Today's Quilter

Today's Quilter Issue 30 - 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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From curvy windmills and spinning triangles to turkey tracks, this is an issue full of dynamic blocks to try. Even innocent looking squares and rectangles become swirling Bargello waves and improvised Siddi shapes. Linda Clements offers a host of intricate blocks to try with all kinds of curved motifs. Following her detailed instructions, you’ll soon discover what it is about needle-turn appliqué that so many quilters adore. Our interview with Alicia Merrett showcases her striking map quilts. If you are as fascinated by aerial photography as I am, then Alicia’s maps will be right up your street (pun intended!). Back on the ground, I’d like you to meet Sunbonnet Sue, an enigmatic lady who is nonetheless the star of our supplement. I’ve always found this simple silhouette’s ability to evoke…

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inspired by…

THE QUILT OPEN SEASON Cynthia England’s unique picture piecing technique was developed to achieve detailed quilt imagery without fabric waste, and without fiddly bits of paper to pick out. Her award-winning Open Season is a mesmerising example of how effective this freezer paper method can be to create jaw-droppingly realistic art from fabric. This 87in x 90in quilt, based on a magazine photograph, was six years in the making and has over 21,000 individual pieces from 280 different fabrics. Worth every minute, if you ask us. THE SHOP LAURA ASHLEY If you’re anything like us, you’ll enjoy spending your downtime switching out quilts, changing up accessories and rearranging furniture to keep your home looking and feeling beautiful. This month we’re drawn to Laura Ashley’s huge range of upholstery fabrics and homewares and can’t help eyeing…

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sunbonnet sue

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! AN ICON IN THE quilting and embroidery world, Sunbonnet Sue has been delighting crafters and non-crafters alike for over a century. And the team here at Today’s Quilter are among the many Sue fans. The pretty fabrics used to create each block and the nostalgia she evokes are guaranteed to raise a smile whenever we see Sunbonnet Sue. So you can imagine how excited we were when the idea of creating this supplement came to fruition, and how thrilled we were to work with…

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fresh picks

A DAY OUT IN EDINBURGH Songs for Winter Pauline Burbidge and Charles Poulsen are exhibiting new and recent drawings, sculpture and textile works at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh from 4 November 2017 to 4 March 2018. Working together in their unique environment tucked away in the Scottish Borders, their visual language is abstract but inspired by their rural surroundings. The exhibition shows the diversity and unity of their artworks, which come together here, and every year in their annual OPEN STUDIO exhibition, since settling in the Scottish Borders 24 years ago. Books and cards will be available to purchase at the venue, as well as a special publication, Songs for Winter booklet, £5 and the OPEN STUDIO book including Songs for Winter, £20. NEW FROM EDYTA SITAR CRYSTAL FARM This new collection of traditional large…

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denman’s unique experience for all

Denman is the WI’s centre for learning, offering a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills at day school and short courses in the field of cookery, craft and lifestyle. In 1943, Sir Richard Livingstone, a champion of adult education, suggested that the WI should set up its own college. At the 1945 AGM, it was resolved: that this meeting welcomes the suggestion of a Women’s Institute College… and the executive committee got straight to work! Since 1948, Denman has been a retreat for men and women alike, to come and learn, laugh and relax. Seventy years on, Denman can now host 88 students overnight, offers over 600 courses a year, and welcomes approximately 7,000 students through its doors annually. With a range of courses in the Cookery School, Craft…

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diary dates

QUILTING Newark Quilt Show 19th-21st January 2018, Nottinghamshire Come and see beautiful display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy. The Lady Eastwood Centre, Newark Showground, Newark Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY 10:00-16:00 Admission: £8 grosvenorshows.co.uk Quilters’ Exhibition & Fabrics Sale in Nantwich 21st January 2018, Cheshire Traders, exhibitors, demonstrators. Featuring “My Favourite Quilts” by Maureen Crawford. Refreshments, parking. Nantwich Civic Hall, Market Street, Nantwich, CW5 5DG 10:00-16:00 Admission: £3 (£1.50 after 1pm) Contact mcgohlish@googlemail.com or call 0208 742 3685 Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly 26th-28th January 2018, West Sussex Come and see beautiful display quilts from well-known quilters and artists, plus plenty of retail therapy. South of England Showground, Norfolk Pavilion, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL 10:00-16:00 Admission: £8 grosvenorshows.co.uk TEXTILES Kaffe Fassett exhibition, Mottisfont Until 14th January 2018, Hampshire Celebrating the dazzling work of world-renowned artist Kaffe Fassett, this vibrant exhibition showcases a…