We have confirmed our meeting dates for 2016 and they will be as below:
Upcoming Guild Meetings for 2016:
- Sunday, 10th January @ 12pm
- Sunday, 7th February @ 12pm
- Sunday, 6th March @ 12pm
- Sunday, 3rd April @ 12pm
- Sunday,8th May @ 12pm
- Sunday, 5th June @ 12pm
- Sunday, 10th July @ 12pm
- Sunday, 4th September @ 12pm
- Sunday, 2nd October @ 12pm
- Sunday, 6thNovember @ 12pm
- Sunday, 4th December @12pm
We meet at Star Tavern in Belgravia the first floor, usually on the first Sunday of every month. If you’d like to attend a meeting, please get in touch!
We are currently working on 2 swaps #Londonseattleswap and #londonhoustonswap with our 2015 red and white theme. All the blocks should be 12.5 inches square unfinished and can be made in any red or white fabrics, totally free design. I thought I’d share some inspiration, first photos were taken by Donna at QuiltCon 2015
the quilt was made by Gee Bend.
A great simple tutorial from Shannon Lamden.
Free tutorial from AZPatch.
This circle of friends would be great in red & white, tutorial from Emerald Coast MQG.
from Owen’s Olivia.
tutorial by My Patchwork.
If your on instergram please add the #londonseattleswap and #londonhoustonswap to your blocks. The Modern Quilt Guild blog has lots of tutorials and I have a pinterest board with inspiration for me. Don’t forget the LMQG library, if you’d like to borrow a book just email me.
If you are and fancy making a whole quilt for charity while you are there then please check out Gameofquilts.wix.com/gameofquilts.
Game of Quilts is about completing a quilt from the first cut to the last stitch on the label during the 7 hours that the Festival of Quilts is open each day. Bernina sewing machines, cutting and ironing equipment supplied on the stand.
Each day three teams, each with four members, will try to meet this challenge.
The quilts must measure no less than 48″ square.
The teams will have complete freedom over their designs but they will have been given instructions on how to construct the quilt top. This will be their starting point for a special quilt which will allow all the skills and talents of the members of the teams to shine.
Any style, technique and material is permitted as long as it is practical. The quilts will be donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity at the end of the Festival.
The fabrics for the quilts to be supplied by the teams and the choice of colours is entirely theirs.
The teams will be working in full view of visitors so that they can watch their progress and engage in conversation.
This is not a competition and there is no knock-out of teams. All are winners in that they will have achieved something very special in aid of a very special charity.
You will receive a free pass in to the NEC for the day on which you are taking part in this event.
This event is supported by Twisted Thread/Upper Street Events.
Just to let you all know that I have updated the Events page to not only include our meetings but details of shops around London so we have a permanent link to PoppyinStitches who has put a great resource together of shops across London.
I’ve added this to the blog as we get a number of enquiries from visitors to London so hopefully you will find this useful.
For our local readers, if you have any to add to this please let us know.
Our members are involved in lots of different groups and guilds as well as the LMQG and a couple of shows are coming up you might be interested in.
This weekend between 27th March and 1st April in East Grinstead in the New Bees show. Details can be found at the venues website.
Later in April from the 15th to the 30th The Eden valley artists are showing in Edenbridge. This is quite close to PlushAddicts if you wanted to combine its some fabric shopping.
This month our guild challenge is based around this incredible city. We are lucky to have historical architecture alongside modern structures, iconic typography throughout the Underground and street art that sells for millions.
Classic red telephone and post boxes pepper the streets while 1960’s tower blocks create a backdrop. Beautiful parks, victorian markets and quirky pockets of eccentricity make this city what it is.
To celebrate our home town, using an ‘Urban London’ image as your inspiration and only solid fabrics, your challenge is to create a 12″ square block.
Poppy In Stitches has created a Pinterest board packed with inspiring images to give you some ideas. You can work from a photo you’ve taken or one you’ve found online or in a book.
Whether you choose a London Landmark, a Georgian Terrace or a back street cafe as your inspiration have fun with this challenge. Don’t forget to bring your image with you to the meeting so we can see what inspired you!
Double Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, hot off the press and out this month. I have seen double wedding ring quilts and appreciated their beauty, but thought them fiendishly difficult. Victoria encourages us to not worry about making mistakes and to use them to learn from and even turn a mistake into a design feature! With her thoroughly modern approach and improv style, turns a very traditional quilt style into 10 breathtakingly modern beauties.
This quilt was Victoria’s starting point using Center City fabrics from Jay McCarroll. She used AccuQuilt wedding ring die cutters and a mistake quilt top, turning it into a master piece.
Bright Lights, Big City above, is large-scale scrappyness – perfect if you have lots of left overs from previous quilts. Each section is well explained and with lots if diagrams, photos and suggestions to move the designs on further.
Leona above was inspired by a vintage quilt top, called Olga and this was named after Victoria’s grandfather ad his twin sister Leona.
I love the way this book takes such a traditional pattern, breaks it down and reinvents it with a modern twist – so many ideas on how to change the design, mixing up fabrics or even those quilt tops folded gently to one side as they some how fall short of our creative desires when making them. I think my favorite quilt if all is Luminous Views made in solids, its big, bold and very modern take and beautiful. This book really does inspire you to create and push your creative boundaries. So if you’d like a little nudge, want to try circles or just have a beautiful book to gaze at this is for you.