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March 28, 2019
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2  © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt

In case you are wondering what I have been up to ... this is it! Needless to say, the process of transforming the 108 hexie flowers from my previous work in progress blog post into a quilt top has been time consuming. Although I had already pictured in my mind how the hexie flowers were all going to fit together, I did spend much time pondering the final layout and the contrasting colors, including the use of the chambray - linen look - fabric for the joining hexie. Was it all going to work?

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2  © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2  © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 2  © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts #hexagonquilt
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November 12, 2018
Liberty of London and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - in Red from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress.

Liberty of London + Chambray Checkerboard Quilt in Red | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I've had this beautiful piece of red cotton chambray fabric in my stash for some time, and these last few weeks it had taken up residence on my cutting table. I was keen to use this chambray fabric and eventually decided that luxury Liberty of London lawn fabric would make the perfect companion, and a simple patchwork checkerboard layout the classic way to feature both.

Liberty of London + Chambray Checkerboard Quilt in Red | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty of London + Chambray Checkerboard Quilt in Red | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty of London + Chambray Checkerboard Quilt in Red | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The red chambray fabric is by Andover Fabrics (Chambray in Coral). It is a lightweight cotton woven fabric, with red warp and a white weft for contrast. This fabric is similar ...

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October 30, 2018
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt | Part 1 from Red Pepper Quilts

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt

I couldn't wait to start a new English Paper piecing (EPP) project and am excited to show you what I have been working on since finishing my Liberty Hexagon Quilt. Hexagons are synonymous with both traditional quilts and classic EPP - and I am passionate about both - and as I have loved working with this simple shape in the past I decided that I had yet another hexagon quilt in me. 

B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt
B is for Blues ~ A Hexagon Quilt  | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #englishpaperpiecing #hexagonquilt

For this quilt project I have dug deep into my stash of blue fabrics; from deep dark navy to teal, aqua, and baby blue, mixed with a hint of ...

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September 10, 2018
Delectable Mountains Scrap Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

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 ...

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August 13, 2018
Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Recently I spent some time sorting out my fabric stash; tidying, folding, editing. My sewing space was out of control! It's a task that is time consuming and usually things get a whole lot worse before it starts to look better. During this process I came across this quilt top that I pieced in July 2014, and at the time I even prepared this blog post (as follows) complete with photos. For one reason or another the blog post was never published, and the quilt top was stashed away and not thought of again. Till now. 

Vintage Linens Patchwork Quilt - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

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July 30, 2018
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World - tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #quiltblocktutorial #patchwork

Having previously enjoyed making a Bright Hopes Quilt in low volume (light/white) fabrics, it seems only fitting that I would go on to make a Bright Hopes Quilt using all colors of the rainbow. The Bright Hopes Quilt Block is a traditional patchwork block, and this block is not only a perfect introduction to sewing a block/quilt with partial-sewn seams, but it is also perfect for scrap busting. And I have plenty of fabric scraps! (Bright Hopes Block tutorial available here)

Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World - tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #quiltblocktutorial #patchwork
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World - tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #quiltblocktutorial #patchwork
Bright Hopes Quilt - Color My World - tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #quiltblocktutorial #patchwork
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Admittedly, in addition to sorting through ...

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July 17, 2018
A Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

An update today on the progress of my Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt, and as you can see my enthusiasm for English Paper Piecing (EPP) has not waned. After many long evenings with needle and thread - accompanied by catch-up TV and coffee - the quilt top is finished!

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #hexagons #englishpaperpiecing
Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Part 2 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #scrapquilt #hexagons #englishpaperpiecing
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Once all of the "flower" units were completed they were laid out and arranged (and re-arranged) until I was happy with the layout. The units were then sewn together in horizontal rows. There are nine rows with each alternate row starting with either a ...

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June 26, 2018
A One Patch Quilt :: Diamonds from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress.

One Patch Quilts :: Diamonds | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #onepatchquilts #scrapquilt

One patch quilts have been a favorite amongst quilters for as long quilters having been making quilts; where a simple shape allows the fabric to be the feature (such as the random use of fabric scraps, or a more carefully chosen fabric selection or color palette) or an intricate layout of a single repeating shape where the use of fabric dictates a design created by the one patch. One patch units and quilts vary from simple - squares, triangles, diamonds - to more complex - hexagons, clam shells, apple cores.

One Patch Quilts :: Diamonds | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #onepatchquilts #scrapquilt
One Patch Quilts :: Diamonds | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #onepatchquilts #scrapquilt
One Patch Quilts :: Diamonds | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #onepatchquilts #scrapquilt

This week I have chosen to work with a diamond ...

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June 12, 2018
Chambray + Liberty of London Checkerboard Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

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 ...

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May 22, 2018
One Patch Quilt - Row Houses from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress.

One Patch Quilt - Row Houses | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #onepatchquilt #scrapquilt #patchworkquilt

A new week and a new project! This quilt is everything that I love about fabric and patchwork. I love a scrappy quilt and working from stash ... I love working with contrasting - light/dark - fabrics especially playing with low volume fabrics ... and I love a simple patchwork design. I also enjoy a challenge and working with inset seams does exactly that. 

One-Patch Quilts (Twenty to Make)

This little book - One-Patch Quilts (Twenty to Make) by Carolyn Forster - caught my eye at the Melbourne Quilt Convention in April. At the time I was working on my Scrappy Apple ...

