Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter Issue 27 - 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

in this issue

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I’m writing this a week after visiting Festival of Quilts, having reluctantly torn myself away from my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Thanks to social media we now not only broadcast what’s happening at the event itself to our fellow quilters, but document the post-show fun! I’m convinced some people must have started new projects on the journey home – how else can my Instagram feed already be bursting with marvellous makes using purchases, techniques and inspiration gleaned from the show?! Events such as this, whether big or small, are vital to our creativity, allowing us to connect in person with other like-minded people and immerse ourselves in our passion. I view shows and exhibitions as vital boosters to our powerpack of creative energy. Meanwhile, the classes and workshops are…

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inspired by…

THE DESIGNER IRENE BLANCK Australian teacher, published designer and needle-turn appliqué devotee, Irene Blanck creates the prettiest designs with just the right balance of delicate elegance and quirky playfulness. Often working with a limited but carefully chosen colour palette, her timeless patterns are inspired by vintage motifs and made using a clever glue-basting technique. Mosaics, above, is climbing to the top of our to-make list for the new season, and we love her positive ethos promoting the joy of quilting, with stress-free processes, too. THE BOOK SEWING BY HEART Tilda’s new book is all about creating from the heart and playing with colour and pattern, something Tone Finnanger does with aplomb. It’s full to the brim with projects for all seasons, so there’s something for those hanging on to the last days of summer and…

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foundation paper piecing

“Foundation paper piecing is a great way to get reaçy stunning, precisely pieced blocks without the struggle of getting the points to meet that is associated with regular piecing!”Lynne Goldsworthy, Designer LET US KNOW! Drop us a line – an email, letter, tweet or Facebook post – letting us know about your quilting. Whether it’s a new project, treasured heirloom, favourite fabric or imaginative mood board, we’d love to see what you’ve been up to and hear your stories! HERE AT TODAY’S QUILTER, we love a good challenge, especially one that expands our quilting repertoire and teaches us new skills. So we were excited to receive Lynne Goldsworthy’s eight intricate circle and star blocks filled with points and curves. At first glance, this can look daunting, but we were ready for the challenge,…

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fresh picks

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED Kumiko Frydl Quilt artist Kumiko Frydl exhibited her collection of exquisite miniature quilts at this year’s Festival of Quilts, including her stunning Mission Impossible 2, which won Best in Show in 2010. Kumiko originally studied commercial arts and dressmaking in her native Tokyo, but her quilting journey began when she moved to Canada where she discovered her passion for the detailed and precise workmanship required for the creation of miniature quilts. In recent years, she has incorporated trapunto into her work and the stippling she uses has become finer every year, so her designs have become much more intricate and complex. www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk HARVEST TIME FABRIC FEAST Inspired by the glorious colours of autumn, Harvest is the latest coordinated range of fabrics from Tilda. Available by the metre, in fat quarters and…

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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 Harbour Quilters’ Biennial Exhibition 14th-16th September, Cornwall Raffle quilts, trade stall, refreshments. Jubilee Hall, Chapel Street, Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26 6SS 10:00-16:00 Admission: £2 Contact Pam McCallum on 01726 843520 or email pamela467@btinternet.com Inspire Stitchers of Salisbury Patchwork & Quilting Exhibition 16th-17th September, Wiltshire There will be quilts on show, designed and made by members, alongside traders and small items to buy or win in the raffles. St George’s Hall, Lower Street, Harnham, Salisbury, SP2 8PU 10:00-16:00 Campden Quilters Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition 16th-17th September, Gloucestershire Quilts on display, fabric and sales tables, raffle. St James Church Rooms, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JG (Opposite…

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show & tell

Stencils surprise I was just in the middle of making a quilt as a Christmas present for my sister when my subscription copy of Today’s Quilter issue 25 arrived. I was delighted with the free stencils and used them straight away on the border. I hope you like it, I am really pleased with the result and found it an easier process than I first imagined. Karen Bristow, via email We’re so glad the stencils came in handy, Karen, the pattern looks beautiful on the border, especially the leaves in the corner. Just in time I was in the middle of joining scraps together for another Project Linus quilt when the latest copy of Today’s Quilter (issue 25) arrived. While at the machine I try to think ahead about how I am going to quilt…