Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing

A Finished Quilt
Warm Hearted Quilt - Pattern by Jodi Godfrey from Tales of Cloth | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

English Paper Piecing (EPP) has kept my hands busy and my mind at ease during the long and frightful pandemic days that were the month of March 2020. We will surely never forget these days. I really do enjoy EPP and can happily spend hours basting papers and whip stitching. The quilt top - pictured above - was started and completed during the month of March, then quilted and bound in April.

Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

The Warm Hearted Quilt is a pattern by Jodi Godfrey from Tales of Cloth. The pattern is available from Jodi's store as well as the papers and acrylic template. I love this clever design from a single jewel shape and have had this particular pattern on my must-do list for a while.

Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt
Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt
Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

I spent several days cutting all the fabric pieces, working from my fabric stash with a limited color palette; red, orange, yellow, pink, and later adding a few beige/brown fabrics as well as low volume fabrics (with white/light background) for contrast and interest. Once I had cut all the fabric pieces for my quilt I sat and glue basted the fabrics/papers over several evenings, then got started on whip stitching the pieces together. Three weeks later the quilt top was ready for basting, quilting and binding.

Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

I have quilted the quilt with edge to edge vertical lines. The quilting lines are spaced 5/8" inch apart which creates a texture that I love, even though it can become rather laborious to straight stitch the many lines for several hours on end. But it is always worth it for the texture and lovely drape of the quilt. For the back of the quilt I have used my favorite and often used newsprint fabric (Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics). And yes, I am getting very near to the end of this stashed yardage!

Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

For the binding I have again used my signature black/white stripe binding - this one by Ella Blue Fabrics. I have hand slip-stitched the binding rather than machine stitching it, for it felt necessary to spend that extra time with a quilt that has given me countless hours of peaceful slow sewing in the making.

Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt
QUILT DETAILS
Warm Hearted Quilt
Finished quilt measures 55 inches x 70 inches.
Started: March 2020.
Quilt Top Finished: March 2020.
Finished Quilt: April 2020.
English Paper Pieced.
Machine Quilted - domestic sewing machine.
All quilting cotton fabrics.
Low loft cotton batting.

Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

TOOLS AND NOTIONS
 1 ½" Jewel Paper Pieces.
 Acrylic Jewel Template Template with 3/8" seam allowance.
Water Soluble Basting Glue - Sewline.
Straw Needles - Size 11.
The Bottom Line 60wt thread by Superior Threads for EPP
(a neutral color thread - I used color #651 throughout).

Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

I am not selling my quilts at the moment but will make them available again when domestic and international shipping settles into a reliable new normal. 

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

Rita
Warm Hearted Quilt - English Paper Piecing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020 #englishpaperpiecing #patchworkquilt

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt

A Finished Quilt
Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Finally an update! March 2020 came along and everything changed and this new "normal" is difficult to come to terms with for everyone. I know that here in Australia we are in a very fortunate position with relatively few Corona Virus cases, a health care system that has had a chance to prepare, and now a gradual easing out of restrictions. We are so very aware of how lucky we are and I am practising daily to be that glass half full kind of person.

Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

I have been home. My family have been at home! I have worked at home for the last 10 years, so staying home has not been difficult for me. Having to share my "work" space with my family however has proven to be refreshing! It may even be that my sew-jo has returned. I have stitched, especially in the evenings, and have several finished quilts to share with you. Taking photos is still a huge stumbling block in updating my blog, but yesterday was a good photo day.

Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

This is my finished Kansas Dugout Quilt predominantly made with fabrics from my Japanese fabric stash. The fabric pieces for this quilt were cut at the same time as the fabric pieces for my Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - way back in November 2019. It's not often that I plan ahead and cut fabric for multiple quilts at the same time. The quilt top was hand pieced (running stitch). The last stitch was completed on Christmas Eve 2019. (The next day I started hand piecing my Trip Around the World Quilt).

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

This quilt is pieced in blocks as pictured above, then blocks are joined into rows by adding additional joining squares. I pieced 120 such individual blocks, then pieced blocks together into rows, and then joined rows. I have previously machine pieced several Kansas Dugout Quilts and have made available a step by step tutorial: here. I hand pieced this quilt rather than machine pieced it for no other reason than the joy of stitching with needle in hand. 

Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

The quilt has been machine quilted with straight edge to edge lines of stitching. Nothing fancy. And for the back of the quilt I have used a hoarded piece of fabric from the Lighhearted collection by Ayumi Mills for Kokka Fabrics (2014) - super fancy - and very satisfying to sew from stash.

QuiltLite Batting | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Batting. I have again used QuiltLite batting to layer this quilt. Quiltlite is a woven cotton fabric similar to a loosely woven flannel fabric as pictured above; it offers the presence of batting without adding bulk or loft. I have had lots of questions about this batting, especially from overseas quilters, and unfortunately I too cannot find it available online other than here in Australia. Most of my local fabric/patchwork stores carry it where it is known as QuiltLite.

Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

QUILT DETAILS
Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt.
Finished quilt measures 50 inches x 61 inches.
120 Kansas Dugout Quilt Blocks
Started: November 2019.
Quilt Top Finished: 25 December 2019.
Finished Quilt: March 2020.
Hand Pieced.

Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Fabrics:
Fabrics from my Japanese fabric stash collated for over more
than a decade, including many
designs by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics.
Fabric for joining squares: Add It Up (Basics) by Cotton + Steel.

Notions:
Acrylic template for cutting fabrics:
 2" fabric squares were cut using a rotary cutter and ruler.
Once cut, all fabric pieces were marked with a ¼ inch seam allowance.
I use a mechanical pencil with a 2B 0.7mm lead
for ease of marking a line on the fabric.
Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage -Sharps Needle - size 10.
Aurfil 50wt thread (the orange spool) for hand piecing.

Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

I am not selling my quilts at the moment but will make them available again when domestic and international shipping settles into a reliable new normal.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by! Another quilty update next week - the photos are ready!
Rita

Hand Pieced Kansas Dugout Quilt - Japanese Fabrics | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt

A Finished Quilt
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

When I say things are slowly returning to "normal" I mean super slowly ... like snail paced ... but I am good with it. I am embracing slow and as well as being keen to learn new techniques. This quilt is entirely hand pieced. Hand pieced as in - - - - - running stitch with needle, thimble, and thread.

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

It turns out that I can do slow, I can hand piece and sew secure seams; the quilt top did not fall apart when I picked it up, nor when I pressed the seams! In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed hand piecing the quilt top. Who knew?

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

I have always enjoyed choosing what fabric to use and where, and this particular traditional quilt design allows for quite some fun fabric play. Choosing what goes next was intense and I planned ahead maybe 3 to 4 rounds at a time, but even so I often changed my mind as each row (or round/trip of fabric) was added. I have cut several rounds of fabric squares that have remained unused! Maybe they're ready cut for the next Trip Around the World Quilt.

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt  - stitching, seams, and pressing | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Above is a photo of the back of the quilt top. You can see the pencil marked seams, the running stitch, as well as how the seams were pressed. The stitches are far from perfect - they are not all even, nor consistent length - but they do the job. I did a small back stitch at the start and end of each seam, and added a back stitch every 4 to 5 stitches to secure the stitches/thread.

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

QUILT DETAILS
Hand Pieced Traditional Trip  Around the World Quilt
The finished quilt measures 58 inches x 58 inches.
1625 squares measuring 2" x 2" (includes seam allowances).
Started: 26 December 2019.
Finished: 22 February 2020.
Hand Pieced.
Start with the center square then add a "trip"
around the centre square (ie add 4 squares).
Continue by adding additional trips - each additional trip requires an
additional four fabric squares.

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Fabrics
All fabrics are from stash. Some are relatively new additions, others are my go-to favorite that I have had on hand for some time. Choosing fabrics from stash became more difficult once a trip around the quilt required more than a fat quarter of fabric. No single trip of fabric required more than a 1/2 yard of fabric.

Notions / Tools
All 2" fabric squares were cut using a rotary cutter and ruler.
After cutting all squares were marked with a ¼ inch seam allowance.
I use a mechanical pencil with a 2B 0.7mm lead
for ease of marking a line on the fabric.
Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage -Sharps Needle - size 10.
Aurfil 50wt thread (the orange spool) for hand piecing.

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Finishing
I have finished the quilt by using 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.

I have then machine quilted the quilt by ditch stitching all seam lines; simple and functional rather than decorative quilting, which at the same time gives the quilt a lovely texture and a soft drape. 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 with my signature black/white stripe fabric for the binding.

