Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Box and a Giveaway!


I love receiving parcels by mail and the delivery of a surprise parcel from the Fat Quarter Shop even more so! The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription box filled with notions, fabrics, patterns, thread and accessories, especially collated for quilters and delivered to your door every month. Each month features a specific theme to surprise and inspire you! The January 2018 Sew Sampler Box theme was Butterfly Kisses ~

Sew Sampler Box - January 2018

What is in each box?

At least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, patterns, thread and anything in between. The retail value of your items will always be more than your monthly cost!  Don’t be surprised if you receive exclusive or first-look items. Plus, as a member you will receive special discounts, exclusive deals and bonus goodies!

Each month you will also receive a Block Recipe to make a quilt block with three different size options. Collect all twelve of the recipe cards plus a bonus card with instructions for putting them all together in an adorable quilt! View all Previous Recipe Cards.



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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Kimberly and the team at the Fat Quarter Shop are kindly giving away a 
3 month subscription to the Sew Samper Box
to one lucky RPQ reader.


To be in the draw leave please a comment on this blog post. One comment per person/per email address - email me if you are not able to leave a comment (redpepperquilts at gmail dot com) and I will leave a comment on your behalf. International entries welcome!

The draw will take place at 10am (Australia EDT) on Sunday 25 February 2018, at which time comments to this  post will be closed. The winner will be announced by edit to this blog post, and will also be contacted by email.

With thanks to the team at the Fat Quarter Shop and good luck to everyone!
Rita

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bug City - Kansas Dugout Quilt

Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt - colorful kids quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Bug City Kansas Dugout Quilt

As promised in my Sunday Stash blog post from earlier this this year featuring the Bug City fabric collection, today I am pleased to show you what I did with the FQ bundle that Jodie sent me. Jodie Carleton (from Vintage RicRac) commissioned me to make a quilt with her brand new fabric line ~ Bug City for Ella Blue Fabrics ~ for her booth at the Melbourne Quilt Market in late November last year.

Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The Bug City fabric collection features five unique designs each in up to five different color ways. The colors are pastel soft with strong contrast elements; vibrant color and strong design elements including the bold (1/2" wide) stripes. I have used all of the fabrics from the collection in this quilt and I have added a single solid fabric (Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton) in yellow to join the blocks together and as a highlight.

Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Oh my goodness. 💖Those bugs!!
Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The Kansas Dugout block is one of my favorite traditional quilt designs and the templates (pdf pattern) for this block are available for purchase from my pattern store. The pattern includes templates for three different size blocks (6 inch, 9 inch, and 12 inch block) and for this quilt I have used the 9" block templates. This is probably a good block size to start with if it is your first time working with inset seams. The templates work best when used in conjunction with the step by step tutorial for the Kansas Dugout Block that is available on my blog here: Kansas Dugout Quilt Block Tutorial. The tutorial will guide you through the process and demystify those often dreaded inset seams.

Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

For the back of the quilt I have used a large random dot fabric by Ella Blue Fabrics. This is a 100% cotton wide back fabric - 106" wide - and perfect for this colorful quilt. And for the binding I have used my signature black/white stripe fabric, this time from the the basics range by Ella Blue Fabrics.

Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

QUILT STATS
Bug City - Kansas Dugout Quilt
The finished quilt measures 54 inches x 54 inches.
36 Kansas Dugout Blocks made
using 9" block templates.
Fabric:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton
Quilting:
Ditch stitching all vertical and horizontal block seam lines
then adding additional lines through the center of all blocks.
Batting:
Low Loft Cotton Batting

Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

With thanks to Jodie and Ella Blue Fabrics for the opportunity to work with them once again. I look forward to seeing what Jodie is up to next!

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Stash #423 Wordplay by Sarah Fielke

Wordplay by Sarah Fielke | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Wordplay by Sarah Fielke 
for Windham Fabrics

Wordplay is Sarah Fielke's most recent collection for Windham Fabrics. The collection was inspired by Sarah  love of reading, of words themselves and most of all, her love of words in quilts! She has always loved to use piecing and applique to incorporate words and phrases into her quilts, and what better way to bring in a touch of modern than with a text fabric.

Wordplay by Sarah Fielke | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Wordplay by Sarah Fielke | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The colorful collection consists of 21 fabrics; six unique designs each available in up to four different colorways. The designs vary and include text, vocabulary, numbers and symbols, as well as a plain grid fabric. I love these designs as well as the fun, bright colors of the background fabrics. (Not all available designs and colorways are shown here).

