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Day 11 quilting of the 31 Day Blog challenge

Day 11 quilting introduces my latest quilt finished early evening yesterday as I hand stitched the binding to the back. A beautiful make for all quilters. I am really pleased with my latest quilt design. This quilt design also forms part of my new modern quilting ecourse. A special discount is available for quilters today see below.

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New Modern Scrap Quilt

Yesterday I finished my latest quilt. A new modern scrap quilt design. It started with scraps of my most colourful quilts and I made large triangles. Since it’s a modern quilt, it was also all about the quilting. This is the most quilting I have ever done on a quilt to date. I found it very enjoyable. The border and quilting are quite time consuming, and just those alone took me 11 hours. Another new quilt is already on my work table.

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What’s Your Quilting Speed?

I am not the fastest quilter I admit. My speed is just under half on my dial and I quilt without a pedal. When using my walking foot I keep a steady pace. Accuracy is more important to me than speed. I slow down on large projects to ensure the quilt does not stick on the end of the machine and catch me unawares.

Discount

Day 11 quilting discount is 20% off the original quilt for sale. There is only one unique original Karen Platt quilt, there will never be another exactly the same. Plus 20 per cent off the quilting pattern. Plus 10 per cent off the new modern quilting ecourse. Join me to learn all about modern quilting in a 12 month ecourse that gives exercises, techniques and design ideas for all types of modern quilting. So if you love improv, modern, contemporary or art quilts, come and have fun, we start in January 2020. These discounts run until 18 December 2019

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Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 10 quilting of the 31 day blog challenge 2019

Day 10 quilting means I am a third of the way through the month of the blog challenge 2019. It’s been great to participate so far and I am enjoying reading the quilting blogs of the other quilters taking part. There are great quilts to see and lots to read. Today I have decided to introduce you to more of the bloggers. You can follow them all here

31 day bloggers

Let me introduce you to a few bloggers on Day 10 quilting. The challenge was initiated by Muppin and quilter Cheryl Sleboda who has a fun take on quilting. Cheryl loves texture and creates tactile textiles involving manipulation. She was instrumental in getting over 60 people to sign up to the 31 day blog challenge.

Pamela has some very beautiful quilts in her blogs. Her UFO on Day 6 is amazing. A BOM, Quilt Along is definitely something I must introduce next year. I have been experimenting on the quiet with blocks. Check out her day 4 on Fancy Feathers.

Tuning My Heart Quilts is a totally different style of quilting and that’s what I love about quilting, you can make it all so personal. Choose your style and technique, add a bit of you and it’s like magic. I love the Xmas makes on Day 4.

Creatin’ In The Sticks is something totally different again. Check out the Xmas star ornaments on her blog

Top Quilting Books

Best quilting books I would recommend would be in no particular order

Anything by Brian Haggard, I love these books and the style of quilting. His latest one is Blended Embroidery that I reviewed a little while ago.

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Quilting books

Anything by Jean Wells, boy I love her style. Her design techniques are superb. I have also reviewed her books. Her latest is Intuitive Color and Design.

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quilting books

If you are into free motion you can do no better than Angela Walters. I particularly like Shape By Shape. She really is the Queen of free-motion quilting. I wish I could do this, I need lots of practice.

Sandra Meech is a fabulous quilter and I am lucky to have met her too. Her books are incredible. Her exhibition at the Festival of Quilts 2019 was wonderful to see.

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Sandra Meech book

If you want to be a quilt artist, look no further than Paula Nadelstern. She is impressive to say the least.

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quilting book

Finally, check out my book reviews because I review quilting books on a regular basis. I’ll be back tomorrow with more.

Copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 9 quilting of the 31 day blog challenge

Day 9 quilting is all about work in progress (wip) and I have a few projects on the go. How many of the blogs are you following on Muppin? There are quite a few of us on Instagram, follow me on karenplatt_textiles

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Work in progress

Work in Progress

I like to start a quilt and finish it before moving on to the next project. But hey, life happens. You run out of thread, fabric, wadding and have to wait. That’s always a good time to start another quilt. Or you have a fab idea that just won’t wait – do we need any excuses?

