Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter Issue 28 - 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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Is it safe to say “Christmas” yet? I believe that it’s a quilter’s prerogative to begin planning for the festive season as soon as possible. There’s a lot that needs our textile touch, from decorations and tableware to that all-important gift list. It’s also the time when many of us turn to fun prints – when else in the year can one look at a fabric swatch and exclaim, “Geese wearing Fair Isle jumpers – call off the search”? (I must tear myself away from the jolly fabric selection at www.sewingquarter.com) If your taste runs to the more traditional, you’ll find this month’s issue just the ticket. We’ve embraced cosy reds, from bright pillar box to deep burgundy. Some of our designers have chosen to pair these with classic green…

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inspired by…

THE QUILT POINSETTIA WREATHS Christmas quilts come in all shapes and sizes, from fun novelty patterns to more subtle holiday-hued designs. We love the elegant appliqué design of Poinsettia Wreaths by Teri Christopherson, which is filling us with yuletide spirit not to mention is a scrap quilter’s dream. The organic shapes and wide variety of prints and colours create movement that dances across the quilt. “The more shades of red, green and gold you use, the better it looks,” advises Teri. We might just make one for every season! THE SHOP AMARA Celebrate the festive season in rustic style with a huge range of decorative objects and home accessories from Amara. Scandinavian design is still a popular trend so this year we’re drawn to Christmas ornaments in natural materials to help bring the spirit of…

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fussy cut template set

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 moodboard, we’d love to see what you’ve been up to and hear your stories! THE TRADITIONAL technique of English Paper Piecing (EPP) is a favourite with the Today’s Quilter team, allowing intricate patchwork to be created by hand. It’s also great to do when you’re out and about (many a train journey has been filled sewing away blissfully). That’s why we’re so excited to share with you our FREE Fussy Cutting templates. The set contains a hexagon, half hexagon, diamond and triangle template, perfect for targeting and cutting out individual motifs that work so well with the paper pieces…

7 min.
fresh picks

BOX SET Colour therapy Treat yourself this festive season to these gorgeous new box sets of thread and fabric from Jo Avery and Oakshott Fabrics. OAKSHOTT’S NEW COLOURBOXES! ColourBox Original contains the complete rainbow of 57 Colourshott shades, pre-cut into Fat Eighths and nestling in a sleek presentation box. £160 ColourBox Multi comprises the entire Lipari, Ruby Reds, Lakes and Scandinavia collections – 58 Fat Eighths. £160 www.oakshottfabrics.com SHERBET DIP Jo Avery’s new box set of threads is just as vivacious as her personality. We asked Jo how she managed to make her selection for this new Aurifil collection. “It was a very easy job for me as I love choosing colours! I had some favourite Aurifil shades that had to be included and I knew I wanted some variegated threads as I love to use…

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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 highlighting the work of Welsh quilters. The Welsh Quilt Centre, The Town Hall, High Street, Lampeter, SA48 7BB www.welshquilts.com Quilts in the Marches – Leominster Quilters 10th Exhibition 12th-14th October, Hertfordshire Light refreshments, traders, mini quilt challenge. Leominster Sports and Social Club, South Street, Leominster, HR6 8JQ 10:00-16:00 Contact 01568 708961 Forest Quilters’ Exhibition 13th-14th October, Worcestershire Sales table, quilting trader, tombola, refreshments, free parking and disabled access. Trinity Church Hall, Churchfields, Kidderminster, DY10 2JL 10:30-16:30 Admission: £2 Contact Glynis 01299 250450 or Brenda 01562 228535 North Barn Quilters 14th October, Livingston, Scotland An exhibition of quilts and wall hangings. Carmondean Community Centre, Nether Dechmont Farm, Fells Rigg, Livingston, EH54 8AX 10:00-16:00 Admission: £3 Sewing Together 10th Anniversary Quilt Exhibition 14th October, Kent Displays of beautiful handcrafted quilts, sales table. Twydall…

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show & tell

Friendship express Recently, Friendship Village Sunset Hills retirement community in St. Louis, Missouri explored the possibility of starting a train club. Members decided they wanted some sort of train quilt for a wall in the room. A member’s wife, Lois Ebel, volunteered and after much pattern searching, brainstorming and designing, an old-fashioned steam engine with cars emerged, including a train station and trees to form a valance 18 feet long and 19 inches tall. It was quilted by another club member, Pat Scott, and hung above the train layout. An AQS certified textile appraiser puts the value of this lovely quilt at $21,750 USD. Martha Short, via email What an impressive piece of art! Inspiring gifts What to make for my sewing ladies for Christmas? Along comes Today’s Quilter and Lynne Edwards’ Cathedral Windows carrying…