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Quilters Companion

Quilters Companion Issue#93 - 2018

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.

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2 min.
editor’s journal

At this time of the year we can all breathe a sigh of relief as winter turns to spring, the weather warms up, and flowers and baby animals bring a smile to our faces. Chris Jurd’s foundation-pieced quilt is the very epitome of spring and features super-fun colours and ‘typewriter’ letter centres. Our DVD artisan, Sharon Burgess, shares a sweet cushion using her favourite method — English paper piecing — with a 12-sided shape. You can learn lots of tips and tricks from this self-confessed EPP addict. As well as the foundation-pieced and EPP projects, you will be spoilt for choice with other techniques and ideas to try. These include gorgeous traditional hand piecing and hand quilting in Lorraine Moran’s scrappy Blue Splendour, glorious Outback Wife prints and barkcloth in an original…

1 min.
a special announcement from the team: a new-look quilters companion is coming — next issue!

Dear readers, After celebrating 15 incredible years of Quilters Companion, we are delighted to announce that next issue will bring you a much-anticipated relaunch of our iconic magazine. You will still see the very best quilting projects, latest news, profiles on leading designers and creative inspiration, as well as a new range of exciting new features and a fresh new look! What you can expect next issue! 1 A brand-new design — Our projects, designers and content are nothing less than cutting-edge and soon Quilters Companion will have a fresh new look to match! 2 The end of our DVD series — While this was a difficult decision, with the technological changes that have taken place over the past few years and the increase in watching video content online, we will be saying goodbye…

4 min.
quilty treasures

Pincushion stuffings How much fun is it to make pin cushions! For yourself or for friends, these little cuties are quick and easy to make, practical and gorgeous, and offer many options to show off your creativity. There are a few things to consider when deciding what to use to stuff your pincushion. You want it to be heavy enough to stay in place during use, as well as keep your pins rust-free and sharp. Here are some of the more popular choices: Steel Wool These are small so you will need a few to fill a pincushion. Purchase the finest grade — it will gently sharpen your pins each time you push them in and pull them out. Lavender Lavender is a wonderful addition to the filling. Add it into other fillings for a…

2 min.
quilt nsw 2018

Best of Show First: Pictorial Quilt After the Last Sky, 232cm x 207cm Jenny Bowker, Garran ACT August 14, 2013, Egyptian security and the army opened fire on supporters of President Mohamed Morsi, occupying the square of Raba’a el Adawiya. Between 817 and 2000 people were killed in the massacre. Design source: Based on a photograph by Mosa’ab Elshamy (permission granted) Best of Southern Stars Star Talk, 120cm x 126cm Caroline Sharkey, Urunga NSW The night sky and magnitude of stars seen from a desert landscape just blows your mind! The southern hemisphere offers some spectacular sky, such as the Magellanic Clouds. A star talk ‘On Country’ by Aboriginal Elders is a must. First: Appliqué Quilt—Professional Victoria Lace, 82cm x 83cm Julie Adamson, Mil Park Vic This quilt is based on a traditional stencil design. Once the quilt…

8 min.
country meets city

Finished size: 267cm (105in) square Finished block size: 10in square Materials ♦ 5.1m (5¾yd) black barkcloth (145cm/56in wide) or 6.7m (7.3yd) solid black fabric (107cm/42in wide) (background)♦ 36 fat quarters of large floral print barkcloth (or quilter’s cotton, see What is Barkcloth?)♦ Batting at least 290cm (115in) square♦ 14 fat eighths of solid complementary barkcloth (or quilter’s cotton, see What is Barkcloth?)♦ 2.8m (3¼yd) extra-wide (275cm/108in) backing fabric♦ Rotary cutter, ruler and mat♦ Sewing machine with ¼in foot♦ General sewing supplies Cutting From the black background fabric, cut: ♦ 14 strips, 2⅞in x width of barkcloth fabric or 18 strips, 2⅞in x width of quilter’s cotton fabric. Cross cut them to yield a total of 244 squares, 2⅞in. Cut 144 of these squares once across the diagonal to yield 244 half-square triangles (A). The remaining 144…

5 min.
in the studio

Over the years, Michelle McKillop has learnt and practised many crafts including knitting, cross stitch, painting and mixed media. “I took an art therapy class for many years and find art journalling and mixed media a really expressive, cathartic process,” she reveals. Michelle’s style is traditional with a modern, eclectic twist. “I believe that all this accumulated knowledge has enhanced my quilting,” she says. Michelle enjoys needleturn appliqué and finds machine piecing a meditative process. She practised fine arts painting for several years in the early 2000s and claims the art theory gave her the confidence to draw and sketch, or to simply “follow the line”. Around this time she was gifted a year-long class in creative writing. “It was a lot of fun and I learnt about describing verbal pictures…