February Challenge: St. Valentine

February Challenge: St Valentine
The February Challenge is to make something quilted that is inspired by St Valentine & Valentine’s Day.
The item can be any size and although it can be a quilt it does not have to be.  It could be, for example, a set of coasters or placemats, a table runner, cushions or a bag.
How you interpret the theme is entirely up to you.  For example, you could be inspired by the traditional colours of pink and red, you could use fabric printed with hearts and flowers, use paper piecing to create a heart block, use Amy Butler’s ‘Love’ fabric range, or make Anna Maria Horner’s absolutely beautiful ‘Love Emblem’.  (It’s a free pattern available here:  http://annamariahorner.com/love.emblem.pdf )
The fun in the challenge is to see how each person interprets the same theme differently.  There is no pressure to create something incredible, just have a bit of fun and maybe do something that takes you out of your comfort zone (hence: Challenge!)
If you are going to miss the March meeting you can still take part!  All responses to the Challenge will be posted on the Guild blog.  I’m working on a system of voting/sponsorship of prizes, and will blog/email details of those asap.
Happy Quilting!

Stitch & Craft Show

Are you interested in meeting up as a group to attend the Stitch & Craft Show at Olympia 2 in London? Dates are Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th March, 2012.  Check out the website http://www.stitchandcraft.co.uk/ and download the show guide for more information.  If you are interested, please email Amy (amysalbums2004@yahoo.com) to tell her your preferred day to attend.  So far, of the 9 people interested, 6 have said Saturday would suit best and 7 of 9 said Sunday would suit best.  Payment will be required (8.50 per person – TBC) at the 4th March LMQG meeting in order to get the group discount. Hope to see you there – thanks!

February’s meeting

It snowed in London on Saturday night, just in time for Sunday’s second meeting of the London Modern Quilt Guild. So while we might have been a smaller group than we’d hoped, for those who did brave it through the snow (and for those who’s mode of transport was still running allowing them to), we could at least warm ourselves up when we arrived at The Running Footman with steaming hot chocolates and lattes.

With our ugly (or least liked) fat quarters lined up for swaps, we settled down for our first ‘Show and tell’ of our favourite quilts. First up, Ruth’s log cabin design, using Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern collection, made four years ago (and beautifully quilted).

Next up, Amy’s quilt, using everything plaid she could lay her hands on from her dad’s shirts to pairs of PJs… she even brought it in a beautiful plaid bag

Nathalie’s ‘Show and tell’ was based Oh Fransson’s New Wave design, while Jennifer’s was a baby quilt with appliquéd fish. Danielle’s hand-pieced quilt (a WIP) was amazing and used such vibrant fabrics, that I’m sure we’ll all want to see it again once it’s quilted. Michael’s London wall hanging soon had us plotting a London-themed challenge for the summer to tie in with the Olympics.

Next up, Sydney, with her fabulous quilt top (still a WIP), with beautiful embroidered panels on each block, inspired by a book of patterns from the 1960s (sorry the pic’s a little blurred, I was so in awe!). Such cute designs (and yes, we popped her name down on our Tutorial list for a future how-to!). Next to show, Annie, with her table runner. She made it for her mom for Thanksgiving this year, using autumnal colours.

Charlotte’s striking colour quilt, was made using a ‘Christmas treat to myself, an Oakshott ColourBox,’ as she explained.

With Colette’s first quilted cushion (with a beautifully concealed zip!), Christine’s floral snowball blocks, even a quilt design published in a book, we were quickly realising that, we are a pretty talented bunch, with different tastes, styles and skills to offer… which makes our February challenge, rather exciting.

The challenge is to make something quilted that is inspired by St Valentine and Valentine’s Day. The item can be any size and can be a quilt, a set of coasters or placemats, a table runner, cushions or a bag. How you interpret the theme is entirely up to you.

Look for more details and project inspiration coming soon!