Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - A Finished Quilt

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

It feels great to have finished this quilt which has been languishing as a quilt top since 2014! I usually like to finish what I start, and don't tend to work on more than one (or two) projects at a time. It's what works best for me; although as you can see I am not immune to setting a project aside, and letting it sit unattended for quite some time. 

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

As mentioned in my previous blog post featuring this quilt I have finished this quilt by using a light weight cotton batting called QuiltLite. Quiltlite is a woven cotton fabric similar to a loosely woven flannel fabric (see photo below); it offers the presence of batting without adding bulk, gives a lovely soft drape, and makes this quilt perfect as a light weight Summer coverlet.

QuiltLite Batting

I am a pin baster and I have basted this quilt in same way as I do for all of my quilts, with backing fabric and batting taped to the floor, then pinning the quilt top firmly on top, starting with the outer edges of the quilt top first (I have briefly described my basting process in this blog post here).

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I have then quilted the quilt by stitching evenly spaced - edge to edge - vertical lines across the width of the quilt. To give the quilting lines/stitches more definition I have used a heavier weight thread (Aurifil 28wt - the grey spool) for the top thread, and Aurifil 40wt thread in the bobbin. My sewing machine seems to like this combination of threads, and together with a relatively long stitch length (4.0) the stitches add a subtle point of interest in amongst the busy floral prints.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The back of the quilt features a single text fabric ~ Newsprint in White from the Dreamer collection by Carrie Bloomston  ~ an old favorite.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

And for the first time I have added a faced binding to a quilt. Faced binding is similar to traditional quilt binding except that the binding is turned completely to the back so there is no frame around the edge of a quilt. There are lots of Faced Binding Tutorials available online with step by step instructions and I have taken snippets of information from several online tutorials (see Relevant Links below), then trialled the technique on a mini-quilt (10 inch square). This helped me to visualize the process and gave me the confidence to go ahead and and finish this quilt with a faced binding.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I am really pleased with how this (new to me) faced binding technique. It wasn't difficult and I will definitely use this technique more often to finish off my quilts!

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The  binding fabric is a soft pink and white stripe by Moda Fabrics (Essentially Yours in Baby Pink).

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

QUILT DETAILS:
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt
The finished quilt measures 63 inches x 78 inches.
Fabrics Used:
All fabrics used to piece the quilt top are reclaimed vintage sheets.
Backing Fabric:
Batting:
QuiltLite - low loft cotton batting.
THREAD for quilting:
Aurifil 28wt thread (the gray spool) for quilting:
 (28wt top thread - 40wt thread in the bobbin).

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

For all sale inquiries or questions please don't hesitate to email me:
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Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - with Faced Binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

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Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday Stash #447 Storybook Ranch by Whistler Studios

Storybook Ranch by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Storybook Ranch by Whistler Studios
for Windham Fabrics

I continue to enjoy working collecting and working with 30's prints! It is the vibrant colors and small scale prints that I have fallen for and because they work so well with a range of modern designer fabrics - which feature so strongly in my fabric stash - that make these such a great addition. The perfect stash basics.

Storybook Ranch by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Storybook Ranch by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The complete Storybook Ranch collection consists of consists of 33 different fabrics featuring 11 different designs in up to four different colorways. It is a big bundle of 1930's storybook prints with rocking horses, rose bandana's, spurs, playful pigs and more.
Storybook Ranch by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
I have added a small selection of those prints that drew in my eye to stash. See here for the complete Storybook Ranch collection. How cute are those happy little pigs?

STORYBOOK RANCH BY WHISTLER STUDIOS is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop

Storybook Ranch by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

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Storybook Ranch by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Recently I spent some time sorting out my fabric stash; tidying, folding, editing. My sewing space was out of control! It's a task that is time consuming and usually things get a whole lot worse before it starts to look better. During this process I came across this quilt top that I pieced in July 2014, and at the time I even prepared this blog post (as follows) complete with photos. For one reason or another the blog post was never published, and the quilt top was stashed away and not thought of again. Till now. 

