During Black History Month we are showcasing the work of amazing black quilters and artists and today we would like to introduce you to three textile artists who focus on portraiture. Maggie Scott is a British textile artist who uses felted re-interpretations of photographic images that often explore the politics of representation and the tensions … Continue reading Black History Month: Portraiture
Jahnavi Inniss graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2020 with a BA Graphic Communication Design, and her final project was a quilt! 'Black British History Quilt' was made to challenge existing ideas about the presence of Black people in British History. The quilt is made up of bold colourful blocks that have been appliquéd with … Continue reading Black History Month – Jahnavi Inniss
Black History Month was originally created by a group of black students in the 1970s in the USA (where BHM is held in February). It was first celebrated in the UK in 1987 and has taken place every year since, each October. The annual event celebrates and commemorates the achievements of Black people over many … Continue reading Black History Month
I thought you might be interested to hear that one of our 'Block of the Week' posts helped Region 14 when they held a Zoom meeting in July. This was so that everyone who wanted to could get together to make blocks for a charity - and to see each other, have a chat as … Continue reading Lots of Friendship Blocks!
Hello there! It’s Rachel here. I can’t believe we are approaching autumn and the nights are starting to draw in. I’m missing summer already, but autumn and winter have to be the best months for quilting. In my opinion, there’s nothing more cosy than binding a quilt in front of the TV with a hot … Continue reading Youngish Quilter 2020 Sew-Along: How is it going?- Part 3
Hi everyone, Sarah I here! Hope you enjoyed hearing from Laura last week, I am super impressed by her finished quilt - absolutely beautiful! So you may be like me, a little behind with the Sew-Along...but that's ok! There is plenty of time to finish so don't worry, all the instructions are still here and … Continue reading Youngish Quilter 2020 Sew-Along: How is it going? – Part 2
We cannot go to The Festival of Quilts in person, but we can celebrate quilting online instead! This year Beyond The Festival of Quilts brings you virtual galleries to view, online tutorials to try at home as well as an live awards ceremony where competition winners will be announced. Beyond FoQ will be launched on … Continue reading Beyond The Festival of Quilts
Wow! Here we are ready to quilt the quilt. What is quilting? Well it is stitching through all the layers of your quilt to hold the layers together. It adds texture to your quilt and even makes it warmer as the little pockets it forms trap heat, though this part of quilting isn't so important … Continue reading Block of the Week – Quilting your Quilt!
If you have stitched all your blocks together with the sashing, you are ready to put your quilt together and quilt it. Layering means putting the backing fabric, the wadding (batting) and top (quilt squares) together ready to quilt (stitching through all the layers to hold it together). We are using a method with 505 … Continue reading Block of the Week. Layering
We’re nearly there, can you believe it!? It has been wonderful to see your quilt tops coming together this week. What an achievement to make this during lock down. Let’s have a look at some of your creations... Here’s Heather's quilt top, what a beaut! I love all the repeating fabrics and the sashing Heather … Continue reading Block of the Week – Completing the Quilt Top