Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter 34

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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Paging through the magazine this month, I wondered, if like me, you had a method for choosing your favourite projects? Sometimes it is a certain design that catches my eye, other times a technique I haven’t quite mastered that needs some practice. However, mainly, I like a quilt because it makes me think of a particular person in my life. Whether it’s a pattern I know they’d love, or the colours of the fabrics used that remind me of their personality, the quilts on the pages take on the persona of my friends and family. And Lynne Goldsworthy’s Lone Star quilt on the cover of this issue really captured my imagination. Maybe, because I could see my gorgeous niece snuggling under it, the promise of sweet dreams guaranteed. To be…

2 min.
inspired by…

THE BOOK JO’S LITTLE FAVORITES III With the weather improving we’re flinging open the windows to let the house breathe and putting away our winter quilts in favour of something new. Luckily Jo Morton is back with the third book in her series, featuring another 16 mini quilts in classic designs that can be finished in no time. She’s full of ideas for how to display small quilts in your home, and for the first time she’s inviting readers into her own 1920s bungalow, to see how she incorporates them into her decorating scheme. THE SHOP HOUSE OF FRASER You may feel as though it’s too early to spend much time outside, but we’re optimistic and impatient to get out and have a cup of tea in the garden. We’ll be armed against any chilly…

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bargello quilts

BARGELLO IS A BEAUTIFUL quilting style, which has its origins in needlepoint embroidery. Traditionally used on canvas to upholster chairs, the geometric nature of the stitches lends itself wonderfully to quilting, and the good news is it’s not as complicated as it looks! So when we came across Bargello Quilts in Motion and Braided Bargello Quilts by Ruth Ann Berry, published by C&T Publishing, we had to share her wealth of knowledge and bring you five fabulous designs to try out, as well as instructions for how to create your own. All charts as well as step-by-step instructions are included to help you follow the designs, which range from a simple pattern featuring waves of batik to get you started, through to wonderful geometric delights full of entwined colour, when you’re ready…

8 min.
fresh picks

PROJECT BOOK Artful appliqué Create a pretty quilt and cushion with this pattern pack by Deborah Kemball, author of Euphoria Tapestry Quilts. The Floral Abundance Quilt pattern pack includes instructions and pattern sheets for a floral quilt (52in x 52in) in two colourways, plus instructions to turn any of the nine blocks into a cushion. Stitch the 24 motifs using needleturn appliqué, then embellish with embroidery stitches. £16.99 www.searchpress.com BE ORGANISED Zip it up Stow your accessories in this zippered Eco Pouch Set by Bonnie K. Hunter. Made of recycled plastic, they are tough enough to handle the sharpest of quilting and sewing tools. They are also great for pens, make-up, coins… the list is endless! The 9.5in x 7in pouch features the Wild and Goosey image and the 8.5in x 5in pouch features the…

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diary dates

QUILTING Spring Quilt Festival Exeter 6th-8th April, Devon Display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy. Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ 10:00-16:00 Admission: £8 grosvenorshows.co.uk 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet 10th AprilÐ29th July, Bath The Quilters’ Guild’s oldest dated patchwork on display in its tercentenary year. See page 98 for more. American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD www.americanmuseum.org British Quilt & Stitch Village 13th-15th April, Staffordshire Now in its sixth year the show attracts many specialist trade stands so that you can stock up on essentials. Uttoxeter Racecourse, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8BD Admission: £8 www.quiltandstitchvillage.com Abingdon Quilt Exhibition 14th-15th April, Oxfordshire Trader on both days is Village Patchwork, with textile tombola, sales table and great refreshments! The Manor Prep School, Shippon, Abingdon, OX13 6LN 10:00-16:00 Contact: Judy Harris harris.judy54@gmail.com Brunel Quilters Exhibition 14th April, Cornwall Quilt display, sales table,…

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show & tell

Gift to remember Here are two pictures of the wedding quilt I have made for my son Thomas and his new bride Catherine. The pattern is from the heirloom quilt supplement in issue 12 of your magazine, designed by Pam and Nicky Lintott. Although I have been making quilts for 20 years this was the most challenging quilt I have ever made. The bride and groom were delighted with it. Jane Neal, via email What a wonderful gift to give Jane! Perfect pattern I was looking through my back issues for inspiration for a cushion I wanted to make for my daughter this Christmas. I found Linda Clements’ excellent Essential Guide to finding block partners in issue 6. The twin star paired with a snowball seemed perfect. I knew her colour scheme and wanted something…