Happy Home by Jennifer Paganelli

This year Jennifer Paganelli second book was published, called Happy Home.  It is a beautiful compendium of crafts, all made in her wonderful bright fabrics – a real feast for the eye.  A few quilts and smaller projects, like the lovely hexy cushion.

The book is made up of 4 main chapters called Decorate, Accessorise, Party and Dream.  The first chapter has delicious ruffle & applique cushions and curtains.

Accessorise include a lovely hat, the party makes just made me want to throw a party, to give my self the excuse to make up pom-poms, fun napkins and a vintage banner!

The Dream chapter is full of lovely bedroom makes, quilt, duvet cover and dreamy canopy amongst them.  If you love making bags there is a great shopper, dog bed and laundry bags.

The Dream section I think is my favourite with lovely ideas for any bedroom.  I have’t added any trim to a quilt, but love the turquoise tassels and pink pom poms below.

All beautifully photographed and written, a real visual feast and inspiration to decorate any home.  The patterns are held in a pouch in the front and are full size, which is always a bonus.  So ready for when inspiration to sew strikes!

We have a winner!!!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Kitchy Kitchen giveaway, generously sponsored by the lovely Rachel from Ray Stitch. Mr Random Number Generator has done his stuff and the Lucky Winner is Little Red Monkey. Congratulations! We have sent you an email, can’t wait to see what you make with this lovely bundle of fabric.

The London Modern Quilt Guild meets Tula Pink

By Gertie Pye of Quilting for England

In August, LMQG was delighted to have the opportunity to enjoy an evening with Superdesigner Tula Pink, who was visiting the UK on a whistlestop tour – first to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, and then on to Liberty’s, who now carry her latest fabric lines.

Tula had an evening free in London and so agreed to meet us all in a little pub in Knightsbridge, which turned out to be the perfect setting for us to first share an informal meal, and then enjoy a talk from Tula about her design process and how she comes up with her ideas.

Tula brought along the original fabric design for the signature Owl design from her 2007 line Full Moon Forest. This begins with Tula’s first pencil drawing on tracing paper, through to the repeated black & white version, then the colour overlay, and finally the fabric itself.

One thing this process definitely showed us is that Tula is a girl who can draw! She explained that she can see how a pattern will repeat in her head and so knows whether a design will work as a fabric or not. We looked through Tula’s fabulous sketchbooks and she pointed out some sketches which would not have worked on a fabric as there was no way for them to repeat properly.

Tula brought along as many quilts as she could stuff into a suitcase and first showed us this amazing number from her 2012 line Nightshade. She explained how she creates a storyline when designing, which serves as the inspiration for her designs. In Nightshade, the storyline is based around 3 demonic sisters and their somewhat unconventional lifestyles.

Now this might not look particularly spooky from a distance – some nice pretty pinks and purples in there, I hear you say. But Tula loves to hide images within her fabrics, and particularly enjoyed hiding skulls, lightning bolts and spiders’ webs in this floral print, much to the consternation of her mother’s quilting friends:

Tula’s quilts are quilted by the legendary Angela Walters, and because this is a Hallowe’en quilt, she complemented the theme by quilting spiders’ webs in amongst the feathers and swirls:

When Tula showed us the back, there was some serious quilt backing envy in the room. In order to make sure her quilt is completely unique, Tula gets exclusive giant prints from Spoonflower. The backing to this quilt is Neptunia von Black, the youngest sister featured in her Nightshade storyline.

Tula also brought along her incredible Space Dust quilt. This quilt is just breathtaking. The design is made up of dozens of multi-coloured facets which together form a comet, and the quilting on the cream fabric makes it look like it is zooming through space:

Close up of Angela’s quilting:

Many, many thanks to Tula for such a fascinating and informative evening. I think everybody felt that they had learned a great deal from her talk, and we were even more excited when we saw the complimentary quilt patterns that Tula kindly brought along for members!

Finally, Tula’s new line, The Birds and The Bees, is out now, featuring cheeky squirrels and cute little bugs!

