Friday, June 11, 2021

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Piecing

 A Finished Quilt

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

Another bucket list quilt! This is my Ice Cream Soda Quilt, a pattern by Jodi from Tales of Cloth. The Ice Cream Soda Quilt is an English Paper pieced quilt. According to my phone photos I started this quilt early January 2021. I took very few progress photos but I do have this snap of my cut and basted pieces, organised by block. 

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

I cut and basted all of the pieces prior to piecing (other than my initial test blocks), using many of my favorite fabrics, and relying on my intuition and a bit of luck in the hope that all of the blocks and colors would work together well. Many of the blocks include fussy cut fabric pieces and from memory I spent close to a week playing with fabric and cutting/basting the pieces for all of the blocks.

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

I then spent several weeks working on hand sewing the quilt top together. I love English paper piecing and the quiet slow stitching was a lovely way to spend the long days of summer, and many more warm evenings. Once the quilt top was completed it sat untouched for several weeks whilst I busied myself with the next, and the next, project. You know how it goes; always thinking and dreaming of the next quilt.

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

In March I pulled the quilt top out again and basted and quilted it. I went with my usual straight line approach, quilting straight edge to edge vertical lines just 1 inch apart, which worked out well with the quilt pattern/block repeat. 

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

For the back of the quilt I have used the same fabric that I used for my last hexagon quilt. This beautiful floral fabric is from the Sugar Sack collection by Whistler Studios (Windham Fabrics). This fabric collection was released in 2018, and no longer readily available. And I have finished the quilt with a narrow blue/white stripe fabric for the binding. 

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

QUILT DETAILS
Ice Cream Soda Quilt
Quilt Size: 56.5 inches x 56.5 inches.
68 Ice Cream Soda Blocks + 8 half blocks.
Started: January 2021.
Finished: March 2021.
English Paper Pieced.
Machine quilted.

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

FABRICS USED
Many scrap fabrics from stash!
Background fabric: 
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Tan.

BATTING:
QuiltLite - low loft cotton batting.

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

TOOLS AND NOTIONS
Water Soluble Basting Glue - Sewline.
Straw Needles - Size 11.
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads.

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

With permission from Jodi from Tales of Cloth I have listed this quilt for sale in my Etsy Store.

You will find all the listing details here:

I have loved working on this project and I have completed it as per the pattern, only omitting the final border which is just a personal preference. I am rather thrilled with how it turned out!

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

As always, thank you for stopping by and scrolling through the many photos, as well as your kind comments and words of encouragement. So much appreciated!

Rita

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt ~ English Paper Pieced

 A Finished Quilt 

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

Another finished quilt! This English paper pieced hexagon quilt is very heavily inspired by a vintage quilt. The quilt top was completed over several months in 2020 while we were in lockdown due to the pandemic. For various reasons this was a very difficult few months for me and I was fortunate to be able to lean heavily on my craft. At this time I lacked creative ability and vision, but the simple repetitive task of basting papers and stitching by hand saw me through many long evenings and brought me so comfort. I still love English paper piecing.

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

To finish the quilt I have quilted it on my domestic sewing machine (with walking foot and quilting guide). I have quilted edge to edge vertical lines through the centre of all hexagons for a clean and simple finish. Quilting many such straight lines is time consuming but well worth it. 

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

For the back of the quilt I have used a single floral print fabric from the Sugar Sack collection by Whistler Studios (Windham Fabrics). This fabric collection was released in 2018 and I purchased yardage of this print for backing fabric. It's such a beautiful print and the colors work perfectly for this (and my next!) quilt. 

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

As usual, I have used my favorite black/white stripe fabric for binding. This particular fabric is by Ella Blue Fabrics which sadly is no longer in business. Lucky I still have some on hand!

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

QUILT DETAILS
A Vintage Hexagon Quilt 
Quilt Size: 55.5 inches x 56.5 inches.
Started: September 2020.
Finished: February 2021.
English Paper Pieced.
7/8" inch hexagons.
A total of 1612 hexagons.
Machine quilted.

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

FABRICS USED:
Background fabric: 
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Snow.
Feature fabrics:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Blueprint.
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Torch (orange).
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Flamingo.
Many scrap fabrics!

BATTING:
Low loft cotton batting.

