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!

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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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