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The plan for this quilt top is to experiment with a light weight batting called Quiltlite and then add a faced-binding to complete it. Quiltlite is a cotton woven fabric similar to a loosely woven flannel fabric; it offers the presence of batting without adding bulk, which will make this quilt perfect as a light weight Summer coverlet. Faced binding is similar to traditional quilt binding except that the binding is turned completely to the back so there is no frame around the edge of a quilt. I like to try out new - to me - things! The photos and text that follow are from the original blog post as written in 2014:

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Late June (2014) I went to the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair and there I picked up a layer cake (10.5 inch squares) of vintage reclaimed bed linens from The Crafty Squirrel. Included in my layer cake were up to 50 or so different pieces of vintage sheets, all florals and wildly colorful. Blue, green, yellow, brown, purple. pink. Cheerful to say the least.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The layer cake never left my cutting table, and one night I broke into it, cut all of the pieces into four equal squares (5.25" squares) and stitched up this quilt top. I had great intentions of adding more fabrics and playing with a more sophisticated design, but right then and there I decided that these fabrics needed to stay together, that there was more than enough variety and simple patchwork was all that was needed. Done.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Quilt Top measures approximately 63 inches x 78 inches.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
The fabrics are all reclaimed vintage linens/sheets and as such the quality of fabrics vary. Obviously some are in better condition than others, but all are freshly laundered and in perfect condition for use in this way. I love that most of the pieces are still saturated in color and it was a bonus to find so many different designs in the one bundle. Even the "uglier" designs look pretty in patchwork ...

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

.... evoking fond memories and wishing for warm Summer days.

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I am looking forward to finishing this project with light weight batting and trying out a different binding technique. 

More soon,
Rita

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday Stash #446 Polk by Carolyn Friedlander

Polk by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Polk by Carolyn Friedlander
for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Polk is Carolyn Friedlander's most recent collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The collection is an eight piece collection printed on Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun. This substrate  has a defined weave, more like a traditional shot cotton, adding both texture and interest. You can see more photos of the fabric base here: Sunday Stash #390 Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun.

Polk by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Polk by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The eight piece collection consists of three unique designs each printed on a different Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun color base.

Polk by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

POLK BY CAROLYN FRIEDLANDER is availabe from:
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Polk by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018


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Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World

A Finished Quilt
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts

Color, color, everywhere! Fabric is my creative medium of choice and the more colorful my workspace the better. I find it hard to restrain myself and like to put every last fabric scrap to good use. This Bright Hopes quilt was the perfect opportunity to work with both ~ color + fabric scraps.

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts

The fabrics used are many and varied and range from stash basics (dots, gingham, stripes, checks) to novelty fabrics that have been fussy cut to feature a print/design. If you stop by here regularly you may have seen some of these fabrics before, or better still, you might spot fabrics that you too have in your stash. Some are older prints, some have only very recently arrived. All are much loved!

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts
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The quilt has been quilted with a combination of straight vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines. I use a quilting guide attached to the walking foot to assist with keeping the quilting lines nice and straight (by running the guide along the seam lines and previous quilting lines). No lines were marked!

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts

For the back of the quilt I have used my go-to backing fabric: Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston ....

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts

.... and I have matched it with my signature black/white stripe fabric for the quilt binding.

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts

QUILT DETAILS
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World
Finished quilt measures 60 inches x 72 inches.
270 Bright Hopes Blocks.
18 horizontal rows of 15 Bright Hopes blocks.
1350 patchwork pieces.
Each FINISHED block measures 4 inches x 4 inches.
200+ different fabrics were used to make this quilt top.
Fabrics Include:
Standard quilting cotton and
Tutorial available here:
For this quilt I cut my center square 2" x 2" and
rectangles were cut 2" x 4".
After piecing the block together the block was 
trimmed to measure 4½ inches x 4½ inches. 
Batting:
Low Loft Cotton Batting

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #brighthopesquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #redpepperquilts

As always, thank you for stopping by!
Rita

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