Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt ~ English Paper Piecing

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #libertyoflondon

I've been quietly working away on some of my unfinished projects including this Liberty Hexagon Quilt which needed basting and quilting. Last week I decided I had put off the inevitable long enough and basted and quilted it. Basting is still not one of my favorite tasks and it requires the kind of effort that includes crawling around on the floor (sore knees, back, elbows, fingers ... you know it) but it is a task that needs to be done well or there may be all sorts of quilting dramas. 

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #libertyoflondon
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #libertyoflondon
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt #libertyoflondon

Fortunately, it all went really well, even with an all those hand sewn seams, fine Liberty lawn fabric, and extra low loft batting. I have kept the quilting super simple, and have stitched vertical straight lines across the quilt, spaced 1¼" apart. Lots of straight line quilting!

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018

For the back of the quilt I have a small scale floral fabic - Emilia's Bloom (B), which is also a Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric. For this quilt I have also used a light weight cotton batting called QuiltLite. Quiltlite is a woven cotton fabric similar to a loosely woven flannel fabric; it offers the presence of batting without adding bulk and gives this quilt a lovely soft drape. This batting adds almost no loft to this super lightweight lawn quilt.

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018
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I have finished the quilt with a Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric for the binding; a dark blue and  small scale floral fabric called Summer Blooms (C) from the Garden of Dreams collection. And while I do usually machine stitch the binding, I did hand slip stitch the binding to the back of the quilt because ... Liberty! It is so lovely to sit and hand sew with Liberty fabric.

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018

ALL ABOUT THIS QUILT:
Liberty Hexagon Quilt
Quilt top measures approximately 50 inches x 61 inches.
English Paper Pieced.
783 Hexagons.
Hexagon Size: 1¼" sides.
27 vertical rows of 29 hexagons.
Fabrics:
Liberty of London Tana Lawn.
Most fabrics have been used at least three times.
Quilting:
Machine quilted on a domestic sewing machine.

STARTED: July 2018.
FINISHED: October 2018

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018

TOOLS AND NOTIONS
 1¼ Inch Hexagon Papers.
1¼  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.

See also previous blog post:
Liberty Hexagon Quilt - Work in Progress - July 2018

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018

I am continue to enjoy English paper piecing (EPP) more than I thought I ever would, and once this Hexagon Quilt was finished I gave myself permission to started a new project. More hexagons! I look forward to sharing my progress with you soon.

Thank you for stopping by and for scrolling through the photos!
Rita
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts - October 2018

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Change is Good

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt ~ English Paper Piecing
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt

I don't quite know how where to start with this blog post, and I made several attempts at writing it, but let me begin by saying that the last 10 years have been an absolute blast, and I am so grateful. I have been fortunate in many ways, I have been supported by the many readers of this blog (20 million+ page views!), have had financial support from many wonderful sponsors and businesses, and have revelled in the making of so many quilts - I haven't counted just how many quilts. I have also been fortunate to see my quilts go to homes all over the world, many to repeat customers. I have learned so much!

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
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It is now time for me to take a break from actively running Red Pepper Quilts as a business - at least for the foreseeable future. While this decision wasn't an easy decision, it feels very much like the right decision, and one which will give me time to prioritize the things that ultimately are more important than quilts and fabric, like health, family, and friends. 

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt

I will still be making quilts (including quilts to sell - see my Etsy Store) and I will continue to update this blog with all the photos, but there will be no regular/scheduled updates (no more Sunday Stash). This blog will continue to be a quilting blog! Blog posts will be published when time allows and I am not yet sure what that is going to look like. I have a long list of things I'd like to do with my more flexible schedule, and that includes more work with yarn, more time for slow sewing (maybe even learn how to hand quilt), but also more time spent with family, and time tend to my neglected garden (no, I am not writing a book 😂 - #frequentlyaskedquestion).

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt

A BIG shout-out to all of my long time sponsors - those businesses whose click-through logos you see in the left and right side bars - for understanding my current circumstances, and for having been a pleasure to work with. I will shortly be moving the sponsor logos off this front page, so if you sometimes stop by here to click through to your favorite fabric shops, be sure to book-mark these stores.

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt

ALL ABOUT THIS QUILT:
Liberty Hexagon Quilt
Quilt top measures approximately 50 inches x 61 inches.
English Paper Pieced.
783 Hexagons.
27 vertical rows of 29 hexagons.
Fabrics:
Liberty of London Tana Lawn - all from stash.
STARTED: July 2018.

