Friday, July 28, 2017

English Paper Piecing: Liberty Star Pillow

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

As promised, today a gallery of photos of my Liberty Star Pillow Cover based on a pattern from the book Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess. The Star Pillow pattern is an English Paper Piecing design using just one shape - a diamond. I made several more star blocks then the pattern required and as a result my pillow measurements (and lack of borders) differ to that in the book.

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Similar to the Star Pillow in Sharon's book I have used Liberty of Tana Lawn fabric for the stars. Not having used Liberty fabric to paper piece before I was hesitant, but as always, nothing ventured, nothing gained. It seems however that there was no need for concern. In fact, the fabrics - including the Oakshott background fabric - were lovely to work with. The needle and thread glided through the fabric layers with ease, and the fabric withstood the glue basting and paper removal process much, much better than I had anticipated. 

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 28wt cotton thread (color #6725).

I have quilted the top of the pillow cover (layered with low loft cotton batting and a cotton backing fabric) by stitching alongside both sides of  all seam lines. I have used Aurifil 28wt thread for extra stitch definition. I was keen to ditch stitch - at least for some of the seams - but hesitated to do so in fear of the pressed open seams popping their stitches and being left with a hole in the patchwork fabric. That wasn't worth the risk! 

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the pillow I have used a barkcloth fabric from the Time Warp collection by Jessica Jones. I adore this fabric and it has been in my stash waiting for the right project to come along. This was it! I have used an iron-on interfacing fabric to add rigidity to the barkcloth fabric and a zip is hidden under the overlapping flap on back of the pillow. The pillow form/insert can therefore be easily removed before washing the pillow cover.

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

ALL THE DETAILS
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover
Pillow Cover measures 23 inches x 18 inches.
Stars Fabric:
Liberty of London - Tana Lawn
Background Fabric:
Thread:
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads for EPP.
Aurifil 28wt cotton thread for quilting.

My pillow is not a standard pillow size and as such I struggled to find the right size pillow insert. But then I realized that I had on hand a square pillow insert the same width of the pillow (23" x 23"), which I simply made 5 inches shorter on one end by gently moving all the filling to one side of the insert, stitching a new seam line 5 inches from the original edge and ta-da! ...a custom made pillow insert in less than 5 minutes.

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Click on any image for a larger view.

This was such a fun project to make. I really can't wait to start another EPP project but first I have to finish my Wagon Wheel Quilt. It is so close to being done!

Liberty Stars Pillow Cover - An English Paper Piecing Project from Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess
More RPQ Paper Piecing Projects:
The Daisy Chain Quilt
The Wagon Wheel Quilt
Garland Pillow Cover
Sewing School Hexagon Quilt

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway! Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess


Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing is Sharon Burgess' debut publication for Tuva Publishing. In her book Sharon shares her love for English Paper Piecing and fussy cutting. The book is a comprehensive resource guide for English Paper Piecing and includes chapters on technique (glue basting, preparing papers, joining pieces, strip cutting, hand stitching, and of course fussy cutting). All the EPP basics available at your fingertips.

Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess | Red Pepper Quilts 2017

In addition, the book includes step by step patterns for a number of projects ranging from small ~ mini quilt, cushion, bunting, zipper pouch, journal cover, pincushion and needle keeper, and placemat ~ to bigger projects like a table runner and quilts. All of which involve English Paper Piecing.

Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess | Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess | Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Sharon's Celestial Star Quilt (pictured below) is simply magnificent and this original design is also included in the book, complete with detailed instructions and diagrams for all of the units, and templates for quilters keen to cut their own papers. Complete laser cut paper pieces kits are available for purchase separately for this and several other projects in Sharon's book. 

Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess | Red Pepper Quilts 2017

As soon as I received my copy of the book for review my fingers were itching to start a project. Having yet to finish my current EPP project I have no business starting another, however a small project doesn't count, right? Here is my version of Sharon's Star Cushion ~ I couldn't stop at just making a few stars and so my cushion turned out a little bigger ....

Liberty Tana Lawn Star Cushion - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Liberty Tana Lawn Star Cushion - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I LOVED making this cushion cover; it provided me with the perfect excuse to sit and sew during several rather cold and wintery days here in Melbourne. I have used Liberty of London Tana Lawn for the stars and for the background fabric I have used beautiful Oakshott cotton from the Scandinavia range in Stockholm (grey); a match made in fabric heaven. I will publish more photos and all the details of my Star Pillow in a separate blog post later this week.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Sharon is kindly giving away a copy of the book to one lucky RPQ reader.

To be in the draw please leave a comment on this blog post. Only one comment per person/per email address - email me if you are not able to leave a comment (redpepperquilts at gmail dot com) and I will leave a comment on your behalf. International entries welcome!

