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


Follow RPQ on:
COPYRIGHT: Do not copy or use any content or photos from my blog without my written permission. This is original content from www.redpepperquilts.com.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday Stash #452 More of This and That

Sunday Stash - More of This and That | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

This week I have another bundle of random fabrics to share with you; fabrics handpicked from collections and added to stash in the last few weeks. I haven't been tempted, or rather, I have been super selective these last few weeks when it comes to adding to stash. My fabric stash feels a little out of control 😱 and I really need to do a good stash tidy up to get a feel of where things are at.

Sunday Stash - Japanese fabri by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Sunday Stash - Japanese fabri by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

First up this week are these these gorgeous new designs by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics. I love Japanese fabrics - especially those by popular designer Suzuko Koseki - and could not resists these three prints. I love the color combinations and the sweet daisy design. Lots of potential for fussy cutting! These fabrics were purchased from Sew Stitching Happy (Etsy).

Dear Little World for Quilt Gate | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Also from Sew Stitching Happy are these two prints from the Dear Little World collection for Quilt Gate. These two are new colorways of this design now added to stash.

Kitchen Window Wovens by Elizabeth Hartman | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

And last, these beautiful woven gingham fabrics. You can't have to much gingham, it's such a great stash basic. These are from the Kitchen Window Wovens collection by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

KITCHEN WINDOW WOVENS by Elizabeth Hartman are available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Sewtopia

SPONSOR NEWS

Craftsy  Mystery Class Sale - use code MYSTERFALL at checkout to reveal savings. Coupon expires September 16, 2018 at 11:59PM Mountain Time. 

Kitchen Window Wovens by Elizabeth Hartman | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018


Enjoy Sunday!
Rita


Follow RPQ on:
Follow

COPYRIGHT and DISCLOSURE: Do not copy or use any content or photos from my blog without my written permission. I have personally selected (and purchased) all featured Sunday Stash fabrics/products, unless clearly stated otherwise. This is original content from www.redpepperquilts.com.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt

A Finished Quilt.
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt
Click on any photo for a larger view.

My Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt is finished! I have thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt and I am pleased to have added another traditional patchwork block to my sewing repertoire. This quilt was inspired by the Rummage Quilt Pattern by Stephanie Dunphy, but I have made a number of changes, including reducing the block size, and alternating the Delectable Mountains quilt block with a Half Square Triangle unit. 

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Most fabrics were pulled from stash, others have only just arrived and were yet to find their way into the stash; some of the fabrics are older prints and some are recent releases. Working from stash is so satisfying and I love pulling out the many fabric "favorites"; working out what does and what doesn't go together, although generally I find that most of my stash plays nicely together.

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt - quilting detail | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The quilt has been quilted with an all over grid of intersection (edge to edge) straight lines; first by ditch-stitching the block seam lines, then adding more lines of stitching in between those lines. The lines are evenly spaced - 1¼ inches apart.

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt - quilt back  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

For the back of the quilt I have used my backing fabric of choice - Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston. This continues to be a favorite print as it seems to work so well with most of my quilts, and is therefore handy to have on hand in bolt-like quantities. I am so glad it is still available!

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt - binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt - binding | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

And I have matched it with my signature black/white stripe binding fabric - 1/8" stripe by Timeless Treasures. 

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

QUILT DETAILS
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt
The finished quilt measures 60 inches x 60 inches.
144 blocks:
72 Delectable Mountains Blocks.
72 Half Square Triangle units.
All blocks measure 5" x 5 " (finished).
1080 patchwork pieces.
Batting:
Bleached white low loft cotton batting.

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

This quilt is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

See all the listing details here: 

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Thank you for stopping by and scrolling through the many photos!

Rita
RELEVANT LINKS:
Delectable Mountains Block Tutorial (8½" block) by the Fat Quarter Shop.


Follow RPQ on:
COPYRIGHT: Do not copy or use any content or photos from my blog without my written permission. This is original content from www.redpepperquilts.com.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday Stash #451 More of This and That

Sunday Stash :: More of This and That | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

This week's Sunday Stash bundle is a mix of random fabrics handpicked from fabric collections that I have recently purchased both from local stores and online. These new arrivals vary in design, size, and fabric base. Most are standard quilting cotton and several are a linen/cotton blend.

