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Indian Summer Quilt Block Of The Week Programme

Yes, it is launch day for the Indian Summer Quilt. This Block of Week quilt, or Block of the Month if you prefer, is now ready for registration and payment. Sign up anytime from today until registration closes on 30 July 2020. Please read the last three blogs for more information and see the product listing to purchase.

Indian Summer Quilt
Indian Summer Quilt Designed by Karen Platt

30 Joyful Quilt Blocks In The Indian Summer Quilt

The Indian Summer Quilt Block of the Week programme consists of 30 blocks pieced and put together by yours truly. There are one or two traditional blocks and others I have designed specially for this quilt. The whole arrangement is designed by me using my unique hand dyed fabrics that form part of the programme. Please respect the designer and make a purchase. This is my livelihood and the only means of supporting myself.

You too can enjoy making each block and creating a quilt to treasure.

On the programme, you will receive all fabrics at once to save huge amounts on postage costs. You’ll have access to a fb group, so you are not working alone if you want to see how others are doing.

hand dyed fabrics
Karen Platt hand dyed fabrics

Register Now For The Block of The Week Quilt Programme

The BOW (Block of the Week Programme) runs from September 2020 for thirty weeks. You can do it quicker or slower. You could have your quilt finished in time for Xmas. It would make a great gift or one to keep all to yourself. Registration and payment can now be taken on the product listing. N.B. Registration and purchasing may close early if the programme is full. To make sure you are not disappointed, sign up today. This is a great quilt for skill levels from beginners up as the programme starts with easy blocks and then builds your skills.

Indian Summer Quilt
Karen Platt Block of the Week Quilt

In the next week I shall be looking at the sashing, borders, quilting and binding options.

Until then happy quilting.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt

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Quilt BOW Block of the Week For All Quilters

A brand new quilting concept for me, Take a BOW. Quilt BOW block of the week quilt, designed by Karen Platt with quilting pattern, detailed instructions and guidance plus fabrics all posted to you.

Quilt BOW block of the week
Block of the Week Quilt

BOW Quilting

We have BOM block of the month so why not quilt BOW block of the week. Most blocks are complete in around an hour, so one of a week leaves you plenty of time to do other things and also means you finish your quilt without it hanging around all year.

I have designed a very special quilt for you. It is available exclusively through me and is based on my hand dyed fabrics but with lots of options. I have kept the cost as low as possible because some BOMs are very over-priced. You’ll have the option to save on postage too by having it shipped in one go.

hand dyed fabric
Showcasing some of the hand dyed fabrics

SIGN UP

As soon as it is released, sign up because there will be a cut off point. The timeline at the moment looks like this

1st July 2020 release date for sign up

30 July 2020 cut off date

1st – 21 August 2020 I hand dye the fabrics specially for you. There will be colourway choices. All fabrics and pure cotton.

16 – 30 August 2020 shipping takes place.

1 September 2020 the private fb group opens for purchasers only to join.

4 September 2020 you start making your quilt. If you make one block a week, it should take you 30 weeks plus sashing, binding, backing and actual quilting. But of course you can take longer, or you could even do it in 30 days. The choice is yours.

Quilt BOW Block of the week
Quilt BOW Block of the week

Design

I have designed this quilt specially with all levels of skill in mind. It is also very adaptable (suggestions in the instructions). The pattern is written with great detail and step by step photos. I have thought of all the little things that patten writers often forget.

Quilting techniques
Quilting techniques

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Sign up 1st July 2020. The sign up will be on this page on my website. Watch out for the reminder on facebook and twitter @KTextileart

See you next week.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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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.

Day 6 quilting
One and only UFO
day 6 quilting
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.

Day 6 quilting
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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Hand Dyeing Fabrics At Home For Quilting and Quilters

Hand dyeing fabrics at home is a fairly simple and straight forward process. It takes a few minutes and a bit of patience to do. All you need is a small space with a sink, a measuring jug, spoon (dedicated to dyeing, not for food use), some recycled containers, and a way to protect your surface against spills. Dyes of course, you also need some soda ash. To ensure you love the end result, it also takes some knowledge of colour mixing.

