Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Summer Rain Quilt

A finished quilt and a picture post ~
The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Summer Rain Quilt - 2016

Squares. Squares. And more squares. That's how my week unfolded. I love simple sewing and it doesn't get much easier than sewing together a whole bunch of squares. Having said that, setting squares on point does add another level of skill (and patience), especially when it comes to basting a quilt where the grain of all the fabric is on the diagonal rather than straight. The same technique but a different stretch and movement of fabric.  Thankfully, all went well!

The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Once basted, I quilted the quilt with an all over cross hatch (diagonal straight lines) by ditch stitching the seam lines, and stitching through the center of the squares (and four patch units), creating an all over grid of 1 1/2 inch squares. Lots of quilting! But the texture is so worth it.

The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

For the back of the quilt I have used a single pink floral fabric from the Cookie Book collection by Kim Kight for Cotton + Steel. I have been saving this yardage for backing fabric for the right project and this was the one!

The Summer Rain Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

For the binding I have once again used a classic black/white stripe fabric by Timeless Treasures  which in this instance provides just the right amount of contrast for this colorful quilt.

The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
QUILT STATS ~ Summer Rain Quilt 
The finished quilt measures 55 inches x 73 inches or 140cm x 185cm.
192 four-patch units each measuring 3.5" x 3.5".
Contrasted with low volume background fabrics (3.5" squares)
and Kona Highlight (96 squares each measuring 3.5" x 3.5").
All measurements include seam allowances.
More than 180 different stash basics were used for the four patch units and
more than 150 different low volume background fabrics.
All cotton fabrics and thread.

The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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


The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

As always, thank you for stopping by,
Rita

The Summer Rain Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

RELEVANT LINKS:
Red Pepper Quilts - Etsy Store
The Summer Rain Quilt - Work in Progress (includes details of Kona Cotton - Highlight)
2016 RPQ Finished Quilts

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11 comments:

  1. I love this, Rita, and it is the perfect use for that challenging Kona highlight. It really looks sunny!

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  2. Highlight doesn't appear as bright as imagined. Beautiful layout. I looked at your previous quilt, also beautifully done!

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  3. A quilt that delights the eye and gives it plenty to look at! It's nice to see what highlight looks like too :-)

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  4. When I first saw Highlight I was pretty sure I didn't see any coming to my house. But you've done a wonderful job of both showing it off, and not letting it take over a very charming quilt.

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  5. Rita, this is gorgeous. My favorite quilts are almost always the simplest ones. Just perfect...

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  6. I always say 'this is my favorite quilt' everytime you posting a new quilt, in fact I love every quilt you make..

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  7. Rita, this is really beautiful.
    I love the sunshine peeking through.

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  8. Great job. I really like this. That's a lot of squares and that binding just finishes the quilt. Love it

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