Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt

A Finished Quilt
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon

QUILT DETAILS
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt
The finished quilt measures 56 inches x 72 inches.
100+ different fabrics. 
I  have made 63 16-patch blocks. 
  A total of 1008 patches of fabric (36 rows of 28 squares).
Each finished square measures 2 inches x 2 inches.
Printed fabric:
A mix of Liberty Tana Lawn, quilting cotton, and reclaimed shirt fabrics.
Background fabric:
2½ yards chambray fabric in black by Lecien.

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon

QUILTING:
Quilted on a domestic sewing machine
with walking foot and quilting guide.
All over grid created by stitching edge to edge
horizontal and vertical lines (ditch stitching),
and a set of  edge to edge diagonal lines through
 the center of the chambray fabric squares.
THREAD for quilting:
Aurifil 28wt thread (the gray spool) for quilting:
 (28wt top thread - 40wt thread in the bobbin)
QUILT BACK fabric:
Jardin de Paris in Mint from the Menagerie Collection
by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel.
BINDING fabric:
Liberty of London Tana Lawn - Summer Blooms A (yellow) 
from the Garden of Dreams Collection.
BATTING:
Low loft cotton batting.

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon

I have finished my Chambray + Liberty Checkerboard Quilt and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I especially love how the quilting stitches settled into the chambray fabric. I have again used a heavier weight thread for the quilting (28wt Aurifil) so while the stitches nestle into the fabric they are still well defined and an additional decorative feature of this quilt. Having said that, this quilt is all about the beautiful Liberty of London fabrics. I do love working with these fine fabrics and for this quilt I have used a number of classic prints that I just can't get enough of!

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon

For the back of the quilt I have used a single fabric (Jardin de Paris in Mint) from the Menagerie collection by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton + Steel. This is such a beautiful floral fabric which suited the feel of this quilt perfectly, balanced the overall color palette, and gave the quilt a warm glow.

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon

I have finished the quilt with a Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric for the binding; a bright and cheerful yellow fabric called Summer Blooms A from the Garden of Dreams collection.  And while I usually machine stitch the binding, I did hand slip stitch the binding to the back of the quilt because ... Liberty! Lovely Liberty.

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon
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This quilt is available for purchase from my Etsy Store.

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Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #chambrayfabric #libertyoflondon

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Exclusive Alice Caroline ~ Liberty of London Collection

A sponsored post.

Alice Caroline specializes in selecting fabrics from the main Liberty of London collection, the world's most desirable fabrics with a unique heritage dating back over 100 years, and putting the right designs and colors together to form their own unique brand. Fabrics are packaged together or sold individually by the yard to give customers a wonderful choice of colors for their sewing projects.


Alice Caroline is once again delighted to announce the launch of their brand new and exclusive Liberty collection of fabrics. The collection has been designed in collaboration with the Liberty design team. Alice has chosen her favourite prints and created a collection of gorgeous new colorways which are now available exclusively from the Alice Caroline website.


There are 12 beautiful and popular Liberty prints which have been recoloured to create a stunning Liberty rainbow in dusty tones. The rainbow tones in this new collection are pretty soft pastels that still have the hallmark of strong Liberty design and colour. Included are brand new colorways of the popular Betsy print (in 2 unique colorways!) as well as Mitsi, and Wiltshire.


This range has been inspired by Alice's love of Liberty fabrics and by her desire to see new colour options in some of her favourite prints. Alice has spent many months collecting scraps, delving through archive fabrics and playing around with colours to get to this point. And what a treat the collection is; a rainbow of dazzling colors. The rainbow theme means that the whole collection works really well together for sewing projects and of course quilting.


The exclusive fabric collection is available to pre-order now - to be shipped from 5th July 2018. Alice Caroline is based in the UK and ships internationally.

When clicking over to take a peek at the exclusive collection you may also like to check out the new quilting cotton collection that has just arrived: Tea for Two.

RELEVANT LINKS:
Click here to see the Exclusive Alice Caroline - Liberty of London Collection.
Click here to see the new Liberty of London quilting cotton collection: Tea for Two 

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Stash #440 Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing

Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing by Florence Knapp | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I thought it might be nice to mix things up today and feature this wonderful new addition to my quilt book library rather than a fabric stash addition. Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing by Florence Knapp is specific to English Paper Piecing but if you enjoy stitching and have an appreciation for patchwork and quilting (or craft) in general, I think you will treasure this comprehensive guide as much as I do.

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More than a "how-to" resource book Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing offers a softer, warmer approach, starting with a brief history of English Paper Piecing, exploring the the joy of working with our hands and the benefits for mind, body, and spirit, and a fascinating insight into the tenacity and grit required to complete long term projects (featuring the works Albert Small - whose first quilt contained 36,000+ hexagons and the patchworks of Lucy Boston).

The Quilts of Albert Small 

Chapter 2 shines a spotlight on modern English paper piecers including the works of Linda White, Miss Leela, Dittany Matthews, Jodi Godfrey and Lorena Uriarte. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these women; what motivates and inspires them, and their approaches to handsewing, and I could immediately relate to the expressions of joy that English paper piecing brings to their life.

