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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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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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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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Artist Support Pledge Quilts And Work For Sale

Artist Support Pledge is the brainchild of Matthew Burrows on Instagram. It’s all about exposing artists to new markets using the hashtag #artistsupportpledge. Anyone can buy the artists’ work. Work can be 200 gbp and under. When an artist has taken 1000 gbp they pledge to buy from another artist. It’s a great idea to get artists through Covid 19 and to help them and allow them to help other artists at the same time. Follow me on Instagram karenplatt_textiles

Artist support pledge
My latest quilt design

Work For Sale

Under this banner of Artist Support Pledge I have already put quite a few small art quilts, textiles such as my embroidered portraits and some digital posters too. Today I thought I would add the last four quilts I have made. You can use the contact form on this website to buy as they are not yet listed anywhere. Any finished quilt listed under the heading quilts on the website that is under 200 gbp is also included.

Pink Feathers, my latest quilt is offered for 175 gbp plus p&p. 75 x 95 cm (30 x 38 inches). The back has some pink squares. See above.

Orange Butterflies, a wall quilt with 2-d butterflies. It is 75 gbp plus p&p. 64 cm square. (Approx 25 inches square).

Artist Support Pledge
Orange Butterflies Quilt by Karen Platt

Stripey Bullseye another wall quilt is 95 gbp plus p&p. 76 x 78 cm (just over 30 x 31 inches).

Karen Platt quilt
Quilt by Karen Platt

New Kid On the Block is 195 gbp plus p&p. Each block is different. 75 x 130cm (30 x just over 52 inches).

Artist Support Pledge
Quilt by Karen Platt

All quilts are cotton, they are all machine pieced and quilted. The binding is machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back. They have cotton wadding. Each one is unique and designed by me.

A great way for you to support artists through the Artist Support Pledge and for me to support artists whilst making a living from my art. I know I have found it tough during lockdown and since I am vulnerable, I am staying at home as much as possible, so I really need and appreciate the support.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020.

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How Many Quilts Do You Make In A Week?

There are no prizes but how many quilts do you make in a week? Do you always complete a quilt each week, or does it vary? I take my quilting and other textile work as it comes, when I can I make. I am not sure I remember a week when I got quite so much done.

How many quilts o you make
Butterfly quilt designed by Karen Platt

Cheat’s Sheet

  1. Finish projects off instead of starting anew.
  2. Make smaller projects.
  3. Work in a group to get quilts finished.
  4. Make simple patchwork style quilts that are quick to make.

My Quilt Making Week

QUILTING

I started last Sunday with a possible new quilt design going up on the wall. I was amazed when by Thursday the Butterfly quilt was finished. See the front above.

How Many Quilts Do You Make In A Week
Back of the Butterfly Quilt

In the evenings, I like to handstitch. I had had a tidy up in the sewing room and discovered 5 panels of Cathedral Window Quilting that needed some work on them, so I started on those on Tuesday and finished them on Friday.

Cathedral Windows quilt
Cathedral Windows Quilt designed by Karen Platt

I trimmed off the threads on another Cathedral Window Quilt and decided it was a triptych and not to sew it together. Things were going well. My answer to how many quilts do you make in a week is three quilts completed in one week.

How many quilts do you make
Cathedral Window Triptych designed by Karen Platt

HAND KNITTING

In April I had started a knitwear design. This has taken over a month, but it is finished now. It just needs buttons. Time for a new knitting design.

Hand knitting knitwear design
Cardigan designed and hand knitted by Karen Platt

Project Number 5 This Week

Finally, if I have not already exhausted you, I launched Part Two of Inspiration Travel Tunisia, this is ebook eight in the series. I am now working on Part Three. I created almost 40 new pieces of artwork for this ebook.