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

TOOLS AND NOTIONS
7/8 Inch Hexagon Papers
7/8"Inch Hexagon Template with 3/8" seam allowance.
Water Soluble Basting Glue - Sewline.
Straw Needles - Size 11.
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads.

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

This quilt is listed for sale in my Etsy Store.

You'll find the listing details here:

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
This last photo is one of the few progress pics that I have of the quilt.
You can see here what the back of the quilt top looks like. Most 
papers have been removed at this point (except for the outer edges). 

As always, thank you for stopping by to see what I have been up to. Your encouragement, support and kind comments are appreciated. 

More soon! I have several finished quilts yet to show you. 

Rita 

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

A Four-Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt - Part 2

 A Finished Quilt

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

At last an update! I finished this quilt late last year however the process of taking photos has eluded me until very recently. A week or two ago I got my dusty camera out and photographed the four quilts that I have made - or at least finished - so far this year. It's then taken longer still to edit and upload photos but here we are today with a blog post!

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

This quilt was inspired by a vintage quilt. It is a simple four-patch set in a square and the perfect scrap buster project as you only need small scraps of fabric for each block. Many of the fabric pieces were pulled from my scrap bin which is always rather satisfying, and while piecing the quilt top I ran with the "anything goes" theory; all the colors and prints. It's my favorite way to put together a fun and colorful quilt.

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

To finish the quilt I have quilted it with straight-line edge to edge quilting using my domestic sewing machine and a walking foot to ease the fabric layers evenly through the machine. All the individual blocks have been ditch-stitched. Once the horizontal and vertical quilting grid was completed I added diagonal quilting lines, again ditch stitching from edge to edge. Simple and functional lines of stitching rather than decorative quilting, which at the same time gives the quilt a lovely texture and a soft drape, especially with the light weight batting (QuiltLite) that I have used for this quilt 

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

For the back of the quilt I have used my favorite text fabric Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston, and have matched it a black/white stripe binding fabric; my go-to combination that always works well. I have more of both on hand! 

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

QUILT DETAILS
A Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt
Quilt Size: 63.5 inches x 63.5 inches.
Started: November 2020.
Finished: January 2021.
18 rows of 18 blocks ~
324 blocks in total ~ 2592 patchwork pieces.
Each finished block measures 3.5" x 3.5".

Machine Quilted - domestic sewing machine.
Cotton fabrics.
QuiltLite Batting
(more details on QuiltLite batting here).

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

BLOCK TUTORIAL

I used step 1 to 4 from my Economy Block Tutorial to make these blocks.

**I have substituted the centre square for a four-patch block by cutting
four 2" squares, sewing the four squares together, then trimming 
the four-patch centre block to measure 3" x 3".**

You'll find the tutorial here:
(Step 1 to 4 only for this block)

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

I have listed this quilt in my Etsy Store.
You'll find the listing here:

At this time the quilt is listed for shipping only within Australia.
However, if you are located elsewhere please contact me by email for
clarification on postage cost and estimated international delivery time.
Email: redpepperquilts@gmail.com

A Four-Patch in a Square Quilt  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

I have a few more finished quilts to show you over the next few weeks, including three English paper pieced quilts. Here's a sneak peek:

© Red Pepper Quilts 2121
Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Four-Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt - Part 1

 Work in Progress

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

The last few months have been hard, really hard. Our family has suffered losses (not covid related) which have left us with in deep shock and aching hearts, all made more difficult by a hard lockdown due to the pandemic. Although our lockdown has indeed come at great expense and many sacrifices we have eased out of isolation to find ourselves in an enviable position with currently no active covid cases in our state!

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

During this period I have aimlessly dithered around my cutting table and sewing machine. I have started several quilt projects but failed to complete any - as yet. I've lacked focus and commitment but have allowed myself to take it one day at a time. I knew that eventually the joy of working with fabric would return, even if that means short bursts of activity on some days and none the next. I'll take it. 

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

This quilt in progress was again inspired by a vintage quilt. It is a simple four-patch set in a square. It is a perfect scrap buster project as you only need small scraps of fabric for each block, and many of the fabric pieces were indeed pulled from my scrap bin. I set myself a small target of making just 10 blocks a day as a starting point, and pushed myself last weekend to complete all blocks - a total of 324 blocks.

