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November 28, 2021
The June Dyson Coverlet from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt

June Dyson Coverlet - Handmade Patchwork Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

Continuing this week with another 2021 finished quilt. This quilt is June Dyson Coverlet; a pattern by Emma from Treehouse Textiles in Mornington (not far from Melbourne, in fact the perfect day trip from Melbourne, and a fabric store truly worthy of visiting in person!). Emma has a unique eye for pattern and fabric/color placement and her quilts and patterns are on my quilting bucket list.

June Dyson Coverlet - Handmade Patchwork Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2021
June Dyson Coverlet - Handmade Patchwork Quilt © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

I started this quilt at the end of May this year and finished it some time in July. The quilt consists of just two shapes - an octagon and a square ...

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November 27, 2021
Oh, those squirrels! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Well, I have a very bad squirrel problem here!  Only in my studio just in case someone really thinks that there are squirrels in the house.  LOL

After finishing my last top with the rectangles, more pieces were cut out and another top started.  If I really concentrated on this project, the top will be sewn together very quickly.  It is just that easy to do.

Oh, dear ..... then after purchasing the 2021 November/December version of Fons & Porter "Love of Quilting", there was a star quilt that kept me going back to look at.  So, I've started my ...

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November 20, 2021
Talula Quilt ~ A Finished Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

Talula Quilt ~ English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts November2021

It's time for a blog update! I have been busy sewing, but have - hopefully temporarily - lost my blogging momentum. Here in Melbourne we've had a LOT of home time due to local lockdown and covid restrictions, and as such I have had much time to sit, sew, and reflect. Some days and weeks have been more productive than others, but there seems to be a light at the end of a slow long Winter. It's almost Summer and it feels like we're heading into the good (and jolly) season. This week I took some time to ...

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Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Piecing from Red Pepper Quilts

 A Finished Quilt

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

Another bucket list quilt! This is my Ice Cream Soda Quilt, a pattern by Jodi from Tales of Cloth. The Ice Cream Soda Quilt is an English Paper pieced quilt. According to my phone photos I started this quilt early January 2021. I took very few progress photos but I do have this snap of my cut and basted pieces, organised by block. 

Ice Cream Soda Quilt - English Paper Pieced © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

I cut and basted all of the pieces prior to piecing (other than my initial test blocks), using many of my favorite fabrics, and relying on my intuition and a bit of luck in ...

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October 13, 2021
Wheels on the Cart! from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

A lot of work has been happening over the past few weeks at our cottage.  One bedroom that had dark panelling was transformed with a couple coats of white paint.  A new floor was also installed.  What a change.  Plus the outside of our cottage went from beige to Wedgwood Blue.  Sorry no photos, but we are happy with the changes.

While driving to and fro from home to the cottage, the fall foliage showed us its' glory.  This section of the gravel road to our cottage is mostly yellows.  Other sections are beautiful reds and oranges but we didn ...

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September 12, 2021
Anna Maria Horner Hexagon Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

A Finished Quilt.

Anna Maria Horner Hexagon Quilt ® Red Pepper Quilts 2021

Here's one that I made earlier! I finished this quilt top back in March of this year. It seems like only yesterday, and also a lifetime ago. Back then we were living in a covid "normal" world where you could leave your home and visit friends and family. Right now, we're back in a covid lockdown situation whilst we wait for the largely unvaccinated population to get vaccinated. There is plenty of time to sew, and I have been taking advantage of that, plus this week I have dusted off my camera and taken photos ...

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August 27, 2021
Hexagon Junk from Becca's Crazy Projects

What to do with that junk mail printed on light cardstock? Make it into hexie papers for English Paper Piecing. 
This Fiskars extra large hexagon squeeze punch (Fiskars X-Large Squeeze Punch, Hexagon affiliate link) makes quick work of the light cardstock some junk mail is printed on. 
This means I can get a pretty good crop of hexagons out of that one piece of junk.
A little bit of time basting (I thread baste but I don't stitch through the hexagon paper) and you are ready to hand sew those little hexagons together. There are loads of videos on ...

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August 20, 2021
Ballet with Kaffe = Fireworks from Wendy's Quilts and More

Everyone loves a good fireworks display, so I've decided to call my Ballet with Kaffe quilt, "Fireworks".

Fireworks by Wendy Welsh

I'm so pleased that this quilt is finished.  I love it, but it did take me a few years from start to finish. There were times when I thought I might never finish it. In the end I drew a line on my pattern and decided to stop piecing at that line.


I started this quilt in June 2017, and I finished it in February 2021.  That's almost four years!!!

The Cotton + Steel floral fabric on ...

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August 17, 2021
Dodecagon Finish!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

 I can't believe I made this!!

70" wide by 98" long -- dozens and dozens of hexagons handstitched to set off twenty-one dodecagons and four beautiful printed floral motifs all hand stitched together from my bountiful fabric stash!?!

It all started late in 2016 when I discovered Marge Sampson-George's Dodecagon Quilt Pattern on Instagram.  It wasn't available in the USA at that point, but I contacted Marge and we figured out a way for her to send the pattern with templates and papers to a cousin in Australia who would then hand it off to her parents when ...

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August 8, 2021
A gaggle of hexies from Quilting & Learning

I'm not sure what a whole bunch of hexies are known as, other than possibly a quilt in the making!

