Armchair travel and quilt design has been featuring big in my work this year. I have just released Travel book Ten on Yorkshire, my home county and one that I love very much. Armchair travel and quilt design allows you to see places you cannot get to, or to plan your trip and be inspired to create quilts from your journey. This latest book in the travel series has over 500 photos including artwork I made inspired by my journeys. You can purchase the Yorkshire travel ebook here and you can see all the travel books and other inspiration ebooks here
Armchair travel can inform your quilt design. You can create a quilt from your journey. Take anything that inspired you on your journey and turn into a quilt design. My quilt ecourse on design can help you do just that. The quilt below was inspired by my journeys to London. I have made many quilts inspired by my journeys – walks to the local river, an icy winter and much more.
Last week I was talking about designing a new quilt, and I have made a start. The new designs are a series based around a theme, that involves inspiration from many sources that I have encountered on my travels. I made a start with my new sketchbook. I am hoping this will lead to several things:
the new quilts
an ebook of patterns
an ecourse of techniques
a series of Zoom interactive quilting lessons
You can still sign up for the BOM until the end of the week.
That’s all for now. It has been a hectic week of sewing. More next week.
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.
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.
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.
In the next week I shall be looking at the sashing, borders, quilting and binding options.
Achieving my quilt design dreams with my Block of the Week BOW quilt is so fulfilling. I am bursting at the seams with joy! I have stuck to my objectives and so far I am half way through the design and creating the quilting blocks. Interest in making this patchwork block quilt has been pouring in. I am thrilled with what’s happening. Don’t forget to register your interest. As soon as registration ends, I’ll start hand dyeing your fabrics, specially for you.
15 Quilt Blocks so far
My quilt design dreams told me to create a Block of the Week so that people who need guidance can create a fairly complicated look easily in just an hour or two a week. I have created 15 quilt blocks so far, half way through the design. There are 5 super easy ones, some a little bit harder, and some that might challenge one or two of you. Each one is a great way to build your quilting skills. I’ve got a great balance of blocks in my gorgeous, colourful hand dyed fabrics. Tomorrow’s block is designed, just waiting for me to make it. The next one too. I am designing as I go to make sure they all fit together well.
I am hoping that by next Monday I can launch Indian Summer Block of the Week quilt as a product. I am on target. I have had an idea for the next one BOM too. Check out the last two blogs for more on how to take part and what to do.
I have been rather exhausted but have still almost managed to finish the big fair-isle knitted wrap. It’s going to need a backing. Earlier in the week I was still getting some hand stitch on the jacket too. Have not done any for four days. There are not enough hours in the day.
Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020.
Now’s the time to register your interest in the Block of the Week, Indian Summer, introduced on Monday in the blog which has details of the schedule for release. I call it BOW for Block of the Week. Both the design, arrangement and fabric are unique.
This Block of the Week programme allows you to create a block each week to create the quilt. You work at your own pace and I have tweaked it a bit from other programmes.
I prefer you to have everything delivered in one go, as fabrics will be specially hand dyed for you.
This saves money on postage for you and also allows you to work at your own pace to finish the quilt. So if you have lots of spare time, or are a quiltaholic you could do a block a day. Alternatively, you can, of course, take longer.
What is included?
It’s a great way to quilt – it includes
Fabrics to make the quilt top. Size 60 x 72″ with alternatives.
Sashing and binding if appropriate to the quilt and selected as an optional extra
Backing if you select it as an optional extra
The instructions as a pdf, emailed to you (recommended method for clear pics and instructions that you can zoom into to make the text any size)
Alternatives to make the quilt top unique to you. Many of the pieces are interchangeable.
At the moment I am working on just one colourway.
My unique tips as a quilt teacher
Step by step photographic and written instructions with all the techniques you need.
Me on hand online to help along the way
Facebook secret group
How Long Will It Take To Make?
Your friends in the group will spur you on, as will I. The size above, created one block a week will be 12 weeks plus any sashing, borders, binding, backing, to be decided.
The blocks are aimed at all skill levels, starting with the easy ones and building confidence to something a little more challenging. Some can be cut and stitched in one hour (so if you have the time you can make more than one a day). Others have taken me two hours.
How much does it cost?
