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Quilting A New Project Lap Quilt Wall Quilt

Quilting a new project is such an exciting thing to do. There is something extra special about starting something new. My new project is one made from fabrics joined together years ago that I lost interest in. The fabrics are lovely for children, but I really do not know what possessed me to buy them. It was my first foray to the quilting show FOQ and I completely lost it. I came home with so many bags, I got stuck on the aisle in the coach. I also found that the bags were too heavy to carry. I ended up removing the belt from my raincoat, threading all the bags onto it and hauling it over my shoulder. I never did that again, honest.

Quilting A New Project
Quilting A New Project

An Easy Starting Point

So I had a starting point. Colour-themed fabrics already joined in strips. For quilting a new project that can be a bonus or a headache. For years these pieces had remained in the ‘don’t know what to do with that’ pile. That’s thankfully small! Then I saw this block with just two colours and thought, my joined strips would look great in that.

Quilting A New Project
Quilting A New Project

Contrast Fabric

Then the contrast was a problem. I had some blue but it did not look right. It lingered for almost a month. Then I found an off white. It goes with everything and is not as stark as white. One of my golden rules is to never make too stark a contrast. This block forms part of my Beginners Quilting ecourse, so come and join the fun.

contrast fabric
contrast fabric

Almost There

So I am almost there and enjoying every second of it. When the shops re-open I shall be able to buy the blue threads I need to finish two more projects. The tunic I showed last week now has a front and back. Just the sleeves to do.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021

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Quilting Hand Stitched Clothes and Wearables

Quilting hand stitched clothes was one of my intentions when I started quilting a few years ago and I am now making my own quilted clothes. The work of Kathy Knapp is awe-inspiring as well as inspirational. Highly desirable wearables that do not look too quilt-like but are made in the same way as a quilt is the way forwards.

Using Scraps

An ideal way to use fabric scraps is the art of quilting hand stitched clothes. Small shapes from scraps can be joined using English paper piecing (EPP). We all seem to have more scraps than we can manage. EPP has blossomed into techniques such as millefiori. Small pieces are used to create stunning patterns. Depending on the size of your project, you’ll use quite a lot of them when making quilted clothes.

English Paper Piecing

I have a curious way of making EPP. Instead of gluing (yuk) or tacking (time-consuming), fabric shapes are pinned to card or paper templates. This makes the process quicker. Templates are unpinned as I go and I therefore use less templates too. Wrong sides together, the pieces are whip stitched. It is quite forgiving as long as you are fairly precise.

I enjoy the rhythm and restfulness of quilting by hand. Good light is essential. A magnifier is useful too.

quilting hand stitched clothes
Quilting Hand stitched clothes

Current Project

Octagons and kites are being used in my current project. The kites are joined in fours, making shapes that join onto the octagons. The octagons are quite large, so the project, although hand sewn, is coming together quite fast. The templates came free with a quilting magazine. Free downloads are also available on websites.

At the moment it’s more every day wearables than outstanding art. This is a tunic in the making.

Quilting hand stitched clothes
Quilting Hand Stitched Clothes

What’s Next?

A wardrobe clearout produced a pile of clothes that I no longer wear. They are all beautiful fabrics. So it’s scissors and seam ripper fun time. The plan is to produce wearables. The fabrics have been colour coded. Devore velvet, silk, jacquard, embroidered pieces; all just waiting for new creations.

An ecourse is planned, see all the quilting ecourses

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021

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Art Exhibition and Art Residency Online

Art Exhibition and Art Residency Online – two separate events hosted online this week. I feel very happy to have been invited to take part in two exhibitions. They are both happening on Instagram, so if you are not on there it is worth joining. I usually post daily on my account karenplatt_textiles but these events are not on my own pages, they are on Instagram art pages, see below.

ART RESIDENCY

It’s the first time I have had an art residency online. My sixth art residency in all (the other three being at venues around the UK – Brison’s Veor, Cornwall; The Clocktower, Sheffield (twice); Burton Agnes in Yorkshire and Sheffield City Centre.

The residency takes place on Instagram #transientresidence

It runs from 15-19th March 2021 and I plan to post once or twice a day, early morning.

Work from my digital manipulation art with the theme of Tunisian Doors can be seen throughout the residency. If you like what you see, you can also buy the ebook from my online store

Tunisian Doors
Tunisian Doors

ART EXHIBITION

This also takes place on Instagram and I feel lucky to be a part of this digital art exhibition exploring Earth Patterns. When in the Tunisian Sahara I took quite a few photos of the sand dunes and I submitted one of my photos to this exhibition and was a successful applicant. The photo demonstrates the ever shifting sand and the patterns formed.

