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.

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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.

korean patchwork | jogakboimage source

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. 

Meet Lucie

MissLveyTell us a little about yourself:

I live in West London and divide my time between a day job and working on a PhD thesis about the early career of British film director Maurice Elvey. My favourite film is The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and my favourite book is Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.

quilt1I’m on Twitter:   @MissElvey (that’s my main account for mostly film related stuff) and @TheSewingBea (second account for sewing related stuff).  instagram: misselvey and blog over at http://www.isthereroomformetosew.wordpress.com.

quilt3What inspired you to start quilting:

I had a fairly major operation and had to spend some time at home recovering; I wanted something productive to do and started to make a patchwork quilt.

Where do you work on your quilts and keep your fabric stash?

I work on my quilts in the living room at home, often listening to audiobooks while I sew. My stash is everywhere. At the moment it is somewhat out of control….

quilt1Do you prefer to follow a pattern or improvise?

I tend to improvise. I sometimes sign up for a block of the month programme and follow a pattern if there is a particular technique I want to improve, but usually I see fabric I like, buy it without a clear plan in mind, and then find a use for it, improvising as I go.

What is your biggest quilting mistake?

I started to make a quilt in sections to be joined together once all the different sections were quilted. I thought it would be a good idea to use up scraps of different wadding. I was an idiot not to realise that some of it would come out very flat, and some of it would come out really puffy. I never joined the pieces together because once they were done I could see how the sections didn’t match. Plus the fabric is purple and yellow. I don’t know what I was thinking but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

quilt8What are you working on right now?

Three main projects:

The most ambitious is a portrait quilt of Admiral, Lord Nelson made up of 3,200 one inch squares – all stitched by hand. I’d been researching a film about Nelson from 1918, and got interested in the huge volume of Nelson memorabilia, which includes textiles. One thing led to another….. and I found myself embarking on a massive time consuming project.

I’m also working on a sea shanty quilt – I like quilting words and shanties have great lyrics. Some should be sung on an outward voyage and some when homeward bound – and then there are songs about what happens when on shore. I thought they would make a good narrative for my quilting.

The third project is a small quilted wall hanging, again with wording. I had been toying with the idea of quilting some words from silent film intertitles and someone commissioned me to make something based on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger. It’s not a favourite film of mine but I’ve enjoyed sewing it. I put the final quilting stitch in last night and now there’s just the binding to do.

quilt2How do you start a quilt, fabric or design first?

 Fabric.

Do you stick to one quilt at a time or do you have several on the go at once?

I sew by hand not machine – and that means projects take a long time. Enthusiasm can wane part way through – so I always have several quilts on the go and often go back to things that I’ve put aside, sometimes for years.

quilt1Tea or coffee:

Depends on the time of day.

Machine or hand quilting:

Hand quilting. It’s relaxing, and I love doing it.

quilt6Favourite band:

The Pet Shop Boys.

What do you do when you’re not quilting:

The silent film research takes up a lot of time – tracking down material and checking background information like reviews and production reports. And then there’s the writing up.

 

“Imagine Quilts” book review from Martingale Books.

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Imagine Quilts is a bright and colourful book that I dived straight into and read from cover to cover, despite wanting get up and sew as soon as I saw the very first pattern. I’m totally in love with Elephant Parade, the first quilt in the book and I am already mentally
wandering through my stash to work out which fabrics I can use to make my own version.

This book is divided into four sections, based on inspiration sources: your current stash, using traditional techniques in new ways, the world around you and breaking the rules. Each section has quilts that use traditional blocks in new ways, as well as patterns that are fresh and new, but throughout the book Dana encourages you to play around and find your own inspiration in every day life. Her bright, encouraging take on life and sewing are infectious and I’m sure that anyone reading this book will catch this enthusiasm and start to see all sorts of patterns in life that look like quilts waiting to be born.

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Patterns and colours aside, the best feature of this book is the
simplicity and clarity of the instructions. I could mentally see how
the pieces would fit together without resorting to playing with material scraps
or even turning the book upside-down and frowning at it.
Not everyone does that? Ah well, I know I do when patterns seem
complicated on paper. This book even manages to make sewing Dresden
circles look easy. I’ve never been brave enough to try making one
until now, but I’m absolutely sure that I could after reading Dana’s
instructions. Throughout the book there are little hints and tips that
will help to improve accuracy and go a long way towards explaining the
little things in quilting that make the difference between a
beginner’s quilt and a professional finish.

This book also has a great glossary which makes it a perfect gift
for a new quilter, whilst still being a welcome and inspiring addition
to any established quilter’s library.

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© Martingale,

Photographer, Brent Kane

London Modern Quilt Guild at the Festival of Quilts

london modern quilt guild NEC

© Pink Stitches

Today the Festival of Quilts opens, we will be exhibiting at stand C29.  The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show – a celebration of quilting with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies.  Extraordinary galleries from international artists and groups, it’s the ultimate quilting experience.

modern_quilt_groupSo if your visiting, do come and say hello!