2016 meetings

We have confirmed our meeting dates for 2016 and they will be as below:

Upcoming Guild Meetings for 2016:

  • Sunday, 10th January @ 12pm
  • Sunday, 7th February @ 12pm
  • Sunday, 6th March @ 12pm
  • Sunday, 3rd April @ 12pm
  • Sunday,8th May @ 12pm
  • Sunday, 5th June @ 12pm
  • Sunday, 10th July @ 12pm
  • Sunday, 4th September @ 12pm
  • Sunday, 2nd October @ 12pm
  • Sunday, 6thNovember @ 12pm
  • Sunday, 4th December @12pm

We meet at Star Tavern in Belgravia the first floor, usually on the first Sunday of every month. If you’d like to attend a meeting, please get in touch!

Improv Quilts

Post by Colette

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. 


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.


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.


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!

Luke Haynes | “Quilt; as quilt, as art”

Luke Haynes visited the LMQG at our habitual meeting place the Star Tavern, Belgravia, on 12th on the October 2014. He brought with him stories, perspectives, bales of ideas that would shame the even his “Goodwill” fabric hunting grounds, and of course quilts. As quilts. And quilts as quilts, as art.
IMG_4878Luke loved Purple. Purple was made for him by his mother and was perhaps the beginning other visual and creative interests. One theory has it that he has been remaking Purple all his life. If that is the case, he has done the most challenging of all creative things. He has allowed his creations to change his outlook, he has engaged in what they mean to others. In his words, he “has a conversation about it”.
luke haynes quilt backLuke trained in art and architecture and at the same time, pursued what was at once a distraction and an alternative, photography. These threads came together in quilting.

At an early exhibition Luke found himself to be the subject of an unexpected celebration;

“I LOVE how you don’t care if it is straight!”

He does not bind by hand, he uses the visibility of the seams as part of the framing of the quilt. He does use acid free glue.  He does not do that which he doesn’t want to do. All very affirmative for a room full of modern quilters!
luke haynes close upOther than steering clear of knitted fabric (there is a limit to the contemporary edge that even Luke can construct out of some material), Luke will try fabrics together that seem unlikely neighbours, shirting with synthetic fur, cotton labels with wool suiting, vinyl with denim….He sorts his Goodwill, by the kilo, purchases by colour. He doesn’t dye fabrics, he reconstructs them as they are. His editing is based on whether he would like to wear it. If yes, it is spared the rotary cutter. Until the next wardrobe cull. If not, curtains. And they might well be.
IMG_4890Luke’s work is a synthesis of different perspectives. Log cabins are suggested, and the lines deconstructed, the blocks don’t match the frames, they echo them. They stimulate inquiry, they disturb familiarity.
luke haynes cupcakePhotographs are photoshopped and reimaged in fabric, into portrait quilts. The fellowship of quilting’s heritage realised anew. The reverse of the quilt holds the negative image that the electronic photographs never had, picked out in a contrasting bobbin colour. Joe Cunningham’s signature “drawing with bias tape” has the same stature and space on the quilt as Joe’s image. The work of the long arm quilting machine becomes the earliest of craft methods, ink sketched onto a background.

In another portrait quilt, Whistler’s Mother becomes “a big bearded goofy guy” and as with Mrs Whistler, the physical map of a journey through life, patent on the face, present in the textures of the portrait quilt. Ambiguity brings questions. Is he care worn and tired a contemporary Whistler whose digital bubble has burst? Has he simply had a heavy meal and a night of video games?
IMG_4886Are we looking at the weight of the world or the passing effects of self indulgence? We are stimulated to ask the question, provoked to debate the response. Isn’t that what art does? And speaking history, across generations, in fabric, the maker evident in their sewing, isn’t that what quilting has done?
luke haynes longarm quiltingThe accessibility of Luke’s portrait quilts makes them the “pictures on a blanket” of the cautious Seattle art gallery visitors he told us about. They are objects for use, they are personal, they are public. They are quilts, as quilts. They are quilts; as quilts, as art.

February’s Meeting round up


This month marks the second in our traditional block made modern challenge.  Each block should be 12 1/2 inch square and we will be using them to make up charity baby quilts.  If you’d like to join in, bring along your 12.5 inch block to the next meeting, on the 2nd March.

IMG_3099We had a wonderful array of quilt this month, here is a small snapped selection from earlier today.

IMG_3082IMG_3087IMG_3092IMG_3095There were some lovely donated baby quilts for The Royal Brompton paediatric unit, this takes our donated quilts to over 30 now in less than 12 months.  Thank you so much for your donations!

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.

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.

April’s meeting

We had a lovely spring day for this month’s meeting, held at once again at Tricolette. With 19 members, all getting settled, we had a surprise visitor – Aneela Hoey. Pennie had befriended Aneela upon discovering that they lived not too far from each other, and invited her to join us. Aneela shared her story of how she got started designing for Moda and about her book project. Here’s the gang with Aneela (thanks Michael for the pic).


Then it was straight on to show and tell… with last month’s wonky log cabin causing much laughter as several confessed to ‘adding a few scraps from my own stash’. Here’s Annie, Aita and Danielle’s designs…


We’ll certainly be raiding our stash piles for May’s challenge (especially as our favourites will go on display at John Lewis on Oxford Street!). Can’t wait to see how we all take ‘What modern quilting is’ and mix, stitch and quilt this into a 12inch block.

February’s meeting

It snowed in London on Saturday night, just in time for Sunday’s second meeting of the London Modern Quilt Guild. So while we might have been a smaller group than we’d hoped, for those who did brave it through the snow (and for those who’s mode of transport was still running allowing them to), we could at least warm ourselves up when we arrived at The Running Footman with steaming hot chocolates and lattes.

With our ugly (or least liked) fat quarters lined up for swaps, we settled down for our first ‘Show and tell’ of our favourite quilts. First up, Ruth’s log cabin design, using Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern collection, made four years ago (and beautifully quilted).

Next up, Amy’s quilt, using everything plaid she could lay her hands on from her dad’s shirts to pairs of PJs… she even brought it in a beautiful plaid bag

Nathalie’s ‘Show and tell’ was based Oh Fransson’s New Wave design, while Jennifer’s was a baby quilt with appliquéd fish. Danielle’s hand-pieced quilt (a WIP) was amazing and used such vibrant fabrics, that I’m sure we’ll all want to see it again once it’s quilted. Michael’s London wall hanging soon had us plotting a London-themed challenge for the summer to tie in with the Olympics.

Next up, Sydney, with her fabulous quilt top (still a WIP), with beautiful embroidered panels on each block, inspired by a book of patterns from the 1960s (sorry the pic’s a little blurred, I was so in awe!). Such cute designs (and yes, we popped her name down on our Tutorial list for a future how-to!). Next to show, Annie, with her table runner. She made it for her mom for Thanksgiving this year, using autumnal colours.

Charlotte’s striking colour quilt, was made using a ‘Christmas treat to myself, an Oakshott ColourBox,’ as she explained.

With Colette’s first quilted cushion (with a beautifully concealed zip!), Christine’s floral snowball blocks, even a quilt design published in a book, we were quickly realising that, we are a pretty talented bunch, with different tastes, styles and skills to offer… which makes our February challenge, rather exciting.

The challenge is to make something quilted that is inspired by St Valentine and Valentine’s Day. The item can be any size and can be a quilt, a set of coasters or placemats, a table runner, cushions or a bag. How you interpret the theme is entirely up to you.

Look for more details and project inspiration coming soon!