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Quilting My Heart Out

Wow what a bumper week, not one but six projects finished. One textile piece (not included today) and five art quilts. Plus some hand stitching done, knitting, writing and I am embarking on some voluntary work. Breathe. Quilting my heart out indeed and how joyful that was.

Digital Art Quilting

It was such fun working on my new art quilts. I just love the design process. First up was the church one, I have done this one once before but was very hesitant about the quilting. I have had much practice since then and this one went very well.

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quilting my heart out church art quilt by Karen Platt

Next up was a Shapes design (actually there is more than one but I have only printed and stitched one so far), I am so in love with the colours and the threads matched very well.

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quilting my heart out Shapes by Karen Platt

Along with those two sitting forgotten about in the same drawer was big bird. What took me so long to put this under the machine? He is chirping away merrily now.

Quilt design by Karen Platt
Fine Feathered Friend Quilt by Karen Platt

Fabric Collage Quilting

Also in that drawer was a few pieces left over from one of the tea quilts. So this is the third in the series, getting a bit bolder with my machine quilting now. I would not have attempted writing Camellia sinensis this time last year. (Note to self, the other two tea quilts are not on the website).

Tea quilt by Karen Platt
Camellia sinensis quilt by Karen Platt

Last but not least is another bird, Fantastic bird, an imaginary masterpiece! I did the background last week and the bird this week. Just love him. Hope you agree and that all these new pieces quickly find homes.

fantastic bird quilt by Karen Platt
Fantastic bird quilt by Karen Platt

Tune in next Monday for another bumper selection of work and find out if I was quilting my heart out again. There is a clue in there as to next week’s projects.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Back To Quilting Art Quilts

It’s back to quilting after the break. It’s not quite a week since I finished doing every day of the 31 day blog challenge. I have had a very short rest and then started new work.

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Bird 1 almost finished

Quilting

Back to quilting and I stitched two backgrounds and put them to one side. This morning I started another and I am determined to finish all three.

They go with the last one I made (see pic above), which still needs a couple of small things doing to it. I also found a fifth in the drawer, a piece that was cut off a longer quilt, which I now know how to use. So begins my year of art quilts, the main focus of this year along with colour. Check out the website for quilts

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This piece developed nicely, it will be fishy
back to quilting
I am also liking this piece and have started stitching it

Inspiration

I have always said that inspiration can come from anywhere. I was having a sleepless night and I began to read a book of poetry. Right there, I found words that resonated and started off ideas for not one but three quilts. I don’t think I have quite the right fabrics for those yet, but nonetheless, it started off another train of thought about birds. So I looked through my sketches and found a kingfisher I had sketched some years ago and he has been the start of a new quilt.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher copyright Karen Platt 2017
kingfisher art quilt
I changed the background and he is ready to stitch

In turn this connects to my river series because the kingfishers are sometimes seen on the River Don.

“To everything, turn, turn, turn

There is a season turn, turn, turn 
And a time to every purpose 
Under heaven” Pete Seeger

Other Work

I am well into a series of art that might just become quilts. My knitting is doing well too. Launch of the Peak District Knitting Pattern Collection looks like February 2020. Next week will see the launch of my latest insiration Book 13, Reflections. All in all a very exciting beginning to 2020.

art print
art print

Words (except the quote), images and work copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Day 31 quilting of 31 day blog challenge

Day 31 quilting – All good things come to an end and this is the final day of the 31 day blog challenge. However, it is not the end, but a beginning. The beginning of 2020, the beginning of new work, so tune in to the blog every Monday.

Looking Forwards

Day 31 quilting is a time to try and shape the future, how I want it to be. In 2016 I decided to make a living from teaching quilting, I know I made the right decision as a trained and qualified teacher with an eye for design, I am doing what makes me happy. Some of the quilts I made last year.

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Karen Platt Original Quilts

The Unfinished

That first quilt is still there. It must be unpicked and finished. Good news is I found enough calico to finish the hand quilting one, so that will be launched shortly and the quilt along will happen. I also have a BOM planned, finally!

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Quilt along

There is an Inspiration Travel ebook on Madeira that is also almost finished but was abandoned for three years. I also have one planned on Portugal. I have one other Inspiration ebook planned on Reflections.

Apart from those, in 2015 I planned a whole series of Inspiration books based on artwork inspired by historical themes. I hope to get round to publishing some of those in 2020.

Inspiration Travel Madeira
Inspiration Travel Book Two Madeira Gardens

Quilting Plans

I am concentrating on art quilts and colour this year. I hope to be teaching more, but I find venues in the UK reluctant to pay travel and there is nowhere locally to teach. I have made efforts to make this work.

