Urban London Challenge

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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

double-wedding-ring-quilts-1Double 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.

double-wedding-ring-quilts-2This 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.

double-wedding-ring-quilts-3Bright 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.

double-wedding-ring-quilt-4Leona above was inspired by a vintage quilt top, called Olga and this was named after Victoria’s grandfather ad his twin sister Leona.

double-wedding-ring-quilt-5I 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.

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Improv Quilts

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At our last meeting Shevvy talked to us about Improv Quilting. This is a popular way of working amongst Modern Quilters, the freedom to create, change your mind, not worry about matching seams and perfect points and to be led by the fabrics and colours is very appealing. 

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Many of Shevvy’s improv pieces come to life from her scrap stash, some of which are tiny. These tiny scraps are pieced together, sometimes chopped up again, mixed with solids and played around with until there’s a quilt top that’s pleasing to the eye, there are many examples on Shevvy’s Flickr page.

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Ashley at Film In The Fridge is one of my favourite quilters, her quilts are all so different and she has a wonderful way of using colour and creating interesting designs with fabric.

This one, Cascading Pools has a wonderful balance of colour and neutral spaces.

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This one incorporates a variety of fabrics including corduroy, linen and double gauze, together these create a wonderful texture and the colour palette is striking.

Lu Summers is another inspiration when it comes to improv quilting. Lu mixes up geometric shapes in blocks of different shapes and sizes to create intricate pieces in bold colours. Lu’s book Quilt Improv is packed with blocks, tips and inspiration to get you started.  Remember this one? It’s still one of my favourites.

I’ve put together a mosaic of some Improv quilts that are inspiring. I think I’m going to have to try some improv curves, these ones look so good!

Click on the links to see who made these -

1. Assembly, 2. Improv. Blocks, 3. improv curve mini quilt, 4. wool improv quilt, 5. Keeping Eden, 6. add a border plus plus, 7. “Up Down” Quilt with Facing Finish – Detail, 8. Improv / free form quilt block number 5, 9. Quiet improv quilt

Who’s your improv quilting hero? Are you inspired to have a go if this isn’t your usual way of quilting, you might like it – have fun!
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January Makes

Post prepared by Amanda

The January guild meeting was all about improv. Shevvy gave a talk about her use of improv techniques; she brought along a stunning set of quilts that illustrated her practice. A number of these quilts can be seen in this month’s mosaic. She has challenged the group to ditch the constraints of the prescribed block and start experimenting  with improv; some examples of experimental blocks can also be seen popping up in the mosaic.

The weather has taken a turn for the worse here in London, snow flakes have been seen, so it’s no surprise that not one but two hot water bottle covers have made an appearance in the flickr group.

Let’s hope next month’s mosaic brings more improv than hot water bottles!

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London Modern Quilt Guild: November Makes

November’s meeting saw lots of great stockings being handed over to our charity committee, the stockings were off to St Thomas’s in London to help brighten Christmas day for those families who find themselves in hospital at Christmas with sick little ones. Special thanks to the East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild who also donated some beautiful stockings (apologies that I didn’t get a photo).

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Again there was a variety of quilting styles on display providing lots of inspiration for 2015. Looking forward to 2015 and the January’s meeting will see the results of the touch draw challenge. It’s not too late to enter…see the blog for details.

Thanks to Amanda for preparing this post.

Fancy a Christmas and craft shopping outing to Bath?

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Recognising that many of our members are multi-craftual and appreciative of other crafty things, today’s post is about a one-day trip from London to Bath to visit the city’s famous Christmas Market on Saturday, 29 November.

The event has been planned by Yarn in the City, organisers of annual knitting celebration The Great London Yarn Crawl. Consider it an opportunity for a day away before the craziness of December is truly here, but spend it productively getting a jump on your Christmas shopping too! It’s also a lovely outing to make with special stitch friends.

What can you expect on the day?

Everyone will meet at Hammersmith at 9:00am. It’s wheels up by 9:15am as you’re whisked comfortably by coach towards Bath making new friends and perhaps knitting or hand-stitching along the way.

Just outside Bath is the coach’s first stop – The Shed. A former cidery, The Shed is now home to a farm shop and deli, bistro and café, as well as spa, gallery, and gift boutiques. The Shed will have a Christmas Market happening during the visit and knitters and crafters alike will be want to visit A Yarn Story, Bath’s newest yarn shop which will be offering a 10% discount to participants on the day. A Yarn Story has a luxurious selection of yarns from around the world as well as the UK including Shibui Knits, SweetGeorgia Yarns, Malabrigo, Kettle Yarn Co., Hedgehog Fibres, The Uncommon Thread, and more – as well as knit-inspired gift items too.

After a quick visit it’s back on the coach to the centre of Bath where Yarn in the City guests will be dropped off at the Bath Christmas Market in front of the Bath Abbey. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore at your own pace, either individually or in small groups.

The Bath Christmas Market is the UK’s favourite Christmas market with over 180 chalets of crafts and artisan products, all carefully selected for their local focus. A map with details of all the stalls and artisans will be provided.

A short walk away from the Christmas Market is Country Threads, a charming quilt shop with a huge stock of cotton fabrics, French ribbons, tools, books, waddings and threads. They also have jelly rolls and charm packs – the whole place is packed with inspiration!

The end of the day wraps up at Wool, a small yarn shop opposite Country Threads. A private event is planned for 5:30pm when the shop closes and will include festive beverages and treats for all before heading back to the market to meet the coach, and homeward bound for London. The coach is expected back at Hammersmith at approximately 9:30pm.

Tickets are available for £28. For more details and to book tickets, visit http://www.yarninthecity.com/events.