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Quilting Options for Quilts and Quilted Clothes

Quilting Options for quilts is all about the choices we make when finishing a quilt; whether that is a bed quilt, wall quilt or clothes. Our options are simple but include multiple choices. The basic choice is

Hand Quilting

Especially if you have pieced your quilt by hand, you might also opt for hand quilting. You then have two further choices:

Traditional style hand quilting with a rocking motion. You can choose to stick rigidly to competition rules and number of stitches per inch. Alternatively, you can go big stitch.

In this way you can quilt any style finished top from whole quilt to patchwork quilt.

Quilting options for quilts
Quilting Options

Domestic Machine Quilting

Usually the most popular choice these days because it is quicker.

Quilting options for quilts with machine quilting offer a wide variety of choices for the quilter, which tend to fall into categories delineated by the tools used:

  1. Usual foot with or without a marked top and straight line quilting
  2. Usual foot with or without a marked top and gentle wavy quilting
  3. Walking foot with quilting as above in 1 or 2
  4. Ruler work – this is using specialised rulers to quilt
  5. Free motion quilting using a special foot
  6. Decorative stitch

Each category above has many possibilities. At the moment I normally still use 1. or 2. unless I am quilting a large bed quilt, in which case I use 3.

It is amazing how much can be achieved with 1-3 but most would agree that if you can master 5, you’ll enhance your quilt no end.

You can see the options I chose for each of my quilting projects on the website

Quilting A Tunic

This weekend I have begun to stitch my hand stitched patchwork tunic. I am using the octagon shape to quilt my top with the quilting lines crossing in the centre. The kites I shall probably just use straight line stitch down the centre of each one.

I could go for an allover pattern, such as circles or wavy lines but I like to quilt sympathetically with the actual quilt top. This is simple straight line quilting, simply working from point to point of the octagon.

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Quilting the tunic sleeves

See you next week

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021

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New quilting ecourses tutorials and kits from Karen Platt

Pleased to add more new quilting ecourses tutorials and kits to my listings on Craft Courses

There is much more on my own website. You can, at any time, see all new quilting ecourses, tutorials, ebooks, the remaining fabrics etc and all my textile work and quilts on my own website I am very eager to sell all the quilts as I want to move house this year. There is nothing quite like a hand made quilt.

Learn online

With my own unique comprehensive range of ecourses, you can learn all you need to know about quilting, from beginner upwards. All at home, in your own time. You can also learn about using software and about textiles. I am a fully qualified, professional and experienced teacher.

Everyone who has learned with me so far has given a 5 star rating. It is my pleasure to share my skills and knowledge and help quilters achieve their potential.

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one of my quilting ecourses Cathedral Windows

New Quilting

My main stitching since the last blog has been my hand stitch tunic. Almost got the sleeves done now. It’s definitely slow stitch. The work on wearable quilted clothes will form a new ecourse.

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English paper piecing tunic

I also undid the quilting that was used as a headboard cover on the bed. That is being re-purposed as a jacket. Probably long-line and sleeveless.

I need to gear up a notch or two with my sewing and writing. I am now concentrating on an Intermediate Quilting eCourse for those who finish the Beginners eCourse and want to carry on learning. This takes beginners to the next step.

It’s been a very cold April here so quilts have been much in need. Until next Monday, that’s all for now. Stay happy and keep quilting.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021

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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.

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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.

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Modern Quilts ecourse
Contemporary Quilts
Contemporary Quilts ecourse
digital art quilts ecourse
Create Digital Art Quilts ecourse
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Contemporary Quilting eCourse with Karen Platt

Contemporary Quilting ecourse follows on from last week’s Modern Quilting ecourse launch. It’s another in the 100 designs series. Let me first explain the difference. I talked about modern quilts last week – the negative space and clever quilting and minimalist look. Contemporary quilts tend to use traditional techniques with a twist bringing a modern look to them. For example, that classic log cabin might just have become wonky.

It’s great for traditional quilters who want something more fitting for their home but do not like the look of an actual modern quilt. Of course you can like both, I know I do. It’s also perfect for people who are very clever at piecing because you can use technically challenging piecing, not necessarily working in standard blocks.

You can treat the whole quilt as a blank canvas and not in a traditional way at all.

Contemporary Quilts
Contemporary Quilts

What Does the Contemporary Quilting eCourse Offer?

