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Quilting Work In Progress Quilt Magic

Quilting work in progress is all about the projects on the go. Looking at what I have been working on but what is not yet finished. It’s true, occasionally projects fall by the wayside and do not get finished for one reason or another. I have become pretty good at completing projects and trying not to start another one until the project I have started on is finished.

Quilting Work In Progress – OBW

It was only on the 25th September 2019 that I decided to use up some fabric bought in 2017, two years ago. I had initially bought a panel and some fabric for One Block Wonder (OBW) quilt. When the fabrics arrived, they had been put in the to do drawer. I was unsure they would work.

Quilting work in progress
Fabric bought for OBW

Last week, I decided to find out. As I looked at the panel, I cut some off either side. It needs a border. I cut the detached pieces into large triangles. This will form the border around the panel.

quilting work in progress
the cut down panel and first hexagons

The next day, when I started cutting my 6 pieces needed for OBW, I found that I was short. I racked my brain to think what I could do and the solution was simple. It was a 12 inch repeat, that I had cut as 24 inch repeats, as that is what the ladies who wrote the OBW books recommend. But that 12 inch repeat still meant I had the required 6 identical pieces to make my hexagons. Phew.

Cutting hexagons
Cutting 6 repeats

When selecting this eagle fabric, I had put the fabric into the OBW design helper and it looked great. However I had done that with fabrics before and it had not quite the effect I had hoped for. Like my others, this fabric was pretty much one colour – a problem for OBW. You can see my OBW quilts and the way I work in my ecourse tutorial and on quilts for sale.

quilting work in progress

Yet the cuts have been great and I am more than pleased with the 57 different blocks I have made. I think this looks terrific. Next one up? Another panel that goes with this one. Yes, I have a matching pair.

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Progress so far

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Book Review The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano

The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano, hardback published by Search Press. ISBN 9781782215837, price 25.00 available from www.searchpress.com

An exquisite book of gentle embroidery. Follow Chloe into her woodland wonderland of flora and fauna. Encounter rabbits, foxes, hares, a wolf cub, a fawn or dormouse all lovingly embroidered. See how the author works and how her embroidery has progressed into delicate backgrounds that complement the subject. She uses sketching and painting to create the designs, blending thread colours for each piece. Good details are given on the working methods. However, there are no guides to threads used or what to buy. This is the artist talking you through her work. Each embroidery is produced in a hoop. There are many samples of work and detailed step by step photographs to guide you. An inspiring look at the artist’s work for any lover of animals and embroidered art.

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Book Review Stitched Textiles: Seascapes by Amanda Hislop

Stitched Textiles: Seascapes by Amanda Hislop, softback published by Search Press. ISBN 9781782215646, price 15.99 from www.searchpress.com

An exciting addition to this wonderful series that explores textile techniques and design. Step inside the wonderful world of seascapes with artist Amanda Hislop. Find original projects, step-by-step demonstrations, clear photographs and instructions and inspiration through design exercises. Discover how to capture the magic of the seaside, the shore and sea in stitch. Many wonderful samples of finished work and of how the artist works. Looks at inspiration, sketchbooks, drawing and mark making as well as methods. A delight for anyone who loves the sea and stitch.

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2020 Quilt Retreat Quilting and Design in North Yorkshire

2020 Quilt Retreat

2020 quilt retreat
Whitby Abbey copyright Karen Platt 2019
Whitby
Caedmon cross
North Yorkshire coast
Whitby North Yorkshire coast

2020 Quilt Retreat in North Yorkshire, right on the coast, opposite a beach and a few miles (walking distance) to Whitby and a short bus ride to other fantastic coastal villages countryside. That is a wow, and when you add 7 days accommodation (6 nights) and no less than 18 tutorials to get you inspired and quilting, you are going to be running on sea air. Sew away days by the sea. Believe me, this is going to be the perfect retreat. Plenty of time to relax for those who want to chill, plenty of time to quilt and plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings.

Staithes
Staithes will be just a up the road
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seaside inspiration rust
seaside inspiration North Yorkshire
seaside inspiration

Fabulous things to do and see, great teaching, wonderful surroundings, like-minded people and a comfortable holiday home for the week. Get away from it all and quilt. Who would not want to escape to a quilt retreat? Visit dramatic Whitby Abbey and translate it into a quilt. Learn how to transform the coast into landscape quilts. Discover how to really make a stained glass quilt without that ugly black tape that is supposed to represent the solder. It always looks so wrong.

quilt retreat coastal walks
quilt retreat coastal walks
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quilt retreat coastal inspiration
quilt retreat
quilt retreat costal walks

I shall be showing you how to get the best from the wonderful scenery, the history, the architecture and historical figures and demonstrate how you can make your own personal quilts by following my steps to interpretation. I’ll be on hand 9-5 to teach and inspire. We’ll have the chance to visit several places and soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful coast. I have kept the price low for what you are getting. So join me now. So click here to read more and register your interest today. There is only room for around half a dozen people and if it’s not booked quickly, the accommodation will be taken by someone else. Just drop me a line, I will take bookings when we have enough people. Don’t miss your place. Also great for photographers and artists.

