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.

Jogakbo | Korean patchwork

korean patchworkimage source

I wanted to share with you all the wonderful art of jogakbo.  Korean traditional patchwork dates back centuries, jogakbo is made of pieces of salvaged fabrics used to make Hanbok (traditional Korean dress)We at the London Modern Quilt Guild have been given the chance to learn this technique at the Korean Cultural Centre here in London.

korean patchwork | jogakboimage source

This class is for everyone at LMQG who is interested.  It’s a 10 weeks course for beginners held from 10th September to 12th November, 18:30 to 20:30.  The class size is limited to 10 students for beginner’s course.  Every thing is 100% hand sewn in class, working with 100% Korean silk fabric and silk thread.  There is a Facebook page of the Jogakbo class and you can see the examples of Jogakbo projects.
The class is FREE for everybody but the material fee will be charged from £3 – 7, depending on the project.  If you are interested in joining the class, click here and send an application form to Korean Cultural Centre by 1st Sep. 2014. The application form is attached on the site. 

London Modern Quilt Guild at the Festival of Quilts

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Today the Festival of Quilts opens, we will be exhibiting at stand C29.  The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show – a celebration of quilting with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies.  Extraordinary galleries from international artists and groups, it’s the ultimate quilting experience.

modern_quilt_groupSo if your visiting, do come and say hello!

Sunday stitching bee

On Sunday we held the 2nd of our stitching sundays, even with the heat it didn’t stop us from switching on the iron, propping up the ironing board and sewing away.  It is fun to be able to sew with friends and chat,  learn a new technique or just be inspired by the wonderful quilts in the room.

fractured quiltSo I thought I’d share a few of the quilts in progress, ShevvyLondon is working on a Fractured quilt.

IMG_4106Danielle is working on a fab rainbow EPP quilt

indian odyssey quiltDorothy was working on her Indian cottons quilt.

Just wish I had taken more photo’s rather than chatting and stitching!  I have one final photo, a sneek preview of a fantastic quilt – see more at Sundays guild meeting.

London Modern Quilt GuildWe are planning another stitching bee in September, do email in if you’d like to join us or speak to Shevvy, Michael or Ruth at the next LMQG meeting  | 3rd August | 12 noon at Star Taver, Belgravia.

QuiltCon recap

QuiltCon recap by Charlotte of Displacement Activity

I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural QuiltCon in Austin last month, and I am still buzzing from the amazing experience. Spending time with so many people who share the same interests was just fantastic. Add to that the great location, delicious food and warm weather and you are onto a winner!


There were several aspects to QuiltCon, including a juried quilt show and contest, vendor hall, lectures, workshops and social events. The juried show was excellent, with entries from all over the world. There were lots of quilts that I had seen before on blogs, and it was like seeing old friends! I was honoured to have two of my own quilts in the show, one of which came second in its category. It was inspiring to see so many modern quilts together in one space. I think that was my favourite part of the whole experience.


There was a special exhibit of quilts by Denyse Schmidt, who was also the keynote speaker. It was just incredible to be able to see these quilts up close – there is so much tiny detail in the piecing and quilting that you just can’t appreciate in photos.


As well as the show, there was a full schedule of lectures and panel discussions on all four days, including talks by Anna Maria Horner, Heather Ross, Amy Butler, Jacquie Gering and many more. I was volunteering a lot of the time so missed some lectures that I really wanted to see, but luckily they are available for free on Craftsy.

The workshops were extremely popular and most of them filled up really quickly (including the ones I wanted to do, unfortunately) but I was unbelievably lucky and ended up volunteering in Denyse Schmidt’s improvisational piecing class. Denyse is a fantastic teacher, and I learned so much just being in the same room as her.


For me, the best part of going to QuiltCon was working as a volunteer. Because I was travelling alone I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t have anyone to talk to, but volunteering made sure that I was always busy and around other people. It was fantastic to be a part of things, however small.

