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!

Improv Quilts

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At our last meeting Shevvy talked to us about Improv Quilting. This is a popular way of working amongst Modern Quilters, the freedom to create, change your mind, not worry about matching seams and perfect points and to be led by the fabrics and colours is very appealing. 

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Many of Shevvy’s improv pieces come to life from her scrap stash, some of which are tiny. These tiny scraps are pieced together, sometimes chopped up again, mixed with solids and played around with until there’s a quilt top that’s pleasing to the eye, there are many examples on Shevvy’s Flickr page.

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Ashley at Film In The Fridge is one of my favourite quilters, her quilts are all so different and she has a wonderful way of using colour and creating interesting designs with fabric.

This one, Cascading Pools has a wonderful balance of colour and neutral spaces.

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This one incorporates a variety of fabrics including corduroy, linen and double gauze, together these create a wonderful texture and the colour palette is striking.

Lu Summers is another inspiration when it comes to improv quilting. Lu mixes up geometric shapes in blocks of different shapes and sizes to create intricate pieces in bold colours. Lu’s book Quilt Improv is packed with blocks, tips and inspiration to get you started.  Remember this one? It’s still one of my favourites.

I’ve put together a mosaic of some Improv quilts that are inspiring. I think I’m going to have to try some improv curves, these ones look so good!

Click on the links to see who made these –

1. Assembly, 2. Improv. Blocks, 3. improv curve mini quilt, 4. wool improv quilt, 5. Keeping Eden, 6. add a border plus plus, 7. “Up Down” Quilt with Facing Finish – Detail, 8. Improv / free form quilt block number 5, 9. Quiet improv quilt

Who’s your improv quilting hero? Are you inspired to have a go if this isn’t your usual way of quilting, you might like it – have fun!
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meeting with Liberty

Next Sunday is our regular meet up, with a special guest from Liberty coming to get our views and feedback on the Liberty Lifestyle quilting range, amongst other things.

If you’re interested in coming along and for further information, please email us at londonmqg@gmail.com. Space is limited, so after our members have reserved their places any additional seats will be available on a first come first served basis.

Kaffe Fassett exhibition

Last week I went to the Fashion and Textile Museum to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition.
It is incredibly inspiring. I’m a 50/50 fan, some of his work I love, some I’m not so fond of, but I’m completely fascinated by the way he works.
There are references to painting and ceramics throughout and you can really see the work unfold from the original inspiration.
The quilting was so varied, simple geometric shapes are brought to life with a bold use of colour.
The exhibition is very rich and you will see some wonderful still life paintings, mosaics, tapestry, knit, quilting, ceramics and of course the inspiration behind so much of his work – nature.
 It’s on until the 29th June, if you get a chance to go you’ll definitely be inspired.
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The Winner is…

We have a winner, I won’t keep you hanging, but just a little recap of the terrific prize…

a place in this class, where you will learn to make these beauties which will enable you to go on to make oodles of fabulous quilts in the future.

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So the winner is

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which is Angela who said

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Congratulations Angela, we’ll be in touch soon.

Thanks to Annie from The Village Haberdashery for providing this amazing prize.

Giveaway – Modern Quilting Sampler class

The lovely Annie from The Village Haberdashery is hosting a fabulous giveaway for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day.
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The Village Haberdashery provides a one-stop shop for the modern crafter with a delightful selection of fabric, yarn, haberdashery and trims.  Classes are now being offered which range from knitting to quilting and to celebrate this and the new extended opening hours, Annie is offering one place for the Modern Quilting Sampler class led by popular quiltingblogger and author Katy Jones.
This class will provide you with an exciting introduction to the world of modern quilting using the half square triangle piecing technique! Half square triangles are one of the most important building blocks of patchwork – and the variations of blocks you can create using them are endless.
More details can be found here  and here.
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The class will be held over two days 10am-4pm (Saturday18th and 25th May) and takes place in West Hampstead, London so please ensure if you leave a comment that you are able to travel there for the set time.
There are two chances to win:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling us what crafty skill you would like to learn in 2013.
2. For a bonus entry sign up to the The Village Haberdashery newsletter and leave a comment telling us you have done so.
Giveaway is open to UK  residents only and will close on the 10th May at 6pm and the winner will be chosen by Mr Random Generator.
Good luck!!
Giveaway Closed – thanks for entering