Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter 42

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

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It’s definitely starting to feel like winter is approaching, and we’re already deciding which quilts to unpack for cosy nights wrapped up on the couch. Of course, this doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some more to be made, and when our very own technical editor, Laura Pritchard, brought in her finished quilt (which also happens to be our cover star) to the office, I knew this was one that was going on the winter to-do list. With its rich tones and stunning design, this quilt will not be getting packed away come sunnier weather. If you’re looking for even more sewing inspiration, then look no further. We are thrilled to be sharing one of Kaffe Fassett’s quilts with you from his latest book, Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in America, all…

2 min.
inspired by…

THE PALETTE BERRY REDS & ROSY PINKS Once considered a fashion faux pas, red and pink has now become a popular pairing on the catwalk and in interior design. Red can often be bold and brash, so we love that the addition of pink softens the pairing, creating a melange of berry hues. In Edyta Sitar’s Little Sweethearts range, the fruity shades are layered with biscuit and cream fabrics for a deliciously cosy palette. And with mouth-watering print names like Clotted Cream Bouquet and Crimson Fresh Berries, it’s hard to resist temptation! www.makoweruk.com THE SHOP CLARISSA HULSE Over the last 10 years, Clarissa Hulse has built her brand into one of the best in the British textile world. With a self-confessed obsession for colour and nature, it’s no surprise that Clarissa’s luxurious home accessories, wallpapers…

2 min.
antique british quilts

THIS YEAR HAS been a busy one for Christopher Wilson-Tate, owner of the Antique Textiles Company. Not only has he been travelling all over the world, he has launched three fabric collections in collaboration with Moda, all inspired by antique quilts in his private collection. He has also exhibited at the Bramble Patch, and this is only the beginning of exciting things to come. So when the opportunity came along to work with him on this supplement, we jumped at the chance. For those of you lucky enough to have visited the Antique Textiles Company in Hampstead, London, you’ll know why this is a must-see place for many quilters. Bursting at the seams with quilts from all over the world, every wall, chair and shelf you look at is covered with…

5 min.
fresh picks

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX FreeSpirit Block Party Imagine your favourite FreeSpirit designers coming together to create a collection of mix-and-match block collections. Tula Pink, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Kathy Doughty and more, rose to the occasion when presented with the challenge. Block Party hosts 20 designers working in their own fabrics and includes five sampler-quilt projects. Modern quilting meets traditional in this new book. £23.99 www.searchpress.com NEW FROM MANDY SHAW SAY IT WITH A STITCH Mandy Shaw’s new book, Say it with a Stitch, features a beautiful array of projects, sentiments and designs to create irresistible stitcheries that speak 1,000 words. Inside you’ll find 10 complete projects, including a bag, wallhanging, cushion, Mandy’s signature hanging hearts and quilt, too. Plus, with over 50 sentiments, designs and templates, create your own unique pieces stitched straight from the…

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diary dates

QUILTING Nos Da – Goodnight Until 10th November, Wales The closing exhibition features a panoply of historic Welsh Quilts in Gallery One, Welsh Samplers in Gallery Two and changing displays by textile artists in Gallery Three. The Welsh Quilt Centre, Town Hall, High St, Lampeter, SA48 7BB 11:00-16:30 Tuesday to Saturday www.welshquilts.com Hidden Depths Exhibition Until 31st December, Norfolk A joint exhibition by textile artists Helen Howes and Helen Butcher, exploring the concept of depth, distance as well as creating illusions of three dimensions. The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU www.helenhowestextiles.co.uk www.littlepatchpockets.co.uk The 4th Iron Maiden’s Quilt Show 3rd November, Lincolnshire Tombola, raffle, trade and sales table, and refreshments. Old Brumby United Church, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, DN16 2AQ 10:00-16:00 Admission: £1.50 Contact Lesley Dale on 07971881490 The Stitch Class Exhibition 3rd November, Cumbria Made by ladies mad about quilting! Trader stalls, refreshments…

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show & tell

Puppy patchwork This is my version of the Damask Rose quilt from in issue 37. I love Pam and Nicky Lintott’s quilt patterns and I was inspired to try this one first as I fell in love with the design and the beautiful colours of the fabric. I bought a French General Jelly Roll, added some similarly coloured Fat Quarters and away I went. I had some tuition on a long-arm quilter and then quilted using the pantograph. After attaching the binding, I was extremely pleased with the result. I made the quilt to put on the back of the sofa to protect it from the dog, but now the problem is keeping the dog off my lovely new quilt. Sandra French, Hampshire I don’t blame your dog for wanting to cuddle up…