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May 14, 2018
A Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts

I have started my next English Paper Piecing (EPP) project and I am excited to share with you today some photos of the progress of my quilt. After much consideration and browsing Pinterest and my rather extensive quilt book library I have finally settled on a very traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt made from all hexagons. And of course, I have chosen to use my fabric stash for a scrap happy quilt (I think you will recognize many of the fabrics that I have used to make these units).

Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
Scrappy Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt - Hexagon Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #hexagonquilt #englishpaperpiecing #redpepperquilts
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April 17, 2018
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Blues from Red Pepper Quilts

Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon

It is back to basics for me this week. Having just finished the Scrappy Apple Core Quilt which involved the sewing of many tricky curves, what I needed was a simple sewing project. This quilt is all about the fabrics and colors, and a traditional checkerboard layout. I love classic patchwork squares and never tire of collating fabrics for a given color palette. Fabric play is the best part and I even enjoy the repetitive (meditative!) tasks required to make this quilt; cut, sew, press, and repeat!

Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon
Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon
Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon

I have many beautiful Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics in deep color ...

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April 3, 2018
Apple Core Quilt - Work in Progress from Red Pepper Quilts

Apple Core Quilt - Machine Pieced - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #applecorequilt #machinepieced #sewingcurves #traditionalquilt

Since finishing my Mandolin Quilt - an English Paper Piecing project - I have been on a quest to get started on my next slow sewing project. It didn't take long to find the Nickels and Dimes Quilt Pattern by Everyday Quilts which is written for hand piecing (not EPP). Nickels and Dimes is a vintage inspired quilt pattern based on the traditional Apple Core block.

Apple Core Quilt - Machine Pieced - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Apple Core Quilt - Machine Pieced - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Apple Core Quilt - Machine Pieced - Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
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I was keen to try my hand again at hand piecing, although admittedly my hand piecing skills still require some work and those curved seams might not ...

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March 20, 2018
A Scrappy Spool Block Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress

Scrappy Spool Block Quilt - with link to Spool Block with Inset Seams Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #patchworkquilt #spoolblockquilt #quiltblock #sewingtutorial #redpepperquilts #scrapquilt #quilt #scrapbusterquilt

Another scrappy quilt! I am sure that I am not alone in saying that scrappy makes me crazy happy. I love working from stash and using "all the fabrics", even though it does make for a messy sewing space! Some of the fabrics used were rescued from my scrap bin, but most fabric pieces were cut from stash. And returning fabrics to stash is something I continue to struggle with. There are now numerous piles of fabric awaiting my attention. It is a good creative mess though.

Scrappy Spool Block Quilt - with link to Spool Block with Inset Seams Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #patchworkquilt #spoolblockquilt #quiltblock #sewingtutorial #redpepperquilts #scrapquilt
Scrappy Spool Block Quilt - with link to Spool Block with Inset Seams Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #patchworkquilt #spoolblockquilt #quiltblock #sewingtutorial #redpepperquilts #scrapquilt
Scrappy Spool Block Quilt - with link to Spool Block with Inset Seams Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #patchworkquilt #spoolblockquilt #quiltblock #sewingtutorial #redpepperquilts #scrapquilt

Well, I did start this quilt with a limited color ...

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Mandolin Quilt - Tales of Cloth Quilt Club 2018 - Part 2 from Red Pepper Quilts

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing

A finished quilt top! With thanks to long (and warm) Summer evenings where sleep eludes me, the Winter Olympics televised until the wee hours of the morning, a trip to Japan, and that never ending desire to plan the next  - and the next quilt - while stitching, to push me along and keep me stitching ... and it is done.

English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
English Paper Pieced - Mandolin Quilt | Design by Tales of Cloth | Pieced by Rita Hodge © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 | #redpepperquilts #englishpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #quilt #patchwork #handmade #slowsewing
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I have lots of photos to share of my finished Mandolin quilt top so please bear with me. Fabrics for this quilt were selected one block at a time, over three or four long ...

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March 6, 2018
A Postage Stamp Scrap Buster Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress.

Postage Stamp Scrap Buster Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Postage Stamp Scrap Buster Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Scrap busting and patchwork piecing is still my preferred way to pass the time with my sewing machine, and if I can use up some of the many 2 inch squares that I have been  cutting (from scraps) over the last 12 months or more, then that just adds another level of job satisfaction.

Postage Stamp Scrap Buster Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Postage Stamp Scrap Buster Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Postage Stamp Scrap Buster Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

This quilt is a variation on a traditional Postage Stamp Quilt, and a design inspired by and based on a vintage quilt. All of the patchwork pieces have been individually sewn together rather than strip pieced. To simplify the sewing process I first ...

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January 23, 2018
Outback Wife - Courthouse Steps Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress ... lots of photos!

Outback Wife - Courthouse Steps Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Outback Wife 2017 and Essentials by Gertrude Made (the solids, gingham, and yarn dyed fabrics) are the most recently released fabric collections by Cathi Bessell-Browne for Ella Blue Fabrics - Cathi is an Australian designer and dressmaker with a passion for vintage floral fabrics. It is no secret that I love fabric and even though these colors and large scale floral designs are not usual style I was immediately drawn to them, and was thrilled to receive a complimentary bundle of both collections from Cathi and Ella Blue Fabrics.

Outback Wife - Courthouse Steps Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Outback Wife - Courthouse Steps Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Outback Wife - Courthouse Steps Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Outback Wife - Courthouse Steps Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
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