Oldest WIP

If you are still working on it, it is a WIP and not UFO. Seriously this quilt has been around forever. I would have it finished by now, but I used the fabric for something else. Yes, that. My first attempt at a modern wholecloth. A learning experience. It is the only one.

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Quilt in progress

Cut but not pieced

I have only one of these too. The fabric was so gorgeous that for years I did not cut into it. Now it sits there, cut but not made into anything yet. I’m getting there.

Actually in progress

As I write this Day 9 quilting blog under my sewing machine is my current project. A modern quilt that I have half quilted (yesterday) and hope to finish today and bind tomorrow. On my work table I have the next two projects cut. So that’s my quilting set up to Xmas day.

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in progress
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in progress the back of the quilt

Day 9 discount

Take 20 per cent discount off digital fabrics online. Pop back tomorrow for more quilting, an exciting new ecourse and a new discount. I’ll be doing the full 31 days, so stick around.

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digital fabric

Words, work and images Karen Platt 2019

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Day 8 quilting of the 31 day blog challenge

Inspiration

Day 8 quilting starts with Inspiration today. The question I am asked most is ‘Where do you get your inspiration?’ The answer I usually give is not the one people want to hear, for it is most often ‘Anything and everything from a manhole cover to another artist.’ This often as not is met with a blank stare.

However it is true. I do get my inspiration in that way. I not only quilt but I also do textiles, hand knitting and painting. I find the same is true for all of them, inspiration is ubiquitous. So here are my top tips on Day 8 quilting for you to find inspiration for your creativity

  1. Look with an artist’s eye
  2. Observe
  3. Never copy
  4. Try different mediums
  5. Try different ideas
  6. Keep a sketchbook
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bark was used in my textile work

Inspiration ebooks

Day 8 quilting brings you lots of inspiration. Since it is the question I am asked so frequently and many find inspiration so hard, you can now access my photos for use in your work. The inspiration ebooks are packed with my photos and also my work to inspire you. They help you to concentrate on a theme, access good photos, see my work.

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I created a quilt using my sky images

Quilting from Photos

My work is usually based on my photos and how I interpret them. If you looked at the ecourses earlier in the 31 day blog, you’ll have found the one on Quilts from Photos. Sometimes I print the manipulated photos direct to fabric, other times I interpret a photo in the traditional way of quilting.

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Quilt inspired by a photo
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I used my images of ice to inspire a Polar Bear quilt

Day 8 Discount

There is a special offer of 20% of all inspiration ebooks including the one I am launching today. A photographic resource, see them all here

Book One Skies, Book Two Rust, Book Three Bark, Book Four Lichen, Book Five Coast, Book Six Stone and Strata, Book Seven Churches, Book Eight Flaking Paint, Book Nine Trees, Book Ten Grids, Book Eleven Circles, Book Twelve Repetition

Inspiration photographic resource
Inspiration Photographic resource

Join me tomorrow for another blog in the 31 day blog challenge.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Book Review Wintertime by Jennifer Sampou

Wintertime Shimmer quilt and Table Runner by Jennifer Sampou, instructions and patterns. Published by C & T Publishing, ISBN 9781617459115, price 16.99 available in the UK from www.searchpress.com

This quilt pattern caught my eye straight away. Actually it is two patterns, one for a bird quilt on a background of stars and twigs, the other for a table runner of winter trees. Both are very attractive designs and would look great as seasonal decorative projects. They are both pieced and applique projects. The projects have a modern look about them but use traditional quilting methods. Suitable for a number of fabrics to change the look. The instructions are super clear. Great to make and wonderful to give either the makes or the pattern as a gift.