PRICE: Approximately, to be finalised shortly. I am looking at around 140 to 160 gbp plus shipping. As it is one shipping cost, it should only add 10 pounds. I have seen BOMs at up to 300 gbp with shipping over the year of 60 gbp. It might be extra if there are borders and sashing. Remember you are not asked to commit today, just to register your interest. We do NOT charge a registration fee, and again I have seen costs of up to 20 gbp for that alone.
YOU CAN ADD:
A. Extra fabric
B. Printed instructions (photographic quality might not be good an I recommend the pdf)
C. Request different sizes such as wall quilt, single bed size, king bed size, cushion
D. Options of online lessons
Register Your Interest
Register your interest now by sending an email through the contact page WITH THE SUBJECT August BOW. Watch out for updates on here or on facebook. If you register interest, you will receive an email headed Karen Platt August BOW to pay for your fabrics and BOW quilt kit and pattern. You are under no obligation to purchase. Once you have paid and fabrics have been dyed for you, you have waived your right to a refund because the fabrics will have been specially dyed for you. You can also ask any questions about the BOM. You can also register on the form of the home page of the website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Old textile work was found in my drawer last week. I had discovered a few unfinished projects. This week I had planned new art quilts I had mentioned in last week’s blog. However, having been ill all week, I could not manage much at all.
Friday saw me scramble to get something done and I started my second project with the pink and green fabric. However it is feeling a bit like the other project and I want it to be different. I have an idea for it now.
Old Textile Work
First though I went back to the old textile work. In my drawer was a four year old project (does not feel that long ago). Based on a photo in Tunisia, and a subsequent drawing as well as an altered image idea. I had gathered all my fabrics only to shove it all in a drawer owing to the death of a loved one. Yesterday I managed to finish it. Not strictly a quilt as it has no wadding, this stitched picture is now complete. I think my object here was to use as many fabrics as I could and this packs in at least eight. Is that a record for a tiny piece?
No sooner have you finished one, that another old textile work beckons. This is one I lost confidence with. It was my very first piece of free motion stitching on a painting. So wobbly, but I think I can pull it together now.
There are still lots of art quilts to get down into fabric and stitch. I am also about to launch my next Inspiration ebook – Domes, Towers and Turrets. It’s been very exciting to work on this one and it is the last of the themes for the moment. There are 14 of them and 3 art/travel ones. Next up in February or March will be the original themes I started doing before I got waylaid. These are not just photos but textile work. More about that next time. Visit the website to see all my work.
With my small art quilts I am moving on this week to new ways of creating art quilts. I am working with scraps, paint and digitally. However before I show you those, I want to show what I finished last week. No less than five small art quilts. I did not make any changes to the Seagull quilt but he is now on the website for sale as are all the quilts, just click the links. However, the Kingfisher quilt has a few new tail feathers. I also made a change to the Bird Quilt, he now has an eye and the gold pieces are couched onto the black. The skeleton leaf was causing problems but is now fixed. How? See the ecourse for modern quilts to learn this and many more techniques.
There Are Always More Fish In The Sea
Three fish to be exact. This was a small art quilt that I thought was finished, but I had a little niggle, the left hand side looked empty. I tried a buoy, but making it look as if it was submerged was difficult and I abandoned that idea. Then looking for something else, I came across a piece of silk rod that was perfect. Then to finish it off, in the same bag was a plied yarn. I am really happy with this now.
This is the largest of these small art quilts. Inspired by the River Don and the cutlery industry in Sheffield, this quilt was made with my handmade rusted fabrics. It is a subtle palette and good viewed up close. It has the most quilting I have done to date. N.B. Yes I know stainless steel does not rust. You can see the quilt here
I am working on more ideas and hope to finish three pieces this week. There is a small scrap picture quilt. I have started the sky, not thought about the rest of it yet. I have ideas for four larger pieces, one based on my mother, the others city scapes. More about that next time.
Art Quilts Birds added in my second week in January is three art quilts birds finished and two more I shall finish tomorrow. It’s looking good. These make superb wall quilts or wall decor.
New Art Quilts
It’s always lovely to start new projects, but it’s even lovelier to finish them and that’s the goal for this year. All these art quilts form part of my new forthcoming ecourse and you can join me online. I am teaching all aspects of art quilts of every kind. It’s good for beginners up as the quilts start off easy and build your skills as you go. You’ll learn many different techniques.
