Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter 36

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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

For me, flowers symbolise happiness. Be it fresh-cut roses in my home (a personal favourite), my potted plants on the kitchen windowsill or fields of lavender outdoors on one of my weekend rambles – I can never get enough of them, hay fever or not! I must admit, though, my love of them might also have something to do with me connecting them with spring... and the warmer, longer days it promises. So this issue’s “bouquet” of floral quilts really put a spring in my step (no pun intended)! From Victoria Carrington’s debut stunner, featuring Liberty floral petals made into appliqué flowers, to Nicola Dodd’s charming auricula theatre and Carolyn Forster’s technique building colourful sunflowers, you can fill every room of your home with gorgeous blooms that will last all…

2 min.
inspired by…

THE DESIGNER MARY ELIZABETH KINCH Often using intricate, tiny piecing, such as in Wassenaar Windmills, above, Mary Elizabeth’s work is breathtaking. She believes in stretching traditional boundaries and creating quilts with a subtle salute to the past, informed by her own collection of antique quilts. As well as designing and teaching, Mary Elizabeth is also co-author of two best-selling books, Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts and Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts (which features the quilt above). See more at www.maryelizabethkinch.com THE BOOK FLOSSIE TEACAKE’S GUIDE TO ENGLISH PAPER PIECING In her extensive guide to EPP, Florence Knapp threads together history and practical how-tos, but it’s the whys that make this book really special. Fascinating stories about makers and their infectious love of the craft will have you torn between spending your time stitching or poring over the…

8 min.
fresh picks

CHANGING HANDS Family affair It’s been a dramatic start to the new year – unsettling weather and an unexpected announcement from FreeSpirit in mid-February that, come 1 May, they would cease production. Their portfolio of artists includes the Kaffe Fassett Collective, Tula Pink, Anna Maria Horner, The Original Morris & Co., Dena Designs, Snow Leopard Studios, Jennifer Paganelli, Heather Bailey and many more talented artists. Quilters worldwide breathed a sigh of relief when, just a few weeks later, the Jaftex Corporation, a fourth-generation family-owned textile company, announced its intent to buy FreeSpirit Fabrics. “We are ecstatic to carry on the premier FreeSpirit brand,” said Jaftex owner Scott Fortunoff. “Our intention is to maintain the ethos of the brand and its portfolio of well-recognised designers as well as the majority of the internal FreeSpirit team.…

6 min.
diary dates

QUILTING Nos Da – Goodnight Until 10th November, Wales A panoply of historic Welsh Quilts in Gallery One, Welsh Samplers in Gallery Two and changing displays by textile artists in Gallery Three. The last year the Welsh Quilt Centre will be open. The Welsh Quilt Centre Town Hall, High St, Lampeter, SA48 7BB www.welshquilts.com Quilts UK Malvern 17th-20th May, Worcestershire Display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy. Three Counties Showground, Severn Hall, Malvern, WR13 6NW 10:00-17:00 (16:30 Sun) www.grosvenorshows.co.uk A Celebration of Flowers: Kaffe Fassett with Candace Bahouth Until 2nd September, Bath Forty dazzling quilts and needlepoints exhibited alongside American Candace Bahouth’s artworks, featuring mosaic island gardens, benches, totems, mirror frames, shoes and more. Victoria Art Gallery, by Pulteney Bridge, Bath, BA2 4AT Contact: 01225 477232 www.victoriagal.org.uk Around the World – Heritage Quilters 19th-20th May, Suffolk Patchwork quilt exhibition, with…

2 min.
show & tell

Watch the birdie I finally completed this quilt last week after hand quilting each block with a different pattern. I backed it with a Lewis & Irene fabric called The Hedgerow, which illustrates lots of different coloured birds, which I feel complement Jo’s quilt blocks. I fussy cut out all the blue and white birds, including some fauna and made cornerstones on each block. I even had enough fabric over to make a cushion using all the orange birds and fussy cut them too. This is the biggest quilt I’ve made and thoroughly enjoyed making the blocks each month. I couldn’t wait for the postman to deliver my monthly copy of Today’s Quilter. This quilt is my pride and joy and hopefully will become a family heirloom. Penny Moule, via email Your finished…

10 min.
joseph’s coat

You will need • Assorted prints for petals – twenty-three (23) Fat Quarters* • Background fabric – 4›yd • Batting – 75in x 80in • Backing – 75in x 80in (2¼yd of 108in wide or 4½yd of 42in wide) • Binding fabric – 1¼yd x WOF • Fusible interfacing – 6¾yd x WOF (35in wide)** • Scraps of yellow, off white and brown/ black fabric for the bee (optional) • Bondaweb for the bee – 3in square (optional) • Templates (see Templates section) Finished size • 70in x 75in approximately Notes • *Based on UK Fat Quarters, which are cut from a metre. Each should measure at least 18½in x 21in. If yours are smaller, you may need a few more FQs to make all the hexagon centres. • **Victoria used Vlieseline G405 interfacing for this technique. • Read pattern in full before starting. • Press…