Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter 35

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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

Here at Today’s Quilter HQ, we’re all ready for some sunshine. And although spring has shown us glimpses of her face… amongst rain and the occasional snow storm, we’re comforting ourselves with bright makes to cheer up our homes and general moods. So when we first saw Pam Lintott’s sublime quilt, it brought a smile to our faces (turn to page 22 to see it in all its glorious colour). I was also pleased that, while my garden doesn’t seem to be blossoming just yet, I could grow fabric blooms with ease (quite rewarding, as my green fingers are still to be proven I’m afraid)! Carolyn Forster’s Thirties-inspired tulips design on page 36 will let your skills flourish, as it features not only set-in seams, but curved piecing too! And…

1 min.
spring clean your fabric stash

Katharine Guerrier BRILLIANT BLOCKS Katharine’s “block party” on page 75 features five blocks, including improv Log Cabin blocks. You’ll be diving into your scrap bag to start. Lynne Edwards MBE FABRIC WRANGLING Lynne discovers that making mistakes is part of the craft, and with a little patience and perspective, not always as bad as they first seem (page 33). Sharon Keightley A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME Small in size, but big on impact, we are all in love with Sharon’s delightful appliqué Rose Arbour quilt (page 45) using treasured fabrics.…

2 min.
inspired by…

THE QUILT ROBIN’S NEST Karen Styles has long been a favourite designer of the team here at Today’s Quilter and looking at Robin’s Nest, above, we’re sure you’ll see why. This intricate 70in square design is made up of over 2600 pieces, and can be pieced by hand or machine, or indeed a bit of both. We love that it features a small amount of hand appliqué and a little fussy-cutting too, which adds to its charm and makes it a varied project to work on. Choose your fabrics carefully for a curated feel, or make use of scraps for a lively, eclectic design. THE BOOK OH, SCRAP! Many of us are guilty of hoarding scraps of fabric, often stashing away the tiniest pieces, but how often do we actually use them? Lissa Alexander has…

6 min.
fresh picks

THINK SMALL Exploring Art Quilts Would you like to explore textile art, but don’t know where to start? Textile artist Deborah O’Hare shows us how it’s done. Small Art Quilts provides inspiration and step-by-step instruction on all the methods that Deborah uses, right through from taking an original idea to recreating this in stitch, finishing and embellishing. She also explores colour, surface techniques and piecing. Deborah says, “If you have ever stood in front of an art quilt and wondered how it was done, my hope is that this book will answer some of those questions.” £17.99 www.searchpress.com TILDA FABRIC STITCHING BRIGHT IDEAS Tilda Sunshine Sewing is a new project book featuring sewing and quilting projects using Tilda fabric ranges Lemon Tree and Sunkiss. Choose from 12 adorable summer projects themed around coast and countryside, including quilts, pillows,…

6 min.
diary dates

QUILTING Textile Alchemy Until 13th May, Stirlingshire Four new collections from Turning Point Quilts. The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2RQ 10:00-17:00 Tue-Sat 14:00-17:00 Sun Free admission Contact: 01786471917 www.smithartgalleryandmuseum.co.uk 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet Until 29th July, Bath A rare chance to see the UK’s oldest dated patchwork on display in its tercentenary year. American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD www.americanmuseum.org Brunel Quilters Exhibition 14th April, Cornwall Quilt display, sales table, refreshments, machine and hand-sewing demonstrations. Saltash Wesley Methodist Church, Callington Road, Saltash, PL12 6LA 10:00-16:00 Contact: Anne Vaughan annevaughan@blueyonder.co.uk Hanging by a Thread 14th April–12th May, Dumfries An exhibition by the Solway Quilters also with embroidery and weaving. Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, D1 1JQ 10:00-17:00 Tue–Sat Free admission & parking Churchdown Patchwork & Quilters 9th Exhibition 21st-22nd April, Gloucestershire Craft traders plus sales table, raffle, demonstrations. Churchdown Community Centre,…

2 min.
show & tell

Heirloom in the making Finally, after almost two years, I have finished the top of the Cottage to Castle Quilt from your Making History supplement that came with Issue 12 of Today’s Quilter. I love the look of heritage quilts and was tempted to try this one to learn some new techniques. I loved making the quilt and it is now in line to be quilted when I have a bit (or a lot) more experience on my new long-arm machine. So here it is, all pinned up and ready to be basted, then quilted. Hope you like the results too. Lyn Reade, High Wycombe We’re glad you enjoyed making it, Lyn – you should be really proud of yourself, it’s fab! Lovely Liberty I thought you might like to see the quilt I have made…