Inspiration of the month

The LMQG would like to start a new feature this month where we share with our members and readership every month a quilt that has caught our eye and the we find particularly inspiring to the cause of modern and contemporary quilting.  To start we’d like to share with you the Feather Quilt made by Jolene Klassen who blogs at Blue Elephant Stitches.

feather1© Blue Elephant Stitches.  Used with permission

Joleen was intrigued by the feather pattern my Anna Maria Horner and started of with a set of feathers but then gradually added more diverse elements to the quilt.

feather2© Blue Elephant Stitches. Used with permission

She uses a lot of low volume fabrics punctuated with littler spots of brightly patterned fabric. The arrangement has an improvisational look that is truly contemporary but also links back to a past where quilts were made by using old shirts and left over pieces that were available. Joleen’s favorite element is the little nine-patch section in the top left section and I am sure everybody who likes this quilt can find a little favorite section somewhere on it.

feathers4© Blue Elephant Stitches. Used with permission

Judith Dahmen

London quilt shops

ImageIs there anything as much fun as being surround by bolts of beautiful, bright, colourful fabrics?  In London we are lucky to have great fabrics shops and a few quilting specialist emporiums too.  I love to buy fabrics when I can see and feel them, on so I thought I’d share those I know of with you and if you can add to the list, please do leave a comment!

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First up Liberty.  The Liberty Art fabrics are great to sew with and British too, lovely store with great staff.

ImageTikki is a dedicated modern patchwork and quilting shop quilting shop in Kew, West London.  Tikki also sell quilting books, Japanese craft books, their own unique quilt kits, a selection of batting, large selection of haberdashery and also hold classes.

ImageRay Stitch is based on Essex Road in Islington. There are 2 floors full of fabrics, dressmaking patterns, haberdashery; many of the products they sell are organically or sustainably produced.  They also hold classes in quilting, dressmaking and embroidery.

ImageSew Over It are in North Clapham.  Lisa set up Sew Over It in a response to the growing feeling that sewing was becoming a lost skill. She wanted to pass on her passion for sewing through Sew Over It and encourage more people in London to pick up a needle and thread!  They have a range of classes, fabrics, haberdashery and a cafe.  Sewing and cake, what could be better?

ImageFabrics Galore is on Lavender Hill, Battersea.  They stock a range of quilting fabrics including Alexander Henry and the full range of  Liberty Lifestyle, amongst a huge selection of brilliantly priced dressmaking and home furnishing fabrics.  A real treasure trove.

ImageBeyond Fabrics is on the famous Columbia Road, in East London.  A quirky boutique in the heart of the East End, offering a great selection of fabric, Elna sewing machines and also classes.

ImageThe Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead has a large selection of quilting fabrics, sewing patterns and as the name suggests haberdashery.  Annie (a member of LMQG) also runs classes on quilting and dressmaking.

John Lewis has a large Rowan, Makower selection and their own brand of quilting weight fabrics.  There is a very large selection of haberdashery, although not a wide quilting selection.

Shaukat in Earls Court has a huge selection of Liberty fabrics and if you enjoy using tana lawn a must visit.  Not a quilting shop, but a fantastic range of fabrics.

Little Woolie in Beckenham, Kent.  A new shop offering yarn, Haberdashery, fabrics and classes.

Mrs Moon in St Margarets, Twickenham.  A lovely yarn shop with a small selection of quilting fabrics and haberdashery.

Yarnia in Belevdere, Kent.  Quilting and yarn shop.

Thread Bear in South Croydon.

Creative Quilting in East Molesey.

Just Between Friends in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

The Running Chicken in Reading (just outside the M25).  Karen is a brilliant long arm quilter who sells on line, fairs and her shop is open by appointment at her home.

Lady Sew & Sew (just outside the M25) in Henley upon Thames.

The Quilt Room (just outside the M25) with a good selection of fabrics, long arm quilting and classes.

Patchwork Cabin (again just outside the M25).

February’s Meeting round up

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This month marks the second in our traditional block made modern challenge.  Each block should be 12 1/2 inch square and we will be using them to make up charity baby quilts.  If you’d like to join in, bring along your 12.5 inch block to the next meeting, on the 2nd March.

IMG_3099We had a wonderful array of quilt this month, here is a small snapped selection from earlier today.

IMG_3082IMG_3087IMG_3092IMG_3095There were some lovely donated baby quilts for The Royal Brompton paediatric unit, this takes our donated quilts to over 30 now in less than 12 months.  Thank you so much for your donations!