Inspiration Travel book Eight Tunisia
Tunisia travel guide and unique artwork

Artist Support Pledge

I joined Artist Support Pledge to support myself and other artists. It is the brainchild of Matthew Burrows on Instagram. Works can be sold for up to 200 pounds each. When an artist has made 1,000 pounds, they pledge to buy another artists work to the value of 200 pounds. So far I have added the following work, but any work on the website around or slightly over 200 pounds I would be willing to sell under the pledge, so if there is something you want please let me know.

LIMITED EDITION OF 100 Prints. Digital High Res Print, numbered and signed. A3 size. 100 pounds each plus p&p.

Digital print
El Djem

High Res Print. 35 pounds each incl. p&p in UK, for elsewhere please check.

Digital Print
Bleeding Heart

One of my embroideries is also available at the reduced price of 200 gbp plus p&p.

hand embroidery artist support pledge
Beauty In Stone Hand Embroidery

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Self Employed Designer Maker – Quilter, Textiles, Art

Self Employed Designer Maker – Quilter, Textiles, Art and the effect of lockdown. The Not So Merry Month of May Or the Not So Merry Year of 2020??? For me lockdown is a continuation of my somewhat solitary self-employed ‘lifestyle’ working as an artist in paint and fabric. I have no desire to break lockdown because I want to stay safe, but I do miss my forays into the real world. Just this morning I was reminiscing about my trip to Marseille in February, thank heavens I fitted that in. Only just over two months ago, it seems like a lifetime! Read the book here

Marseille
Marseille

Self Employed Quilter

As a Self Employed Designer Maker – Quilter, Textiles, Art, life has to go on. It is only work that keeps me sane. I finished a quilt that started life some time ago when I made blocks playing with striped fabrics, then put them away because I was not sure what else to do with them. The fabrics are from 2008. This week it came out of the box and is a finished project and a big hit over on Instagram. Maybe I’ll call it ‘Summertime And The Living Is Easy’.

Self Employed Designer Maker
Karen Platt quilt design

So what next? I have a joined together strip to quilt but no thread. I’ll get back to that soon.

Self employed designer maker
Joined up strips

I moved on to another project. Scrap quilts seems to be the overriding theme of 2020. I didn’t want to do blue again just yet and everyone loved the hot colours, that I thought I would still with orange and use up my yellows too. I had two butterfly fat quarters that had been around for a year or more.

scrap quilts
The beginning of a new quilt

Art

My art has taken a nose dive in the last couple of years. It’s mainly a twofold problem, affording more canvases and the space to keep them. I promised myself that I would create several pieces based on my time in Corfu in 2018. So I made a start at last. One finished, and one midway. I think I am capturing the mood at last.

Corfu art
Painting inspired by Corfu

Writing

Tunisia Part two is well underway. If you missed Part One, it is on the website with all the other ebooks. If you missed it, take a look at last week’s blog post, which was a retrospective of all work so far this year. I have done quite a lot.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Quilting and Textiles Blog Fabric Book

In my quilting and textiles blog I like to show you what I have been working on during the week. This has been a week of continuing (slowly) with the scrap quilt and making the fabric book based on the Stay At Home theme of fruit and vegetables. I have been creating fabric pears. You can ask to join the group here. I also managed some knitting and finished two small Cathedral Windows Quilts.

Stay at home and create
fabric book

My quilting and textiles blog is a good way to get to know my work and to support me through my online shop. Bear in mind that during the coronvirus outbreak I am staying in, so you can still buy products online as long as they can be emailed – i.e. ebooks or ecourses. There is lots to keep you going through this crisis.

Quilting

It is a quick mention for quilting this week as owing to not feeling well, I have been a lot slower and still have 5 more blocks to make. I have been thinking of different ways with stripes. However I did finish two Cathedral Window Quilts with buttons. You can access my Cathedral Windows tutorial here.

