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.
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
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.
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
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.
Words (except the quote), images and work copyright Karen Platt 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Day 8 quilting starts with Inspiration today. The question I am asked most is ‘Where do you get your inspiration?’ The answer I usually give is not the one people want to hear, for it is most often ‘Anything and everything from a manhole cover to another artist.’ This often as not is met with a blank stare.
However it is true. I do get my inspiration in that way. I not only quilt but I also do textiles, hand knitting and painting. I find the same is true for all of them, inspiration is ubiquitous. So here are my top tips on Day 8 quilting for you to find inspiration for your creativity
Look with an artist’s eye
Try different mediums
Try different ideas
Keep a sketchbook
Day 8 quilting brings you lots of inspiration. Since it is the question I am asked so frequently and many find inspiration so hard, you can now access my photos for use in your work. The inspiration ebooks are packed with my photos and also my work to inspire you. They help you to concentrate on a theme, access good photos, see my work.
Quilting from Photos
My work is usually based on my photos and how I interpret them. If you looked at the ecourses earlier in the 31 day blog, you’ll have found the one on Quilts from Photos. Sometimes I print the manipulated photos direct to fabric, other times I interpret a photo in the traditional way of quilting.
Day 8 Discount
There is a special offer of 20% of all inspiration ebooks including the one I am launching today. A photographic resource, see them all here
2020 Quilt Retreat in North Yorkshire, right on the coast, opposite a beach and a few miles (walking distance) to Whitby and a short bus ride to other fantastic coastal villages countryside. That is a wow, and when you add 7 days accommodation (6 nights) and no less than 18 tutorials to get you inspired and quilting, you are going to be running on sea air. Sew away days by the sea. Believe me, this is going to be the perfect retreat. Plenty of time to relax for those who want to chill, plenty of time to quilt and plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings.
Fabulous things to do and see, great teaching, wonderful surroundings, like-minded people and a comfortable holiday home for the week. Get away from it all and quilt. Who would not want to escape to a quilt retreat? Visit dramatic Whitby Abbey and translate it into a quilt. Learn how to transform the coast into landscape quilts. Discover how to really make a stained glass quilt without that ugly black tape that is supposed to represent the solder. It always looks so wrong.
I shall be showing you how to get the best from the wonderful scenery, the history, the architecture and historical figures and demonstrate how you can make your own personal quilts by following my steps to interpretation. I’ll be on hand 9-5 to teach and inspire. We’ll have the chance to visit several places and soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful coast. I have kept the price low for what you are getting. So join me now. So click here to read more and register your interest today. There is only room for around half a dozen people and if it’s not booked quickly, the accommodation will be taken by someone else. Just drop me a line, I will take bookings when we have enough people. Don’t miss your place. Also great for photographers and artists.