Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter Issue 26 - 2017

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

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I grew up in Scotland, where August means it’s back-to-school time with a new pencil case, new teachers and new classes. Maybe that’s why I thought this would be the perfect issue to focus on free-motion quilting. Some quilters find that FMQ comes naturally to them. However, I think I speak for most of us when suggesting that extra tuition would be most welcome! So the Today’s Quilter team has worked with two of our favourite free-motion quilters to bring you techniques and projects that take you from first day at school to graduation in your own home, at your own pace. Use this issue’s supplement as a lesson plan written especially for you by US quilter Angela Walters. With step-by-step diagrams and instructions, Angela leads you through a number…

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inspired by…

THE QUILT HEXAGON FRAME TOP The most common hexagon block in traditional quilting is Grandma’s Flower Garden, made up of hexagon flowers surrounded by background “paths”, which weave between them. Often hand pieced using EPP, this is our kind of gardening! This hexagon frame patchwork top was made for Mrs Rebecca Hewitt nee Hall for her wedding in 1850 and shows how much can be achieved using just one shape – we love the “walled-garden” effect created by the borders. A lovely example of handwork, the outer rows still have their paper templates and tacking stitches intact. THE BOOK SEASONS OF WOOL APPLIQUÉ FOLK ART Something about the inviting texture of wool brings to mind flat caps and tweed jackets, and when combined with motifs of fruit, leaves and creatures, we are transported deep into…

7 min.
fresh picks

FINE ART QUILT MASTERS Cutting Edge This annual competition celebrates quilts that transcend craft and demand equal billing with gallery quality art pieces. Works by 20 talented art quilters from the UK and Channel Islands, Belgium, Hungary, Sweden, the US, Canada and South Korea made the final cut, shortlisted by a judging panel of leading figures from the art and quilting worlds. See the gallery at Festival of Quilts (10-13 August) and at The Knitting & Stitching Show in London (Alexandra Palace) in October and Harrogate in November. HERITAGE FABRIC DEVON COUNTY The Quilters’ Guild’s newest fabric line takes its inspiration from the Mariner’s Compass Coverlet, one of the quilt treasures in The Quilters’ Guild Collection, which also inspired the Elizabeth’s Dowry fabric line last year. Designed by Karen Styles for Marcus Fabrics, each of the…

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diary dates

QUILTING As Good as it Gets: Exquisite Welsh Quilts from 1921-1939 Until 4th November, Wales An exhibition featuring quilts from a number of collectors highlighting the work of Welsh quilters. The Welsh Quilt Centre, The Town Hall, High Street, Lampeter, SA48 7BB www.welshquilts.com Quilts in Cae Hir 25th-27th August, Wales Amazing quilts are displayed in beautiful RHS associate gardens, showing both quilts and gardens at their best. Traders’ marquee and tea rooms. Cae Hir Gardens, Cribyn, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7NG 10:00-17:00 Admission: £6 www.caehirgardens.comwww.finishmyquilt.co.uk Connected by Africa 26th August-3rd September, Cornwall An exhibition of quilts by Sheena Norquay, Gillian Travis, Hilary Gooding and guests, Phillida Fisher and Odette Tolksdorf. During the following talks on 30th August the exhibition will not be open to the public. Tickets cost £5. Playing with Threads by Sheena Norquay, at 11:00 Small is Beautiful, by Hilary…

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show & tell

Quilt down under I’ve just completed the Blue Barn quilt from issue 14, here’s a picture of it. I used Jinny Beyer fabric because I love the colours. I didn’t make it for anyone special and it was a challenge, but it was well worth it in the end. Robyn Roach, Victoria, Australia We can see why you fell in love with the Jinny Beyer fabrics, Robyn, the colours are wonderful and the tones work so well in this design. You should be proud of your work – did you decide to keep it or gift it? Cushion crush As soon as I saw the Forever Friends cushion cover in issue 22 I had a ‘have to make it’ moment. I had some 4in wide strips left over from a Bargello I made several years…

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tendrils quilt

You will need • Assorted printed fabrics – 6yds in total OR twenty-four (24) fat quarters • Green fabric for leaves and stems – ¾yd • Batting – 84in square • Backing fabric – 4¾yds • Binding fabric – ¾yds • Aluminium foil – approx. ½yd • A small piece of card – 4in square Finished size 80in square Notes There are two sizes of blocks, both rectangular “bricks”. The centre brick is a unit on its own, or bordered with strips, it becomes the larger brick. The height of both bricks is half the size of its width, which means they can fit together like Lego bricks. This means you can assemble your quilt top any way you like, or follow my layout plan as per the diagrams. I suggest you don’t cut all your fabric to begin with, but…