Monday, January 12, 2015

Free-motion quilting: A Peppered Feather

"Peppered Feather" 18" x 24"
Made with Peppered Cottons by Pepper Cory
for StudioE Fabrics.
Hey there, Quilters! Have you tried Peppered Cottons? This is a line of shot cottons, designed by quilting icon, Pepper Cory, for StudioE Fabrics. It's one of the new fabric lines I'm representing and I wanted to get my hands on some yardage to try free-motion quilting with it. I used a few Peppered Cottons in my guild Challenge piece, Blue Rhino Moon, and was pleased with the result. Now here is my free-motion foray with them.

The dark green is Jungle 29 and the red violet square is Magenta 42. The other fabrics are from Blank Quilting Corp's Splash and Crushed blender lines with a piece of Watermark from StudioE. The red binding is Fusion Illusion [Blank Quilting]. See how they all play well together?

If you're not familiar with the term, shot cottons are 100% cotton fabrics that are woven with 2 different colors of threads—one color for the warp, and another color for the weft. The weft thread is on the shuttle with is "shot" through the shed [the opening between the threads on the loom] as the textile is woven.

These fabrics have a chambray, somewhat iridescent look to them. From a distance, they look like solids, but up close they have more richness and spice and aren't flat like solids. Here is a blog post by Pepper, the designer, with info and tips. A PDF for download provided by StudioE is here.
Detail of free-motion quilting.
The 50 wt. cotton thread [Aurifil] used for the free-motoin background fills melds beautifully with the shot cottons.
Detail of free-motion quilting.
The aqua thread used for the feather is a new (to me) cotton thread by Floriani. It is a variegated 40 wt 3-ply cotton (color Oceanic). I needed something to contrast the dark green background. The Peppered Cottons provided a luscious background to set off the contrasting color of the thread.
Floriani 40 wt cotton (aqua) and
Aurifil 50 wt cotton quilting threads.
The backing fabric is a small piece of Candy Dots 108" [Blank Quilting Corp.] and Botton Line [Superior Threads] 60 wt. thread is what I used in the bobbin. Yes, I did change the bobbin thread colors.
View of quilting on the back.
You may be familiar with other shot cottons on the market. Westminster makes a line designed by the ever-talented Kaffe Fassett—and we all know Kaffe's fabulous color sense! Quilters will notice that the Peppered Cottons have an equivalent weight to the quilting cottons which they are used to. The Westminster shots have slightly more drape and a finer/thinner hand.
"Peppered Feather"
18" x 24"
I'm working on another piece that combines Peppered Cottons and a black/white charm square collection from Blank Quilting. All the fabrics have the same weight and drape. This makes piecing easy and very manageable.
In-progress: quilting cottons and Peppered Cottons combined.
The Peppered Cottons collection has 50 basic colors and a whole line of "fancies" that include stripes, a small check and a jumbo plaid in lush color combinations. If you want a geometric, modern or masculine vibe for a quilt or home dec project, give these a try!

2 comments:

  1. Your quilting is beautiful. I recently purchased some peppered cottons and I was trying to figure out if I could use them in a quilt with other cottons. I am curious if you prewashed you're peppered cottons. I never prewash my fabrics but read recently that it might be a good idea to prewash peppered cottons. Thanks for your insightful post.

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    1. Hi Samantha, Thanks for posting a comment. I did not pre-wash the Peppered Cottons in this project. I usually don't pre-wash for wall hangings or show quilts because they will not be used as a "functional" quilt. (Also, once I have fabric in hand, I like to get right into making the project.). The Peppered Cottons are of a weight/drape/feel of other quilting cottons, so they are easy to work with. If you are concerned about shrinkage, you could consider pre-washing--they are 100% cotton. But they are color fast (as stated in Pepper Cory's blog post). Check Pepper's post about her tips and recommendations for the care of these fabrics if you do choose to pre-wash. The link is in my post above. Thanks and have fun with them!

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