Are you visiting the festival of quilts?

If you are and fancy making a whole quilt for charity while you are there then please check out

Game of Quilts is about completing a quilt from the first cut to the last stitch on the label during the 7 hours that the Festival of Quilts is open each day. Bernina sewing machines, cutting and ironing equipment supplied on the stand.


Each day three teams, each with four members, will try to meet this challenge.


The quilts must measure no less than 48″ square.


The teams will have complete freedom over their designs but they will have been given instructions on how to construct the quilt top. This will be their starting point for a special quilt which will allow all the skills and talents of the members of the teams to shine.


Any style, technique and material is permitted as long as it is practical. The quilts will be donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity at the end of the Festival.


The fabrics for the quilts to be supplied by the teams and the choice of colours is entirely theirs.


The teams will be working in full view of visitors so that they can watch their progress and engage in conversation.


This is not a competition and there is no knock-out of teams. All are winners in that they will have achieved something very special in aid of a very special charity.


You will receive a free pass in to the NEC for the day on which you are taking part in this event.


This event is supported by Twisted Thread/Upper Street Events.




Just to let you all know that I have updated the Events page to not only include our meetings but details of shops around London so we have a permanent link to PoppyinStitches who has put a great resource together of shops across London.

I’ve added this to the blog as we get a number of enquiries from visitors to London so hopefully you will find this useful.

For our local readers, if you have any to add to this please let us know.

January Makes

Post prepared by Amanda

The January guild meeting was all about improv. Shevvy gave a talk about her use of improv techniques; she brought along a stunning set of quilts that illustrated her practice. A number of these quilts can be seen in this month’s mosaic. She has challenged the group to ditch the constraints of the prescribed block and start experimenting  with improv; some examples of experimental blocks can also be seen popping up in the mosaic.

The weather has taken a turn for the worse here in London, snow flakes have been seen, so it’s no surprise that not one but two hot water bottle covers have made an appearance in the flickr group.

Let’s hope next month’s mosaic brings more improv than hot water bottles!

Jan makes

London Modern Quilt Guild: November Makes

November’s meeting saw lots of great stockings being handed over to our charity committee, the stockings were off to St Thomas’s in London to help brighten Christmas day for those families who find themselves in hospital at Christmas with sick little ones. Special thanks to the East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild who also donated some beautiful stockings (apologies that I didn’t get a photo).

Nov makes 2014

Again there was a variety of quilting styles on display providing lots of inspiration for 2015. Looking forward to 2015 and the January’s meeting will see the results of the touch draw challenge. It’s not too late to enter…see the blog for details.

Thanks to Amanda for preparing this post.

Fancy a Christmas and craft shopping outing to Bath?

A Yarn Story collage


ribbons from country threads Wool at Wool in Bath Yarn-y display at A Yarn Story

Recognising that many of our members are multi-craftual and appreciative of other crafty things, today’s post is about a one-day trip from London to Bath to visit the city’s famous Christmas Market on Saturday, 29 November.

The event has been planned by Yarn in the City, organisers of annual knitting celebration The Great London Yarn Crawl. Consider it an opportunity for a day away before the craziness of December is truly here, but spend it productively getting a jump on your Christmas shopping too! It’s also a lovely outing to make with special stitch friends.

What can you expect on the day?

Everyone will meet at Hammersmith at 9:00am. It’s wheels up by 9:15am as you’re whisked comfortably by coach towards Bath making new friends and perhaps knitting or hand-stitching along the way.

Just outside Bath is the coach’s first stop – The Shed. A former cidery, The Shed is now home to a farm shop and deli, bistro and café, as well as spa, gallery, and gift boutiques. The Shed will have a Christmas Market happening during the visit and knitters and crafters alike will be want to visit A Yarn Story, Bath’s newest yarn shop which will be offering a 10% discount to participants on the day. A Yarn Story has a luxurious selection of yarns from around the world as well as the UK including Shibui Knits, SweetGeorgia Yarns, Malabrigo, Kettle Yarn Co., Hedgehog Fibres, The Uncommon Thread, and more – as well as knit-inspired gift items too.

After a quick visit it’s back on the coach to the centre of Bath where Yarn in the City guests will be dropped off at the Bath Christmas Market in front of the Bath Abbey. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore at your own pace, either individually or in small groups.

The Bath Christmas Market is the UK’s favourite Christmas market with over 180 chalets of crafts and artisan products, all carefully selected for their local focus. A map with details of all the stalls and artisans will be provided.

A short walk away from the Christmas Market is Country Threads, a charming quilt shop with a huge stock of cotton fabrics, French ribbons, tools, books, waddings and threads. They also have jelly rolls and charm packs – the whole place is packed with inspiration!

The end of the day wraps up at Wool, a small yarn shop opposite Country Threads. A private event is planned for 5:30pm when the shop closes and will include festive beverages and treats for all before heading back to the market to meet the coach, and homeward bound for London. The coach is expected back at Hammersmith at approximately 9:30pm.

Tickets are available for £28. For more details and to book tickets, visit

Priory Square launch party

Annie of the Village Haberdashery is having a launch party at the shop for Katy Jones for her new fabric collection, Priory Square, on Sunday, 14 December at 2pm. Katy’s collection will finally be in stock and because this event takes place during their Anniversary Sale weekend, they will be offering 20% off everything in the shop (in store only) that weekend. You can read more details on The Daily Stitch.

Please let Annie know if you’d like to go so she can keep count for food/beverage needs.
katy jones priory square
photo 2 annie
photo 1 annie

October Makes

Post by MetroQuilter

This month’s meeting and guild flickr group had a lot of mini quilts on display. Some of the minis are for swaps, some for charity quilts and some to try new styles. Minis are a great way to experiment with new techniques and ideas without having to commit to a large quilt.

More Christmas stockings were also popping up; the group are donating the stockings to St Thomas’s hospital for the families of babies in the Intensive Care Unit. Anybody who would like to help should check out previous posts for details.

october makes