Huddersfield Modern Quilt Guild

For quite some time it has been apparent that there are a growing number of modern quilters in the Huddersfield area. Here at Simply Solids we wanted to bring you all together and so we have decided to get a Huddersfield Modern Quilt Guild started!

We have scheduled the first meeting to be held in the downstairs teaching space at our shop in Slaithwaite at 10am on Sunday March 25th 2018 and we will be running monthly guild sit and sew / meeting sessions on the last Sunday of each month in the same space from 10am – 4pm. If you love modern fabric and modern quilts then please come along, everyone is welcome! Please note though that this is a Modern Quilt Guild and as such all attendees will be expected to work with modern fabric on modern quilts.

We intend to run a full MQG programme for those that want to participate and this will include things like inter-quild swaps, fabric challenges set by the Modern Quilt Guild and the making of modern quilts to be hung at various local and national quilt shows. We also intend to become affiliate members of the Modern Quilt Guild and the British Quilt Guild.

If you would like more information or to sign up to our newsletter please do email us at

To find out more about the Modern Quilt Guild

Modern Fans by Suzy Williamson 2015

Ebb by Carolyn Friedlander 2015

Punk Rock Glitz by Melissa Draper 2015

Alison Glass – all the collections!

As you know we’re big Alison Glass fans here at Simply Solids. We carry all her collections in full and just love the saturated bright colours she produces.

Imagine our surprise then when the UPS guy rocked up at the shop yesterday with 4 mahoosive boxes full of Alison Glass. We have got in our hands and on our shelves, all of Alison’s new collections about a month early! Yippee!

We took delivery of the totally gorgeous Sunprints 2018 collection, 27 bolts of it! This is by far our most favourite Sunprints collection to date. There are 3 prints, each in 9 colours.




Gorgeous right? So so useable in all manner of quilting styles.

We also received Remix, 9 prints from past collections by Alison Glass which have been brought back from the archives, some of these have already sold out online.

It’s so great when a designer reprints some beloved lines from older collections, a win for all our stashes right?

Finally we have received the rest of our Chroma, we have 26 bolts of this gorgeous hand dyed loveliness available for you online and in our Slaithwaite shop now!

As you can see Chroma is perfect for all you patchworker’s out there!

Delilah month 4

Hello everyone!

So month 4 of Delilah brings us a mixture of curves and straight line sewing. Due to my own restrictions on sewing time at the machine and the fact these curved pieces were quite small, I chose to try hand piecing for the first time ever!

This is a quarter block I pieced on the train as I’m away on holiday this week.

Thank you to everyone in the group and those followers on IG who gave me loads of advice. I’ve never been keen on hand sewing as I’m so slow but I actually grew to love how precise I could be with it, my OCD for neatness tested again!

I preferred a method of running stitch for 4 stitches then going back over the last to secure it before carrying on. I tried back stitching all the way but it didn’t come out so neat for me.

I actually think this block is a good one for hand sewing, as I found it great for moving the last seams out of the way when it came to adding the low volume corner pieces.

Speaking of which take care when making your fabric choices and cutting. For the points of the star you have to cut 8 then 8 in reverse. What you actually need I think, to get the star points to stand out, is 4 then 4 in reverse using bright/bold patterns, then 4 and 4 in reverse using lighter patterned fabrics with the triangle corner pieces being a mixture of your background fabrics. I think if you look at my picture I didn’t really get the inner fabrics right, I’m not happy with those reds.

Remember to cut pieces with the curve on the bias as it does help match the pieces up easier.

If you chose to get our fabric selection with your templates here’s what’s arriving this month!

Although I’m away I’ll be back to help with any questions you may have by Sunday.

Happy stitching, Lisa