So what have Guild Members been up to in September? The small selection below shows the range of things members have been making this month.
As well as a set of fabulous quilts there has also been lots of dabbling with other traditions this month. Some of our members have taken up an offer from a teacher at the Korean Cultural Centre here in London to try out Jogakbo (Korean patchwork). Some of the first delicate makes turned up at this month’s meeting, all hand sewn silk. In addition we also had Japanese Temari balls, these received a lot of interest and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more at future meetings.
And yes that is a Christmas stocking popping up in this month’s mosaic! The charity sub group have been busy and have linked us up with one of the London hospitals to make Christmas stockings for those who find themselves in hospital on Christmas day. Stockings will be collected at the December meeting; so time to start the Christmas sewing.
And last, but not least, on the quilt front we had Liberty (we are in London after all), paper piecing, solids and rainbows. A great range from a very talented group.
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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.
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.
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.
However, this blue worked a treat.
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.
Once the binding was on it was finally delivered to Dad who sent us this lovely picture of baby on his new quilt.
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