100 quilt designs designed by Karen Platt

Alternative Colourways for those who find colour a challenge

10 layouts with more suggestions

Tips, Techniques and Ideas to ensure that you build your skills and have everything you need to understand contemporary quilting. If you want a head start in contemporary quilting, purchase the ecourse now from the website

contemporary quilting
Contemporary quilting

THE BUMPER START TO THE NEW YEAR CONTINUES

It’s the end of week six of 2021 and this ecourse is my fourth new introduction of the year. Like the modern quilting ecourse, it has been in the planning stage for some years. I am so happy to bring it to fruition.

WHAT’S COMING NEXT?

You think I am having a rest? Chance would be a fine thing. I am well into preparation for a new and glorious gardening ebook. Well, three actually, but one at a time, I am sadly only one woman.

Two quilted jackets are nearing completion. Just one more and they all go into a Quilted Jacket Making ecourse. One shawl has been finished this week and another half finished. I have knitted many over the years and think I might do a Shawl Collection pattern ebook.

shawl hand knitting
Shawl hand knitting

Then I must find time to finish the Egyptians Textile Inspirations ebook, third in the series; not to mention the Medieval Dress Textiles ebook, both started at the very end of last year.

Lockdown? What lockdown? It’s just time to create. See you next week.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021

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Modern Quilts 100 Designs eCourse Learn Something New

Modern Quilts 100 Designs eCourse Learn Something New. In 2019 I wrote the ecourse for all types of quilting. This arose as the result of being in a group online where many quilters seemed confused by the quilting categories.

Modern quilts ecourse
Modern quilts ecourse

Modern Quilts

The first ecourse looking at individual categories is modern quilting ecourse. This differs from the overview in the other ecourse. This new modern quilting ecourse has an original format that includes modern quilts 100 designs, alternative colourways and 10 layouts.

In other words it concentrates on ensuring you understand the modern quilting category and that you see plenty of samples and gather the knowledge to make a modern quilt or indeed, design your own.

This modern quilts ecourse is unique. It consists of

100 quilt designs designed by Karen Platt

Alternative Colourways for those who find colour a challenge

10 layouts with more suggestions

Tips, Techniques and Ideas to ensure that you build your skills and have everything you need to understand modern quilting. If you want a head start in modern quilting, purchase the ecourse now from the website

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Modern quilt design

BUMPER START TO THE YEAR

By the end of week five of 2021, this is my third new introduction of the year. Gosh, I need a holiday 🙂 Of course, I started writing this ecourse and designing the quilts from 2019 onwards, so it has not magically appeared, it has been two years in the making.

Modern quilt
Modern quilt

In addition I have been knitting and quilting other projects, more about that next week. I am close to finishing two quilted jackets. Join me next week to see what I have been working on. You can also follow me on Instagram karenplatt_textiles (this includes all my work – quilting, textiles, travel and gardening) and on facebook

Hand knitting
Hand Knitting

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021

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New Garden Books and An Art Exhibition To End Jan 2021

New garden books and an art exhibition for January 2021. That’s the way to kickstart a year.

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Dahlias the latest garden ebook for artists and gardeners

It all started in that in between time betwixt Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Looking back at all that was achieved and pondering on what is to come. A plan of sorts – but I am always very flexible. Gardening was not on my mind. Then someone purchased Emeralds and Silver Lining and looking back I discovered unfinished garden books.

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green flowers
silver foliage
silver foliage

ROSES

Roses launched two weeks ago. Gathering together all the images and writing short descriptions of the plants is pure joy.

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new garden books or artist inspiration

DAHLIAS

Dahlias was completed at the weekend, making this the second new garden ebook of the year. It’s full of fabulous photos and can be used by gardeners, but like roses can also be used by painters and crafters for inspiration.

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new garden books or artist inspiration

More new garden books to come.

ART EXHIBITION
On Friday 29th, the month was rounded off nicely with my first art exhibition of the year. I am part on the Virtual Art Fair. This is the second time I have been selected to exhibit with them.

FEBRUARY

What will February bring? Two jackets should be completed. I am held up a little by bursitis in my left hand. Yesterday saw the start of another long planned gardening book, so I hope to finish that perhaps in March. More quilting ecourses are planned, so watch out for launch. Modern Quilts will probably be the first.

Update

As a follow-on from last week’s article about arthritis, I purchased a TENS machine and new compression gloves. Both are helping with the pain but I need to be careful what I do when.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021