Wordplay by Sarah Fielke | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Wordplay by Sarah Fielke | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

WORDPLAY BY SARAH FIELKE is available from:
I Love Fabric
Pink Castle Fabrics
Stash Fabrics (108" Wide Back)

Wordplay by Sarah Fielke | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

SPONSOR NEWS

The Fat Quarter Shop 20% off Basic of the Month: Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics20% off Books of the Month: Jen Kingwell Designs20% off Patterns of the Months: Jen Kingwell Designs. Prices are as marked. Ends 28 February 2018.

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Pink Castle Fabrics 25% off Solid Fabric with code SOLID25. Ends Monday 19 February 2018. AND pre-order the ultimate Liberty of London Lawn Bundle: a limited edition set of 100 favorite prints (no repeats!) cut into a convenient 6" x 13" size. Valued at $150 and on sale for US$85.00.

Stash Fabrics  20% of February Basic of the Month: Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics. Each piece of Pure Elements Cotton that leaves our shop is labelled to make re-ordering a breeze. Stock up for just $7.20 per yard! Prices are as marked. Ends 28 February 2018.

Lady Belle Fabric  20-40% off bundles selected bundles. Prices are as marked. Ends today Sunday 18 February 2018. Free US shipping on orders $75.00+.

Alice Caroline  Shop the Remnant Sale! Up to 50% off remnant pieces of Liberty of London fabric. Stocks are limited.

I Love Fabric  Just in: Tallinn by Jessica Swift and Sunshine by Alexia Abegg.



Miss Matatabi Just in: nani IRO 2018. AND $15 Flat Rate international shipping for orders $100+.

Enjoy Sunday!
Rita

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2018 - Part 2

Connection by Sano Junko | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Connection by Sano Junko
(Click on any image for a larger view).
Connection by Sano Junko | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Connection by Sano Junko | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Today I am sharing with you more photos of the quilts that were on display at the Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 as seen through my lens. There were many more inspiring and exciting works to be seen - truly incredible pieces of design, artistry, and workmanship - all varying in style from traditional, to modern, and original. The quilts shown here represent just a handful of quilt that drew in my eye or made my jaw drop! Pictured above is my show favorite; I love this original design with a traditional quilt block feel, and the use of color and fabrics. 

Flowers and Polka Dot by Yoko (Shizuoka) | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts
Flowers and Polka Dot by Yoko (Shizuoka)
Flowers and Polka Dot by Yoko (Shizuoka) | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts


Beautiful Faces of the Seasons by Yoshiko Yokoi | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Beautiful Faces of the Seasons by Yoshiko Yokoi
Beautiful Faces of the Seasons by Yoshiko Yokoi | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Beautiful Faces of the Seasons by Yoshiko Yokoi | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Beautiful Faces of the Seasons by Yoshiko Yokoi | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

As previously mentioned the quilt labels displayed alongside the quilts were in Japanese and rarely included construction details. I have used Google Translate to translate the text but where that didn't make a lot of sense I have included a photo of the original label with the photos of the quilt.

Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Ferris Wheel Quilt | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Japanese Patterns by Kumiko Fujita | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Japanese Patterns by Kumiko Fujita

Traditional Design Category - 2nd Place by Emiko Kobayashi


 The Moon and Me by Yoneko Maruya
The detail and use of color and texture of this quilt were amazing.
The cutest bunnies!


Kutani by  鈴木貞子*Sadako Suzuki | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Kutani by  鈴木貞子*Sadako Suzuki
This (mini) quilt was part of the Framed Quilt Exhibition.
It is no bigger than a 12" square. The quilting stitches are tiny!
Kutani by  鈴木貞子*Sadako Suzuki | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018


The detail of the quilting and embroidery stitches on this quilt were
incredible, and the quilt binding/edge was fascinating!


A Wish by Masako Katase | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
A Wish by Masako Katase
A Wish by Masako Katase | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018


The Star Flower by Goto Keiko



QUILT SNIPPETS
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長谷智子*Tomoko Hase
Diamond Dust by Tamiko Mawatari | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Diamond Dust by Tamiko Mawatari
Let's Make Soap Bubbles by Keiko Goke | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts
Let's Make Soap Bubbles by Keiko Goke
Tidings of the Blossoms Across Japan by Kiyoko Goto | Tokyo Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Tidings of the Blossoms Across Japan by Kiyoko Goto
Color Story by Rieko Miyamura | Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Color Story by Rieko Miyamura
by Hiromi Kitamura (Kyoto)
Framed Quilt category ~ by Tani Tomoko  Silk Thread Embroidery | Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2018 | © Red Pepper Quilts
Framed Quilt category ~ by Tani Tomoko
Silk Thread Embroidery

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to travel to Japan and attend the Tokyo Quilt Festival. I do not have a fear of flying but I am not fun to be around on "travel day". I call it airport anxiety. So I am ever so grateful that my husband suggested we travel together to Tokyo and that he continues to encourage and support my quilting and fabric obsession. I would definitely go again! 

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

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