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Book Review Creative Straight Line Quilting

Creative Straight Line Quilting by Natalia Whiting Bonner, softback published by Stash Books. ISBN 9781617457654, price 20.99 available in the UK from www.searchpress.com

In fear for free motion quilting? Stuck with straight lines but cannot come up with new and exciting ideas? Natalia comes to the rescue with 60 ideas for a professional quilting look using nothing but straight lines. There are designs for triangles, squares, borders and the very useful all over designs. Walking foot designs for domestic machines, ruler foot designs for domestic or longarm machines. pre-mark or use a foot as the guide; mark or use a ruler. Great designs for a fresh modern quilting look.

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Day 7 quilting of the 31 day blog challenge

Day 7 quilting, that makes one whole week of writing on the 31 day quilters’ blog challenge. One down 3 more to go (and a bit). Keep tuned as there is plenty more to come. Are you following the other bloggers? So what do I have for you on Day 7 quilting? What about my dream project?

Dream Quilting Project

Wow, that is a big ask. You see there are so many quilts that are in my dreams. Basically you can quilt anything if you have the sewing skills. I dream of making a huge quilt. Something dynamic, lots of colour. A quilt that stops people in their tracks.

I could include in the quilt design some of the things I love the most, freeform, colour, texture, 3-dimensions, shape and so on.

Design is the key, so check out the ecourses on offer. You’ll find what you need to help your quilting along.

Last year I began a competition quilt for FOQ, but I soon realised that my quilting skills were not up to what I was aiming at. I think I know how to do it now. One day it will definitely get made. I will show only a snippet because I do intend to finish this quilt. Like many of my Skill Builder quilting patterns, this one incorporates many different techniques.

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My dream quilt

Discount on Quilt Patterns

So today I would like to offer a 20% discount on my unique quilting patterns. Lots to choose from Blue River, Charm Quilt, Autumn Quilt, Bells of St. Clements, Snowflake Quilt Pattern and Can’t Find My Way Home. Check back tomorrow for another blog topic and offer. One month’s blogging for quilters.

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Blue River Quilt Pattern Karen Platt
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Original Quilt Pattern Karen Platt

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 6 quilting of the 31 day blog challenge

Day 6 quilting of the blog challenge brings you my oldest UFO. My one and only UFO. Yes I have only one. Every day brings a new blog for the 31 days of December, so don’t miss any.

UFO or Unfinished Object

Day 6 quilting – what do I have that is unfinished? In this case, a full sized quilt. An early project that I tried to stitch in the ditch on my small domestic machine at the time without a walking foot. I learned that lesson. That was one not to be repeated. It all went so horribly wrong and some of the stitches are very tight. Why is it still unfinished? It’s so much easier to start a new project. Unpicking takes so much longer than sewing. Day 6 quilting promise to myself is to finish it asap. I was hoping to finish it this year but a few things have gotten in the way. It is on my to do list.

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One and only UFO
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The layout was quickly sorted

How Old Is It?

I started making the quilt in August 2017. It was easy to put together. I just fell down on the quilting. The fabrics I was using were much older, they had been in a drawer since 2008!

At least I can now stitch in the ditch perfectly (more or less). I also bought a walking foot. So there should not be any more unfinished quilts on this patch.

Do you have any ufo’s? Work out why and fix it. All quilts deserve to be finished, sooner or later.

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The pieced quilt top

My Xmas Gift To You

At the same time as the 31 day blog challenge, I am running an advent calendar Christmas countdown, with a special offer every day. Today, there is a special offer on my hand dyed fabrics. Take 10% off the advertised price. The hand dyed fabrics are all dyed by me, most are cotton including quilting cotton (calico and fat quarters) and hand dyed cotton scrim suitable for textiles, but there are still a few velvets, silks and linens as well as muslin. Some are available in packs. If you cannot see what you want, just let me know.