QuiltCon will return in 2015 – I strongly suggest putting it in your diary now!

An Afternoon at Liberty

By  Elena from Modern Olivia.

This September, the LMQG had the pleasure of meeting with Sholto Drumlanrig, designer of the new Liberty Lifestyle Collection of quilting cottons. We met at the Heritage Suite within Liberty itself where Sholto, and sales/business manager Virginie, walked us through their process of creating and designing the new line.


Sholto shared how he found inspiration from the Liberty print archives and from his own artistic drawings to create the new patterns and colors for each fabric.

Many images were hand drawn. Final elements such has pattern repeats and colors were finalized via computer.

We ended the afternoon with a quick “show and tell” from guild members and Sholto and Virginie showed a lot of interest in our work. After all, much of quilting is about community, so we were more than happy to share our finished projects with them.


The Liberty team also showed off this gorgeous Union Jack quilt made up of fabrics from the new collection. Absolutely stunning!

It was incredible to hear directly from Sholto about both his creative process and bringing the fabric line to fruition.  Liberty has been producing fabrics for more than 100 years and is an English icon. It’s exciting to know that they have listened to what quilter’s want and that we now have access to such history.

PS – Annie, at the Village Haberdashery, stocks 11 prints from Bloomsbury Gardens along with this fabulous build-a-bundle.

The London Modern Quilt Guild meets Tula Pink

By Gertie Pye of Quilting for England

In August, LMQG was delighted to have the opportunity to enjoy an evening with Superdesigner Tula Pink, who was visiting the UK on a whistlestop tour – first to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, and then on to Liberty’s, who now carry her latest fabric lines.

Tula had an evening free in London and so agreed to meet us all in a little pub in Knightsbridge, which turned out to be the perfect setting for us to first share an informal meal, and then enjoy a talk from Tula about her design process and how she comes up with her ideas.

Tula brought along the original fabric design for the signature Owl design from her 2007 line Full Moon Forest. This begins with Tula’s first pencil drawing on tracing paper, through to the repeated black & white version, then the colour overlay, and finally the fabric itself.

One thing this process definitely showed us is that Tula is a girl who can draw! She explained that she can see how a pattern will repeat in her head and so knows whether a design will work as a fabric or not. We looked through Tula’s fabulous sketchbooks and she pointed out some sketches which would not have worked on a fabric as there was no way for them to repeat properly.

Tula brought along as many quilts as she could stuff into a suitcase and first showed us this amazing number from her 2012 line Nightshade. She explained how she creates a storyline when designing, which serves as the inspiration for her designs. In Nightshade, the storyline is based around 3 demonic sisters and their somewhat unconventional lifestyles.

Now this might not look particularly spooky from a distance – some nice pretty pinks and purples in there, I hear you say. But Tula loves to hide images within her fabrics, and particularly enjoyed hiding skulls, lightning bolts and spiders’ webs in this floral print, much to the consternation of her mother’s quilting friends:

Tula’s quilts are quilted by the legendary Angela Walters, and because this is a Hallowe’en quilt, she complemented the theme by quilting spiders’ webs in amongst the feathers and swirls:

When Tula showed us the back, there was some serious quilt backing envy in the room. In order to make sure her quilt is completely unique, Tula gets exclusive giant prints from Spoonflower. The backing to this quilt is Neptunia von Black, the youngest sister featured in her Nightshade storyline.

Tula also brought along her incredible Space Dust quilt. This quilt is just breathtaking. The design is made up of dozens of multi-coloured facets which together form a comet, and the quilting on the cream fabric makes it look like it is zooming through space:

Close up of Angela’s quilting:

Many, many thanks to Tula for such a fascinating and informative evening. I think everybody felt that they had learned a great deal from her talk, and we were even more excited when we saw the complimentary quilt patterns that Tula kindly brought along for members!

Finally, Tula’s new line, The Birds and The Bees, is out now, featuring cheeky squirrels and cute little bugs!