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Quilting blog modern quilts and modern quilting for everyone

Modern quilting. What is it? Is it for you?

I must admit I love most modern quilting, but the term is becoming very loosely used and almost describes everything that is not traditional.

There are subcategories within modern quilts –

Contemporary – what I think of as the typical modern quilt. A quilt with bold design, bold use of colour and striking quilting. This style often has large areas of plain colour and almost always uses fmq – free motion quilting. The quilts fit into the modern home. I am concentrating on this style in my new ecourse on Contemporary Modern Quilts. I will be introducing simple modern lines with a twist. The ecourse will discuss design, elements and how to create fabulous modern quilts, with many examples.

Trad-Modern Quilts – these are a halfway house between traditional quilting and modern. So it might be an updated quilting block, a new colourway or something unusual to make it not quite traditional.

Now there also seems to be a category developing where anything that does not fit into any other category, is called modern. We have to be careful here because modern quilts are not the trashcan for quilts that cannot be categorised. I have seen some quite busy quilts with very definite traditional techniques recently called ‘modern’. We have to be careful not the dilute the term.

Techniques are one area that can help define modern quilts. Sometimes the techniques are traditional but the cutting is modern freeform. We can also introduce new fabrics that we would not put into a traditional quilt.

As designs go, as long as you are happy with the use of space and colour, you’ll crack designing modern quilts quite easily.

This style can be used for bed quilts, wall quilts, small accessories and projects and for table runners, bed runners and so on. It is a style that lends itself easily to interpretation. So have a go.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Book review 200 More Crochet Stitches by Tracey Todhunter

200 crochet stitches

Book review 200 More Crochet Stitches by Tracey Todhunter, softback published by Search Press. ISBN 9781782216636, price 14.99 available from www.searchpress.com

A fabulous stitchopedia of 200 more crochet stitches. A companion to the 200 crochet stitches already published by the same publisher. A book you will thumb through often to choose the right stitch for all your crochet projects. Great clear photos and easy to follow charts and step-by-step instructions. This practical guide will be your best crochet buddy. The Directory is divided into 24 basic stitches, 16 fans and shells, 20 clusters, puffs and popcorns, 14 spikes, 19 raised, 17 mesh, 18 lace, 13 chevron, 19 textured, 10 Tunisian, 15 coloured and 11 edgings. A fabulous range of stitches for every crocheter. In addition there are the basic techniques and stitches, variations and abbreviations. A full colour book that is a must for crochet addicts.

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Book Review Cozy Wool Applique by Elizabeth A Angus

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Cozy Wool Applique by Elizabeth A Angus, published by C&T Publishing. ISBN 978-1617456008, price 14.99, available in the UK from www.searchpress.com

Make a start with wool applique with 11 seasonal projects for the home. Simple but effective shape and style embraces the joy of hand stitching wool motifs. Embroidery adds a homely touch. Make cushions and table runners. This small volume starts with general guidelines, pillow and table runner construction, stitch glossary and then straight into the handsome projects. The snowmen are my favourites. At the back of the book, you’ll find all the pattern pieces to trace off as templates. Good for beginners.

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Monday blog quilting news and products

Monday blog Spring Inspirations ebook

It’s Monday and in my home, that means blog day. Monday blog is a way to get my week off to a swing. I was hoping for good, good, good news all the way but it’s sort of good, good, oh hum. Not quite the good, the bad and the ugly, but a close shave!

Let’s kick start this Monday blog with good because that is my favourite place to start. My new Spring Inspirations ebook is out. 500 fabulous photos offer tons of inspiration for artists and textiles. Looking for a fab flower to quilt? You’ve got it. How about a coastal scene? No problem. You can use the images to design your textiles or quilts, to paint, inspire your pottery or whatever. Sorted. The ebook is on the website now, and at just 7.99 makes a superb gift too. I think you are going to love the cover.

More good news, yes, the lovely original sunflower quilt, the pattern for which was launched last week, is now on sale on the website. There is only one made, although I can make similar, but grab this original Karen Platt quilt now, while you can. It’s pure sunshine all the way. You want a piece of me, be happy with a quilt x

Now we come to ho hum. When I joked that version 3 of the competition quilt was a goer and looking great, but that finishing 3 weeks early meant that I would have time to do version 4 if not 5, I had no idea that by Sunday I would truly be on version 4. There was much cursing and hating of quilts. Then I put my head down and got on with it. What else to do? The main problem is that when I entered this quilt competition at the British Stitch and Quilt Village, I had no idea what I was going to quilt, but had to come up with a category and a title. Not only that a price too. Ever since I have cursed myself. I limited myself to something I thought of on the spur of the moment. I am not saying anything about version 4, I have learned my lesson. Version 1 was slightly too large. Version 2 at least twice the work I had priced the quilt at. Version 3 an utter mess – what was I doing? Not a word about version 4. If I have to go to version 5, I am giving up not just on quilting but on life. I am also doing a colour workshop at this show, so sign up now, I have heard tickets are going fast.

