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Welcome to the Modern Quilt Group September 2018 Newsletter
The evenings start to draw in and thoughts turn to Autumn
A word (or two) from the EditorPEACE, PERFECT PIECE: Do you know what? I think this Autumn I am actually going to get down to doing some serious (or possibly lighthearted) sewing! That may sound like an odd thing to say, but I seem to have spent the past few months doing anything but sewing. I am sure you can all sympathise with that feeling. Perhaps it is time to dust off the ideas book (the ideas haven't stopped, even if the time has vanished) and revisit the stash (I might need to go shopping!) Of course I still have other things to do; patterns to write, classes to teach and a monthly charity sewing bee commitment - as well as shopping, cooking, dog walking and perhaps, occasionally, sleeping - but somewhere amongst all that I really want to get some sewing done. It's a good job I enjoy my busy life.
One thing I always find time for, to a greater or lesser extent, is reading. I am an inveterate reader. Put me in front of the printed word and I have to read it. This doesn't just apply to books and magazines, oh no, I'll automatically read the cereal packets at the breakfast table and the sauce bottles in the cafe! Unsurprisingly then, on a recent visit to a friend's studio a picked up an old copy of 'Selvedge' magazine during a quiet moment and spent an enjoyable half hour immersed in creativity. One of the articles which caught my attention included a five step plan for living a healthy, well-balanced life. Immediately my natural cynicism said 'oh yeah, ho ho' but since I was unable to stop reading (curse this affliction) what followed was actually rather interesting and quite enlightening. The five steps recommended all rang true for me; Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give. None of these are onerous, and all improve your outlook on life, in fact we are probably doing some of them subconsciously, without thinking.
Then it struck me that this is also exactly the way Modern Quilting works; we Connect with fellow quilters on-line and face-to-face, we are Active - we go to shows, enter challenges and form groups, by our very nature as Modern Quilters we love new things so we are always looking around us and are stimulated by what we Notice and because of this we are constantly Learning, one of the most important parts of Modern is teaching and sharing so we Give back to the quilting community and encourage the next generation. Perhaps this is why Modern Quilters tend to have smiles on our faces!
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Rattle by Helen Butcher
The Modern Quilt desk at Festival
QUILT STORIES: Headline NewsRattle
by Helen Butcher
I originally designed this block for Oakshott Fabrics, to use in a set of table mats, but I have been itching to make a larger version since I thought it would make a great Modern quilt. The Oakshott versions were rather more sedate than this in tasteful, monochrome colourways. This time I wanted it to be bold and much more in-your-face, especially since this was to appear on the wall behind the Modern Group desk at Festival of Quilts.
I was asked during the show 'What makes this a Modern quilt?' by someone who was trying to understand the whole concept of Modern, and I must admit I had to stop for a moment and think. Admittedly it doesn't encompass all the Modern aesthetics - there is no negative space, the colour palette is not particularly limited, there is definitely no change of scale between the blocks. However it is an original improvised block, made in clean, bright modern fabrics - mostly unprinted. More importantly it was made with the idea that this is a free pattern available to all who want to have a go - teach it on - share it around - make nice things for the people you love to use. To me that is just as important as how it looks.
CLICK HERE to go to the patterns page where a printable PDF is available to download.
MEMBERS SURVEYYour chance to have a say In the next few weeks we will be sending out a survey to the QGBI Modern Group members asking for your opinions and ideas! We would value you input, please take a moment to complete and return it. Many thanks, HB
Click on the pictures to see all the quilts in this year's challenge: FOOLING THE EYE!
What we have learned from making Challenge exhibits (not all, just some)by Helen Howes
It's a good idea to keep the brief simple - probably the best so far was 'Black and White and One (Colour)' which caused no head-scratching at all
It's also a good idea to be really firm about send-in dates. Confused? not as much as we were. We were offered a couple of quilts after the first exhibit...
And sizes. We picked 20 inches square to begin with, on the basis that this was both a) undaunting, and b) useful for a cushion, if nothing else, later. Still seems to work, and they do look good in groups
Also, that not everyone seems to be able to measure... The last Challenge quilts varied from 18-1/2 to 22-1/2 inches.. Hmmm. So, I made a tutorial on measuring, which will included in the next newsletter.
And, then, sleeves. Need to be 4 inches deep, folded double, attached to the top of the quilt firmly, with a bit of a bulge on the outer part, so they hang nicely on a stick. And Narrower Than The Quilt! Or they get pinched by screws, and messy.. Tutorial here! (make a link).
And, that the best parts, like getting all those parcels in the post, and hanging the quilts up and watching the pleasure they give, and sending them out to see the world, makes it all worth while..
CONTRIBUTIONS WELCOMEIt is quite hard to generate enough copy to produce a newsletter every month, and I am sure you will be getting bored with seeing the same few names cropping up over and over, but the truth of it is that unless we have contributions from other readers it comes down to the sames old few!
I would welcome input from fellow group members ? photos, words, ideas or questions ? a big part of ModQ is sharing and teaching. Please send anything you would like to share to
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