Tuesday, April 19, 2016

For the Love of Patchwork ... Part 2

A Finished Quilt
For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

 QUILT STATS
A selection of more than 220 different quilting cottons
were used to make this quilt.
I  have made 42 16-patch blocks and then added one additional
 row of squares to finish the quilt at 60 inches x 72 inches. 
  A total of 696 patches of fabric (29 rows of 24 squares).
Each finished square measures 2.5" x 2.5".
Low loft cotton batting ~ 
a low loft cotton batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

A picture post of the finished For the Love of Patchwork Quilt. I love making these simple patchwork quilts, using fabrics from stash, and piecing in a methodical way using essentially the same technique as described in my Strip Piecing Tutorial

For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

And of course it is a great way to showcase a range of fabrics; from stash basics to low volume fabrics, beautiful Liberty of London Tana Lawn, and many novelty fabrics featuring birds, cats, dogs, deer, lambs, flowers, text, faces, mermaids, accessories and many more.

For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The finished quilt measures 60 inches x 72 inches and I have ditch stitched all seam lines, thereby creating an all over 2.5 inch grid of intersecting lines and giving the quilt a lovely soft hand without adding or taking anything away from the fabrics that are the feature of this quilt.

For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

The back of the quilt features a single text fabric ~
  ~ an old favorite. 

For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This quilt was sold prior to completion and my customer asked if she could finish the quilt by sewing down the binding by hand - her favorite part of the quilt making process. Of course! I quite like the idea that the new owner of the quilt gets to spend some finishing the quilt. The photo below therefore shows the quilt with the binding attached but not yet turned over and stitched to the back of the quilt. (The narrow black/white stripe fabric used for binding is by Timeless Treasures).

For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

This quilt is already on the way to the new owner where I know it will be much loved and used often. Do I find it difficult to part with my quilts? Sometimes! But it is different knowing that you are making a quilt ultimately for the purpose of selling. Unless the quilt is a custom order there isn't at that time a personal connection with the person for whom the quilt is intended (whilst making the quilt). Instead when I look back at photos of my previous quilts it brings back fond memories of a time and place, a season, and the process, and I know that the quilt is being used and loved. Sometimes a customer will send me a photo of the quilt being used in their home, which fills my heart with joy, and motivates me to keep making.

For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

As always, thank you for stopping by,
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
For the Love of Patchwork - Part 1 (Work in Progress)
Checkerboard Quilt and Strip Piecing Tutorial
Backing fabric - Newsprint in White from the Story Collection by Carrie Bloomston

For the Love of Patchwork - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
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15 comments:

  1. Love this quilt and also love that the new owner will participate as well by sewing down the binding. A great connection to the buyer!

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  2. I'm in love with the colors. Beautiful and bright.

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  3. Love this one. I was curious. Do you randomly put your blocks together or do you plan it out?

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  4. This one is so cute. I do love all of the pieces. Always fun patterns and I love patchwork the best
    Lovely quilt, Rita!!

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  5. I love these patchwork quilts that show off all the lovely fabrics!

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  6. Such a lovely quilt Rita and brilliant placement of colours and prints. Lovely photos too.

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  7. I think you must spend a great deal of time cutting. I love this quilt and I do love my own checkerboard quilt made with Kaffe and white fabrics. Guess I need to make one like this too.

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  8. I am happy when I look at all the photos of your adorable quilt. Oh, that little kerchief girl still makes her appearance!

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  9. This is beautiful. I have the same feeling when I make quilts for charity donation--when I know that ultimately they are not mine, it makes it a bit easier to let go...

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  10. A beautiful palette of joy!! Love that the owner participated with the binding!! Quilts are so special

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  11. Dear Rita, I would like to know if you (someday) will put some of your quilt pictures from your customer :) and where is the farthest country you ever send ?

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  12. Your quilts are always so beautiful and you are an expert at choosing fabric!

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  13. A lovely post and even lovelier quilt. You never cease to inspire me, Rita!

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