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quilt retreat coastal villages
North Yorkshire Moors
inspiring scenery
garden inspiration
local garden

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Drunkard’s Path Classroom Tutorial Back To School Blog Hop 2019

A huge welcome to my Drunkard’s Path Classroom Tutorial for the Blog Hop hosted and arranged by Sam Hunter’s Design Studio. I am a hands-on quilt designer and pattern writer with a big interest in textiles and knitting too. I am a fully qualified and experienced teacher.

Back To School Blog Hop

Drunkard’s Path Classroom

Do you struggle with curves? Can’t work out the best way to sew them? The struggle is over with my techniques and tips for perfect Drunkard’s Path curves. This easy way makes your quilting life a whole lot simpler. At the same time it gives you the wonderful versatility associated with the many ways of putting Drunkard’s Path shapes together.

Drunkard's Path Classroom
Drunkard’s Path gives easy curves

Cutting

Cutting accurately is important. My number one tip here is to keep as close to the template as you can. Holding your marker upright and not at an angle helps. The inner half circle can be cut with a rotary cutter. The outer can too, but much more care is needed. You might slice into the template. You can also use a pin to mark the fabric enough to see a clear line for cutting with scissors.

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A template gives accurate results when cutting shapes

Templates

You can cut from card, mylar or paper but for a template that will be used over and over again, a good transparent template is ideal. The ones photographed here were free with a magazine and I have used them twice, but the amount of material left above the curve after the seams are joined is negligible and I believe a deeper margin is better.

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Templates
Templates
I’d like more arc around my circles than this template gives

Sewing Circles

Accuracy is necessary for the semi circle and the outer to match up. In the Drunkard’s Path camp we have pinners and non pinners. One thing of note is never to stretch the fabric. Some fabrics stretch more than others, so that is something to beware of when choosing fabrics and using a non pinning method. Larger templates are easier than small ones. It just gets fiddlier.

  1. As a beginner I suggest you pin. All you need is three pins.
  2. It is the way you pin it that matters.
  3. It is also when you remove those pins that matter.
  4. Find the centre of each part.

If after making x amount, you feel like going pin free, try it.

3-pin method
My 3 pin method

When you remove the pins is also important.

  1. Secure the first stitch and remove the first pin.
  2. Work to the centre pin and remove as you approach. Never stitch over a pin.
  3. Hold that last pin there until the very last second to keep the edges together.
Drunkard's Path Classroom
Remove the pins as you stitch the curve

The Fun Part

The fun in Drunkard’s Path comes in all the different ways of putting those pieces together, so use a design wall and play. Once you have them perfect, it makes play easy. You can join them in circles, half circles, diagonals, and so on to create great patterns.

Drunkard's Path Classroom
Drunkard’s Path Pattern
Drunkard's Path Classroom
Drunkard Path Pattern

For a list of other tutorials in the Back To School Blog Hop 2019 see the list here and many thanks to Sam Hunter for organising this and giving me the opportunity to be a part of it.

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Creating quilts as landscape wall hanging quilts

Creating quilts as landscape can be realistic or imaginary and abstract. I like to create quilts as landscape based on places I have been to or favourite scenes such as the sea. It’s a fun way to interpret holidays or day trips but you can also use photographs, as I do in my latest ecourse for quilters to develop your quilting skills without using any special software, just a photograph and your imagination and creative skill. You can see the ecourse online here. It takes a different photograph and subject each month and shows how to interpret it in different ways with useful and practical knowledge on techniques and design. A great way to learn how to use your own photos and create satisfying quilts. You can create quilts of any size with this unique ecourse.

Countryside landscape quilts

Recently I have been interpreting the wonderful Peak District and the walks I have made in the area into quilted landscapes and quilted pictures as part of the ecourse mentioned above. I am now working on different topics to extend the subject of the quilts. Creating quilts as landscape is a fun topic and can be interpreted in so many ways. You can also use a variety of materials that you would not use in bed or lap quilts. The quilts are for sale individually and I have also made a triptych, three landscape quilts to hang together. You can purchase them online here

Creating quilts as landscape

Blog Hop

Before the landscapes I was concentrating on Drunkard’s Path techniques and the blog as part of this hop will be revealed on 20th September 2019, so stay tuned. It’s a USA blog hop, so likely to be released in the evening UK time. Day 1 is here (1st September 2019)

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Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Book review – Whitework Embroidery by Ayako Otsuka

Whitework Embroidery by Ayako Otsuka, softback published by Search Press. ISBN 9781782216896, price 14.99, available from www.searchpress.com

What a beautiful book this is. 30 gorgeous whitework embroidery designs for you to make. These interesting and varied designs use traditional stitches. The detailed techniques section is accompanied by step-by-step illustrations. The instructions show different types of whitework including drawn, counted and pulled. Two sampler patterns allow you to practice your skills. This book is suitable for beginner upwards. Handmade projects make perfect gifts and keepsakes and include table linens and items such as a teacosy, cushions, accessories, gifts for babies including a heirloom christening gown, and gifts for a wedding such as a ringbearer pillow. Embroiderers will find this book a pleasure to look at and practical with good projects and clear instructions. The projects are elegant. I have one niggle, all the photos are at the front followed by tools, materials, techniques and then the instructions and the back with only line drawings. I prefer clear photos with the project instructions.