Kingfisher Art Quilt
I have also started off small. I believe this is a great idea for beginners because small quilts are easier to handle. I have painted kingfishers in the past, so I had a reference of my own to work from for this quilt. He was fun to do and also fits into my River Don series. This is also a good design for using large scraps. This one is already up on the website for sale.
Seagull Art Quilt
My seagull was inspired by my own photos taken in Bridlington in 2015. I am not the most confident at drawing, but I did a whole sheet of seagull drawings before choosing three to make in fabric. The background to this one is a leftover from another art quilt.
Bird Art Quilt
My bird came from a bought fabric that I could not resist. I put the finishing touches to this one this week. I am pleased with the outcome of all three. They use similar methods. Next week, I’ll be using a different way to make art quilts. So see you then, take care and happy quilting.
It was such a busy week, I also launched a new ebook. Reflections is also now available on the website. It features over 470 images and examples of my work too.
Day 22 quilting, means I am two thirds of the way through this epic blog challenge. I got so carried away I did not realise. This has become natural to me now, to get up and write the blog each day. Today is all about checking finished quilts that had not been uploaded to the website and getting that done. Not my favourite task, but it won’t sell if no-one sees it.
Not as much missing as I imagined. Guess who has a very tidy workroom now? All ready for the next episode in my quilting adventure.
The pattern for this one was up, but not the actual quilt, which is for sale as a one-off. So grab it while you can. It is rather a favourite of mine.
For some reason, I finished this one but it did not get listed in any format at all. There will be a pattern for this too, but for today, I’ll just list the quilt itself. Again an original one-off. Another one I am fond of too. This quilt forms part of my River Series of quilts, based on the River Don as it flows from the Pennines to Goole.
Top Quilting Tips
Do you have lots of UFOs? Here are my top tips for finishing work:
When you design it yourself, you know you can make it and finish it
Choose what interests you
Challenge yourself every so often but within reason
Stick close to your ability but learn something new
Set aside a time each day or each weekend to quilt
Only move onto a new project when you have finished the last (that’s a tough one!)
On day 22 quilting we have looked at original quilts today, so take 20% discount on any of the original quilts for sale. Some are already marked down, if they are not, please contact me, and I will do the discount for you. If they are marked down at 20% or more already, there is no further discount. Check back tomorrow for another discount. Some discounts end shortly, so do not miss out.
Day 21 quilting, the solstice. The longest night. The shortest day. The marking of winter. Yule tide and the Norse god Thor. Do you celebrate? Whilst I do not light fires, I do inwardly celebrate the returning of longer days. At each of the solstices the sun actually stays in one place for a while. The sun is at its lowest point for us in the northern hemisphere at 4.20 am on Sunday the 22nd. It is a huge difference of less than 8 hours in daylight time to the summer solstice. No wonder things start to look dark and depressing at this time of year. Yet inwardly we mark the significant step of the coming of spring. You can read more about it here
One way of getting rid of winter blues, is to use this period of time for inspiration. Whether it is as a design subject for quilts or a way of having a ritual cleansing. Ridding yourself of everything old and unwanted and making way for the new.
I am engaged in a bit of that myself. Looking at the fabrics I have left, looking at what I have designed and how far I have come on my quilt journey and more importantly, where I want to go next. For me, it is a time to move forwards. I have also been through all my writing, checking what needs finishing and what needs to get going. I’ll talk more about this in the coming week. Some of my ice quilt designs:
Two New Inspiration Books
Winter Inspiration is about to be launched highlighting my photos taken during winter for the past several years. The second launch is my Quilting Journey so far. In the latter you can read about the quilts I have made so far and how I designed them.
Day 21 quilting why not order an ebook for someone special? Did you know that the ebooks can be delivered straight to the email of the person you are ordering them for? This means they could be delivered on Xmas morning. An ideal last minute surprise gift, or great for someone you have overlooked. They are all full of colour images and inspiration sent as pdfs, so easy to read. At just 7.99 they make a wonderful gift. Take 20% off today only, making them even more of a bargain. All the ebooks can be seen here. You’ll find quilting ones, textiles, inspiration, artworks, publishing and gardening all covered.