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Quilters Companion Issue #96 2019

Quilters Companion is the definitive patchwork and quilting magazine. Published since 2001, Quilters Companion provides readers with exciting quilting projects. These projects are accompanied by easy-to follow instructions and accompanying pattern sheets, stunning styled shots and interesting stories about the featured projects. We pride ourselves not just on being an instructional publication — we are a good read as well! Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Universal Wellbeing PTY Limited
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IN THIS ISSUE

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editor’s journal

Although summer is officially over in the southern hemisphere, the days of March still bring a fair share of sunshine. While you savour the mild days ahead, you will hopefully enjoy making, or starting, one or two of the projects in this issue. Louise Papas shares a baby quilt called You Are My Sunshine, Helen Draper’s quilt is a gorgeous Dresden quilt with a scalloped border, and Jemima Flendt’s quilt, Lozenge, is the perfect example of how to up-size your blocks to get a great result. Michelle McKillop is back with a beguiling ombre quilt she has called Bubblegum. She explains the use of colour and how to choose fabrics to achieve the rainbow effect of taking colours through to the next. Be prepared, though — you will need 100 blocks…

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quilty treasures

Let’s Play Three new fabric ranges by Victoria Findlay Wolfe will be released in May: Playmaker (pictured), Neutrals and Stripes. The collection coincides with the release of Victoria’s new book, Playing with Purpose: A Quilt Retrospective. See a review on page 90. VFW fabrics are manufactured by RJR Fabrics USA and distributed exclusively in Australia by Dayview Textiles. Email: dayviewt@bigpond.net.au War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics The New York installation of war-time quilts from Dr Annette Gero’s collection was featured in QC#91. That exhibition has now come to Australia and will be presented at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery from late February through to late April. Among the quilts will be several that were made using black fabric that had been used as black-out curtains during the World War…

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bubblegum

The ombre effect of colour and value can be achieved by following Michelle’s instructions to make this bright, bubbly quilt. Colour theory can frighten even the most skilled sewers, but Michelle has made it short and simple for you. Put simply, colour is actually the perception of light; the less light, the fewer colours we see. In the instructions you will find her colour theory and more advice to achieve this look. This quilt achieves the flow of colours as they harmonise naturally through the colour spectrum, just as in rainbows that form by reflection and refraction of light through water, through the mindful use of value placement. Each of the Split Nine Patch blocks has three fabrics: one bright fabric for the half square triangles; a centre square from the same…

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tracey bareli

“I had used a domestic sewing machine to do my quilting, then I saw the long-arm while at a friend’s place and knew I had to have one,” she recalls. As her interest in quilting grew, Tracey Bareli decided she needed a designated sewing space, so she got rid of all the furniture in her formal lounge and moved her supplies in. “I have a huge window looking out onto the street, which is great for light, and I can watch what’s going on in the neighbourhood while I sew,” Tracey explains. Her long-arm quilting machine takes up the bulk of the space, leaving a small but comfortable area to get creative. While her machine now takes pride of place in her sewing space, Tracey didn’t even know what a longarm quilting…

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lozenge

This quilt was designed by Jemima Flendt in the same fashion as those that appear in her recently released book, Quilt Big. It follows the idea of the beauty found in single-block patterns that can be upsized to create big, bold quilts quickly and easily. This quilt features the one block and showcases the denim by adding small prints. The block requires no templates or special shapes; it is simply made by cutting strips and cross-cutting them into squares. There are 25 mostly denim blocks and 24 mostly print blocks. These are laid out in seven rows of seven, with alternating directions. This layout creates the secondary pattern of squares with four triangles. This is a perfect quilt for a guy and it will stitch up quickly and easily. Finished size: 215cm (84½in)…

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tqg island quilts

Bernina Best of Show, Art Quilt – Advanced/Professional – First The Collective Language of Trees, 90cm x 90cm (35½in x 35½in), Cindy Watkins Artist’s statement: “This quilt was inspired by the book The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. The book explores and explains how trees communicate and support each other through their root systems. For many years I have been enthralled by the beauty of the deciduous beech or fagus (Nothofagus gunnii) that grows in the highland areas of Tasmania. It is Australia’s only deciduous tree and its autumn display is spectacular. All the trees in my quilt are freestyle stitched. I like to use batik fabric to create the backdrop for the trees. These are cut in random shapes, fused and stitched down. The centre tree is stitched onto…

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