The draw will take place at 10am (Australia EST) on Saturday 29 July 2017, at which time comments to this  post will be closed. The winner will be announced by edit to this blog post, and will also be contacted by email.

ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED
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The winner of the book is Mary K.
Mary has been contacted by email.

Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess | Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Congratulations Sharon on the release of your book. I look forward to seeing what you are up to next!

Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess is available from:
Amazon
The Fat Quarter Shop

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Stash #394 Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner

Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner

Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner has arrived in stores. It is 16 piece collection featuring Anna Maria Horner's favorite floral prints in their best selling original form, and some with all new colors to inspire a fresh look for timeless art!

Social Climber - Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Social Climber ~ Floral Retrospective
Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Echinacea ~ Floral Retrospective

Carefully handpicked from several of Anna Maria's previous collections these prints sit beautifully alongside one another as well  as other styles of fabric, including vintage, modern, and everything in between. The Social Climber design (see above) is one of my favorite prints and I still have a small piece in my scrap bin. Every time I rummage through my scrap bin it sparks a fond memory and have wished for just a little more ...

Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Raindrop Poppies ~ Floral Retrospective
Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Overachiever - Floral Retrospective

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Floral Retrospective by Anna Maria Horner | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Rita

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt

A Finished Quilt.
A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

As promised in my Sunday Stash blog post from earlier this month featuring the Rockpool fabric collection, today I am pleased to show you what I turned the FQ bundle that Jodie sent me. Jodie Carleton (from Vintage RicRac) commissioned me to make a quilt with her brand new fabric line ~ Rockpool for Ella Blue Fabrics ~ for her booth at Spring Quilt Market in May this year.

A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The Rockpool collection features five unique designs each in five different color ways. The colors are pastel soft, the fabrics with a white background are a sparkling white, and the prints feature coastal life elements including seagulls, whales, starfish and even a few not-so-scary sharks. To highlight the prints I have added several solid fabrics (Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton) and decided that the Flying Geese block was the perfect unit to celebrate the fabric designs.

A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

In addition, I have added numerous spiky triangle blocks to add another element of interest. These blocks were foundation paper pieced (using EQ7 - quilt design software - to draft up the block). These blocks kind of remind me of stringy plant life or seaweed found floating in the ocean and indeed rockpools.

A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT STATS
Rockpool Quilt
The finished quilt measures 50 inches x 50 inches.
191 Flying Geese units measuring 2.5" x 5" (finished).
9 Spiky Triangle Blocks measuring 5" x 5" (finished).
Fabric:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton
Quilting:
Ditch stitching all vertical and horizonal block seam lines
then adding additional vertical lines spaced 1 inch apart
Batting:
Low Loft Cotton Batting:
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.

A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the back of the quilt I have used a single dot print on a white background from one of Jodie's previous collections - Backyard Circus. And for the binding I have used my signature black/white stripe fabric, this time from the the basics range by Ella Blue Fabrics.

A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

ROCKPOOL BY JODIE CARLETON is arriving in stores now and is available from:
GJ's Discount Fabrics (Melbourne)

A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

With thanks to Jodie and Ella Blue Fabrics for the opportunity to work with them. I look forward to seeing what Jodie is up to next!

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

A Flying Geese Rockpool Quilt ~ Rockpool fabric by Jodie Carleton | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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Sunday Stash - Rockpool by Jodie Carleton

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Stash #393 Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk

Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk for Freespirit Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017.

Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk (Margot Elana) has just arrived in stores and although this collection is outside of my fabrc stash comfort zone, I could not resist! The fabrics feature designs from small scale to very large scale (23" inch pattern repeats). The large scale designs are so intricately detailed that that you need to look to look twice to see all that there is to see. 

Song of the Siren ~ Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk for Freespirit Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Pink Age of Aquarius ~ Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk for Freespirit Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017.

The Neptune and the Mermaid collection takes you on a journey under the sea, where everything is not as it seems; where mermaids float with guardian goldfish, octopodes swim in an ocean of rose bouquets and vintage divers plunge into the depths of the ocean through floral rings.

Neptune's Neverland ~ Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk for Freespirit Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017.
What Would Poseidon Say? ~ Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk for Freespirit Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017.

The collection consists of 26 fabrics ~ 10 unique designs each released in up to three different colorways. In addition to the detailed large scale prints are a number of small scale basics to mix and match (see last image). These truly are an explosion of color! And my goodness, the opportunity for fussy cutting is endless!

Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk for Freespirit Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017.
Floating Millefleur ~ Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk for Freespirit Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017.

NEPTUNE AND THE MERMAID is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Gotham Quilts
Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory
Urban Spools
GJ's Discount Fabrics

Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk for Freespirit Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017.
Lost Atlantis - Neptune and the Mermaid
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Neptune and the Mermaid by Tokyo Milk for Freespirit Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017.
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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