Sunday Stash :: More of This and That | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Sunday Stash :: More of This and That | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The first bundle (pictured above) is a single design from the Badda Bing! collection by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics, and a cute small scale reproduction fabric available in five different colors. The second bundle are great stash basics ~ an addition to my Yuwa Dot stash (Yuwa Fabrics do such great dots), as well as a re-stash of a sweet pink/white stripe by Moda Fabrics. I have been known to use this stripe fabric for quilt binding.

Sunday Stash :: More of This and That | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Sunday Stash :: More of This and That | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Sunflowers in Yellow and Pink from the
Front Yard Collection by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel.

Next are two canvas weight fabrics from the Front Yard Collection by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel. These large scale designs are printed on a cotton/linen blend canvas. I am keen to try my hand at making a carry bag from both these prints. The bag pattern is Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio and I have purchased it from Fibresmith.

FRONT YARD BY SARAH WATTS  Sunflowers ~ Canvas fabrics available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
I Love Fabric
Stash Fabrics

Sunday Stash :: More of This and That | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Sunday Stash :: More of This and That | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Leafscape from the Etoffe Imprevue Collection
by Yoko Saito for Lecien

And last,  I have stocked up (enough for a big quilt back!) on this beautiful large scale fabric from the Etoffe Imprevue collection by Yoko Saito for Lecien. I was really drawn to the beautiful colors and the design that is printed on a lightweight cotton fabric with just a hint of texture. For scale reference the first photo is the size of a fat quarter. (Also purchased from Fibresmith).

SPONSOR NEWS




Enjoy Sunday!
Rita


Follow RPQ on:
Follow

COPYRIGHT and DISCLOSURE: Do not copy or use any content or photos from my blog without my written permission. I have personally selected (and purchased) all featured Sunday Stash fabrics/products, unless clearly stated otherwise. This is original content from www.redpepperquilts.com.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt

Work in Progress.
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt

Scrap quilts and simple patchwork piecing are my absolute favorite and I do like to try my hand at different traditional blocks. I have loved working on this Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt top.  With its numerous patchwork pieces the Delectable Mountains block - a traditional quilt block - isn't exactly a quick patchwork fix, but it also is not as difficult or as intimidating as it may appear to be.

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt

This quilt top is inspired by the Rummage Quilt Pattern by Stephanie Dunphy (which I purchased way by in 2016 and has been on my "to make" list since then) but as often is the case when I use a pattern, I have resized the block - I have made the block smaller - as well as played with the layout and added Half Square Triangle units. I also found the Delectable Mountain Quilt Block tutorial by the Fat Quarter Shop (a free pattern download) very useful as the process includes over-sizing components of the block and trimming back units for accuracy. (The Fat Quarter Shop block tutorial is for an 8½ inch block. The Delectable Mountains block size for my quilt is 5½" x 5½" - including seam allowances).

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt
Click on any image for a larger view.

I have alternated the Delectable Mountains Block with a Half Square Triangle unit and I have randomly chosen fabrics from stash (most are stash favorites!) while still ensuring that there is sufficient contrast between the blocks and block units. I think you'll recognize quite a few of the fabrics used in this quilt top. Some of the fabrics are from more recent fabric collection releases, others have been part of my stash for quite some time. Some are "modern", and others are reproductions prints. Many are fabric stash basics (dots, checks, stripes). They all just work together ...

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt

QUILT DETAILS
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt
Quilt top measures 60 inches x 60 inches.
144 blocks:
72 Delectable Mountains Blocks.
72 Half Square Triangle units.
All blocks measure 5" x 5 " (finished).
1080 patchwork pieces.

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt
Quilt top measures 60 inches x 60 inches.

I have had a wonderful week working on this quilt top; the fabric/color play was so much fun! Piecing and trimming to size all those small half square triangle units can be tedious, but I tackled five blocks at a time to keep it interesting, and to feel like I was making good progress. 

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt

Now ready for basting, quilting, and binding.

Thank you for stopping by and scrolling through the many photos!

Rita

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt

Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #delectablemountainsquilt


Follow RPQ on:
COPYRIGHT: Do not copy or use any content or photos from my blog without my written permission. This is original content from www.redpepperquilts.com.