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Quilters Companion

Quilters Companion Issue#94 - 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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6 Issues


2 min.
editor’s journal

My enduring aim as an editor has been to create a magazine that is a strong, reliable and enjoyable part of our quilting community. Although we are not together in person, as you read the magazine I hope you feel a sense of being part of a group of like-minded souls. The overall aim of any community get-together is to share and learn, but also to be inspired and educated. This sentiment is the backbone of the decisions I make about which content to share with you, from the gorgeous quilt patterns you can make through to the skills and knowledge I can impart. The re-design of Quilters Companion has allowed me to add 16 extra pages packed with content I am sure you will find inspirational and useful. The extra…

4 min.
quilty treasures

Jackson is in da house This year Jackson Cook, aged 16, entered two quilts in the Sydney Quilt Show’s Years 7–12 section. Both were awarded prizes: Quincy received second prize, and Tumbling Down won third prize. Jackson first started quilting as a 13-year-old and had been making sewn items for some years prior. In his short career he has, among other accomplishments, been awarded a Coastal Retreat Scholarship from Caroline Sharkey, sewn patchwork quilts on commission and taught patchwork at Craft Alive events. You can find Jackson on Facebook — House of Jackson Pincushions by the dozen Twelve pincushions in 12 months — join the Ark Pincushion Club and you can start stitching yours! Each month you will receive a pattern and kit to make a unique pincushion designed by different Australian designers. Go to Cynthia’s…

4 min.
festival of quilts uk

1718 Silk Coverlet Challenge This was a one-off competition category designed to celebrate the display of the 1718 Silk Coverlet, the UK’s oldest recorded patchwork. Entrants were challenged to replicate or interpret the historic piece. Of the winning quilt, judges said that the confident colour choices combined with personalised design elements made this quilt stand out in a very competitive group.…

10 min.

Combining needleturn appliqué and machine piecing, this medallion-style quilt works out from a central wreath, surrounded by quarter-square triangles pieced into a zigzag strip and appliqué birds that are whimsical and naïve. Adding even more to the charm is Michelle’s use of vintage buttons from her collection; not only are they embellishment, they have the practical job of holding the three layers together in lieu of quilting in those borders. Many quilters have a stash of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and if not, possibly soon will in order to reproduce Michelle’s gorgeous quilt. The shot cottons used in the background are Freespirit fabrics, but you may like to substitute these with Australian-manufactured Reece Scannell shot cotton. Take note that the pink and black triangles in borders 1 and 3 have been cut as quarter-square…

9 min.
rachelle denneny

I have always designed my show quilts to challenge myself to do the best work I possibly can at the time, whether it’s trying a new technique style or quilting it with designs I haven’t tried before You started quilting in 2001 and teaching in 2005. What classes did you teach back then? I was visiting one of my local quilt shops and talking to the owner and she asked if I would like to teach a beginners’ class. I designed a simple pieced and appliqué quilt and taught one night a week. Where have you taught in Australia or overseas? Now the kids are older I have started to travel more with my teaching. I have taught in many rural towns in South Australia and Queensland, and New South Wales and Victoria for…

2 min.
rachelle’s top 10 tips for machine quilting on a domestic machine

1 Start small and work your way up to larger quilts. It takes practice and stamina to quilt large quilts. 2 Don’t be too hard on yourself; we all started as beginners — no one started as an expert. 3 Remember the more you quilt, the better you become. It doesn’t happen just by wishing you were better. 4 Find two or three designs you are comfortable with and make quilts with them. Keep adding another design to your collection every project and you will soon have lots of designs you can adapt for anything. 5 When it comes to straight-line quilting using your walking foot, GO SLOW and increase your stitch length (I use a 4). You will get much better results. 6 For free-motion quilting, find your own rhythm; adjust your machine speed…