Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt

A Finished Quilt
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt
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So much for a Summer's End Quilt! Every year I have a tendency to celebrate the end of Summer way too early. I should have known better! Summer doesn't seem to know that Autumn has officially arrived and we continue to see day after day of above average temperatures. Today is warm and windy and while I am grateful for the cooler evenings and early mornings, I am even more grateful for an air conditioned work space and iced coffee!

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I am also pleased to have finished the Summer's End Quilt and have lots of photos to share. The more photos the better right? There is a lot to see. Making simple patchwork quilts continues to be a favorite way to use my fabric stash and to spend my time at the machine. It is repetitive work but I also find it relaxing and rather satisfying.

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The quilt is quilted by ditch stitching all seam lines; simple and functional rather than decorative quilting, and at the same time giving the quilt a lovely texture and a very nice drape. I have created a foundation of grid lines by ditch stitching all horizontal seam lines and then ditch stitching all vertical seam lines. (Short lines before long lines is what seems to work best to keep my quilts nice and flat - no tucks or puckers - and I do not turn my quilt for every second line of quilting. I only turn the quilt when it seems easier to manage the bulk of the quilt on the outside of the machine rather than rolled under the arm of the machine).

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt - backing fabric | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have used my go-to backing fabric: Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston and my signature binding fabric is a narrow (1/8 inch) black and white stripe by Timeless Treasures. 

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt - quilt binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt 
The quilt top measures 56 inches x 68 inches.
A selection of almost 200+ different printed fabrics make up this quilt.
I made fifty-six 16-patch blocks plus seven 8-patch blocks.
 952 patchwork squares.
Each finished square measures 2" x 2".
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

This quilt was sold prior to publishing this blog post.

If you are interested in purchasing one of my quilts
 - even one that I am still working on -
please don't hesitate to contact me by email.

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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9 comments:

  1. It's a fabulous quilt! I can see why it sold so quickly.

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  2. Here in PA USA, we thought winter had ended early, but we were surprised with over a foot of snow just a week before spring starts. Perfect quilting weather, though!

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  3. Love it! Great tip to quilt the short lines before the long lines. I don't turn my quilts at each end of quilting lines either. We have finally had some cooler weather, after a very hot and humid end to the summer. Yay for autumn!

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  4. Gosh, it's lovely! I enjoyed the whole photo shoot!

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  5. This one really calls out to me!! I love it! My stash is not full enough of these bright, whimsical types of prints...but someday I will attempt it. Love the binding too...just simple and beautiful!

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  6. Great pictures, Rita. What a delightful quilt!
    Well done.
    What would we do without air conditioning.... o
    and for us in eastern US, it feels like Siberia outside. We had snow, and now it is frozen rock solid. Today is a good day for sewing here.
    I am so happy to see this quilt. I just love all of the lovely fabrics playing together!

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  7. Here in South Carolina we thought spring was already here, now we are having a blast of cold air. So I can look at your cheery quilt and dream of spring! Beautiful, Rita!

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  8. I've probably asked you before, but how do you keep the squares so even so they don't bend or bow? I'm in awe of your work. elanagoldberg5@gmail.com

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  9. This is a very pretty quilt! I'm a long time follower of your blog, but a seldom commenter. I love your simple, but very precise patchwork.

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