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Last blog post of the year 2020

Last blog post of the year 2020. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me this year. S-A-L-E.

My containers are full of things to sell in this hugely productive year. It is hard enough to work in a vacuum as a sole trader. Harder still thanks to Covid 19 that has robbed us all of travel and exploration. Being a very self reliant, self motivated person, I can cope with being alone and illness has often meant that I could not travel. However, when you work so hard, it is so difficult when few respond to your work or even know about you. Instagram has been a big help on that score. At least more people have seen my work this year than probably ever before. The survival instinct is strong. I want to continue to be an independent artist.

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Painted lutradur

I guess I just need to perfect the art of living on next to nothing. Oh wait, I have been for the past ten years. Unfortunately my business is impacted by Brexit as I have the choice to either register for VAT in an EU country or not to sell to the 27 countries in the EU. It’s going to be a small world, a shrinking market. This is your chance to diminish my stack of goods ready for sale, so that I can launch into 2021. N.B. Order by 31st December 2020 if you are in the EU.

Craft and Textile Supplies Big Discounts

The following products are reduced to the price I paid for them wholesale, just to claw back the money and investment. If you want a smaller quantity than a metre, I am willing to discuss. These are great for innovative and experimental textiles, but rather boring on the photography side, so I have included a picture of what you can make instead. Clicking on the product name takes you straight to the product page on my website. If you are interested in a mixed selection of A4 sheets, let me know.

Evolon Soft 4.95 per metre,

Lutradur 100, 5.50 per metre

Lutradur 30, 3.50 per metre

Zeelon Medium, 4.50 per metre

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spunbonded fabrics and dyeing

Fabrics for dyeing

Silk/viscose velvet for dyeing or devore 23 pounds per metre

Cotton velvet for dyeing 23 pounds per metre

Adhesives for applique or painting

Bondaweb – cheapest on the web to my knowledge 3.95 per metre

Hand dyed Fabrics For Textiles or Quilting

Hand dyed cotton scrim individually priced

Hand dyed cottons individually priced

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hand dyed fabrics

Quilts For Sale

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quilts for sale

From small art quilts to large throws, we have the perfect quilt for you. Prices start at 30 pounds.

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Bird quilt

That’s it for the last blog post of the year 2020. Happy New Year everyone.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt

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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

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Festival of Quilts Countdown 4

Quilting Progress
It seems like not much to report this week but progress has been made – it’s just that I was quilting and finishing quilts rather than, for me, the most exciting part of designing new ones.

As I post this Monday morning – Two black OBW quilts are completely finished. The third one, the pink quilt, is finished on the machine quilting front. I still have the binding to do.

I also started hand stitching a few more hexagons. I’ve gone through no they do not join, to yes they do, back to no they do not. I know how to get this to work, but I am exploring a different design for them.

Behind the Scenes
Apart from quilting, taking a trade stand involves a lot more behind the scenes work. Thinking about the design of the space, how to hang quilts, pricing up products. Remembering to order everything and have ready all types of hanging etc. This takes up so much time. This week I designed and had printed the leaflets. You can see all ecourses and tutorials here

What will this week bring?
With just under three weeks to go, I am tempted to finish another quilt. The first one that I designed for the show. This was going to be my showcase so it would be nice to finish it. First task with that is cutting more hexagons or as I said above, changing the design. This is a multi-technique quilt to give your skills a workout. Also on the work schedule are all the wall hangings that need finishing and mounting. That’s a priority too. I am also working on either a BOM, Quilt challenge or something that people can sign up to. I shall be designing this next week. I am thinking about a competition too – this is a great opportunity for visitors. It’s all working out so well. Stand C5 9-12th August at the NEC.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2018