Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter 43

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.

How is it almost December already? This year has whizzed past in a blur and now the weather is getting colder, the clocks have turned back and it’s dark every night when I get home from work! Luckily, there’s plenty of inspiration in this issue to keep me busy on these wintry evenings. Nicola Dodd’s delightful take on the traditional Flower Basket block is at the top of my list this month. Combined with the Nosegay block and worked in a fresh colour palette, it’s sure to brighten up any room on these dark evenings. And even if the garden is looking a bit bare, I can wrap myself in beautiful blooms with this design – what’s not to love!? Plus, it’s a great design for using up your fabric…

2 min.
inspired by…

THE QUILT BALTIMORE ALBUM For a quilt to be considered a true Baltimore Album quilt, it must have been made for, or by, someone living in Baltimore during 1846-1852. This magnificent quilt, housed in the American Museum & Gardens, is a beautiful example of a true Baltimore Album quilt. You will spot the same ornate blocks in many different quilts from the time, which has led some quilt historians to suggest that they may have been available in “kit” form – something we’d love to get our hands on now! www.americanmuseum.org THE BOOK VINTAGE LEGACIES If you’ve enjoyed Carol Hopkins’ previous books but have wondered where the larger projects are, you’ll be thrilled to hear her new book is focussed on quilts big enough to snuggle under. The Tribute to Judy pattern (pictured above) is…

8 min.
fresh picks

TEMPTING BAUBLES! Christmas at the V&A Indulge yourself with a beautiful embroidered bauble or cheeky tiger to decorate your tree this year. Just the ticket for lovers of decorative stitch. From £12.00 www.vam.ac.uk/shop DESIGN MATTERS A DAY OUT IN DUNDEE Inspiration for creative endeavours comes from many sources, including some of the wonderful museums that are free to visit throughout the UK. With this in mind, we were excited to read about the opening of Scotland’s first design museum, the V&A Dundee, in September this year. The heart of the museum features 300 exhibits drawn from the V&A’s rich collections of Scottish design, as well as a selection of exhibits and artefacts from museums and private collections across Scotland and the world. One of the highlights of the V&A Dundee is the meticulously restored, conserved and reconstructed…

2 min.
diary dates

QUILTING Hidden Depths Exhibition Until 31st December, Norfolk A joint exhibition by textile artists Helen Howes and Helen Butcher, exploring the concept of depth, distance and creating illusions of three dimensions. The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU www.helenhowestextiles.co.uk www.littlepatchpockets.co.uk The Sew’n’sews Quilt Exhibition Until 28th February 2019, Ayrshire The Mill is open Wednesday to Sunday and there is a coffee shop on site. Disabled access to ground floor. Dalgarven Mill, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, KA13 6PL 10:00-16:00 www.dalgarvenmill.org.uk Christmas Exhibition at Bramble Patch 1st December-15th December, Northampton A rich and colourful event that celebrates an abundance of fabrics, quilting and creative stitchery in quilts, cushions, wallhangings and stitched projects. Bramble Patch, West Street, Weedon Bec, Northampton, NN7 4QU www.bramblepatchonline.com Meadow Quilters Christmas Fair 1st December, Berkshire Fabric, homemade gifts by Meadow Quilters, tombola, woodturned items, jewellery, local honey, Christmas wreaths and floral arrangements, cheese…

2 min.
show & tell

Written in the stars I recently made a star quilt, made using a selection of Tilda fabrics. I didn’t know which blocks to use and so I chose a selection in different sizes and shapes, which I think has turned out really well. I also backed the quilt with Tilda fabrics. I hope you like it as much as I do! Lesley Rayner This quilt shines almost as bright as your brilliant star blocks! The Tilda fabrics really complement the design too. This is a beautiful and varied quilt – an heirloom to treasure. Allsorts of inspiration Each month, I look forward to the latest issue of Today’s Quilter dropping through my letter box and reading the inspiring articles and quilt designs. I noticed your Show & Tell page for contributions from enthusiastic quilters, so…

5 min.
baskets in bloom

You will need One (1) Jelly Roll or twenty-seven (27) 2½in x WOF strips Background fabric – 2¾yds Border fabric – ¾yd Batting – 70in x 76in Backing fabric – 4¼yds Binding fabric – ½yd Finished size 62in x 67½in Fabrics used “Flower Mill” by Corey Yoder for Moda, available from www.modafabric.co.uk Notes WOF = width of fabric. Please read through the pattern before you begin, assuming a ¼in seam allowance and a fabric width of 42in. Cutting out 1 Choose nine (9) Jelly Roll (2½in x WOF) strips for the pots. From each strip, cut four (4) 2½in x 7½in pieces, which is enough for two (2) blocks. 2 Choose eighteen (18) Jelly Roll strips for the flowers. From each strip, cut as follows: Two (2) 2½in x 6in pieces. One (1) 2½in x 4½in…