All the fabrics can be found here

hand dyed cotton scrim
hand dyed cotton scrim

Words work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 5 quilting of 31 Day Blog Challenge

Day 5 quilting of the December challenge. I am in for the long haul, others might not have the stamina. Initiated by Muppin, we (those of us taking part) blog about quilting for the whole month. Stick around for tips, techniques and discounts.

First Project

Theme of the day for Day 5 quilting is the first project I made. I am going with my first machine made quilt. Sometimes I might deviate from the suggested theme, but today seems like a good topic for any quilter. My quilting started slowly, very slowly. I found it hard, no that is too gentle, impossible to follow instructions in books. I had dreams, big dreams of making quilts, but I was stuck on square one. There are only two things to do in that position a) give up or b) find a way through. I am no quitter, so the latter was the way to go.

Designing My Own Quilt

I got up one day and thought ‘There is no way that fabric can stay in the drawer any longer’. I took it out and began to quilt. A simple strip roll with two added fabrics as ominous as an old bed sheet and broderie anglaise turned into not only my first bed sized quilt but one of my favourites. It’s on my bed for some time to come.

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First completed full size quilt

Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown

My gift to you today is 20% off any finished quilt design. A quilt ready to enhance your own home. These are mainly lap quilts or large wall hangings. Some are one-offs, some are repeatable, some even have a bigger discount. All are unique designs. Grab them while you can. They are on offer for one day only. Tomorrow there will be another discount.

The quilts include Black, Blue and White One Block Wonder Quilt, Kaleidoscope Lap Quilt, Autumn Lap Quilt, Eagle and Fish Quilt, Not So Scrappy Scrap Quilt, Pink One Block Wonder Quilt, Can’t Find My Way Home, Two Indian Wedding Quilts sold as a pair and Bells of St. Clements Quilt

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One Block Wonder Quilt For Sale
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Another OBW lap quilt with the same fabrics, but different for sale
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Autumn Quilt for sale
Fish and Eagle Quilt for sale
Fish and Eagle Quilt for sale
Quilt for sale
The Not So Scrappy Scrap Quilt for sale
Pink OBW quilt for sale
Pink One Block Wonder quilt for sale
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Can’t Find My Way Home Quilt For sale
Indian Wedding Quilt 1
Indian Wedding Quilts For Sale
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Bells of St. Clements quilt to buy

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Day 4 Quilting of 31 Day Blog Challenge

On Day 4 Quilting I hope you are enjoying all ‘behind the scenes’ quilt know-how and tips. Today I am bringing you more of what I love and more discounts. Great ideas for gifts today for the quilter who has everything.

Hand or Machine

On Day 4 Quilting are you hand or machine quilting today? I tend to do both. Even my machine made quilts are finished by hand with the binding stitched to the back by hand. It gives a good professional finish. Although hand stitching takes longer, I find I can relax with it in the evening, and it hardly seems like work.

Cathedral Windows Quilting

One of my favourite methods for hand stitching is Cathedral Windows. I love the rhythm of folding back and stitching in place. Apart from basic patchwork, this was how I got into quilting. Last year speaking at quilt shows, one lady was amused by how my samples were nearly all Cathedral Windows. I was speaking on my favourite design topic – colour but I had taken mostly samples of my Cathedral Window quilts.

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Cathedral Windows Quilt copyright Karen Platt 2019

Day 4 Quilting Discount is Kits

Day 4 Quilting Discount is on all my quilting kits. The kits can be found here. They include a 16 patch Cathedral Window kit, Brights Cathedral Window kit, Ice Quilt kit, Spring Quilt kit, Summer Quilt Kit, Autumn Quilt Kit and Winter Quilt kit. Some of them might be in limited supply, so buy early and again this 15% discount is for one day only. Please check back tomorrow for a different discount. I look forward to seeing you. Meanwhile pop along to Minion to see the other blogs involved in this 31 day blog challenge.

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16 Patch Cathedral Window Quilt Kit
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Summer Quilt Hanging Kit one of 4 Seasons
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Spring Quilt kit

Word, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019