Luke Haynes

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The London Modern Quilt Guild is so pleased to announce that the AMAZING

Luke Haynes will be in town from the States on October 14th to share some of his work and chat about his process.



Luke studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York and considers his fabric art to be an architectural method of images creation. He is currently living in Los Angles, California and you will need both hands and a foot to count the number of States he has lived in.



If you are interested in meeting Luke and are not a member of the LMQG please email the guild at

Touchdraw challenge

A few months ago at the Fat Quarterly Retreat a few members took Lynne’s class on using Touchdraw, a graphics application that is available on IOS, Mac and Android.

In just a few simple steps, I managed to create this image and squealed with joy at what a perfect quilt it would make.

So I started talking to Jon the developer of a Touchdraw and he has agreed to kindly sponsor a challenge and will provide vouchers for either the IOS or Mac version of Touchdraw to some participants.

A random draw will be made of all those who make something based on the image. It can be as big or as little as you like. It can be solids or prints, appliqué or pieced. All I ask is that it is made up of the same circle and rectangle.

While this was originally going to be a guild challenge, because Jon had been so generous we are opening it up to anyone.

All you have to do to enter is show a picture of your finished piece. Either in the comments here on the blog, or on Flickr in the group Lmqg_td or using the hashtag lmqg_td on Instagram or Twitter.

As this is a bit of fun, we didn’t want to put any pressure on finish dates so the draw won’t be made until jan 1st 2015. That gives us 3 months to get creative.

I know some of you already have the Touchdraw app or don’t have compatible technology. Please don’t let that put you off joining it. We might be able to provide some other treat instead.

Please share with your friends and I look forward to seeing how this gets interpreted.


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Meet Judi

IMG_4505Tell us a little about your self: I’m a 60-ish mother of one son. I’ve been quilting for roughly 15 years.  Still learning and growing, which is a big part of the attraction to quilting.

What inspired you to start quilting: I have always admired quilts and I started buying them long before I started making them. About 30 years ago there was a quilt display in my local library, and I bought a quilt. My mother admired it, and clearly wanted one, and I thought how hard can this be!  I didn’t know anything about quilting, but I knew enough to buy 100% cotton fabrics (although they were dress weight) and I also bought the Eleanor Burns log cabin Quilt in a Day book. I made a log cabin lap quilt for my mother, figured out how to turn it into a quilt by looking at the one I had, but I had no idea about quilting it. I have never seen a quilt with so little quilting, but I gave it to my mother who loved it and used it until her death, when both my brother and my sister asked if they could have the quilt. I wouldn’t part with it and it’s my go-to comfort blanket if I don’t feel well.  I didn’t make another quilt for a long time, but went to a local exhibition where the ladies invited me to join their group and I never looked back.  Oddly enough, I ended up a member of the group where the maker of my original quilt purchase was still an active member, and I was able to tell her that I still had her quilt from all those years before.

IMG_4498Favorite tool or notion: I love my sewing machines! I don’t sew anything by hand if I can help it. Not because I can’t, but because I am too impatient.

IMG_4500Where do you work on your quilts and keep your fabric stash?  I took over my son’s bedroom when he moved out, but my fabric stash is now so huge that there ís no room left to sew. I tend to use the dining room, and use the kitchen to cut fabric as the worktops are a much better height.

Do you prefer to follow a pattern of improvise?  I followed patterns for years and years, always envious of those who produced original work, but scared to take the plunge. My passion for modern quilting means I do much more improvisational work these days and try to come up with original ideas. Though I think I am often rehashing designs I have seen elsewhere, but I’m getting there!

IMG_4502What is your biggest quilting mistake? Years ago I made a foundation pieced quilt with tiny pieces. When I came to quilt it, my aspirations were far in advance of my experience. I wanted to quilt feathers in the borders, but how to go about it? I decided to laboriously draw out the feathers on Izal toilet paper [the stuff that’s like greaseproof paper] pin to the quilt and sew, what could go wrong? Of course, what went wrong was that the quilt got smaller with every border I stitched, so that by the time I came to the last one, the design was way too big for the space!

I threw the quilt into a drawer and it’s still there (I think). I should dig it out and either take out one curve of the feather or make all the curves slightly smaller, but maybe not this week.

IMG_4501What are you working on right now? I recently went to an exhibition of the work of the artist Modrian and was totally inspired. I have been playing around with some ideas, but need to come up with a more exciting layout than I have come up with so far. I think I’ll start making some blocks, put them on a design wall and see what happens.

How do you start a quilt, fabric or design first? Design generally.

IMG_4503Do you stick to one quilt at a time or do you have several on the go at once? I have several on the go at once. I’m the same with books.

Favorite fabric right now: I still love Modaís Comma, even though I have made 4 or 5 quilts with this line, something I have never done before.

Tea or coffee: Tea

Machine or hand quilting: Machine, every time! I can hand quilt ñ in fact I took a class many years ago with Dierdra McElroy, who taught me a lot about hand quilting, but it’s too slow for me.

IMG_4506Favourite band: Not sure I have one. I tend to listen to Smooth FM when I am sewing.

