Friday, March 27, 2015

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation

The week in stitches.
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

I have had a big week behind the sewing machine with some last minute stitching before I take a break from my sewing machine, and my sewing machine takes a break from me. I am heading to the USA for a holiday and to teach at Sewtopia, and my sewing machine is spending some quality time with a technician. I am sure we will both come back refreshed, inspired, and eager to sew.
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
In the meantime, and in preparation for this break, I have a number of new projects, including several quilts that I have worked on behind the scenes, giveaways, as well as Sunday Stashes to show you over the next fortnight or so.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

This week I have been working on another version of my Color Wheel Block pattern. My first Color Wheel Quilt featured all solid fabrics (see Kona Color Wheel Quilt) so this time I thought it might be interesting to use only printed fabrics.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

The arcs of the block are foundation paper pieced and I have alternated two contrasting colors, generally a "dark" fabric and a "light" fabric for each arc, although I didn't strictly apply this rule; provided there was contrast in color/pattern I was happy with my fabric selection. I have used many different quilting cottons (most are small scale prints), from lots of different collections for this quilt, all from my fabric stash. You'll probably recognize many of my fabric favorites!

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

For the background of the blocks I have used low volume fabrics. What is low volume fabric? I am not big on definitions, and I think it is perfectly acceptable to have your own liberal interpretation of "low volume fabric" rather than work within the constraints of a formal definition. For me, a low volume fabric is a printed fabric that reads as a light or white fabric. It doesn't necessarily have a white or off-white background although that is generally what I gravitate towards when choosing a low volume fabric.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

QUICK QUILT STATS:
12 Color Wheel Blocks.
48 Foundation paper pieced arcs.
384 patchwork pieces.
Each finished Color Wheel Block measures 17" x 17".
Quilt top measures 51 inches x  68 inches.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

(You will be sent an email with a secure link to download
 this pattern (pdf file) immediately.)
Pattern is also available from my Etsy Store.


Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

This quilt top is ready for basting and quilting ... and will be waiting for me upon my return.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
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RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts Pattern Store
Color Wheel Block Tutorial
Kona Color Wheel Quilt

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16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!! Thank you for posting these pics, the fabrics are wonderful!

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  2. Love your fabrics. Enjoy your trip!

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  3. I love this printed version of your colour block wheel pattern. I always find it enjoyable looking at all the different fabrics. Enjoy your trip to the US. I'm sure you'll find lots of inspiration there. And lots of great quilt shops as well.

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  4. You make the sweetest quilts :)

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  5. What a fun quilt! Can't wait to see it quilted. Safe travels and I hope you have a wonderful time on vacation and at Sewtopia.

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  6. It's truly beautiful Rita! Have a wonderful trip :)
    Amanda

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  7. Love this pattern. I really love the text fabric. I will be putting this on my list to order. I would love to know when and where you will be in the states. I would love for you to be in the Nashville area. Be careful. Thanks for showing. Look forward to your blog each time.

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  8. Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This is so pretty! Amazing how the different fabrics can make the same quilt look so different!

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  10. Both the solid and print versions of your pattern are lovely.

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