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July 30, 2021
Nearly Insane revisited from Wendy's Quilts and More

About six years ago my mum started to make a Nearly Insane quilt.

I told her at the time that she had to finish it before she died, because I didn't want to have to finish it for her! That seems a bit harsh now, but back then she was only 75 and she was still doing a lot of quilting.  



Recently mum pulled all her blocks out again, and decided to add some sashing and be done with it.  Don't worry, I get it, and I wouldn't have pieced all those blocks either. 

Of course when ...

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July 21, 2021
Make It Handmade – 6 Handmade Holiday Projects from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Make this season a Handmade Holiday with Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Make this season a Handmade Holiday with Missouri Star Quilt Co.

No gift is more meaningful than a handmade creation from the heart. When we take the time to create for those near and dear to us, we sew little bits of love into the fabric with every stitch and create a gift that will last a lifetime. July is the perfect time to start stitching up your Handmade Holiday gifts!

If you’re needing a little inspiration for this holiday season (maybe you haven’t even started to think about gifts yet!), check out a few of our favorite ...

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June 18, 2021
Triple Play! 10″ Papers from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Join Jenny, Misty and Natalie in an all new Triple Play featuring three unique patterns utilizing 10" papers.
Join Jenny, Misty and Natalie in an all new Triple Play featuring three unique patterns utilizing 10″ papers.

In 1899, an unknown quilter began stitching fabric scraps on a paper foundation. Alas, the quilt was never finished. (It happens to us all!) The incomplete top is on display at the Virginia Quilt Museum, and the paper is still intact.

Candy Lane

The Candy Lane quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the latest Triple Play! tutorial featuring 3 new paper piecing quilt patterns.
The Candy Lane quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Can you guess what that paper foundation is made of? Old letters! I’d sure love to inspect those tiny bits of history!

Skyward

The Skyward quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the latest Triple Play! tutorial featuring 3 new paper piecing quilt patterns.
The Skyward quilt from Missouri Star ...

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June 16, 2021
Mandolin quilt – WIP from Zarkadia Quilts

This quilt is the Mandolin quilt. It started in the summer of 2019, and it is still ongoing. This pattern is written and sold by Tales of Cloth, and I highly recommend it, if English Paper Piecing is your thing.

For me an EPP project is my to-go project, meaning the project I take out of my home comfort, in the park, by the sea, on my vacations! It is super-portable and easy to make.

I decided to use only solid colors, to make a test on my color palettes, and so far it is going really great. I am ...

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May 26, 2021
A Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt ~ English Paper Pieced from Red Pepper Quilts

 A Finished Quilt 

Vintage Inspired Hexagon Quilt - English Paper Pieced  © Red Pepper Quilts 2021

Another finished quilt! This English paper pieced hexagon quilt is very heavily inspired by a vintage quilt. The quilt top was completed over several months in 2020 while we were in lockdown due to the pandemic. For various reasons this was a very difficult few months for me and I was fortunate to be able to lean heavily on my craft. At this time I lacked creative ability and vision, but the simple repetitive task of basting papers and stitching by hand saw me through many long evenings and brought me so comfort. I still love English ...

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May 22, 2021
Diamond Star from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

What joy to have this quilt done!  Perfect timing to enjoy for the summer months.

This photo was taken outside under our blooming crap apple tree.  It looks washed out in the sun, so some photos were taken in the shade.



The backing was a great way to use up fabrics that just needed to go .....
Quilt Details:
Pattern source:  from EQ software (not sure which version)
This star has many names:  Texas Star, Hexagon Stars, Friendship Hexagon, Garden of Flowers, Dolly Madison's Star, Boutonniere.  
Started:  Spring 2009 
Top finished:  Feb. 2021
Quilt finished:  May 2021 (I'm not ...

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May 18, 2021
Hexies galore and Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I can't believe  it - I totally forgot that I had a post and a link up due today. I did vaguely think about it this week and then my sleep deprived brain skipped right over it. Such is life these days!

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May 15, 2021
Are you Buying this Stairway to Heavenly Apartment Pods? from Gefilte Quilt

I’m overhauling and expanding my cityscape quilt booklet, and exploring new ideas. Warning: The Internet catacombs of interesting architectural ideas for quilters is freaking infinite. 


The photo below, I would argue, represents rainbow stairs leading to a modern, Brutalist, warm, diversity-welcoming, almost heavenly apartment building made up of hexagonal pods.

 It's mostly my fantasy, but partly influenced by the mind-boggling Guangzou Circle Building in China, designed by Italian architect Joseph di Pasquale. I figured if di Pasquale could make a coin-like circle stand on its edge to serve as a useful building, I could do the same with ...

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May 11, 2021
Sunday Catch-Up (on Tuesday) from Samelia's Mum

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April 7, 2021
Take Your Work on the Go! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Spring is here and summer is on its way and with them comes beautiful, warm weather! It’s getting harder and harder to want to spend your days completely indoors when you could be out soaking up the sun.

With hand work, you’re never confined to any specific space – the world is yours for the taking (and making!). Get outside and create to your heart’s content!

Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) and English Paper-Piecing

Both QAYG and English Paper-Piecing are perfect ways to continue stitching up beautiful projects wherever you roam! Take your pieces on the go, all you need are ...

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