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quilt design Karen Platt

The quilt retreat should go ahead in June, which I am looking forward to. Join me for a great week of quilting and inspiration that will last a lot longer.

I have one unfinished ecourses for quilters almost ready to launch – Improve Your Quilting in 12 Easy Steps. I also have an Inspiration ebook on My Quilting Journey, so those will be coming next month.

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ecourse by Karen Platt

Knitting

Also launching early in 2020 will be the Peak Collection of Knitting Patterns. I am also well on the way with other knitting pattern collections.

Discount

Day 31 quilting, the 20% off everything on the website is still running until midnight tonight. Happy New Year everyone.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 30 quilting of 31 day blog challenge

Day 30 quilting is a retrospective of the past six months’ work. It has been a very busy time for me. Perhaps my busiest for many years. I produced no less than 13 new quilts, 4 of those also as quilting patterns, 7 new inspiration ebooks and 3 new ecourses plus a quilting retreat. What a whopper! I have not included my knitting or art, I thought there was enough here already. Join me for a look in more detail.

Quilts

Day 30 quilting, here is a look at the 13 quilts, consisting of lap quilts, wall quilts, wall hangings and 4 quilt patterns. What an achievement. I had no idea I had made that many. Smaller projects do help the output. The ones with a dot are also patterns. They can all be seen online here

Dreamweaver quilt
Lonely Rivers Flow

  • Floral Tiles
  • Modern Scrap
  • Drunkard’s Path
    Eagle and Fish
    Indian Wedding Quilts (2)
    Art Landscape Quilts (3)
    Purple Landscape Quilt
    Quilted Sea Wall Hanging
  • Blue River as a pattern only
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Blue River Quilt Pattern
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Can’t Find My Way Home Quilt and Pattern
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Modern Scrap Quilt and pattern
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Dreamweaver Quilt
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Tiled Quilt and pattern
Quilts to buy
Eagle and Fish Quilt
quilts for sale
Lonely Rivers Flow Quilt
Indian Wedding quilts
Indian Wedding Quilts
Art Quilt Triptych
Art Quilt Triptych
Quilted Sea wall hanging
Quilted Sea Wall Hanging
Day 30 quilting wall hanging
Quilted lavender wall hanging

Quilt Retreat

I launched my first quilt retreat, for June 2020 and there are still two places left, so please come and join me. There is a programme of activity or you can do your own thing. Just 3 miles from Whitby, we’ll be interpreting and enjoying the local are in high standard accommodation at an affordable price. What are you waiting for?

day 30 quilting Quilt Retreat Yorkshire
Quilt Retreat Yorkshire

eCourses

I also launched no less than three new ecourses. Two on quilting and one on contemporary stitch. This is what I love best, teaching. Sharing my skills. The ecourses can be seen here

day 30 quilting ecourse
Creative Quilting ecourse
Creative Stitch ecourse
Creative stitch ecourse
Day 30 quilting ecourse
Modern Quilting ecourse

Inspiration ebooks

I love making these and sharing all my inspirational photos and artwork or textiles with you. There were seven new ones in the past six months, you can see them all here

inspiration ebook seven clocks
Inspiration ebook seven Clocks
Inspiration ebook eight flaking paint
Inspiration ebook eight flaking paint
Inspiration ebook nine Trees
Inspiration ebook Nine Trees
inspiration ebook ten grids
Inspiration ebook ten grids
inspiration ebook eleven circles
Inspiration ebook eleven circles
Inspiration ebook twelve repetition
Inspiration travel Sahara
Inspiration Travel Sahara

Final Discount

Day 30 quilting, let’s send the old year off with a bang. Take 20% off everything on the website until end of 31st December 2019. Your help is very much appreciated because I am an independent and unfortunately, almost starving artist. Love to all who have supported me. Thank you for being there and thank you for joining me on this journey. Tune in tomorrow for what is coming up in the next six months.

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Day 24 quilting on 31 day blog challenge

Day 24 quilting, it is Christmas Eve and I finished my wonderful new quilt. My thoughts zoom ahead to the New Year, but there is one more week to go and that means another week of the 31 day blog challenge.

