Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Summer Rain Quilt - Work in Progress

Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Summer Rain Quilt - Work in Progress 2016
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I am keeping it simple this week with squares, squares, and more squares. Simple but effective, and it is once again all about the fabrics; the use of color and the layout. 

Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

My quilt this week is a traditional quilt design with chains of four patch units alternated with a square, and set on point. The layout is inspired by a quilt that I made in 2006 ~ the Beaded Curtain Quilt from the book Caravan of Quiltsby Kaffe Fassett. You can see photos of the Beaded Curtain Quilt here. We continue to use the Beaded Curtain Quilt year round and is much loved in our home. For my current version of this quilt I have tweaked the size of the units, varied the layout, and mixed up the color palette to suit my fabric stash.

Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

For the four-patch units I have contrasted dark with light fabric and created a chain of colors that graduate from light to dark and vice versa. The four-patch units have been alternated with a low volume background fabric and I have further created a background pattern with the use of a solid fabric - Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Highlight.

Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Kona Cotton Highlight is Robert Kaufman's Kona Color of the Year. It is a limited edition color that will be retired at the end of 2016. I love the color yellow and I am always keen to use more of it in my quilts. This was therefore a great opportunity to work with the color yellow - and a bright yellow at that - and make it zing without overwhelming the quilt.

Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

QUILT STATS
Summer Rain Quilt 
Quilt top measures approximately 51 inches x 72 inches.
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.

Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I am thrilled with how it turned out! The yellow is bright and refreshing, and the background design sits comfortably alongside the chain of colors created by the four-patch units; neither overwhelming the other.

Now ready for basting and quilting.

As always ~ thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Robert Kaufman KONA COLOR OF THE YEAR - HIGHLIGHT is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric Worm (spend $50+ and save $5 with code REDPEPPER)
Stash Fabrics
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Sew Modern
Fabric Bubb
Fabric Spot
Pink Castle Fabrics
The Intrepid Thread
The Loopy Ewe

Check out the Kona Color of the Year Lookbook here: 
Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Summer Rain Quilt | Work in Progress | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

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21 comments:

  1. So sweet and pretty. And so perfectly named.....a gentle summer rain.

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  2. So very pretty and springlike!

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  3. Very pretty, love the yellow!

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  4. I have a "yellow thing" like you had a mauve/purple thing. Not sure I am over it yet. Love your quilt.....and maybe it is softening my stand on yellow just a bit. Thanks for the post.

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  5. Oh I do love yellow and this color has me itching to sew with it.

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  6. Wow I really like this one! Great job!!

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  7. I was determined to not like this color but then you go and do your thing and I guess yellow will be the "Kona Highlight" of my summer. Awesome as usual.

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  8. It is wonderful! It appeared on my screen as a light buttery yellow...and then you said it was Highlight! I tipped my screen this way and that until I could see the real colors better! lol!!! :)

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    1. Getting the colors just right is so hard! I do the same, tip my screen this way and that way, look at the photo on my phone, then my ipad, and my laptop :-)

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  9. Beautiful, Rita!! Perfect to usher in spring... At last!!

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  10. So glad that you are such an inspiring quilter. I bought a charm pack of kona highlight that has been waiting for inspiration .... I think I found it! :)

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  11. Absolutely Stunning! I love it!

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  12. I have to say it, I love love, love everything you do.do you ever sleep lol 😀 so much inspiration. Thank k you xx

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  13. This is so sweet! I love the Yellow.
    I really love the pattern, and the Spring colors

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  14. Over-the-top once again! The deep colors ground that yellow so it doesn't overwhelm. I'm still studying it to try and determine if you made individual blocks (and would you have put them together with Y-seams?), or if you sewed the diagonal rows together. That's one of the things I love about your work - it makes me think.

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    1. Thanks Karen! The quilt top was sewn together in diagonal rows starting at one corner and working my way to the opposite side of the quilt.

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  15. Would you mind explaining how you go about organizing the colors? It just seems like an impossible task to me.

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    1. Thanks you for stopping by Kathaleeny! I don't allow the colors and fabric choices to overwhelm me.

      I first made the four patch units - 16 four patch units for each row (12 rows) using a range of colors graduating from light to dark or vice versa or say from grey to purple to pink. I kept a general eye on the use of color as I have a tendency to use certain colors more often than other colors.

      When all four patch units were complete I arranged them as part of the quilt top careful to distribute the colors evenly.

      I hope that is helpful.
      Rita

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    2. Thanks, Rita. I love the finished look and noticed it flew out of your Etsy shop. I've become more familiar with the layout and understand the layout better. Diagonal quilts are hard to grasp until you get your eyes moving diagonally too. Love it. Can't wait to see what you bring us next.

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  16. Oh, Rita, you come up with the most amazing ideas. And I went to look at your Beaded Curtain quilt--SO beautiful!!

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  17. This looks so refreshing, and I love the quilt name.

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