Cathedral Windows quilt
Cathedral Windows Quilt
Cathedral Windows Quilt
Cathedral Windows Quilt

Knitting

For the first time in years I am knitting in lace. I have designed a textured lace knit in cotton. It is knitting up quite quickly.

knitting pattern
knitting pattern

Textiles

My textiles fabric book is looking great. It is finished, but I might make a cord with beads to finish off the spine. I made each page using different stitches and techniques. The centre page is in last week’s blog. I am really pleased with this work. It was great to use up some of my stash of green fabrics and threads.

quilting and textiles blog
pears
quilting and textiles blog
pears fabric book
fabric textile book
fabric book

Catch up next week when I hope to have some garden themed work to show you; the quilt finished and more besides. Stay occupied, positive and please stay home and safe.

quilting and textiles blog
fabric book

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Stay At Home Quilter Working From Home

It’s not a new thing for me, I have been a stay at home quilter for many years and textile artist before that. I have been practising real social distancing, 2-3 metre between me and the next individual and I am holed up over 98% of the time indoors.

stay at home quilter
fabrics to use in my self isolation

Occupying My Time

As a workaholic, working from home has always suited me. I am however struck by and alarmed by the misconception of social distancing. It is time to stay at home people, whether your government recommends it or not.

I start my day with an exercise programme. I keep moving through the day – this is important. There is no iron next to my sewing machine, I have to get up and move. There is no kettle, I have to go to the kitchen.

Fresh air is important so I choose a quiet time of the day for a walk ensuring I keep my distance. Stay safe.

I am staying in contact with people on social media so I do not feel isolated. I am not panicked nor fearful, I believe strongly in stopping the spread of the virus. Follow me on Fb, Instagram where I can be found as KarenPlatt_Textiles and Twitter

What did I Make This Week?

I have a new launch. I have released my inspirational guide to Lisbon and created new artwork for it, one of which is used as the front cover. That’s the fourth in the travel inspiration ebooks.

travel inspiration Lisbon
travel inspiration Lisbon

I have also been improv quilting, creating blocks. I am happy with these although they seem to take about 45 mins each, which seems a long time. It’s a great way of using up fabric scraps and scrap quilting.

stay at home quilter
stay at home quilter

Talking of scraps, I also gathered some tiny bits of fabric and created a fabric and thread bowl.

stay at home quilter
stay at home quilter

Lessons Online

Apart from my quilting ecourses online, allowing you to be a stay at home quilter too, I am now also teaching French and Spanish online. I am a fully qualified and experienced languages teacher teaching children and adults. You can find me on this website

stay at home quilter
stay at home quilter

Words work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020

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Quilt Those Scraps Quilting

Quilt those scraps! When inspiration evades you, or you have too many scraps, just sit down and quilt. It doesn’t really matter if you make a project or not, just make a start.

It has been a very rough week for me, getting my foot and leg to behave (tendonitis) and coping with digestive problems that knocked me out. It was not until Saturday that I felt well enough to sit in front of the sewing machine and stand long enough to cut fabric.

quilt those scraps
scrap fabrics

Scrap Quilting

Quilt those scraps. There must be a hundred ways to do it. You can gather together fabrics by colour, pattern, size. You can put together a colour scheme, or throw in the kitchen sink. The most important thing is to make a start and get going.

Quilting scraps serves two purposes. It can get you over the doldrums and it can reduce your scrap stash. Have you noticed how that multiplies?

Check out my scrap quilt tutorial, it was made with scraps from just one fabric. If you love that original quilt, it is for sale, but hurry as there is only one here

quilting tutorial
tutorial

Wonky Line Scrap Quilting

Making wonky lines is fun. It’s a fairly quick way to use up scraps. Just find scraps of the same or similar length and stitch together, cutting some strips at an angle. I think these always look better with a limited colour scheme, but hey it’s scraps, so anything goes.

quilt those scraps
scrap quilting

Wonky Log Cabin

An old take on the even older traditional log cabin block. Instead of all pieces being equal width, you cut some wonky ones. It’s a bit more challenging than the Wonky Line method. Again it is quick and uses up a bundle of scraps in no time. Each block you make can be different, so you don’t need too much of the same material. Just have fun and experiment.

log cabin with scrap fabric

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2020