Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter Issue 29 - 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’m so glad you’ve joined us for this exciting issue of Today’s Quilter where we begin a new Block of the Month with Jo Avery. Jo took inspiration from her favourite homewares to create The Vintage Home series. As with so many things in life, it begins with a pot of tea (Earl Grey for me, please!). I’ve always been mesmerised by the fluid lines and textures in Effie Galletly’s landscape masterpieces, so it’s a pleasure to feature Effie’s work this month. I challenge you not to find inspiration after reading Anne Williams’ feature! If you fancy a book at bedtime but don’t want to put away your quilting, check out Jane Rae’s picks of her favourite fabric-related fiction. Meanwhile on the TV, Sewing Quarter not only has a special…

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inspired by…

THE DESIGNER EDYTA SITAR Otherwise known by the moniker Laundry Basket Quilts, talented designer Edyta Sitar has created myriad fabric collections for Moda and Andover Fabrics, and has countless beautiful pieced and appliquéd patterns under her belt. Celebrated for mixing batiks with traditional prints into her scrappy yet elegant style, Edyta also knows how to keep it simple, which is why she’s designed five classic blue and white themed collections, including the stunning Blue Sky. www.laundrybasketquilts.com THE BOOK SCANDI CHRISTMAS There’s still time to prepare for Christmas, and this book by Christiane Bellstedt Myers is the perfect go-to for quick projects. It is packed full of the loveliest decorating and gifting ideas using all manner of crafts, from sewing and baking to papercraft and more. Natural materials and classic colour palettes combine into homespun designs…

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create a future heirloom!

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! CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE SUPPLEMENT! 2-IN-1 BINDING TOOL* The last thing on the list to finish any quilt is binding. After all the hard work you’ve put into the quilt top, you want the binding to be perfect, and that’s where this handy tool comes in. See how to use it at www.todaysquilter.com *FREE BINDING TOOL GIFT WITH PRINT EDITION ONLY AFTER THE SUCCESS of The Quilters’ Guild’s first fabric collection, Elizabeth’s Dowry, we were delighted to hear earlier this year that they were planning a second…

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fresh picks

VISITORS’ CHOICE AT FESTIVAL OF QUILTS Free to Roam Every year we wait with baited breath to see what the Visitors’ Choice of their favourite quilt will be at the Festival of Quilts. This year’s winner was a showstopper and we were thrilled to find out more from its maker, Donna Goymer. “The Quilters’ Guild challenge theme was ‘Free’ and this led me to think about the natural world and protection of our animals. The inspiration behind my quilt was to depict the freedom of our world. An elephant in its natural habitat, free from hunters and poaching, its strength, beauty and gentleness were demonstrated in the fabrics I chose.” Donna used a variety of techniques including appliqué, pleating, felting, free-motion quilting and embroidery. Her elephant’s magnificent trunk is constructed from tweed and…

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diary dates

QUILTING Fat Quarter Quilters and Friends Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition 10th-12th November, Scotland Refreshments, fabric/sales table, parking and disabled access. Murkle Community Hall, Caithness, Scotland 11:00-15:00 Admission: £3 (refreshments incl.) Contact: Isobel McBay on isobelmcbay@btinternet Autumn Quilt Festival, Kent 10th-11th November, Kent Come and see beautiful display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy. Kent Showground, Clive Emson Exhibition Hall, Detling, Kent ME14 3JF 10:00-16:30 (16:00 on Saturday) Admission: £7 www.grosvenorshows.co.uk Sound Stitchers and Social Quilters’ Exhibition 11th November, Plymouth Trade stands and refreshments. All profits will go to the Highbury Trust, a registered charity supporting those with learning difficulties. Abbey Hall behind St Andrew’s Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2AD 10:00-16:00 Admission: £2 Beckenham Quilters’ Exhibition 11th November, South East London Refreshments and traders. Beckenham Methodist Church, Bromley Road, Beckenham, BR3 5JE 10:00-16:00 Admission: £4 including catalogue (children and students free)…

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show & tell

Good cause I had great fun making the Interlocking Chains Jelly Roll Project from issue 15 of Today’s Quilter, although I chose very different colours from the reds and whites of the original quilt. The piecing was straightforward but as the designers hinted in the instructions, it was like a jigsaw to put together correctly. Along with the cushion in the photo, I am raffling the quilt with the goal of raising £1000 for PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide. Clare Boomer, via email We love the colours you chose Clare! Night owl Having recently taken up patchwork and quilting on my retirement, my son and daughter-in-law paid the annual subscription to the magazine as part of my Christmas present; this pattern was in the first issue I received (issue 19). My daughter-in-law loves owls…