May Challenge

MAY CHALLENGE ~ for show and tell at the July meeting ~

The next challenge (should you wish to accept it!!) is to create something inspired by a piece of artwork using solids!  This ‘something’ can be anything you like – a mini quilt, a wall hanging, a pin cushion, a lap quilt, a pillow, a bag, journal cover etc – you decide!  Let your imagination run wild and go for it!

As inspiration, there is an exhibit currently on at the Courtauld Gallery called Mondrian // Nicholson: In Parallel which runs until the 20th of May.  Other suggestions are to visit the Tate Modern, visit your local library for art books, or browse the internet to find a piece of art that you love which inspires you to create something using solid fabrics.  

In summary – be inspired by a piece of art and interpret that into something using solid fabrics.  Bring an image of your inspiration with you to the July meeting to show with your created piece.  Have fun, think outside the box and try stepping out of your comfort zone!!  This is a “challenge” after all! 

Visit The Courtauld website for more information, for opening and admission information and for amazing pictures of artworks by artists such as Mondrian, Nicholson and Keeling, to name but a few!  


 ****Please note that there is no exchange/swap scheduled for the 8th July [note the new date!] meeting as it will be a big show and tell meeting sharing this challenge and the things made at the Fat Quarterly retreat



MAY MEETING ~haberdashery swap!

Hello everyone! 

As mentioned at the April meeting, we are having a “HABERDASHERY” swap at the May meeting!  In case you aren’t sure what that means (or perhaps you think you don’t have any ‘haberdashery’ to swap), here are a few ideas of things that you could include in your baggie:

~buttons (we all love buttons); embroidery floss; quilting thread; needles and pins; brooch/jewellery findings; lace; ribbon; trim; sequins; patches; binding strips; bias tape; beads; boning; elastic; cord; fasteners; feathers; fabric glue; components like teddy bear eyes etc.; hemming tape; labels; velcro; zippers; clasps; magnets; aida cloth; hoops; crochet/knitting needles; thimble; seam ripper; tape measure; keychains; clips; bobbin holder; sewing kit; scissors; string; fabric dye; templates; laces; interfacing~

Get the idea?  Anything used in sewing or used to help with sewing would be great!  There are some talented people in our group so what you may think are standard sewing supplies or tools, others may not have seen or used them before!!  This is a fun way to beef up your collection of useful haberdashery and sewing kit bits+pieces and a chance to pass on your duplicates (if you have such a thing!?).  In the interest of fairness, some bags may be opened and shared out to lesser bags – we want everyone to go home happy and with some good stuff!  

And don’t forget to bring your ‘Modern Mini Quilt’ (with hanging triangles in the corners) to the meeting as well.  Questions about the haberdashery swap or the mini quilt?  Please email me at

See you in May!



March Challenge

London Modern Quilt Guild – MARCH CHALLENGE

We have your next challenge!  Using your bag of scraps from the swap, your own scraps and/or your favourite fabrics, create a WONKY LOG CABIN block or a CRAZY block that measures 8.5 inches or 12.5 inches (finished size).  Feeling creative?  Create both if you like!  We will share our creations at the April LMQG meeting.  

The aim is to use up some of your stash to create something fun, colourful, wild and to perhaps take you out of your comfort zone.  Never made one of these blocks before?  Then why not visit the listed links below for a tutorial! 

There are fabulous tutorials over on

Or type in ‘wonky log cabin’ and ‘crazy block’ and see what pops up on the internet.  Flickr has a lot of inspiration too. 

Have fun creating your scrappy Wonky Log Cabin or Crazy block and see you in April! 

February Challenge: St. Valentine

February Challenge: St Valentine
The February Challenge is to make something quilted that is inspired by St Valentine & Valentine’s Day.
The item can be any size and although it can be a quilt it does not have to be.  It could be, for example, a set of coasters or placemats, a table runner, cushions or a bag.
How you interpret the theme is entirely up to you.  For example, you could be inspired by the traditional colours of pink and red, you could use fabric printed with hearts and flowers, use paper piecing to create a heart block, use Amy Butler’s ‘Love’ fabric range, or make Anna Maria Horner’s absolutely beautiful ‘Love Emblem’.  (It’s a free pattern available here: )
The fun in the challenge is to see how each person interprets the same theme differently.  There is no pressure to create something incredible, just have a bit of fun and maybe do something that takes you out of your comfort zone (hence: Challenge!)
If you are going to miss the March meeting you can still take part!  All responses to the Challenge will be posted on the Guild blog.  I’m working on a system of voting/sponsorship of prizes, and will blog/email details of those asap.
Happy Quilting!

Stitch & Craft Show

Are you interested in meeting up as a group to attend the Stitch & Craft Show at Olympia 2 in London? Dates are Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th March, 2012.  Check out the website and download the show guide for more information.  If you are interested, please email Amy ( to tell her your preferred day to attend.  So far, of the 9 people interested, 6 have said Saturday would suit best and 7 of 9 said Sunday would suit best.  Payment will be required (8.50 per person – TBC) at the 4th March LMQG meeting in order to get the group discount. Hope to see you there – thanks!