New quilt

My latest quilt design features just two fabrics. It is an easy design to create and you have some leeway with the actual quilting, to show off your skills or take it easy. It forms part of my new quilting ecourse Modern Quilting. Not all the designs are like this, I am looking at all aspects of modern quilting in this ecourse. If you cannot get out to lessons nearby an ecourse is ideal no matter where you live. You still get the opportunity to interact with others in a closed group on social media and share work. It is a great learning opportunity.

day 24 quilting
Day 24 quilting

Quilting Tip

Day 24 quilting tip: Mitred corners are one of those things that look difficult, but even beginners can easily achieve them. They make a quilt look more professional. I always do a how to in my quilting patterns that use them, but here is a quicky:

  1. Cut your binding the required width and longer than need be to allow for the mitred corners
  2. Sew your binding with a quarter inch seam to the front of the quilt, stopping one quarter inch before the end
  3. When all 4 pieces are attached, take a binding buddy ruler (I use a June Tailor one and would not be without it) make sure it is aligned correctly and cut
  4. Join the mitres

It really is that simple

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mitred corners
quilting mitred corners
using a Binding Buddy ruler
mitred corners
mitred corners for a professional finish

Discount

Day 24 quilting discount the quilt has been put on sale with a huge 45 pounds discount, there is only one, so first come, first served. Check back tomorrow for another discount and blog.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 20 quilting of 31 day blog challenge

Day 20 quilting is the perfect time to look at some quilting books. As a designer I just love looking at other people’s patterns. I don’t make any of them, but it is a pleasure to see them and often sparks off a new, totally unrelated quilt design for me. It’s one way to find quilting inspiration.

Don’t forget you can also check my blog for book reviews, all these books and more will be reviewed. Check out the C&T Publishing website.

New Quilt Books

Ombre quilts only has six projects but it is a stunning book from Jennifer Sampou, published by C&T Publishing. Easy on the eye designs with soft colour palette.

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Ombre quilts

Jelly Filled by Vanessa Goertzen is all about using those strip rolls to create modern designs. Hone your piecing skills. You get 18 quilt patterns in this one. It’s from Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing.

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Jelly Filled

Like your quilts funky? Look no further than Wild Wool & Colorful Cotton Quilts by Erica Carrow from C&T Publishing. Fun quilts, many on the medallion template but could be adapted to quilt in a row. This book uses applique.

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Wild Wool

Do you love historic quilts as much as I do? Friends, quilters, collectors and historic quilt lovers, sisters Lori Lee and Kay Triplett are here with another collection of fabulous quilts from the 16-1800s. Hidden Treasures is indeed a treasure trove of all we love in quilting. These pre-Civil War quilts are from the Poos Collection. This is a terrific collection of quilts. Quilt porn, what a feast for the eyes. Published by C&T Publishing.

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Hidden Treasures

Discount

Day 20 quilting discount it has to be patterns, you can find them here. Take 20% of any quilt pattern for one day only. Check back tomorrow for another blog and another discount.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 14 quilting of 31 day blog challenge

Day 14 quilting is about seasonal quilts. Being awake in the middle of the night is not my favourite thing. However, if it makes me too tired to quilt in the day, it does bring lots of inspiration in the middle of the night.

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Snowflake fabric designed by Karen Platt

Seasonal Quilts – Christmas

Do you make them? I guess the Xmas quilts are the most popular. I have not made any so far – because there is no room here to store things that are only used for a few days a year. I cannot deny though that I do have many Xmas design ideas, so who knows, maybe next year.

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Snowflake fabric designed by Karen Platt

Other Seasons

I have designed for other seasons such as seasons of the year though, not once but twice so far, so that is high in the popularity stakes for me. I have also designed unique ‘winter-themed’ snowflake fabric as you can see. As designing goes, seasons and other themes are a hit because of the motifs associated with them. Do you love this kind of quilt? They are often random designs, row quilts or block designs.

Snowflake fabric
Snowflake fabric quilting

Seasonal Colours

How about seasonal colours too? Colours are associated with seasons, silvers for winter, warm yellows for spring and Easter. I must say I prefer red and white, to red, green and white for Christmas.

Snowflake fabric
Snowflake fabric

Discount

Day 14 quilting discount is on the seasonal quilts and fabrics. You can buy a finished quilt, buy a kit or pattern or just buy fabrics (there are 16 snowflake fabrics) to make your own quilt. Take 20% off the advertised price (unless already reduced online) and contact me on the online form and let me know what you want so that I can send an invoice for the right amount. This discount is for today only. Back tomorrow with another blog and discount.

seasonal quilting fabrics
seasonal fabrics from Karen Platt

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 13 Quilting of 31 Day Blog Challenge

Day 13 quilting is very appropriate for the Nightmare on Downing Street, and that is all I will say here about the mess the UK is in and the corruption and lies that have brought us here. Very personally adversely affected for more than one reason. If you can visit the website today and actually buy anything, no matter how small, it will help, thank you. I am one of the 50s women who has lost 6 years of her state pension, thanks to the Tories, with no notification that I was not retiring at 60.

