Tricolette giveaway

The lovely Michael from Tricolette is giving away this gorgeous bundle of fabrics.

fabrics left to right are:

Rowan – Amy Butler Soul Blossoms Peacock
Robert Kaufman – Modern Whimsy Circles
Free Spirit – Houndstooth Emerald
Free Spirit – Teacakes Faded Wallpaper
Robert Kaufman – Modern Whimsy Flowers
Robert Kaufman – Modern Whimsy Sheep
Tricolette is a beautiful knitting, patchwork and needlecraft shop located in tranquil St. Johns Wood, London.  The shop opened its doors in 2010 with a focus on knitting and recently expanded into fabric and quilting supplies. Tricolette specialises in mouthwatering yarn, irresistible fabrics and essential accessories.  The online store is currently being updated to include the same fantastic range of fabric that is available in the bricks and mortar shop.  Excitingly, Thomas Knauer, Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably will be visiting the shop during July to talk about their new fabric lines. Check out and for full details.

There are two chances to win this gorgeous bundle:

1. Leave a comment on this post.
2. Like the Tricolette facebook page and leave a second comment here, telling us you have done so.

The Giveaway is open to all, including international entries, and will close on the 7th June 2012 at 7pm BST, a winner will be picked by Mr Random Number Generator. Good luck!


thanks for entering!

our first exhibition!

In just a few weeks time a wonderful selection of our mini quilts are going to be exhibited in the Bistro (third floor) at John Lewis, Oxford Street. The theme was ‘what does modern quilting mean to me’ and each piece truly represents our members.

1. red diamond, 2. Front, 3. Folded Star mini-quilt, 4. Covering up my tracks!, 5. 088, 6. photo.JPG, 7. modern mini 1, 8. DSC_0328, 9. DSC_0326, 10. DSC_0324, 11. Queen, 12. DSC_0319, 13. DSC_0307, 14. DSC_0309, 15. DSC_0310, 16. DSC_0313, 17. DSC_0317, 18. DSC_0315

It showcases a variety of techniques, there is improv, EPP, embroidery, hand and machine quilting and some very contemporary designs.                                                                   The exhibition goes up on the 6th June, I’m sure you’ll love it – make sure you pop in to see it.

Thanks to Amelie who put together the mosaic.


May Challenge

MAY CHALLENGE ~ for show and tell at the July meeting ~

The next challenge (should you wish to accept it!!) is to create something inspired by a piece of artwork using solids!  This ‘something’ can be anything you like – a mini quilt, a wall hanging, a pin cushion, a lap quilt, a pillow, a bag, journal cover etc – you decide!  Let your imagination run wild and go for it!

As inspiration, there is an exhibit currently on at the Courtauld Gallery called Mondrian // Nicholson: In Parallel which runs until the 20th of May.  Other suggestions are to visit the Tate Modern, visit your local library for art books, or browse the internet to find a piece of art that you love which inspires you to create something using solid fabrics.  

In summary – be inspired by a piece of art and interpret that into something using solid fabrics.  Bring an image of your inspiration with you to the July meeting to show with your created piece.  Have fun, think outside the box and try stepping out of your comfort zone!!  This is a “challenge” after all! 

Visit The Courtauld website for more information, for opening and admission information and for amazing pictures of artworks by artists such as Mondrian, Nicholson and Keeling, to name but a few!  


 ****Please note that there is no exchange/swap scheduled for the 8th July [note the new date!] meeting as it will be a big show and tell meeting sharing this challenge and the things made at the Fat Quarterly retreat


a month of makes…

Once a month we intend to share with you some of the gorgeous projects our members have been making.

1. 241 tote, 2. Untitled, 3. Finished Swoon block 1, 4. Modern Minimal baby quilt, 5. Wonky patch block for March challenge – London Modern Quilt Guild, 6. Pencil Case, 7. tote bag made from Hometown by Sweetwater, 8. LMQG March challenge front, 9. A complete change of plan, 10. DSC01344, 11. Lucy’s pencil case, 12. Netbook cases

These are just some of them, take a look at our Flickr group to see more.