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two mixed greens

Procion Dyes

Hand dyeing my fabrics for a new quilt, I am going for a colour combination that I have not used before – greens and pinks. My design is computer generated, so I have to generate a design from it that I am happy I can replicate. I could print from the computer, but I want to make my own fabrics and use the design as inspiration. Greens can be tricky to mix in art, and I ordered up some new Procion dyes. These are cold water dyes. The process is included for this type of hand dyeing and many more in my design ecourse.

hand dyeing fabrics
hand dyeing fabrics for quilting

Colour Mixing

What I want to discuss here is the single greens you can purchase against mixing your own. There is a rule in art that you never use a bought green, but you mix your own. I was not dissatisfied with the results of the bought greens, but still I used my signature method for mixing the two, so they are not ‘out of pot’. However I was unconvinced that I had quite the right green I was looking for.

mixing colours
mixing colours to make green

I went back to my dyes and mixed more and was rather annoyed to find that the dyes I already had made a more suitable green for my project. I also made a more suitable pink with the dyes I already had than the ones I had purchased.

 
mixing pinks
mixing pinks

Alchemy

Mixing dyes is fun and if you measure dyes, you can replicate results exactly. I now have the 6 fabric colours I was hoping for to start my project. You do need a little colour knowledge though not to end up with something sludgy. Colour mixing is part of my online ecourse Colour for Quilters.

hand dyeing fabrics
the pinks and greens I hand dyed

Hand Dyed Fabrics

My hand dyed fabrics, are available to purchase exclusively here

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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My Year Offering Quilting ecourses

As a quilt designer I have taken the route of offering quilting ecourses. There are also other routes I can pursue – the doors are open far and wide.

It’s one of the first decisions you have to make as a professional – which path to follow and build upon. I chose teaching because I am a fully qualified and experienced teacher. I wanted to bring ecourses within the reach of the many not the few. I have not cut corners, just costs.

I started offering quilt design ecourses just over a year ago to start in September 2017. My first group of wonderful ladies finish their ecourse in the first week of September. It’s all gone very well, with good feedback. FOQ helped to publicise the ecourses, the feedback and interest were fantastic.

So where to for 2019 and beyond? I am offering in situ courses in a number of places, and looking for other places to offer courses too, see the website under ecourses, the link is above. I am also working on videos to expand the desirability of the ecourses. If you are looking to learn, please take a look at that section of the website – so much more than just design, I cover many aspects of patchwork and quilting.

So where to next? One of my desires was to produce my own fabrics – costs are a little preventative, but I can still produce hand dyed fabrics, so I shall develop one-off art cloths to be used in quilting. The kits are developing too alongside a range of unique quilts. I am creating my own quilt style now. Ones that build quilting skills. This second year will be building on the good foundations of 2017-2018. Wish me luck! The culmination will hopefully be a show quilt at FOQ 2019 and better recognition for all my hard work.

I finished 2 full-size quilts, one almost full-size, 4 lap quilts, at least 3 art quilts and 3 Cathedral Windows quilts. I am working on a new skill builder quilt design.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2018
Karen Platt teapot quilt series

Karen Platt tea quilt series

Karen Platt elephant quilt

Karen Platt bird quilt

Karen Platt Quilt along

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One Block Wonder Quilt Karen Platt

One Block Wonder Quilt Karen Platt

strip quilting, pre-cuts

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Festival of Quilts Countdown 6

Karen Platt exhibition

Festival of Quilts. It’s the final countdown. The show starts on Thursday and I have to have the stand ready at the end of Wednesday for the big day. It’s been all work and no play here. I am well and truly exhausted.

I’ve done so much sewing of quilts, I am not sure if I can remember it all. I finished all the small textile quilted pictures. I even fitted in a new one yesterday. It was a week of ‘how do I finish this?’ Often we ask ourselves the question ‘Is this finished or does this need something else?’ Fortunately I found just what I needed. The bird quilt was enhanced with some applique.

I ironed again and folded all the hand dyed fabrics. Just that alone took hours and hours. I made labels for the work. I have dyed and cut more fabric.

It’s all looking good. There are one or two unfinished quilts but I am only human. The unfinished new quilt and hand stitched calico quilt will either go as samples or as photos – I have not decided which yet. It all rather depends on how it fits into the transport.

I have spent my day today designing posters for the back wall of the stand at the show and finishing the brochure. I also framed two quilts and blocked two quilts onto canvas.

Great news is I will be promoting the textile quilting holidays that I am leading. I am teaching in France in November this year – on the 5th for a week – quilting inspired by the Romanesque churches of the Charente region, and the following week, commencing the 12th, I am teaching cave paintings on a variety of fabrics.

In January 2020, I am leading a tour for block printing in Jaipur, India. Come and join me. See you on Stand C5 at the show.

I will try to blog from the show, but no promises.
Words, images and work copyright Karen Platt 2018