I wanted to introduce you all to the Octavia Appeal, our charity this year. The Appeal was founded by Lynda Mackie, who will be joining us for our 7th April meeting and be able to tell us more about their work. The appeal is run through the Friends of the Royal Brompton, although the Octavia Appeal is specifically to help the paediatric intensive care unit and paediatric wards. The majority of the young children treated in the paediatric are very young babies. With so many tubes and machines, a light weight quilt would be perfect to cover them. It would also brighten up the wards and let the parent know that others outside the hospital walls are thinking of them. Ideally the quilts should be 70cm by 100cm, with no loose ends or added embellishments. We will also be making a LMQG label, so all the quilts can be labeled and the parent will know who made them. There is an Octavia Appeal website and facebook page.
Written by Alissa Haight Carlton (a founding member of The Modern Quilt Guild) and Kristen Lejnieks and published by Stash books. The book contains 12 project chapters for a year long bee. January starts with a wonky log cabin, well explained and with lots of tips on holding a bee. I havent ever been in a bee and after reading this book would love to. Presenting a chalenge and also making me sit down with a dead line to work to. Februrary is a wonky quarted log cabin, March a wonky 9 patch block – wonky is the way! April wonky triangles, May string x, June wonky roman stripe, July a modern dresden plate, August polka dot. September uneven coins
and December is a confetti block. There is lots of information on quilt backs and quilting, by hand, machine or just hand tying. This is a great book for anyone wanting to hold a bee, make a quilt with friends or even to make a quilt alone. But why quilt alone if you can quilt with friends?
Last months challenge was to make a pin cushion to swap at the January meet up. I dithered as normal and wanted to make up something different, a small addition to the patch square pincushion I had made. I decided a ring was my favourite – here’s how I made mine.
What you will require :
1. Cut 1 4inch square of fabric (here I have used an off cut of British tweed from Fabrics Galore).
I did play with shapes and also made a rounded version, in the tweed it worked brilliantly. Have fun and do show me your pin rings if you make one. They are addictive, here’s a hand full in shades of Kona Solids.
I’m a huge fan of Kona Solids, great colours and made from quality opaque cotton. This book has 16 designs using the whole rainbow and all thoroughly modern too! Each chapter is a new quilt, with the designers explaining the inspiration behind the design. The first is a fabulous outsize courthouse step designed by Cherri House. Above is Amy Ellis Colour Frame Quilt. All the designs are beautifully written, easy to follow designs and a perfect start for any modern quilter. It also has some more challenging designs that would be perfect for the more experienced. The projects include precision piecing, improvisational piecing and applique.
Above is Lupine by Emily Cier and quilted by Cathy Kirk, just perfect hexs. My personal favourite is Orbit by Jennifer Sampou, a dramatic quilt using an organic improvisational technique and freehand cut circles.
Stacked Blankets by Valori Wells above, was inspired by a photograph of quilted blankets.
This year Jennifer Paganelli second book was published, called Happy Home. It is a beautiful compendium of crafts, all made in her wonderful bright fabrics – a real feast for the eye. A few quilts and smaller projects, like the lovely hexy cushion.
All beautifully photographed and written, a real visual feast and inspiration to decorate any home. The patterns are held in a pouch in the front and are full size, which is always a bonus. So ready for when inspiration to sew strikes!
Seaside Home is a compilation of quilts, softies, embroidery, appliqué and decorative crafts – perfect for a nautical look in any home. A splash of summer cheer, especially with all the wet wintry wet weather we are having at the moment.
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An adorable Sea Turtle fresh soft quilt with a soft corduroy backing. Also included are a Deep water wave quilt, pebble stack wall hanging, a zigzag crab cushion by Heidi Troyer craftnosis and my favourite Porthole baby quilt designed by Latifah Saafir.
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Jasonda Desmond’s embroidery hoops that would add a fun flash of colour, also included are a whale embroidered cushion, sailboat cushion, crab napkin wraps. All well explained with a glossary of stitches.
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There are appliqué projects, including this adorable pirate ship t-shirt by Heather Jones (oliveandollie), appliqué art and a couple of beach bags.
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Packed full of projects by many talented artist and it covers all abilities, beautifully laid out with full size patterns. So not trips to enlarge projects – perfect for a spur of the moment make! So if you are looking for a book with a mixture of craft projects not just quilts this is a great place to start.