Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon

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Every quilter, sewer has scraps left over from projects and what to do with the smaller pieces can be tricky. Shannon Brinkley has been creating things with her hands since she was a very young girl and fell madly in love with modern quilting in college.  Shannon is a modern quilter and this is a very modern take on appliqué methods.

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Scrappy Bits Applique starts with the basics of raw edge appliqué techniques, advice on colour theory, quilt design, collage techniques and various finishing methods.  There are 8 projects in the book with charts so one can make a baby quilt up to king with full fabric requirements for the different sizes. Various quilting methods are explained and shown, along with basting techniques and handy tips.

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The Little fox is very cute and far from the South London fox I see! The half triangle boarder is brilliantly explained with lots of tips and makes sewing the Geese blocks far less challenging.

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Windy Poplar is very effective with the low volume background. The Elephant with its pieced background, Around the World would be an amazing gift for a gap year student or wall hanging. The book comes with templates, but as I had a PDF review copy I cannot say what size patterns are.

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The fallen leaves cushions are a brilliant starting point; there is a lot of top stitching and satin stitch with the designs. This anchors the edge of the scraps and also adds definition to the designs.  At the back there are lots of inspiring quilts Shannon has made to spark your imagination. I love The Kraken and Shannon has featured this quilt on her blog.  I would re3commend Scrappy Bits Applique to anyone wanting to venture out into applique and also for anyone with a basket full of scraps and not sure what to make.

Dashwood Studio fat quarter bundle giveaway

Dashwood Studios are a UK based textile design company that produces beautiful fabric collection that can be used for home decor, clothes and of course for quilting. Since they started David and his team have produced a few stunning collections and has collaborated with many local quilters.

The latest collection is called September Blue and is truly stunning and we at the LMQG are lucky to be able to give away an ENTIRE fat quarter set of this gorgeous collection.

Susan Drsicoll designed this collection and it brings up images of long hot, lazy days walking in the countryside amongst the wild flowers, birds.

The giveaway rules are as follows:

  • Open to UK residence only
  • LMQG members cannot participate
  • Giveaway open from 4th to 11th September
  • You must have an e-mail address to your profile or in your comment

Enjoy !!

Judith Dahmen
http://www.needlesandlemons.com

“Sew a Modern Home” review

Many of the quilters I know find that they gain inspiration from
a range of sources beyond the usual ‘craft’ world. Art,
architecture, graphic design and interior design are a few of the disciplines
studied by modern quilters who looking for fresh design ideas. It is not
uncommon to stumble across modern quilting blogs where the bloggers interior
design choices are as alluring and inspiring as the quilts!
In her introduction Melissa Lunden explains how her love of
interior design has infused her quilting. The result is a range
of projects that are fresh, clean, and thoroughly modern.
The book take us room by room through a
range of projects from quilts, pillows, tableware, toys and nursery items.
 
 
It opens with a basic instructions section,
quilting and sewing techniques are explained with clear illustrations
and detailed descriptions.
Many of the projects are made using solid
colours, giving the projects a crisp modern look.  For me these are the best projects,
the solids allow Melissa’s clever design work to really steal the show. Chevrons, drunkard’s path, and flying geese are some of the familiar designs made modern.
Items range from large quilts to small items of tableware, and many of the projects
are suitable for beginners. Gift inspiration is abundant, with projects suitable for baby showers and house warmings.

 

Each project has clear material and cutting
instructions, with tips and tricks to save you time.  Diagrams detail the construction methods and there are lots of photographs including close ups of the quilting.
 
 
This is a great book for those who are
looking to make statement quilts for their home, or for the beginner
who wants to start with something small but dream big!

I think it will convert many people who are yet to discover
how stylish modern quilting can be.

 
Sew a Modern Home by Melissa Lunden is available now from Martingale Books
Images courtesy of Brent Kane.

Fat Quarterly retreat

A number of our members spent an enjoyable weekend at the recent Fat Quarterly Retreat, held in London and attended by quilters from the UK, Europe and beyond.  As well as the opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old friends there were some great classes which have inspired our creative passions since the weekend ended.  Lucie prefers hand work to machine sewing which stood her in good stead at her first class when a power cut stopped everyone but her in their tracks and she was able to continue with this petal block.

petal blockShe has given the machine another go and made this top, although in this blog post she explains why she isn’t converted.

adventures in machine piecingCara has her lovely lampshade finished and in situ and also made a pouch from the paper piecing she did in Tacha’s class.

lampshadepatchwork purseAmanda has finished her quilt top from Amy’s class and also done more screen printing.

amanda's quiltprintingClaire is working on some hand quilting after taking a great class with Jen Kingwell.

claire's hand qultingShevvy has also been trying out a bit more screen printing and also played with scraps kindly donated by Karen Lewis of BlueberryPark.

shevvyEveryone agreed it was a hugely enjoyable event and looking forward to the next one.

many thanks to Shevvy for this post.

Walkabout | Beth Studley

Walkabout quilt by Beth StudleyWalkabout by Beth Syudley

I wanted to share a great quilt pattern called Walkabout designed by LMQG’s own Beth and using her new fabric collection for Makower called Walkabout.  The inspiration behind this new fabric collection has come from Beth’s love of Aboriginal art, imperfect, simple lines and dots.

large-abstract walkaboutThe colour palette blends earthy tones of the ourback as well as some more vibrant colours, with large bold patterns, foot print, zigzag, dotty lines, spots and cobweb designs.

dotty-lines Beth Studley  cobweb Beth Studley  squares Beth Studley

footprints  cobweb  large-abstract

spiralzig-zag    spots

grey dotty-lines  grey zig-zag  orange spiral

grey spots  purple footprints  orange spots

green spots  grey squareslarge-abstract walkabout

They all combine beautifully and if you love the Walkabout quilt design at the top of the post, check out Makower’s website for the pattern.  Below is the Walkabout quilt in progress and a satchel – perfect back to school bag!

beth studley walkaboutbeth studley walkabout bag

 

Jogakbo | Korean patchwork

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I wanted to share with you all the wonderful art of jogakbo.  Korean traditional patchwork dates back centuries, jogakbo is made of pieces of salvaged fabrics used to make Hanbok (traditional Korean dress)We at the London Modern Quilt Guild have been given the chance to learn this technique at the Korean Cultural Centre here in London.

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This class is for everyone at LMQG who is interested.  It’s a 10 weeks course for beginners held from 10th September to 12th November, 18:30 to 20:30.  The class size is limited to 10 students for beginner’s course.  Every thing is 100% hand sewn in class, working with 100% Korean silk fabric and silk thread.  There is a Facebook page of the Jogakbo class and you can see the examples of Jogakbo projects.
 
The class is FREE for everybody but the material fee will be charged from £3 – 7, depending on the project.  If you are interested in joining the class, click here and send an application form to Korean Cultural Centre by 1st Sep. 2014. The application form is attached on the site.