Social Sunday with the London Modern Quilt Guild

Just heading out the door to the shop this morning but thought I'd do a write up for you on a non-knitting crafty thing I got up to this weekend. Enjoy!

Late last year I had the pleasure of taking the Lizzie House Meadow Quilt workshop at The Village Haberdashery and I loved the experience of getting back to sewing.

Inadvertently through reading someone else's blog (no idea whose, I was down the rabbit hole of the internet that day!) I stumbled across the London Modern Quilt Guild.

I'll be honest and say that I didn't (and still don't) know much about the idea of modern quilting. The Modern Quilt Guild has a good definition/history of modern quilting but the LMQG breaks it down even further on their website. Seeing that list made me reflect on the kinds of quilts that I'd started to be attracted to over the last few years and I was pretty sure that it was the same aesthetic and approach of quilts that I'd seen that were making me want to get back into sewing. In particular, the use of negative space, and also stuff being more minimal in terms of design, with clean lines. Less fussy.

The thought occurred to me that part of the reason I think I've had success learning to knit was because of finding and becoming part of a community - both in real life and online. 

There's something to be said for having your creativity inspired by like-minded individuals, and it never hurts to be able to ask questions of more experienced crafters - especially when starting out! So I thought I might find getting into sewing, and specifically quilting, less intimidating if I had a group of folks to tap into their knowledge, and I emailed them to find out more.

Turns out I had just missed their last meeting for the year, but was kindly invited to the start of the year, which was today! Although I was horribly late. There were about two dozen people there, and a good show and tell was underway. I didn't remember to snap a lot of pics, but did manage to get a few:

I love the simplicity of these triangles - and the colours! I'm sorry I can't remember who made this one.

I love the simplicity of these triangles - and the colours! I'm sorry I can't remember who made this one.

There was also this great one that a woman had done for her 6-year-old son. Somehow I think the Cat In The Hat fabric quilt that I've been working on for Mr. H isn't going to cut it any more if he sees this:

Apparently all of the faces are hand-pieced, and she made up two of them when unable to find a pattern. OMG! The backing ingeniously made use of a Lego Star Wars fleece blanket purchased from Legoland.

Apparently all of the faces are hand-pieced, and she made up two of them when unable to find a pattern. OMG! The backing ingeniously made use of a Lego Star Wars fleece blanket purchased from Legoland.

After the formal part of the meeting was over most folks stayed on to have lunch in the pub and it was nice to chat and get to know a few folks. I'll definitely be joining and am already looking forward to February's meeting. It will definitely be good motivation to get cracking on the two quilts that I have on the go!