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

QUILT DETAILS
Four-Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt
Quilt top measures 63.5 inches x 63.5 inches.
18 rows of 18 blocks ~
324 blocks in total ~ 2592 patchwork pieces.
Each finished block measures 3.5" x 3.5".

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

BLOCK TUTORIAL

I used step 1 to 4 from my Economy Block Tutorial to make these blocks.

**I have substituted the centre square for a four-patch block by cutting
four 2" squares, sewing the four squares together, then trimming 
the four-patch centre block to measure 3" x 3".**

You'll find the tutorial here:
(Step 1 to 4 only for this block)

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

I find the sew and trim-to-size method easier for small patchwork pieces. It is a lot of extra work but it results in accurate patchwork pieces, and as a result the blocks and matching seams come together neatly. Yes, this quilt does have some bulky seams! 

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

It feels good to be back at it, but I make no promises. The only thing for sure is that I have plenty of fabric on hand and all the tools to make many more quilts. There will be more quilts and I will continue to share them here on my blog and on Instagram as and when that happens. I am quietly excited to see what 2021 brings.

Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Four Patch in a Square Scrap Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

As always, thank you for stopping by and scrolling through the photos. 

Happy stitching,
Rita

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Monday, September 14, 2020

My Pandemic Quilt 2020 - Part 2

A Finished Quilt
My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
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My Pandemic Quilt is finished and I have lots of photos to share with you today. Our Covid situation is improving, and we are keenly anticipating the lifting of some restrictions that has seen us at home for what seems like all year. It does mean I have had lots of time to reflect, ponder, prioritise, and of course sew. There have been some dark days, but we're optimistic, grateful for family, friends, and that Spring is finally here to help lift our spirits.

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

I am pretty happy with how this quilt turned out. I have enjoyed stitching it together by hand (English Paper Piecing), and am proud of having quilted this one myself. I do machine quilt most of my own quilts, but despite having quilted many quilts I do worry with each new quilt that I could mess up the quilting, particularly when the quilt is larger and involves many small patchwork pieces.

My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

The quilt has been quilted with closely spaced straight lines - ¾ of an inch apart. I use the hexagons as a quilting guide and quilt from edge to edge - no lines were marked. For this quilt I have again used QuiltLite as batting. QuiltLite is a light weight woven fabric similar to a loosely woven flannel fabric. I really like the look and feel of a low loft finished quilt, and although this quilt is quilted it feels more like a coverlet.

My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

For the back of the quilt I have used a beautiful floral fabric Social Climber from the Floral Retrospective collection by Anna Maria Horner. I adore this fabric and was pleased to be able to use some of my stashed yardage for the back of this quilt (see below for a photo of the full quilt back - print matching success 👍).

My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

QUILT DETAILS
Pandemic Quilt 2020
The finished quilt measures 55 inches x 73 inches.
Started: May 2020.
Finished: August 2020.
English Paper Pieced.
137 Hexagon Flowers.
¾ inch hexagons.
A total of 2768 hexagons.

Background fabric:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in ASH.
Black dot fabric: Swiss Dots  in Black - Riley Blake Designs.
Green text fabric: Dictionary in Green from the
First of Infinity collection by Kumiko Fujita.

All solids fabrics are Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton.

My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #hexagonquilt

Backing fabric:

My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - quilt back | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

TOOLS AND NOTIONS
¾ Inch Hexagon Papers
¾ Inch Hexagon Template with 3/8" seam allowance.
Water Soluble Basting Glue - Sewline.
Straw Needles - Size 11.
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads in
neutral tones including a dark beige - color #654 - for the
red hexagon border.

My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

This quilt is inspired by a quilt called Talking to Flowers made by 山口智恵子*Chieko Yamaguchi; a quilt that I very much admired at the Tokyo Quilt Show in 2018 and will not be offered for sale.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and scrolling through the many photos.

Rita


My Pandemic Quilt - Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

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My Pandemic Quilt 2020 - Part 1 (Work in Progress)
Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 - Part 1
Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 - Part 2
More RPQ English Paper Pieced Quilts:
Liberty Stars Quilt January 2018
Floral Hexagon Quilt September 2017
The Daisy Chain Quilt November 2016
B is for Blues Hexagon Quilt August 2020


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