TOOLS AND NOTIONS
1¼  Inch Hexagon Template with 3/8" seam allowance.

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt

And I am so very grateful for the support I have received from all of my blog readers, many of whom have followed my quilting journey from day one, and many who regularly stop by to see what I have been up to. I hope you will continue to stop by, check in on my quilts, and I hope to continue to deliver the quilty eye candy. Thank you, thank you. It hardly seems enough.

Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
Liberty of London Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt

It is exciting, but it is also scary to take a step back from something that has been such a big part of my life for ten years, and I am reminding myself that change is good. This is not goodbye.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018

There's a sew-along happening! The Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt Sew-Along is hosted by Sewtopia, The Next Stitch and Denyse Schmidt (Denyse is the designer of this timeless version of a traditional Double Wedding Ring quilt). This pattern and sew-along is for the updated free-wheeling version of the original Single Girl Quilt pattern and includes guidelines for improvising the arcs for each block.

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018

The Single Girl Quilt has been on my quilt bucket list for several years, and more recently (in the last 3 months) I had purchased both the Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt pattern and templates. So when the sew along was announced I was ready to go. It was the nudge I needed to just do it.

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018

Now, free-wheeling (improvised piecing) is not exactly my preferred sewing style, and the 36 arcs required for this quilt were pieced over a one week period. Not that I struggled with the pattern or the instructions. In fact, it was easy, and together with the templates, all the blocks came together so well.  It is more that I like to measure .... everything. In the end, having to let go of creating identical pieced arcs was freeing, and I could not be happier with the finished quilt.

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018

I have used two of my most loved fabric collections to piece the arcs: Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope. Both these collections are by Denyse Schmidt, and both have been reprinted in more recent years. Many of the fabric pieces used are from the original collections and in color ways that are now very hard to find. It was a joy working with these long stashed fabrics, and it seemed appropriate to cut into them for this quilt!

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018

I have quilted the quilt with an all over 1/2" grid of intersecting quilting lines, and I have used a heavier weight thread (Aurifil 28wt - the grey spool) for the top thread. The heavier/thicker thread gives the stitch a lovely definition. Yes, the quilting took forever; hours and hours of mindless stitching (and almost a whole spool of top thread - 750 meters), but the texture is so worth it.

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018
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For the back of the quilt I have used a single floral/ribbon print from the reprinted Katie Jump Rope collection. I love this print and was happy to have sufficient yardage on hand to use for the quilt back.

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018

And for the binding I was rather thrilled (and surprised) to find a half yard of stripe fabric from the original Katie Jump Rope collection in my stash. The green/black/white/ stripe adds a nice contrast finished edge to the quilt. I also decided I needed to spend some extra time with the quilt and hand slip stitched the binding to the quilt back; time to reflect and enjoy the make journey.

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018 #modernquilt #freewheelingsinglegirlquilt #singlegirlquilt #patchworkquilt

QUILT DETAILS
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt
Finished quilt measures 62.5 inches x 62.5 inches.
Pattern :
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt by Denyse Schmidt
36 quarter circle arc blocks.
9 complete circles.
Fabrics Used:
Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt.
Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt.
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in White.
THREAD for quilting:
Aurifil 28wt thread (the gray spool) for quilting:
 (28wt top thread - 40wt thread in the bobbin).
Batting:
Low loft cotton batting - bleached white.

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018

Of course, it is not too late to join the Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt Along! It has only just begun and it is a no-pressure and at your leisure project, plus both Sewtopia and The Next Stitch offer useful hints/tips via email and Instagram videos for successful completion. For all the sew along details, pattern, and acrylic templates (although the acrylic templates are not a requirement, they sure are useful!) please check out the following:
Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018

And so it goes ... another quilt ticked off my bucket list. I could not be more pleased with this quilt. Thank you for scrolling through the many photos. Taking photos of a quilt with so much white fabric is tricky and I thought that as these photos turned out ok, I might as well show them!

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Freewheeling Single Girl Quilt | Pattern by Denyse Schmidt | © Red Pepper Quilts - September 2018

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Sunday Stash - Flea Market Fancy Reprint (February 2012)
Sunday Stash - Katie Jump Rope (December 2015)
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Stash #453 Arctic by Elizabeth Hartman

Arctic by Elizabeth Hartman | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Arctic by Elizabeth Hartman for 
Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Arctic is Elizabeth Hartman's most recent collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The collection is inspired by the icy landscape of the northernmost region on earth. This collection features polar bears, ice capped mountains, feathers, and tiny dotted snowflakes in a cool wintry palette of blue, green, grey, and blush. It really is the most gentle color palette!