What do you do when you’re not quilting: I work with my husband, running a business which provides admin support to Independent Financial Advisers. I am about to embark on a 2-year quilt judging course run by the Quilters Guild of the British Isles, which I am both excited and scared about.  I don’t have any great desire to judge other peoples quilts, but a lot of the course is about art and design (not directly relating to quilts) so I am looking forward to the personal development side of it.

First live band: OMG that was so long ago! Emerson, Lake and Palmer, I think.

Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon

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Every quilter, sewer has scraps left over from projects and what to do with the smaller pieces can be tricky. Shannon Brinkley has been creating things with her hands since she was a very young girl and fell madly in love with modern quilting in college.  Shannon is a modern quilter and this is a very modern take on appliqué methods.

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Scrappy Bits Applique starts with the basics of raw edge appliqué techniques, advice on colour theory, quilt design, collage techniques and various finishing methods.  There are 8 projects in the book with charts so one can make a baby quilt up to king with full fabric requirements for the different sizes. Various quilting methods are explained and shown, along with basting techniques and handy tips.

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The Little fox is very cute and far from the South London fox I see! The half triangle boarder is brilliantly explained with lots of tips and makes sewing the Geese blocks far less challenging.

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Windy Poplar is very effective with the low volume background. The Elephant with its pieced background, Around the World would be an amazing gift for a gap year student or wall hanging. The book comes with templates, but as I had a PDF review copy I cannot say what size patterns are.

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The fallen leaves cushions are a brilliant starting point; there is a lot of top stitching and satin stitch with the designs. This anchors the edge of the scraps and also adds definition to the designs.  At the back there are lots of inspiring quilts Shannon has made to spark your imagination. I love The Kraken and Shannon has featured this quilt on her blog.  I would re3commend Scrappy Bits Applique to anyone wanting to venture out into applique and also for anyone with a basket full of scraps and not sure what to make.

Dashwood Studio fat quarter bundle giveaway

Dashwood Studios are a UK based textile design company that produces beautiful fabric collection that can be used for home decor, clothes and of course for quilting. Since they started David and his team have produced a few stunning collections and has collaborated with many local quilters.

The latest collection is called September Blue and is truly stunning and we at the LMQG are lucky to be able to give away an ENTIRE fat quarter set of this gorgeous collection.

Susan Drsicoll designed this collection and it brings up images of long hot, lazy days walking in the countryside amongst the wild flowers, birds.

The giveaway rules are as follows:

  • Open to UK residence only
  • LMQG members cannot participate
  • Giveaway open from 4th to 11th September
  • You must have an e-mail address to your profile or in your comment

Enjoy !!

Judith Dahmen

“Sew a Modern Home” review

Many of the quilters I know find that they gain inspiration from
a range of sources beyond the usual ‘craft’ world. Art,
architecture, graphic design and interior design are a few of the disciplines
studied by modern quilters who looking for fresh design ideas. It is not
uncommon to stumble across modern quilting blogs where the bloggers interior
design choices are as alluring and inspiring as the quilts!
In her introduction Melissa Lunden explains how her love of
interior design has infused her quilting. The result is a range
of projects that are fresh, clean, and thoroughly modern.
The book take us room by room through a
range of projects from quilts, pillows, tableware, toys and nursery items.
It opens with a basic instructions section,
quilting and sewing techniques are explained with clear illustrations
and detailed descriptions.
Many of the projects are made using solid
colours, giving the projects a crisp modern look.  For me these are the best projects,
the solids allow Melissa’s clever design work to really steal the show. Chevrons, drunkard’s path, and flying geese are some of the familiar designs made modern.
Items range from large quilts to small items of tableware, and many of the projects
are suitable for beginners. Gift inspiration is abundant, with projects suitable for baby showers and house warmings.


Each project has clear material and cutting
instructions, with tips and tricks to save you time.  Diagrams detail the construction methods and there are lots of photographs including close ups of the quilting.
This is a great book for those who are
looking to make statement quilts for their home, or for the beginner
who wants to start with something small but dream big!

I think it will convert many people who are yet to discover
how stylish modern quilting can be.

Sew a Modern Home by Melissa Lunden is available now from Martingale Books
Images courtesy of Brent Kane.

Fat Quarterly retreat

A number of our members spent an enjoyable weekend at the recent Fat Quarterly Retreat, held in London and attended by quilters from the UK, Europe and beyond.  As well as the opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old friends there were some great classes which have inspired our creative passions since the weekend ended.  Lucie prefers hand work to machine sewing which stood her in good stead at her first class when a power cut stopped everyone but her in their tracks and she was able to continue with this petal block.

petal blockShe has given the machine another go and made this top, although in this blog post she explains why she isn’t converted.

adventures in machine piecingCara has her lovely lampshade finished and in situ and also made a pouch from the paper piecing she did in Tacha’s class.

lampshadepatchwork purseAmanda has finished her quilt top from Amy’s class and also done more screen printing.

amanda's quiltprintingClaire is working on some hand quilting after taking a great class with Jen Kingwell.

claire's hand qultingShevvy has also been trying out a bit more screen printing and also played with scraps kindly donated by Karen Lewis of BlueberryPark.

shevvyEveryone agreed it was a hugely enjoyable event and looking forward to the next one.

many thanks to Shevvy for this post.