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Book Review Painting Portraits in Acrylics by Hashim Akib

Painting Portraits in Acrylics by Hashim Akib, softback published by Search Press. ISBN 9781782215813, price 14.99 available from www.searchpress.com

Like most painters, I find painting portraits challenging. I found this book very interesting because for me it has a new approach. Treating the face like blocks. Akib tells us to beware of realism. This book enables you to master the essentials and capture the atmosphere, the character. It’s worth looking at no matter what your skill, for the treatment is quite different. Plenty of examples, male, female, young, old. Follow the 6 varied step-by-step projects. Faces, features and even full length portraits are covered. I particularly like the unusual expressions pages and the way they were presented. One thing of note, I found I liked the older style and not his new way of using very thick paint, but that is just personal preference and it is good to experiment and try different styles and ways of using paint. Also close-ups are not how the paintings will appear when viewed on a wall. I cannot believe it is 7 years since his last book, what a lot he has achieved.

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New creative quilting ecourse for quilters

New creative quilting ecourse for all quilters interested in making quilts. Join this new 12 month ecourse now and enjoy a full 12 months of inspiration plus information and suggestions on how to use the inspiration.

I am so looking forward to welcoming people to this new style ecourse that will bring out and develop your creative side. The new creative quilting quilting ecourse shows you how to interpret a photo to create quilts that are unique to you. It’s more than just a photo, there is lots of information to help you along the way. It’s all about you, finding your voice and creating individual quilts that express your unique creativity.

The subjects can be used in many ways and I shall be highlighting those throughout the ecourse. It is suitable for any level of quilter as you will be adapting the inspiration to how you want it to be.

There will be a unique fb page that you can join to share work. You can spend as much or as little time on the projects as you wish. It’s a lovely way to start designing your own quilts without following what the teacher is doing and without copying.

I am a fully qualified and experienced teacher who has enjoyed bringing out the best potential in students.

creative quilting ecourse

My new quilt

I have also finished my new quilt and I am very happy with it. The pattern is now available, and the quilt is also available for sale on the link below with the kits. It was such a joy working on this quilt. I have also added new kits to the website.

Tiled quilt pattern
Tiled Quilt Pattern

Blog hop

Check out this blog hop that started last week. I am involved on 20 September 2019. Lots of great quilting blogs.

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Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019. Blog hop image Sam Hunter designs.

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Quilting styles to love – embracing all kinds of quilting

I must admit it is rather odd to me that some choose sides in quilting, loving this and hating that. So I have decided this week to write in my blog about my love of quilting styles and how to embrace all that is quilting. Year in year out at the shows, the argument rages as someone somewhere comments ‘That’s not a quilt.’

Traditional Quilts

This is where it all began – the quilting style everyone understands. At first, frugally using materials to make into a quilt for warmth. I like to think of it as the prairie spirit. From this blocks and patterns were passed down and preserved for future generations. Some argue that it simply has to be traditional or it is not quilting. There are many types of quilts in this category from Baltimore or wholecloth quilts to all the traditional blocks such as wedding ring. Yet from the roots a craft can grow, and quilting has branched in many directions.

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500 Traditional Quilts
quilting styles
Embraces traditional and modern blocks
Welsh quilting
Welsh quilting
quilting styles
Baltimore quilts

Modern Quilts

The modern movement began in the USA and has firm connections with traditional quilting. Quilting is not stuck in a time period, it is an evolving craft and I love modern quilts. Modern can show off those who have truly honed their free motion or quilting skills. It lets the quilting shine. Modern style tends to suit our more modern homes. It caters for our desire to wrap ourselves in a quilt as well as have one on the bed. They also look good on walls. What can be wrong with more quilts, used in innovative ways?

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modern quilting
Improv quilting
Modern Improv

Contemporary Quilts

There is nothing wrong with innovation. Being a little bit (or even a lot) different is fine by me. I see an overlap with Modern quilts and sometimes it is hard to work out what fits in which category. Contemporary has taken traditional and given it a twist.

Quilting styles
Contemporary Quilts
Landscape quilts
Landscape Quilts

Art Quilts

This seems to be the biggest area of contention. People who do not understand art quilts say they are not quilts. You might not like them, but that does not mean they are not quilts. Textile quilts fall into the same brackets with the same pre-conceived ideas of what is a quilt and what is not. This encompasses a huge category from humble pictorial quilts, which are not the same as the fine art quilts that technically fall into this category, making a statement or some kind. Yet surely there is always something to love?

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art quilts
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art quilts
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quilt collage

Life is short. Another well-known quilting argument is not about quilting styles as such but whether to hand or machine stitch. Embrace the quilts and love them all. Most quilts have merit and someone loves them. Perhaps quilters just need to embrace the whole craft instead of creating barriers.

I am almost ready to release ‘My Quilting Journey’ recording the quilts I have made. Follow me on fb

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019