Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter 52

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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We like to go big for The Festival of Quilts issue and Jo Avery’s English Paper Pieced cover design certainly fits the bill. This slow-stitched masterpiece might require a fair amount of time (and patience) to complete, but the end result is so worth the effort and is guaranteed to impress friends, fellow quilters and... well, everyone! In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being on your most-favourite-patterns-of-all-time list. Keep an eye out for the finished quilt on our stand at this year’s show and tune into Sewing Quarter TV on the 21st August to watch it being demonstrated live on air. There are plenty of other skill-stretching projects for you to delve into this month too, starting with Laura Pritchard’s brilliant block booklet. She has done…

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making our homes even more beautiful…

Jo Colwill DANCING DAISIES Jo’s got daisies on the mind this month, and not just in her column – her textured Daisy Eiderdown quilt on page 60 is bursting with appliqué blooms! Jo Avery COVER QUILT An heirloom in the making, Jo Avery’s English Paper Pieced quilt calls for slow and thoughtful stitches. Find the pattern on page 22. Sally Ablett BRIGHT IDEA Speedy and satisfying, Sally Ablett’s bitesize bargello project is best stitched up in vibrant solids. Turn to page 75 to get started.…

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inspired by… fresh flarals

THE DESIGNER RACHAELDAISY You’ve probably noticed a lot of really stylish, folded fabric quilt projects popping up across all over the internet lately, and it’s Rachaeldaisy that we have to thank for it. Her bold, eye-poppingly colourful quilts are known for their three-dimensional elements such as folded and gathered fabric techniques, yo-yo puffs and prairie points, all in bold prints and colourways. Her new book Whizz Bang! from Quiltmania Editions is out now so you can have a go at these fun techniques for yourself. Find out more about Rachaeldaisy and her work, including her latest book Whizz Bang! at www.bluemountaindaisy. blogspot.com THE FABRIC STOFF & STIL From bold florals and pretty polka dots to perky pineapples and jungle critters, Stoff & Stil is the place to stock up on statement prints for your next project.…

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36 blocks in 4 different sizes!

BLOCKS, GLORIOUS BLOCKS! You really can’t have enough of these marvellous patterns up your sleeve, and so, when our lovely Deputy Editor, Laura Pritchard suggested doing a follow up to our first (and extremely popular) block booklet that we ran with issue 39, the answer was a resounding yes! She’s stitched up 36 gorgeous designs for you to try – from classics like Log Cabin and Jacob’s Ladder to more unusual blocks like Maple Leaf and Sailboat – and has cleverly done all of the mind-boggling maths too for up-scaling or down-scaling the designs so that you can make each of them in four different sizes. No calculator required! That means you can use them as standalone designs, mix and match them how you please, or use all 36 blocks…

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fresh picks

PERFECT IMPERFECTION SOMETHING BLUE We couldn’t help but notice IKEA’s gorgeous new Tänkvärd textile collection in sublime shades of blue. Inspired by the winning combination of Scandinavian freshness with Japanese Zen, its indigo dyed linen and cottons include bedding, towels, throws, pillows and a comforting kimono. Designed to bring a little calm and natural beauty to the indoors, the range also includes sustainable rattan furniture and baskets, all of which wouldn’t look out of place in a creative space. Designer Akanksha Deo from IKEA India created the textile range with wellbeing at its very heart “it’s all about self-care: embracing what is calming, pleasing, relaxing. It’s about going back to basic human needs.” Don’t miss this new range as it’s sure to sell out fast! www.ikea.co.uk LIGHTS AHEAD BRIGHT SPACES We are always on the…

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diary dates

QUILTING Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in America Exhibition Until 3rd November, Bath Kaffe Fassett’s new exhibition is inspired by the museum’s collection of antique American quilts. 10:00-17:00 Tues-Sun / £14.50 American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor, Bath BA2 7BD www.americanmuseum.org 25th Summer Exhibition ‘Silver Threads’ Until 14th September, Mid Wales Celebrating 25 years of quilt exhibitions with heritage quilts from The Quilt Association’s collection of Welsh quilts and work by Tangent Textiles. 10:30-16:30 / Free (Closed Sun) The Quilt Association, Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes SY18 6B www.quilt.org.uk ‘Threads and Thrums’ Edinburgh Festival Fringe Exhibition Until 30th August, Edinburgh A collection of art quilts by the students of Pat Archibald. Disabled access available. 9:30–15:30 Mon–Thurs 10:00–14:00 Fri–Sat (Closed Sun) / Free St Brides Community Centre, Orwell Terrace EH11 2DZ info@patarchibald.com Swansea Quilters Summer Exhibition 15th-17th August, Swansea An exhibition of members’ work in the beautiful Tabernacle Chapel.…