Kitschy Kitchen – giveaway

The wonderful people at Ray Stitch are giving away this gorgeous bundle of Kitschy Kitchen fabric.
Ray Stitch is a fabulous one-stop sewing shop offering a very special collection of designer and organic fabrics for dressmaking, quilting, soft furnishings and craft. There is both an on-line shop raystitch.co.uk and a wonderful bricks and mortar shop and cafe on Essex Road in Islington.
Ray Stitch not only offer a fantastic selection of gorgeous fabrics, stylish buttons and trims and fabulous patterns they also have a sewing school offering classes in dressmaking, quilting and embroidery, including classes run by LMQG’s very own Michael Caputo and Aneela Hoey.
Rachel is kindly giving away a bundle of Maude Asbury, Kitchy Kitchen. For a chance to win this lovely bundle leave a comment, for a second chance to win like them on facebook and leave a second comment telling us that you did so.
The give away is open to all and will close at 8pm (BST) Saturday 22nd September. Good luck!
Thanks for entering, a winner will be announced soon.

Can’t Grow a Mo’ Sew a Mo’

Hi I’m Danielle Coolbear Jenkins from D J Coolbear,   I’m here to guest post about I project that I have started – Can’t Grow a Mo’ Sew a Mo’.  I am collecting moustache blocks to make into at least 1 quilt to be raffled off at the end of November to raise funds to donate to 2 very worthy charities; Movember and Mary Potter Hospice (Wellington, NZ).

At the end of February this year – 3 months to the day after turning 60 my birth father died, after battling Prostate cancer which had spread to his bones. For more about why I started the project take a look at the Can’t Grow a Mo’ Sew a Mo’ page.

I was discussing the need to do something with my mum – and came up with the idea of a charity quilt, well actually 2 charity quilts; one made by me in the UK and one by her in NZ.  I am very passionate about splitting the money raised by the quilts equally between the 2 charities donating to Movember means research into cancers and supporting Mary Potter Hospice means supporting the Palliative care that is provided when the cancer can’t be removed or treated and becomes terminal as it did with my father.

After writing a guest post on Lily’s Quilts last week the request for blocks to be contributed has spread through out the ether of the Internet – as far as I know from the blocks I have received and seen photos of in the Flickr group there have been 15 blocks made in just a week – I have already received 5 of them and there are more in the post winging their way to me from Canada and Australia.   Bringing the total with the 5 that I have made to 20 – already!

In NZ no blocks have been received yet – but I’m sure they will be pouring in soon enough as the word has also spread like wildfire throughout patchwork, quilting and knitting groups all over the country.

So the guidelines for the blocks are:

Moustaches – any size, shape, style – as long as they are moustaches only – finished with a frame – ie the quilt will be a rouges gallery. The moustaches can be anything you want – cotton, felt, faux fur, embroidered – as long as they are firmly attached to the block.  A block rectangular or square – including a frame – up to 12 inches (plus seam allowance). Have fun with the moustaches and the frames. If you need some inspiration take a look at the Flickr group.
•    Blocks are to be square or rectangular – as it will make it easier to fit all the blocks together whilst maintaining a rogues gallery look.
•    The finished block sizes – anything up to 12 inches, so 12.5 inches with seam allowance.
•    The finished block must have a frame, of any design – as simple or fancy as you like. Pieced, appliquéd or even embroidered or painted is great as long as the fabric used for the block is 100% cotton.
•    Any colours you like.
•    Draw inspiration from the Mo’s of the men in your life or from famous Mo’s – If stuck for inspiration I have drawn up a few (can you guess the Mo’s – some are a bit obscure).
•    Mo’s can be made of which ever fabric you want to use – blocks and frames however to be 100% cotton as it will make it easier to piece the top.
•    Machine appliqué with topstitch is probably easiest – especially with some of the fancier moustaches.
•    Blocks are to be back to me (in the UK) by the end of the first week of October at the latest. So I have time to piece the tops and get the tops to the quilters in time for launching the raffle at the start of November.
Thanks to Amy for suggesting the Sublime Stitching free embroidery pattern.
If you would like to contribute a block to the project either my quilt in the UK or my mum’s in NZ email me at: danielle@djcoolbear.co.uk and I will send you the mailing address/es.  Also please join the Flickr group and post your blocks.

Pick up the button from Danielle’s blog to spread the word even more.