What Am I Working On?

Day 13 quilting and it was fun in the quilt room designing a new quilt. I had it all arranged on the quilt design wall. Then folded my fabric to find the centre, placed and appliqued my first block, then wham. I realised I had positioned it in the wrong place.

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the design wall

Undo or Re-design?

That was a quick re-design for me. I hate unpicking. It is one of the things I hate most about quilting, so I always try to get things right first time because unpicking is a real turn off. In all I stitched 5 blocks in place, it probably only needs 7, but the bobbin ran out and it was time for a rest. The bonus is I now have an unused design planned 🙂

day 13 quilting
day 13 quilting

Day 13 Discount

Day 13 quilting discount is on my textile work. I have created a large number of textile pieces from embroidered portraits to textile jewellery. All work is original, designed and handmade by me. Take 20 per cent off any item on the textiles pages. Just drop me a quick email and I’ll send an invoice marked with the 20% off the retail price. Thank you for all your support, much appreciated.

textiles embroidered portrait
hand embroidered copyright Karen Platt 2019
textiles portrait
Textiles copyright Karen Platt
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Sahara hand stitched copyright Karen Platt
textile jewellery
hand stitched textile jewellery copyright Karen Platt

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 12 Quilting of the 31 Day Blog Challenge

Day 12 quilting brings a new day another blog. Having finished one quilt this week, it’s straight on with one more. There are two I am hoping to finish before Xmas. I have gone back to a WIP. This one was started in September this year. I made several blocks but realised I had no background fabric, so it was put on hold. I am now ready to finish it.

Day 12 quilting
Day 12 quilting

Progress So Far

I thought my last quilt, finished on Monday this week would be a quickie, but it turned out to take more hours than imagined (often that way for me!). Many more hours. However, I am certain this could be a quick weekend make (or midweek for me.) Don’t quilters just love those projects? Start and finish in a few days!

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rearranging cut blocks

On Point

It’s an on point design, but a cheat’s one! As a designer I love using different techniques in every quilt I design. Squares are cut, rejoined to make different patterns and stitched on point. I loved re-arranging the squares. Blocks like this have lots of possibilities. I chose an ivory background because I do think in many cases bright bleached white is too strong a contrast and besides, everyone uses it. So far this is looking very good. Like the last quilt design, it will be sold as the original quilt and pattern.

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on point

Inspiration

Day 12 quilting brings you more inspiration. Take 10 per cent off the advertised price of any of my Inspiration ebooks. Each one is filled with photos to inspire that you can use. They also give examples of my work. Just send a message from the website with the subject Inspiration ebooks and I’ll send a Paypal invoice for the correct amount. There are a dozen ebooks to choose from. This one concentrates on the work I created from church architecture. This discount runs for one day only.

Inspiration ebook
Inspiration ebook

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019

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Day 11 quilting of the 31 Day Blog challenge

Day 11 quilting introduces my latest quilt finished early evening yesterday as I hand stitched the binding to the back. A beautiful make for all quilters. I am really pleased with my latest quilt design. This quilt design also forms part of my new modern quilting ecourse. A special discount is available for quilters today see below.

Day 11 quilting
quilting

New Modern Scrap Quilt

Yesterday I finished my latest quilt. A new modern scrap quilt design. It started with scraps of my most colourful quilts and I made large triangles. Since it’s a modern quilt, it was also all about the quilting. This is the most quilting I have ever done on a quilt to date. I found it very enjoyable. The border and quilting are quite time consuming, and just those alone took me 11 hours. Another new quilt is already on my work table.

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What’s Your Quilting Speed?

I am not the fastest quilter I admit. My speed is just under half on my dial and I quilt without a pedal. When using my walking foot I keep a steady pace. Accuracy is more important to me than speed. I slow down on large projects to ensure the quilt does not stick on the end of the machine and catch me unawares.

Discount

Day 11 quilting discount is 20% off the original quilt for sale. There is only one unique original Karen Platt quilt, there will never be another exactly the same. Plus 20 per cent off the quilting pattern. Plus 10 per cent off the new modern quilting ecourse. Join me to learn all about modern quilting in a 12 month ecourse that gives exercises, techniques and design ideas for all types of modern quilting. So if you love improv, modern, contemporary or art quilts, come and have fun, we start in January 2020. These discounts run until 18 December 2019

day 11 quilting

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2019