For our January meeting on 12th January our challenge is to take a traditional quilt and make it modern! The finished size should be 12.5 x 12.5 inches, if you can’t make the meeting do email a photo of your block to firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to add your photo to the LMQG flickr group. So with this in mind I thought I’d share some amazing traditional & modern quilts to inspire you.
With Christmas coming next week, I wanted to share some fantastic modern quilts. I know there is little time to stitch a whole quilt, but just looking at these could inspire a last minuet quilted stocking, table runner or pot holder. Some are patterns to purchase, tutorial or one off beautiful quilts.
and finally an antique Welsh red & white striped quilt, simple, beautiful and for all its age modern.
12th January 2014 at The Star Tavern.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in London with my husband. As I work full time sewing and quilting is a weekend activity. I can be found on Flickr and Instagram at Metroquilter, tag line ‘Modern quilter. Stash builder’.
What inspired you to start quilting?
Despite having not sewn since 1 was 13, when I had my last school needlework class, I had often thought I would like to make a quilt someday. The big inspiration came in May 2010 with the Quilts exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. As well as being inspired by the exhibition I took a free workshop and learnt how to make a 9 patch block by hand. As I didn’t have a sewing machine at the time my first quilt was pieced and quilted by hand. I was inspired by a quilt in Kaffe Fassett’s book, Simple Shapes Stunning Quilts, and made a half square triangle quilt in blue and white. It was 3,000 triangles pieced by hand and took me 2 years to make. I then bought a machine, joined the LMQG, discovered the online quilting community and became hooked on quilting.
What is your favourite tool or notion?
I couldn’t do without my iPad in the sewing room. I get most of my inspiration from the internet; following blogs, reading tutorials and following other quilters on Instagram.
What is your favourite fabric right now?
I’m a Lotta Jansdotter fan and have Glimma lined up for my next quilt. Carolyn Freilander is another favourite; Artitextures is in the stash and I have my eye on her new Botanics range. I also love Lizzy House’s pearl bracelets and I use it in my Diamond ring quilt (pattern by Green Bee).
Ironing. Why does sewing require so much ironing?
Tea or coffee?
Do you stick to one project at a time or have several on the go?
A quick tally reveals:
3 quilts in production
2 quilts where the fabric is bought and design decided
1 bag in production
2 other projects waiting to go from fabric to finish.
Normally the list, as well as quilts, includes bags, cushions and pouches:
Hand or machine quilting?
Wither. I mainly straight line machine quilt; free motion quilting is on my ‘must learn’ list.
What’s your favourite film?
The Champ. Years since I’ve seen it though. Guaranteed blubbing, every time.
Bruce and the E street band, can’t beat the Boss.
What do you do when you’re not quilting?
As well as quilting I also enjoy cycling. In the winter though you will find that the sewing machine wins over the bike every time!
First live band?
Deacon Blue some time in the 80’s.