It cannot be all that bad. The sun is shining. I can still quilt. Version 1 is now on sale on the website. I have a lovely version 2 hand-stitching project going on. I am dying to start the FOQ quilt, but before I name it and price it, I am going to work out exactly what I am doing and how.

See you next week with all my quilting news x

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New Quilt Patterns instore now

snowflakes quilt patterns Karen Platt

I have just added exciting new quilt patterns to the store. Yes the Snowflakes and Polar Bears winter inspirations quilt is now written up with over 50 photos and complete step by step instructions. Everyone can do it, even beginners.

Since I started quilting, it has been my aim to build a library of unique quilt patterns, all my own design. This dream is slowly coming true. There are now three quilts patterns for sale in the pattern store. More will be added throughout the year.

This wonderful quilt is great as a wall quilt. The snowflake fabrics are available separately and there is a fabulous range of choices online.

I have two more new quilts to add next week. It has been a hellish week, so things got delayed but I am back on track now. I’ll be added the Charm quilt and the sunflower quilt patterns.

If you love making quilts from kits, we already have seven quilt kits under this same heading and I will be adding this new quilt pattern as a quilting kit too. The wonderful thing about kits is that you can get started straight away.

On the same page you can also see our finished quilts for sale too.

Last week I added the brand new International Quilt Textiles School Brochure – download yours for free here 

Start learning now with our unique and cost effective courses. You can also join me at quilt shows around the country where I shall be offering workshops on colour, and also scrap coasters and landscape quilts. My first appearance is in April, just about one month’s time at the British Stitch And Quilt Village. Sign up now for the workshops here, they take place on 12-14th April 2019. I look forward to meeting you.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019.

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Book Review Watercolour Flowers by Julie King

ISBN 9781782216261, hardback price 15.99, available from www.searchpres.com

This hardback book is a combination of watercolour flower painting instruction and pre-dawn sheets of artist quality paper. I am a fan of Julie’s beautiful watercolour renditions of flowers. The 6 projects include different techniques and you will use wet-on-dry and wet-in-wet, painting fine lines, gradated washes, glazing and stippling, mixing on the paper, lifting out, negative painting, highlights and shadows, textures with salt and more. The flowers included are Tulips, Hibiscus, Day Lily and Rudbeckia, Clematis, Sweet Pea and Rose. Find out how to use the book, set up for painting, materials, techniques, colour and mixing as well as how to frame your work. Each project has detailed instructions with step-by-step images. In an easy to see box, you’ll see at a glance the colours and the size of brush used. Excellent clear photos are used throughout. Recommended for the beginner finding it difficult to get to grips with drawing.

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Design Choices – Designing and Making Quilts

Design choices is all about visual effect. Does everything look right? Can we improve it? Everything we do is about choice – do we walk, take the car or bus, get a lift? Is it sunny or cloudy – do I need the umbrella? Just so when we design, everything comes down to choice.

Some design choices are easier to make than others. Some find making decisions very hard. Perhaps for them design is not the way to go and they need to find quilting patterns, mine are here (being added to all the time).

Yet I strongly believe that these design choices can be learned by everyone. Some need a course to learn, to others it comes more naturally. My Design in Quilting ecourse is perfect if you want to make sure you understand how to design quilts.

Did you know that choosing your fabrics is the first design choice you make? Those fabrics determine so much, so it is important to get it right. I add to my fabric designs regularly and also offer a range on undyed fabrics for quilters as well as a hand dyed fabric range. They can all be found on the supplies page.

Then there are the principles of design and how to apply them. Whilst it is more important to understand these for modern quilts or art quilts, the principles still apply to traditional quilting, but tend to be easier to apply. It all comes down to making decision after decision. Having a design wall helps immensely and I blogged about that when I made mine. They are cheap and easy to make and you can get everything on the wall and leave it there until you have made your choice. You can try out different fabrics, alter one aspect and see how it affects the rest and so on.

My latest quilt is finished and the pattern will be on sale this week.

Words, work and images copyright 2019 Karen Platt