Giveaway Winner

We have a winner! Thanks to all of you for taking part in our first giveaway and a huge thank you to Janet and Louise at Glenroy Designs for generously providing the fat quarter bundle of Laura Gunn  fabrics. If you haven’t been to their shop yet go and take a look, they have lots to tempt you with.

So, are you ready…

congratulations to comment no 62 –  Lucy @ Charm About You! We will be in touch, and this lovely bundle will be heading your way soon.

screen printing with Lucie Summers

On Sunday seven of us from the LMQG went to join Lucie Summers at her home in Suffolk for a screen printing workshop. We were welcomed with homemade brownies and chatted over tea before being led through to her bright studio and getting stuck in.
We had all sent our own designs to Lucie in advance as we were to print our own quilt labels and our screens were ready and waiting for us. Lucie explained to us how the screens are made and then showed us the art of screen printing.
With our bundles of fabric at the ready and a row of juicy coloured inks to play with we were off.
Lucie shared tips, gave advice and infused us with her passion for printing. As the day went on, Lucie then let us use some of her larger screens for some double printing. We got to use some of her designs and once they had dried, then printed our own design over the top.
The combinations are endless and the effects on different fabrics and prints fascinating. By the end of the session we had all got to grips with the techniques and were producing some impressive fabrics.
We also got to see ‘that’ quilt – it is stunning, and much bigger than I imagined it would be.
Lucie’s first collection with Moda is hitting the shops right now, get some while you can.
Group 1 ( group 2 will be going soon! )
Colette (me), Judith, Lucie, Ruth, Christine
Siobhan, Danielle, Atia
Thank you Lucie for being a terrific host and tutor, we had a fabulous time. We all went home with our screens and a pot of ink to play with, I have no idea how I will ever have the time to make enough quilts to go with the enormous number of labels I now have.

Laura Gunn FQ Giveaway

The lovely people at Glenroy Designs are giving away this wonderful bundle of Laura Gunn fabrics. Glenroy Designs, run by Janet and Louise, is an online shop selling fabric for quilting, patchwork and sewing. They also sell kits, patterns and a range of hand-dyed fabrics. Fabrics are a mix of the contemporary and traditional but always with a design edge and they love to mix and match to create unique fabric combinations.
For a chance to win this bundle of 7 fat quarters leave a comment on this page.

For another chance to win pop over to their facebook page, like them and leave a comment here telling us you have done so.

The giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers and will close on 9th May 2012, 7pm BST,  a winner will be picked at random. Good luck!

Giveaway is now CLOSED, a winner will be announced soon!

Modern Patchwork – book review

Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman reviewed by Ruth.

image by C & T publishing

I would love to share Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, published by Stash Books. As you may know I am a member of The London Modern Quilt Guild and love the modern approach to quilting as well as some more traditional approaches.  Elizabeth has designed 12 quilts to stretch your sewing skills and move on from the basics.  The quilts are different and laid out beautifully, with the block size and overall quilt dimensions.  Making the blocks is explained well and also for me at least has lots of photo’s and drawings showing how to exactly.  There is always one large quilt photographed and others showing how one can interpret the design in different ways.

image C & T Publishing

There are some great tips and fabrics used through out the book.  I love the Xylophone design above.

image C & T publishing

The Looptastic quilt is made with 3 sets of coordinating fabrics, shown here in teal, chartreuse and white, with each set including one solid and 3 prints.

image C & T publishing

Glam Garlands uses a relaxed piecing technique that produces slightly wonky blocks that resemble paper garlands.  There is a lot of information in the back, showing fussy cutting and tips.  The basics, so if you are newer to quilting all is explained and also tips on pressing seams.  For instance Elizabeth recommends ironing them open, not to one side.  There are projects that use appliqué and the book has a whole section on this, ideas on machine quilting at home with lots of examples shown.

image C & T publishing

The quilt above is called Roller Rink; I think this will be the quilt I would make first.  Each block measures 4 inches by 16 inches and could be made in the 52″ x 80″ or scaled up further to a super king.  The back of this quilt is just as fabulous as the front; I think this is my favourite.

Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman is published by Stash Books on 28th June 2012.

All the book photographs are from C & T Publishing.

Thanks to Ruth from Two Hippos for reviewing this book.