Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter 49

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.

Don’t you just love this time of year? Longer days mean more hours of light and, in turn, extra time we can spend at our sewing machines... or seeking inspiration for our next projects. In fact it was from a trip to the seaside that this issue’s beautiful Harbour Houses project by Jo Avery was born, so we’re excited to start looking outside of our sewing rooms for new ideas, whether that be trips to the coast or checking out the work of our fellow quilters at local events. Who knows what we might find? And, speaking of new ideas, now is the perfect time to open your mind to new techniques, and create something truly remarkable in the process – like Linda Clements’ aptly named cover quilt, Summer Garden!…

2 min.
inspired by… french aesthetic

THE FABRIC FIELD DAY We’re in agreement here at Today’s Quilter that you can never have too many floral prints in your fabric stash, which could explain why we are so taken by Kelly Ventura’s exquisite new range for Windham Fabrics, Field Day. Inspired by the great outdoors, it boasts a pretty selection of ditsy blooms and playful repeats in a dreamy palette of grassy greens, romantic pinks and lavender shades, that are so evocative of the French flower markets and the fields of Provence. We feel a Continental quilt coming on... See Kelly Ventura’s new Field Day collection for Windham Fabrics in full at www.windhamfabrics.com THE BOOK VINTAGE QUILTS & FRIENDSHIP You may know Lisa Kerr and Louise Lott as the oh-so talented duo behind Max & Louise Pattern Co, and the pretty Cora Lyn…

8 min.
fresh picks

BIRTHDAY HAT BLOCK Party party! Hat’s off to Sarah Ashford, designer of this festive block commemorating The Quilters’ Guild’s 40th anniversary. “Our new Birthday Hat Block pattern is a great way to share some birthday joy with this gorgeous party hat. Make your blocks as birthday cards, create your own birthday hat bunting or perhaps even create a special birthday quilt,” said Catherine Candlin, Brand Manager for The Guild. The Guild are asking for completed blocks to be sent to them for The Festival of Quilts so that they can add the finishing touches to their birthday décor. To purchase the pattern (£3.50) and to find out how to submit your finished project for display at the show, visit www.quilters guild.org.uk and search these hashtags on social media for more inspiration: #birthdayblock…

3 min.
diary dates

QUILTING Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in America Exhibition 16th March-3rd November, Bath Kaffe Fassett’s new collection is inspired by the museum’s collection of antique American quilts. See the website for details. American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD www.americanmuseum.org Quilts UK 16th-19th May, Malvern Quilts from award-winning quilters and textile artists, stalls, demonstrations and workshops. Three Counties Showground, Severn Hall, Malvern WR13 6NW www.grosvenorshows.co.uk Ystrad Mynach Quilters’ Biennial Exhibition 23rd-26th May, Mid Glamorgan Traders, stalls, tombola, raffle for Wales Air Ambulance. Llancaiach Fawr Manor House, Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan, CF46 6ER 10:00-16:00 / £2 Contact Janet Harry 01443 814528 Springfields Quilt Show 31st May-1st June, Lincolnshire Quilts from award-winning quilters and textile artists, stalls, demonstrations and workshops. Springfields Events Centre, Camel Gate, Spalding, Lincs PE12 6ET www.grosvenorshows.co.uk London Quilters Exhibition 3rd-28th June, London Quilts made by London Quilters members, quilt to raffle for charity, plus…

2 min.
show & tell

Family heirlooms Like Carolyn Forster in Floral Flourish (issue 47 of Today’s Quilter), I have many embroidered tablecloths and tray cloths. Mine have all been inherited from my mother, auntie and grandma. Most had been well used – we always had a tablecloth on for every meal – so I felt the damaged ones could be cut up to preserve the beautiful embroidery. With a friend, both of us lovers of English Pieced Patchwork, we decided they deserved to be handmade into a hand-pieced and hand-quilted quilt. We then had the excitement of being first-time exhibitors at the NEC last summer. It’s so nice to see other people are also prolonging the work of our predecessors. I am very fortunate to still have more vintage cloths, so I would be really…

11 min.
summer garden

BEHIND THE QUILT GARDEN PATHS “I love making spring and summer quilts as they are an excuse to use lots of my favourite colours, especially rich creams, sunny yellows, pretty pinks and pale jade greens. The pink print gives this quilt most of its “voice” so I had to audition quite a few before I found a pink with the right depth of colour and a slightly lilac tone. The design for this quilt was inspired by the Essential Guides I write for Today’s Quilter, particularly the features on foundation paper piecing. Designing your own blocks is quite addictive and the main block used for this quilt is one called Happy Hunting Grounds. I amended the block design to insert a diagonal strip from corner to corner and also changed the angle…