveaway.
The Quilted Castle was founded in 2008 by Allyson Lane. Allyson continues to own and manage this online store specializing in high quality quilt fabrics from several manufacturers including Moda, Lecien, Westminster, Free Spirit, Riley Blake and more. You will also find quilt patterns, pre-cut fabrics and quilt kits.

Right now the team at The Quilted Castle are making room for new stock and have marked down many designer collections to just $6/yard, including the following popular collections:


as well as Fresh Cut by Heather BaileyLittle Matryoshka by Carly Griffin and many more.

See all Sale items here: ON SALE at The Quilted Castle.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Allyson and the team at The Quilted Castle are giving away a fat quarter bundle of the recently released Paint collection by Carrie Bloomston (Such Designs) for Windham Fabrics (a total of 22 fat quarters). This collection plays well with Collage also by Carrie Bloomston.

Paint by Carrie Bloomston
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 12 noon Friday 12 September 2014 (Australia - EST). 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 Paula! Paul has been contacted by email.


Good luck and thank you for supporting my sponsors.
Rita

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