Urban London Challenge

This month our guild challenge is based around this incredible city. We are lucky to have historical architecture alongside modern structures, iconic typography throughout the Underground and street art that sells for millions.

Classic red telephone and post boxes pepper the streets while 1960’s tower blocks create a backdrop. Beautiful parks, victorian markets and quirky pockets of eccentricity make this city what it is.

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To celebrate our home town, using an ‘Urban London’ image as your inspiration and only solid fabrics, your challenge is to create a 12″ square block.

 

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Poppy In Stitches has created a  Pinterest board packed with inspiring images to give you some ideas. You can work from a photo you’ve taken or one you’ve found online or in a book.

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Whether you choose a London Landmark, a Georgian Terrace or a back street cafe as your inspiration have fun with this challenge. Don’t forget to bring your image with you to the meeting so we can see what inspired you!

Double Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

double-wedding-ring-quilts-1Double Wedding Ring Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, hot off the press and out this month. I have seen double wedding ring quilts and appreciated their beauty, but thought them fiendishly difficult.  Victoria encourages us to not worry about making mistakes and to use them to learn from and even turn a mistake into a design feature!  With her thoroughly modern approach and improv style, turns a very traditional quilt style into 10 breathtakingly modern beauties.

double-wedding-ring-quilts-2This quilt was Victoria’s starting point using Center City fabrics from Jay McCarroll.  She used AccuQuilt wedding ring die cutters and a mistake quilt top, turning it into a master piece.

double-wedding-ring-quilts-3Bright Lights, Big City above, is large-scale scrappyness – perfect if you have lots of left overs from previous quilts.  Each section is well explained and with lots if diagrams, photos and suggestions to move the designs on further.

double-wedding-ring-quilt-4Leona above was inspired by a vintage quilt top, called Olga and this was named after Victoria’s grandfather ad his twin sister Leona.

double-wedding-ring-quilt-5I love the way this book takes such a traditional pattern, breaks it down and reinvents it with a modern twist – so many ideas on how to change the design, mixing up fabrics or even those quilt tops folded gently to one side as they some how fall short of our creative desires when making them.  I think my favorite quilt if all is Luminous Views made in solids, its big, bold and very modern take and beautiful.  This book really does inspire you to create and push your creative boundaries.  So if you’d like a little nudge, want to try circles or just have a beautiful book to gaze at this is for you.

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