Quilters Companion

Quilters Companion Issue #101 - 2020

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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8 min.
dubai old souk

This rich and evocative quilt was designed from a photograph that Jenny took in a lantern shop in the old markets of Dubai. The effect of the gold metallic print fabric of each lantern is enhanced with trapunto. Just before sandwiching the quilt top with the batting and the backing, a piece of polyester batting is basted in place behind each Lantern block to add a raised surface. The block featured in this quilt is the traditional Drunkard’s Path. Jenny has machine pieced the blocks using the ‘no pin’ method. You may wish to refer to the Block Masterclass on page 82, where you will find instructions for a few methods to sew to sew this block by hand and machine. The ‘no pin’ method, once mastered, is a faster way to complete…

5 min.
block masterclass

Drunkard’s Path This block is also known as Solomon’s Puzzle, Oregon Trail, Endless Trail, World’s Wonder and many others (Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman). The block is classified to be a four patch, and four of the four-patch units are joined to create the overall block. This block requires curved piecing and only two templates. There are two ‘tricks’ to sewing the pieces together: place the concave-curve piece on top of the convex-curve piece, right sides together — and, pin thoroughly. How to: stitch by machine 1 Trace the A and B pattern shapes from the Pattern Sheet onto paper or template plastic and use them to cut out the fabric shapes. 2 Fold each piece in half to locate their centre and press to crease. 3 Place the concave curved (B) piece over…

2 min.
diary dates

New South Wales February 7-9 Panthers Penrith 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith Open: 9.30am-4pm More information: www.craftalive.com.au February 22-23 Biennial Quilt and Craft Show The Southern Highlands Quilters’ Guild Mittagong RSL Club, Cnr Bessemer Street and Hume Highway, Mittagong Open: Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm More information: Ann (02) 4885 2970 March 6-8 The Range Function Centre 306 Copland Street, Wagga Wagga Open: 9.30am-4pm More information: www.craftalive.com.au March 26–April 5 The Nelson Bay Quilters’ 2020 Quilt Exhibition Port Stephens Community Arts Centre, Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay Open: 10am-4pm More information: Lyn 0418 449 773 April 18-19 Delungra Quilters’ Biennial Quilt & Craft Exhibition Multi-Purpose Hall, Railway Street, Delungra 18th & 19th April 2020 Open: Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm More information: Diane 0459 248 415 April 18-19 Queanbeyan Quilters Members’ Exhibition Bicentennial Hall, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan Open: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm More information: queanbeyanquilters@gmail.com or 0414 188 715 Queensland February 2-22 Dalby Quilting and Appliqué Club Stash Buster 2020 Exhibition…

7 min.
miss porter’s dilly bag

Follow Rachael's specific instructions for fussy cutting the shapes required to make this sweet dilly bag. Assembled with her favourite stitching method, English paper piecing, accuracy can be achieved. Turn to pages 58-65 to read Rachael's quiltmaking journey and see some of her gorgeous creations. Finished quilt size: 18cm x 18cm x 18cm (7in x 7in x 7in) rachael-porter@hotmail.com Materials • Assorted scraps of print fabrics, each at least 2½in x 3½in• 25cm (⅜yd) floral stripe print fabric (fussy cut block centres and corners)• 25cm (⅜yd) coordinating print fabric (lining)• Fat eighth pink print fabric (drawstring casing)• Template plastic and permanent-marking pen• 3in Sliced Octagon papers or stiff paper to make your own – see Note• 25cm (⅜yd) lightweight fusible woven stabiliser• 1.5m (1¾yd) pink cord, diameter 3mm (⅛in)• Two wooden toggles• Size 10 or…

7 min.
in the market

Pfaff quilt expression 720 Elegant functionality is delivered with poise and precision by the exciting quilt expression™ 720 sewing machine. Discover the depth and harness the artful ability of this sophisticated and robust machine. PFAFF Phone: (02) 4337 3737 Email: australia.info@blessington.com.au Website: pfaff.com/au Liberty of London Cotton for Quilting Made with Lasenby cotton, especially for quilting and patchwork. Richly coloured with iconic Liberty designs! Join our Liberty Fabric Club and receive a free pattern featuring these beautiful prints! Jemima’s Creative Quilting Phone: (03) 9308 2699 Email: contact@jemimascreativequilting.com Website: www.jemimascreativequilting.com CraftAlive celebrates 30 years CraftAlive is celebrating 30 years with 18 different events in 2020. Featuring Australia’s favourite exhibitors from across the country, special guests, exhibitions and a wide range of craft supplies, kits and equipment, classes and demos. Visit craftalive.com.au for the full event diary. Follow facebook.com/CraftAlive to keep up-to-date. CraftAlive Phone: (03) 9682 5133 Email:…

3 min.
hand sewing needles

There are a large variety of needle types, and quilters tend to use mostly straws, milliners, sharps and betweens. It is widely agreed that the best needles for hand sewing and quilting are between needles and sharps are best for appliqué. The larger the size number, the smaller the needle. As a beginner it is recommended to purchase a packet of mixed sizes and practise quilting with the different sized needles. Generally it is a good idea to start with a #9 and work your way through to a #12. The smaller the needle the finer your quilting stitches will be. A needle consists of three elements: the eye, the shaft and the point. Eye shapes and sizes differ to suit the type of thread you’re sewing with as well as to allow…