Elenor Jean quilt by Linda White
Sally Amberton's Hexagon Patchwork
Work in progress ~ Blissful Abandon by Lorena Uriarte

Chapter 3 and 4 explore the technique that is English paper piecing and all that this entails; from needles, thread, and paper pieces, to tessellating designs, templates, and of course the fabrics!  This book is a comprehensive guide that covers the basics of EPP - like basting techniques, fussy cutting fabric, and wrapping different shapes - to less often covered topics, like how to wrap and sew curves, securing stitches, appliqueing EPP to a background fabric, and a excellent tip on how to tie your thread onto the needle so that you can stitch with a relaxed hand.


And last but not least Florence includes several original paper-pieced rosettes and quilt patterns to practice your EPP skills, to inspire, and to tempt you to play with geometric shapes.





Congratulations Florence on the release of this beautifully written and informative book! I have already spent several hours reading through the stories and studying the quilts that have brought countless hours of joy to the makers; inspiring me to continue to work on my English paper piecing projects and reminding me take time to reflect and sew slowly and purposefully.

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Enjoy Sunday!
Rita


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt

Work in Progress.
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt

It is back to basics for me this week! Keeping it simple gives me the greatest pleasure in sewing and I could not resist turning a beautiful piece of grey chambray fabric that I have had in my fabric stash for some time, into a Checkerboard Quilt with luxury Liberty of London fabric to add brilliant color and pattern. 

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt

There is comfort in the familiar rhythm that is repeat patchwork sewing and I thoroughly enjoy piecing this traditional patchwork quilt design - A Checkerboard Quilt - and scrap quilts with lots of small pieces! This quilt was strip-pieced and I followed the same piecing method as set out in my Checkerboard Strip Piecing Tutorial (I cut my fabric strips 2.5" x 11" and cross cut the strip sets at 2.5" inch intervals). I also spent quite some time randomizing the strip-pieced sets by taking strip sets apart, as well as adding individual patchwork pieces (for example all fussy cut fabrics).

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt

My collection of Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics is significant, and I really do love working with these fabrics. For this quilt I have used many of my stashed Liberty fabrics plus I have added a few quilting weight cottons because I cannot resist adding a stash basic - dots + gingham in particular - to each and every quilt that I make. I love stash basics! The gingham fabric used in this quilt are in fact pieces of reclaimed fabric from men's shirts.

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt

QUILT DETAILS
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt
Quilt top measures 56 inches x 72 inches.
100+ different fabrics. 
I  have made 63 16-patch blocks. 
  A total of 1008 patches of fabric (36 rows of 28 squares).
Each finished square measures 2 inches x 2 inches.
Printed fabric:
A mix of Liberty Tana Lawn, quilting cotton, and reclaimed shirt fabrics.
Background Fabric:
2½ yards chambray fabric in black by Lecien.

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt
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Working on this quilt has brought some sunshine to our wintry days. Yes, it is Winter here and while we don't have much to complain about - it certainly doesn't snow here in Melbourne - it only takes two overcast days in a row and we start with all the gloomy feelings!

Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #checkerboardquilt #patchworkquilt #traditionalquilt

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Stash #439 Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis

The Neutral Color Story ...
Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis - Neutral Color Story | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #blueberryparkfabric #sundaystash
Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis
for Robert Kaufman 

This bundle of fabrics and latest stash addition completes my collection of Blueberry Park fabrics and they are a feast for my eyes. I love this bundle of neutrals - ranging from tone on tone and low volume, to strong in contrast and black and white.


Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis - Neutral Color Story | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #blueberryparkfabric #sundaystash
Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis - Neutral Color Story | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #blueberryparkfabric #sundaystash

In case you missed Sunday Stash blog post from two weeks ago - featuring the Blueberry Park 3 Bright Color Story Karen is well known in the fabric and quilting industry for her unique screen printed designs on a range of fabrics, and has now partnered with Robert Kaufman Fabrics ~ printing Karen's designs on their popular range of solid fabric - Kona Cotton. A perfect match.

Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis - Neutral Color Story | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #blueberryparkfabric #sundaystash
Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis - Neutral Color Story | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #blueberryparkfabric #sundaystash

This latest collection has been released in two color stories; a bright and a neutral color palette. Pictured here today is the neutral color palette (see photos and details of bright color palette here). The neutral color palette consists of twenty fabrics, two distinct designs as pictured above, and printed in twenty different colors ranging from soft pastels, black/white contrast prints, and white tone on tone fabrics.

Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis - Neutral Color Story | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #blueberryparkfabric #sundaystash

BLUEBERRY PARK 3 BY KAREN LEWIS is available from:
The Fat Quarter Shop
Stash Fabrics
Kiwi Fabric (Etsy)

Blueberry Park 3 by Karen Lewis - Neutral Color Story | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #blueberryparkfabric #sundaystash

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Alice Caroline  Sample Swatch Sale! We have some bargain long sample swatches available. Beautiful silks, tana lawn, jersey, denim and cord.  These are long swatches varying in width but are all approximately 80 cm long.  Great for quilts, scarves, English paper piecing, scrappy cushions plus many more projects.

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Stash Fabrics  Shop the Sale Category - prices start at $US3.85/yard. 

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Tales of Cloth  Join the Stitch-Along: Rachel from Stitched in Color and Jodi from Tales of Cloth are hosting a stitch-along over the summer/winter called Kingfisher Quilt (see photo below). It's a fun mix of simple English Paper Piecing, applique, and machine sewing! Great for those with a collection of hexie flowers needing a home, or for newbies to EPP. Kits and starter fabric packs are available HERE.

Photo by Tales of Cloth and used with permission.

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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