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 πŸ‘).

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 山口智恡子*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

RELEVANT LINKS:
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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13 comments:

  1. Every new quilt of yours becomes my new favorite.

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  2. You did a very nice job on your quilt. Thanks for the pics and tips too.

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  3. Rita, you are always the best. What a wonderful quilt and the fabric is scrumptious. Thanks for sharing. I can't EPP for anything.

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  4. I love this quilt! Especially the blue flower with the shoes. I won Best in Show for my flower garden quilt a year ago in our guild’s yearly quilt show. It earned me the privilege of making the raffle quilt for the show in 2021.

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  5. So inspiring! Literally- I am starting my first EPP quilt!

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  6. It looks wonderful. So bright and cheery unlike the pandemic itself. Can't wait until we're out of lockdown.....(well kids back to school more importantly) and stitching days resume.

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  7. Rita, I have had your page open and just staring at this quilt for days! Too busy to comment, but now, I have a little bit of time. This quilt is magnificent. I love RED very much and I love this quilt very much. Well done dear.

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  8. Awesome! You are an inspiration. I am considering quilting my next quilt all over rather than around blocks - I have a fear of messing up and it is kinda nice to hear after you have made so many quilts you still have that fear. Thank you for sharing the back your matching is perfect.

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  9. I audibly gasped when I saw this quilt. It. is. gorgeous.

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  10. Wow another awesome quilt Rita - such a pretty quilt out of the grim pandemic - the backing is so perfect - not even going to think about where the seam is πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ is it weird that I’m super happy you will get to enjoy this one ?!?!!

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  11. A lot of work! It's so pretty!!!

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