First Ever LMQG Christmas Party

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The programme for our regular meeting on 4th December 2016 will be our Christmas Party.  We will be meeting at the Star Tavern at noon as usual and will probably finish at bit later at around 3:00or 3:30 p.m.

Our guest speaker will be the lovely Jenny Haynes from Papper, Sax, Sten, who’ll be showing us some of her gorgeous quilts.  (NOTE:  There will be no member show-and-tell.)

Jenny will be joining us for our delicious Christmas lunch, catered by the Star Tavern, and a small item swap.  There will also be a few other little treats for all attendees.

If you haven’t yet booked, please contact Donna on dmthornal@mac.com or 07538 715 785 right away for all the details.

2016 meetings

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!

#london swap blocks

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

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the quilt was made by Gee Bend.

quilty cross

A great simple tutorial from Shannon Lamden.

red and white house block

Free tutorial from AZPatch.

circle of friends units

This circle of friends would be great in red & white, tutorial from Emerald Coast MQG.

wonky star

from Owen’s Olivia.

free form improv block

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.

Are you visiting the festival of quilts?

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.

 

 

Shopping

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.

Exhibitions

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.