Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter Issue 31

Today's Quilter provides a fresh take on traditional quilting with 100 glorious pages of projects, features, techiniques and news for intermediate to expert quilters. The quilt projects are exquisitely photographed, while technical features improve skills. There's quilting news, events to visit, designer profiles and quilt heritage, plus chat and fun from the quilting community.

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in this issue

1 min.

Caught up in all the festivities that the end of the year brings, I can’t help thinking about how lovely it is to begin over again afterwards. January heralds a fresh start for all of us in even the smallest way. Often it is in our home after the party decorations are packed up – we miss the lights, cards and decorations. With rooms looking oddly empty, it’s time to release the quilts! That’s right – now is the time to dig out those sewn ‘n’ stashed masterpieces, giving them a chance to shine. Some of us will also be looking at our stack of UFOs – unfinished objects, of course – and tackling whichever one catches our eye first. If you’re looking for a new project, then you’ll find…

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inspired by…

THE FABRIC MORRIS & CO. Our most anticipated fabric release of the year is the exclusive Morris & Co. print collection from FreeSpirit Fabrics. With exclusive access to the archives of The Original Morris & Co, founded in 1861, FreeSpirit has brought to life these iconic designs in quilting cottons with two ranges due in the coming months; Kelmscott and Merton. Featuring original prints and colourations, these beautifully authentic fabrics are bound to inspire all sorts of traditional and contemporary designs in the months to come. For a preview of the Kelmscott and Merton fabric collections, visit www.freespiritfabrics.com/morris-and-co THE SHOP CHRISTY Now the festive period is out of the way, we are looking for new ways to indulge ourselves. Rich, luxurious bedding is one of our favourite comforts and a wonderful way to inject colour into…

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hand piecing templates

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE TEMPLATES! CREATE ALL SORTS of beautiful hand-pieced designs with our Jewel & Hexie, and Kite templates. As well as these named shapes, make half-hexies and large or small triangles and arrange them to make your own beautiful creations. From tessellated hexagons and pyramids to kaleidoscopic stars and flowers, mix and match and let your imagination take over. Just pick up a pencil and follow the simple instructions below. Then turn to page 36 to learn how to stitch them while trying your hand at Jane Alcock’s charming cushion designs. There are two to choose from, or why not create your own design? 1 Place the template on the wrong side of the fabric. Draw around all edges for the jewel, or three then rotate to complete the…

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diary dates

QUILTING Newark Quilt Show 19th-21st January, Nottinghamshire Come and see beautiful display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy. The Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground, Newark Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY 10:00-16:00 Admission: £8 grosvenorshows.co.uk Quilters’ Exhibition & Fabrics Sale in Nantwich 21st January, Cheshire Traders, exhibitors, demonstrators. Featuring “My Favourite Quilts” by Maureen Crawford. Refreshments, parking. Nantwich Civic Hall, Market Street, Nantwich, CW5 5DG 10:00-16:00 Admission: £3 (£1.50 after 1pm) Contact mcgohlish@googlemail.com or call 0208 742 3685 Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly 26th-28th January, West Sussex South of England Showground, Norfolk Pavilion, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL Spring Quilt Festival Edinburgh 16th-18th February Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate 23rd-25th February Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate Display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy. grosvenorshows.co.uk Llangollen Quiltfest 1st-28th February, Wales Featuring Showcase North West – an exhibition of wall hangings from Region 13. This…

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fresh picks

DIARY DATE Destination Newcastle The Quilters’ Guild is holding their AGM and Conference in Newcastle upon Tyne from 20th April to 22nd April. For the first time there will be an American style Carousel on the Friday afternoon. Featuring 11 very different and very talented tutors, each will be doing 20 minute demonstrations of techniques, processes and ways with textiles (tickets cost £12). Other highlights include a workshop and demonstrations by Lilian Hedley, a talk by Dorothy Osler – an independent scholar and author specialising in historic quilted textiles, and a presentation sponsored by the Beamish Museum, where Geraldine Straker will be telling the story of a North East quilter, Joseph Hedley, who was brutally murdered in 1826. Open to The Quilters’ Guild members, early bird bookings by 31 January, final bookings by 28…

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show & tell

Sewing growth I’ve been making this quilt for a long time. As you can see, it is based on Lynne Edward’s Tree of Life wall hanging from Today’s Quilter issue 6 – it just kept on growing! I love pinwheels but the small leaves got a little tedious, so flowers were substituted. The appliqué was done using Bondaweb and a blanket stitch on the machine. I don’t have a lot of spare time, so I am a fan of this type of appliqué. I have for the past 15 years, with the help of my husband, been running a needlecraft shop at Tywyn in mid Wales. We’ve decided to call time on the business and retire with the hope of pleasing ourselves a little more. But I shall carry on stitching…