The exhibition features digital photographers who have explored this theme and launches on Instagram on March 19th 2021 on @aghaveyaprojects

Art Exhibition
Art Exhibition
Art exhibition
Art Exhibition

Other works on Tunisia (there are travel ebooks and ebooks on Traditional Dress and Woven Textiles) and the Sahara which can be found online might also be of interest.

Sahara ebook
Sahara ebook

Good Fortune

These are just two positives from Covid 19 this week. If it were not for the pandemic, I am sure there would not be so many online opportunities. If you miss the online art exhibition and art residency

my digital art is for sale on Saatchi Art online.

Words, work and images Karen Platt (the leaflet copyright Shafiga Aghayeva)

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Pictorial Quilts ecourse with Karen Platt

Pictorial Quilts ecourse has just been launched. The third in a series of quilting categories. 100 designs, colourways plus 10 layouts are included for you to create fabulous pictorial quilts.

pictorial quilts ecourse
Pictorial Quilts is my new ecourse

After traditional and modern quilts, most quilts fall into this popular category but many people mistakenly call them art quilts; which for the purposes of exhibiting, is a different category entirely. Nine times out of ten, when you see the word ‘art quilt’ what it usually is, is a pictorial quilt.

These ecourses ensure that you can correctly categorise your quilt but more importantly give you 100 designs as a springboard so that you can see exactly the type of quilts that are called pictorial.

All designs are all original Karen Platt designs in the pictorial quilts ecourse. Solve all your colour problems in an instant. Alternative colourways are given for most designs, so you can never get your colours wrong ever again.

Improve your quilting with all the tips, techniques and know-how. You can find the ecourse on the website

Similar ecourses

If you love this ecourse, we think you might also be interested in Modern Quilting, and/or Contemporary Quilting that were launched this year. Of interest would also be our Photo to Quilt ecourse. You might also like the ebook ‘My Quilting Journey’, which contains information on all the quilts I had made up to 2019. They all make excellent gifts too.

modern quilting
Modern Quilts ecourse
Contemporary Quilts
Contemporary Quilts ecourse
digital art quilts ecourse
Create Digital Art Quilts ecourse
my quilting journey
Quilt Design My Quilting Journey

EPP

When I was not writing this new ecourse, I did EPP (English Paper Piecing), which is one of the hand quilting methods I enjoy the most. It’s great whilst watching the cricket. I am not sure at this stage whether to make this into a bed throw, a quilted jacket or a quilted tunic. Stay tuned to see how it grows.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt

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Quilting Is A Joy Sewing During Lockdown

Quilting is a joy during lockdown. Not only does it occupy the hands, it occupies the mind too. Quilting is such a joy at any time, but I am grateful for creativity during lockdown. Whether hand or machine sewing, it is a saviour.

It has been a varied week as I have flitted between creations like a magpie. I think I am always looking for a bit of glitter. Something that shines in life. The silver lining of the clouds.

Month Three

March the month of mad hares and perhaps mad hatters. Looking back on the achievements of this year so far, they are plenty. It has been mainly writing and hand quilting yet this past week, the sewing machine was in a whirr of activity.

Much more is planned and in the pipeline.

As One Project Ends Another Begins

The second quilted jacket was finished. Although a little smaller than I thought, I am pleased. There is always a thrill when a project is completed. Beads might look good in the centre of the Cathedral Windows, but thread would have to be chosen wisely to match.

Quilting is a joy
My second patchwork quilted jacket

The four wall landscape quilts made in 2017 have been unpicked and a new quilted coat is planned. Lining fabric will be needed.

quilting is a joy
fabrics for the quilted coat

The other project on the go is the indigo quilted jacket. The sleeves are coming together now. With the beautiful lining that was chosen, this would make a fantastic reversible quilted jacket.

Apart from quilted clothes, quilting on my oldest UFO is ready to go. Having made errors with stitch in the ditch on my first ever double sized quilt, it has languished for many years but is now all unpicked and now ready for take off.

quilt UFO
My oldest UFO and first bed sized quilt in 2017

Writing

When not quilting, writing occupies my time with a new gardening book. All will be revealed shortly.

There is always a new ecourse on the go too, usually quilting. More about that next time. Like I said quilting is such a joy. Catch up with the quilting blog every Monday for quilting ideas, ecourses and information on the website

Apparently the Festival of Quilts is hoping to go ahead in July. I shall not be attending this year owing to Covid, I think it is too soon.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021.