Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter 44

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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

As the festive period sees many of us heading home to spend time with family and friends (and get some much-needed rest), I thought we could all use some help in our travels with Lynne Goldsworthy’s gorgeous Mariner’s Compass quilt. Sewn in shades of red, cream and white, Lynne’s magnificent cover quilt will hopefully guide you in the right direction. Lynne, as always, wowed the whole team with her stunning design, and we’re sure your version will have the same effect! And, if you get a chance to settle down with some stitching over the Christmas break, please do send a picture of your creation to TodaysQuilter@immediate.co.uk, as we love to see what you’re making. Talking of travelling home, follow the shining star in Karen Lewis’ fresh take on the…

2 min.
inspired by…

THE QUILT KENT UNIFORM COVERLET One of the many gems in The Quilters’ Guild collection is this multi-coloured wool coverlet (1860 - 1880) made from squares of military uniform wool. The pieces are arranged in blocks surrounding a central medallion, drawing the eye into the middle of the quilt. We love the atmospheric colours, with pops of black for depth and a wool fringe around the edge, creating interest and movement. Sadly, the maker is unknown, but we’re sure it would have kept many generations warm during stormy nights. THE PALETTE MOODY BLUES We Brits are famous for constantly talking about the weather, but instead of grumbling about the clouds, why not use them as inspiration for your next quilt? Boeme Design has the right idea with their beautifully brooding moodboard, pictured above. Mix inky…

2 min.
24 flower fpp blocks

AS I MIGHT have mentioned before, nothing puts a smile on my face like receiving flowers – no matter the time of the year. I love a freshly cut bouquet, potted florals, seeds for the garden and, of course, sewn flowers. So, although the weather is turning colder and the days shorter, here at Today’s Quilter we couldn’t think of a better time to brighten your home with some beautiful blooms. And when we spotted the stunning foundation paper pieced blocks designed by Linda Causee for Annie’s Publishing, we just knew we needed to share them with all of you. There are 24 floral blocks included in the collection, with 12 of them featuring flowers for each month of the year. They’re the perfect pick for that special someone’s birthday present,…

8 min.
fresh picks

CREATIVE RETREATS Time Out Escape from it all – and learn a new skill at the same time – by visiting Le Jardin du Berger in South Charente, South-West France. Qualified textiles teacher, Bronwen Shepherd, gave up her career in the UK to set up a studio space with accommodation to offer sewing holidays to those in need of an escape. At Bronwen’s rural retreat, you can enjoy some mindful stitching, fine-tune your free machine embroidery skills, or even learn to make your very first quilt. There are also bag making and dressmaking classes on offer. Bronwen’s fully-equipped studio has Bernina sewing machines, an overlocker and all the other essentials you might require – all you need to do is pack your fabric, sun cream and swimming costume! Bronwen is very flexible when…

3 min.
diary dates

QUILTING Hidden Depths Exhibition Until 31st December 2018, Norfolk Exhibition by textile artists, Helen Howes and Helen Butcher, exploring the concept of depth, distance and creating the illusion of three dimensions. The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU www.helenhowestextiles.co.uk www.littlepatchpockets.co.uk Quilters Exhibition & Fabric Sale 20th January, Cheshire In Print exhibition by Contemporary Quilt (QGBI). See Fresh Picks for more info. Nantwich Civic Hall, Market Street, Nantwich, CW5 5DG 10:00-16:00 Admission: £3 (£1.50 after 1pm) Contact Tracy Fox at nantwichfabricsale@hotmail.com nantwichfabricsale.com Newark Quilt Show 18th-20th January, Nottinghamshire Display of quilts by well-known textile artists, traders, demonstrations and workshops. Admission: £8 The Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY Spring Quilt Festivals Large display of quilts from all over the world, demonstrations and workshops (to be booked on the day). Traders, free parking and disabled access. 25th-27th January, Sussex South…

4 min.
show & tell

From England with love For many years, I have been sewing a quilt for my son who lives in Australia. Since I started, he met his partner and had my two lovely grandchildren! When I opened issue 40 of your splendid magazine, I couldn’t help but think how I wish I’d read Linda Clements’ masterclass on Half-rectangle Triangles when I first started my project, which at times felt quite beyond my capabilities! The quilt has a mixture of hand and machine quilting and I have embroidered the children’s names and birthdays into the border. It is finally finished and was definitely made with love. Glenis Allen, via email Your son and his family will treasure this quilt. Winter wonderland I fell in love with Fi Bowman’s Secret Garden pattern in issue 20 of Today’s Quilter.…