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
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).
Stripey Bullseye another wall quilt is 95 gbp plus p&p. 76 x 78 cm (just over 30 x 31 inches).
New Kid On the Block is 195 gbp plus p&p. Each block is different. 75 x 130cm (30 x just over 52 inches).
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.
Quilting Know How Pinning brings you good quilting practices you need to know to make professional looking quilts. Last week I talked about some of the practices and this week I am taking a closer look at pinning your quilt.
Preparation – Pinning
Quilting Know How Pinning this week shows you how to get rid of those ‘tucks’ that appear in poorly quilted work. Recently I made two One Block Wonder quilts with panels. I have always been able to keep my quilting flat, right from the beginning. It was a box I ticked proudly.
Then disaster struck. As I quilted the first panel, I got tucks. I realised the fabric was perhaps a little stretchy, the border a little tight to the rest of the quilt but most importantly I had been meagre with the pins. I was desperate not to make the same mistake with the second panel. I made sure my border was perfect. But I did something else that made all the difference – Pinning.
Quilting Know How Pinning is all about using enough pins. I am a sparse pinner! This time, I took the time to pin thoroughly. I wanted this to look right. It worked. I stitched one way, adjusted my pins and stitched the other way.
It is fabulous when you get it right, but a disaster if you get it wrong. It is simpler to get small projects flat. Large quilts are usually the problem. Having the space to lay out a large quilt can be problematic and result in your quilt not being flat. Follow my tips:
Take as much time as it takes
Leave it and come back to it if you have to
Smooth and pin from the centre
Check as you go
Before you start to quilt ensure the back is also flat
Start to quilt in the centre
Quilts pucker when washed and that is ok, that is what they are meant to do. This is entirely a different thing to the uneven surface of a badly pinned quilt. See our tutorials online here