Kelly the bundle will be flying out first thing tomorrow morning!
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.
Michael our guild president and his wife had their first baby recently so what does a quilt guild give as a gift? The answer is obvious. Lots of secret conversations were had and because Michael is a New Yorker I chose the New York beauty block. I might have been sworn at by the other ladies, but I think they all enjoyed it once they had finished it. We used a variety of different blocks found at this site. The remit was to make it scrappy and leave the outside edge off so they could all be done the same. Then the blocks began to arrive and I had fun auditing background fabric. I was keen on this green, but it didn’t quite seem strong enough.
I started sewing the blocks to the background, it was a daunting task as I had I think 23 blocks to do and I’m not a big fan of sewing curves. However, I discovered it is a lot easier when you starch the fabric. It helped so much to stop it stretching out of shape. Then it was back to the design wall to settle on the design. I have to admit this took me a good few attempts but finally decided on this.
I also mulled over the quilting design for a few weeks but eventually I got inspired and went for it over a marathon 24 hours. I chose feathers around each block with a swirl inside and a zigzag in the negative spaces.
I wonder how many readers like to plan everything about a quilt before they start it. Maybe reading about the process behind this quilt lets you see that sometimes, the fun is in not knowing and enjoying the surprise on what it turns.
Written by ShevvyLondon
Urban Views published by Stash Books and written by Cherri House picks up where City Quilts left off. Whether simple or more complicated, the quilts are all made in Kona Solids and brilliant for a new or more experienced quilter. In the book there are 12 quilt patterns, although there are lots of tips and ideas so everyone can personalise their quilt design and make them unique. Cherri shows how to use a colour wheel to balance colours, whether you go for complementary, monochromatic or a dolly mixture.
City Rain was inspired by the Emerald city of Seattle.
City Bridge was inspired by the many bridges of Portland, Oregon.
City Hall was inspired by the two most frequently used words from any City/town hall – red tape.
City Beat represents the nightlife of every city, just like Picadilly Circus at night.
Electric City lets diagonal images crisscross the lightning in a thunder storm.
At the back of the book there is a section called Useful Techniques and this is invaluable, notes on pressing, rotary cutting, construction and pinning to get the best finish to every quilt. Tips on boarders, backing, batting, basting and quilting. All the quilts throughout the book are professionally quilted by Angela Walters. I really enjoyed this book and the tips and information make it a very good all round quilting must have and if your like me and love instant downloads there is a kindle version.