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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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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

modern quilts
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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Planning A New Quilt Designing and Making

After all the excitement of the new BOM launch, it could have felt a little flat this week. If you missed the BOM, it is online for registration until the end of the month. Please join in.

planning a new quilt

I took a couple of days respite when I returned to unfinished sewing projects. I made two blouses and am making a dress. But after a couple of days my mind wandered to what’s next and I started planning a new quilt design.

Designing A New Quilt

Planning a new quilt always starts with design for me. Sometimes I have an idea based around a theme, like when I made the Ice Polar Bear quilt. Sometimes it is based on colour, as when I made the oranges and lemon quilt. Or it is using a technique like the Drunkard’s Path quilt. This time it is based on a long-standing idea that I started some years ago. I am not quite ready to reveal it but I will reveal the process below.

orange and lemons quilt
Oranges and Lemons quilt
planning a quilt
Rivers Flow quilt

Research For Design

This is often the bit that most people miss out but it is so important to do the research and explore all angles in order to come up with something new and different. To understand more about this process, take a look at my quilt design ecourse. As I said the research for this idea goes back years. So far I have over 500 bits of research and probably a similar number of my own photos. Since I have so much, it makes planning a new quilt that much easier. I can see what has gone before, what I can adapt and develop. I can start to pick and choose instead of being limited in any way. Research opens up the possibilities and therefore improves any design process.

Planning

Planning is all about preparation and exploration. I bought two brand new spanking sketchbooks and I am making a start with drawing, painting and more. My idea is going in the direction of a BOM again but I have identified 20 possible quilts in this series. I am so looking forward to doing this. My theme embraces an idea that occurs in many countries across the world with many interpretations. I shall be able to use many quilting techniques and designs in these planned quilts.

planning a new quilt

More next week, stay tuned.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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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 Design Dreams Block of the Week

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.

Quilt design dreams
Designing a quilt block

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.

Quilt design dreams
Designing a Quilt block

What else?

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.

Quilt design dreams
Designing a patchwork quilt block

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020.

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Day 22 quilting of 31 day blog challenge

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.

Latest Additions

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.

Day 22 quilting

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.

day 22 quilting
original quilt for sale

Top Quilting Tips

Do you have lots of UFOs? Here are my top tips for finishing work:

  1. When you design it yourself, you know you can make it and finish it
  2. Choose what interests you
  3. Challenge yourself every so often but within reason
  4. Stick close to your ability but learn something new
  5. Set aside a time each day or each weekend to quilt
  6. Only move onto a new project when you have finished the last (that’s a tough one!)

Today’s discount

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.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019