A Hand Pieced Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

I will continue to update my blog with photos of my quilts as and when I have something to share. I am still sewing - oddly I have a second completed hand-pieced quilt top ready for quilting - but I am finding myself easily distracted and ready to start new projects, rather than complete my quilt tops.

Thank you for stopping by and scrolling through the photos. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions (redpepperquilts@gmail.com).

Rita

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

A Japanese Stash Buster Quilt

A Catalog of my Japanese fabric stash!
Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

I made a quilt! My sew-jo had been missing for the last few months, allowing days and weeks to slip by without the one thing that has been such a big part of my life for more than a decade. Fabric play, stitching, patching, quilting have always been a source of pleasure and comfort. This quilt is hopefully a sustained return to that which I once so enjoyed, and an endeavor to stitch my way out of the doldrums.

Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019
Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019
Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - Suzuko Koseki Fabrics and more!
Click on any image for a larger view.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed digging deep into my fabric stash and slowly putting the pieces together. Therapeutic really. The quilt features many, if not most, of my much loved stashed fabrics from Japanese fabric houses including Yuwa Fabrics, Kei Fabrics, and Sevenberry. Many of the prints are designed by popular Japanese quilter and designer Suzuko Koseki, and Atsuko Matsuyama.

Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

Some of these fabrics have been in my stash for a number of years and they are now difficult to find, others are relatively recent additions and can fairly easily be sourced online. Of course, I have been adding to my collection for more than a decade and have bought small pieces whenever the opportunity arose. I have also had the great pleasure of going the Tokyo Quilt Festival in 2018 where I was able to greatly enhance my Japanese fabric collection!

Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019
Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

I have quilted the quilt with edge to edge vertical lines. The quilting lines are spaced just a ½ inch apart to create a texture that I absolutely love, even though it can become rather laborious to straight stitch the many lines for several hours on end. It is worth it!

Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

For the back of the quilt I have combined my favorite and often used newsprint fabric (Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics), and a beautiful daisy print by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics. I really wanted to use the floral print for the quilt back but only had two yards on hand, and as this quilt was supposed to be a stash buster I thought it only right to use the floral print and combine it with my often used - for it versatile as it goes with everything! - newsprint fabric. The top half of the quilt back is floral, and the bottom half of the quilt back is newsprint.

Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019
Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019
Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

For the binding I have again stuck with my signature black/white stripe binding, in part because I am very fond of this finish, but also because I do not have on hand all that many pieces of Japanese fabrics in quantities suitable for binding (at least a ½ yard), and the few prints that I do have larger quantities of were not suitable.

Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019
Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

QUILT DETAILS
Japanese Stash Buster Quilt
 The finished quilt measures 64 inches x 76 inches (163cm x 193cm).
608 patchwork pieces.
Each finished piece measures 2" x 4" (excludes seam allowances).
This quilt was not strip pieced, instead I randomly pieced
individual blocks of 4 pieces x 2 pieces (a 8½ inch block).

Fabrics:
Fabrics from my Japanese fabric stash collated over more
than a decade, including many
designs by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa Fabrics.

Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

This quilt is for sale! 

I have made this quilt to raise funds for the official charity of the 2020 Boston Marathon - CYCLE Kids. All proceeds from the sale of this quilt will go directly to the charity, and in turn will fulfill my husband's dream of running the Boston Marathon. My husband Paul is a keen long distance runner and has run 7 marathons across the world. He has his sights set on the Boston Marathon for next year but to gain entry we need to raise funds - all funds go directly to the charity.

My husband has supported my passion for patchwork and quilting for a very long time. He had cheered me on all the way, and financially supported Red Pepper Quilts - particularly in the early years! - and now it is my time to reciprocate and support his mission.
CYCLE Kids is a US based charity committed to working with schools to ensure the basic rights of children to a physically and emotionally healthy start in life all through the experience of learning to ride a bike and make healthy eating choices! CYCLE Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN: 20-1169399.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in purchasing this quilt
please contact me by email: 
redpepperquilts@gmail.com

OR if you would like to make a donation to support my husband
and at the same time raise funds for a very worthy charity I would be
super grateful. Please use the link below:


Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019
Japanese Stash Buster Quilt - A Catalog of my Japanese Fabric Stash | © Red Pepper Quilts 2019

As always, thank you so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it.
Rita


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