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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

VeloCity design challenge

Four of the LMQG members recently took part in a design challenge set by Fat Quarterly. The challenge was to design and make items using fabric from the ‘VeloCity’ range by British Designer Jessica Hogarth. One of the items made was this ‘city squares’ quilt by Beth Studley. You can read more about the design on Beth’s website lovefrombeth and you can download a tutorial to make your own here.

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The challenges are all featured on the Fat Quarterly blog, you can read about Beth’s,

AliceAlice’s,

MichaelMichael’s

Amyand Amy’s by following the links.

Aren’t they wonderful!

our first exhibition!

In just a few weeks time a wonderful selection of our mini quilts are going to be exhibited in the Bistro (third floor) at John Lewis, Oxford Street. The theme was ‘what does modern quilting mean to me’ and each piece truly represents our members.

1. red diamond, 2. Front, 3. Folded Star mini-quilt, 4. Covering up my tracks!, 5. 088, 6. photo.JPG, 7. modern mini 1, 8. DSC_0328, 9. DSC_0326, 10. DSC_0324, 11. Queen, 12. DSC_0319, 13. DSC_0307, 14. DSC_0309, 15. DSC_0310, 16. DSC_0313, 17. DSC_0317, 18. DSC_0315

It showcases a variety of techniques, there is improv, EPP, embroidery, hand and machine quilting and some very contemporary designs.                                                                   The exhibition goes up on the 6th June, I’m sure you’ll love it – make sure you pop in to see it.

Thanks to Amelie who put together the mosaic.

 

a month of makes…

Once a month we intend to share with you some of the gorgeous projects our members have been making.

1. 241 tote, 2. Untitled, 3. Finished Swoon block 1, 4. Modern Minimal baby quilt, 5. Wonky patch block for March challenge – London Modern Quilt Guild, 6. Pencil Case, 7. tote bag made from Hometown by Sweetwater, 8. LMQG March challenge front, 9. A complete change of plan, 10. DSC01344, 11. Lucy’s pencil case, 12. Netbook cases

These are just some of them, take a look at our Flickr group to see more.

Modern Patchwork – book review

Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman reviewed by Ruth.

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I would love to share Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, published by Stash Books. As you may know I am a member of The London Modern Quilt Guild and love the modern approach to quilting as well as some more traditional approaches.  Elizabeth has designed 12 quilts to stretch your sewing skills and move on from the basics.  The quilts are different and laid out beautifully, with the block size and overall quilt dimensions.  Making the blocks is explained well and also for me at least has lots of photo’s and drawings showing how to exactly.  There is always one large quilt photographed and others showing how one can interpret the design in different ways.

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There are some great tips and fabrics used through out the book.  I love the Xylophone design above.

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The Looptastic quilt is made with 3 sets of coordinating fabrics, shown here in teal, chartreuse and white, with each set including one solid and 3 prints.

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Glam Garlands uses a relaxed piecing technique that produces slightly wonky blocks that resemble paper garlands.  There is a lot of information in the back, showing fussy cutting and tips.  The basics, so if you are newer to quilting all is explained and also tips on pressing seams.  For instance Elizabeth recommends ironing them open, not to one side.  There are projects that use appliqué and the book has a whole section on this, ideas on machine quilting at home with lots of examples shown.

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The quilt above is called Roller Rink; I think this will be the quilt I would make first.  Each block measures 4 inches by 16 inches and could be made in the 52″ x 80″ or scaled up further to a super king.  The back of this quilt is just as fabulous as the front; I think this is my favourite.

Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman is published by Stash Books on 28th June 2012.

All the book photographs are from C & T Publishing.

Thanks to Ruth from Two Hippos for reviewing this book.

Fat Quarterly – Review

Fat Quarterly Review

By  Patricia Lessell

 Fat Quarterly was started by 6 members of the online Modern Quilting /Sewing community from Britain and America to share project ideas and inspiration with other members of the Modern Quilting/Sewing community from all over the world.

The first issue was published in April 2010, named ‘Fresh Start’ written by the founding members Aneela Hoey, Brioni Greenberg, Kate Dixon, Katy Jones, Tacha Bruecher and John Q. Adams.  The E-Zine was an instant hit both here in England as well as in the U.S.  However, due to work and home commitments Aneela is no longer a permanent fixture but pops in every now and again and Lynn Goldsworthy has filled the empty space very aptly, I might add, as anyone who reads her blog can attest to as she is a brilliant quilter as well as her blog has amazing tutorials.

The Fat Quarterly team, of which there are now 5 members, Katy ,Tacha, Brioni, John & Lynn, met via various online quilting bees and swaps and shared a common admiration for one another’s’ style and aesthetic talents.

In the very first issue each of the 6 founder members had to do a challenge and the challenge had to include flying geese in a block and this is Brioni Greenbergs’ take on it

and this is John Q. Adams take on it.  If you want to see the others I’m afraid you will have to buy the E-Zine.

Fat Quarterly E-Zine is exactly 2 years old now and to say I have loved every single issue is putting it mildly.  Each one has had something totally different and inspirational to get my creative juices flowing.  There have been a further 7 quarterly issues since April 2010 as well as two specials.

In addition to sharing their designs and ideas each issue includes lots of well-known guests who have gotten my mojo to work overtime with their picture-perfect inspirational ideas which are a thrill and delight to read and digest.   The instructions for every single piece one can make in each edition is explicit and most can be stitched by even the newest sewist/quilter and if it can’t be the magazine quite clearly states this.

Each and every issue can be downloaded and viewed as a PDF file for any kind of computer, be it a PC or a Mac and can also be downloaded onto an iPad and is published four times yearly hence the name Fat Quarterly because each issue is very fat and is published once each season.

In the first year we had ‘Fresh Starts’, Scraps, Fussy Cutting and Solids all selling for a very reasonable $8.00 each or just $28.00 if you buy all four at once.  I really don’t know which one is my favourite to be honest.  Because I loved them all.  We also had Holiday Special 2010 which sold for only $5.00.  All of the e-zines are still for sale and can be purchased singly or buy four at a time HERE.

From Lynn Goldsworthy for Issue 8

Then the second year we were further delighted with issues names Pre-Cuts, Substrates, Colour and the 8th issue was named Paper which I personally was really looking forward to as I love paper piecing and I certainly was not disappointed.

Now I am eagerly awaiting Number 9 which should be out soon.  But in the meantime if you go the Fat Quarterly WEBSITE you will see that not only can you buy their incredible magazines but they are hosting a Community Retreat in London on the first weekend June.  I wish I could go but …..