Arctic by Elizabeth Hartman | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Arctic by Elizabeth Hartman | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
This is a quilting collection and it consists of 24 fabrics; six unique designs each available in four colorways. You cannot go past the polar bears for cuteness, but I do also love the berry blossom designs (above).

Arctic by Elizabeth Hartman | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Arctic by Elizabeth Hartman | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

ARCTIC BY ELIZABETH HARTMAN is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
I Love Fabric
Pink Castle Fabrics
Jones & Vandermeer
Arctic by Elizabeth Hartman | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Arctic - Starlight and Snowfall

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Part 3

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I am pretty pleased with myself for having finished my Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt. I have so loved working on this quilt, from sorting through my fabric scraps and stash, to cutting hexies, glue basting fabric pieces to papers, and stitching hexagon flowers, to finally basting and quilting this quilt. It was a journey that played out over many long evenings with needle and thread, and one that I would happily repeat. I have lots of photos to share so please do bear with me! 

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I finished this quilt top in July and for all of the month of August the quilt top sat neatly folded in a corner of my sewing area. I couldn't decide if I should send it off to my long arm machine quilter or if I was game enough to tackle the quilting myself. Yes, I still worry with each quilt that I could mess up the quilting, especially so with larger quilts. Earlier this month however, I threw all caution to the wind and basted the quilt one afternoon, and started quilting the next day. And I am so glad I did! 

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I love the simple straight lines of quilting! The lines are spaced ½" apart and run from top to bottom edge of the quilt. It took hours and hours of slow stitching and quilt wrangling to complete the quilting but it was well worth the effort. 

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

For the back of the quilt I have used a single white daisy design on a grey background. This is a Japanese fabric and the selvage reads: Favorite - Presented by Kei Fabric. I had been holding on to this piece of yardage for just the right project and this was it!

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

And I have finished the quilt with a red/white stripe fabric for the binding. Having spent so many hours hand piecing the quilt I thought it only appropriate to spend an hour or so hand slip stitching the binding.

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
QUILT DETAILS
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt 
The finished quilt measures 55 inches x 72 inches.
Started: May 2018 Finished: September 2018.
English Paper Pieced.
TOOLS AND NOTIONS
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

SIMPLE CONSTRUCTION DETAILS:
MAKE:
50 WHOLE Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Units (pictured on the left).
8 HALF units for the left and right edges of the quilt (pictured on the right).

LAYOUT:
Lay out and arrange the Grandmother's Flower Garden Units in 9 horizontal
rows. Start row 1 with a whole Flower Garden Unit
and similarly end row 9 with a whole Flower Garden Unit.
(see photo of the whole quilt for guidance).
Pick up all pieces in order in rows - I like to keep each
individual row in a Ziploc bags.

PREPARE UNITS BY ADDING BACKGROUND HEXAGONS:

Then (row by row) start preparing the units for row sewing by
 adding background hexagons:
as pictured above - for whole Flower Garden Units - 
and as pictured below for left and right side half Flower Garden Units.
(4 half Flower Garden Units for the LEFT side of the quilt
and 4 half Flower Garden Units for the RIGHT side of the quilt).

SEW ROWS TOGETHER
Once you have prepared all the
units for the whole row, sew the row together.
Then join together horizontal rows.
Row 1 and row 9 will require additional background hexagons
to be added to fill in the top and bottom quilt edges.
Removing papers after you sew each row together will make piecing
much more enjoyable. Remove only those papers for which all six
sides of the hexagon have an adjoining hexagon.

Hexagon Papers and Fabric Requirements:
  • A total of 1572 - 1 inch Hexagon Papers.
  • Scrappy fabric for Grandmother's Flower Garden Units.
  • 3 YARDS of background fabric* based on cutting 1" hexagons with 3/8" seam allowance - standard width quilting cotton (cut a total of 526 background fabric hexagons).
*I have used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Ballet Slipper for the background fabric of my quilt.

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I hope that all makes sense? Please don't hesitate to email me (redpepperquilts@gmail.com) or leave a question/comment below if you have any questions or require further clarification.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
1" Hexagon paper pieces and 1" template available from: Tales of Cloth

More RPQ English Paper Pieced Quilts:
Mandolin Quilt 
Liberty Stars Quilt
Daisy Chain Quilt 

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018


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