Quilters Companion Issue #102 - 2020

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2 min.
editor’s journal

Australians have heavy hearts as we reflect on the devastation of the megafires that raged through more than 16 million hectares (as of late January). People have been able to do something to help by utilising their talents to bring relief and kindness to victims; many came together to knit, sew and crochet goods for animals injured and displaced by these devastating fires. It is very Australian to step up and help our mates in need, and craftspeople in particular are keen to take up causes for our fellow humans and animals. While this season has been devastating for so many in so many ways, it is heart warming to see the outpouring of money, support and love to the communities affected. Hopefully as summer closes the fires are behind us,…

4 min.
quilty treasures

• Free embroidery downloads The first issue of Machine Embroidery includes a number of custom designs created especially for readers as free downloads. Please note that not all designs are supplied free as downloads and purchasing information for those designs are included with the projects. Buy your copy from your local sewing machine retailer or newsagent, or by visiting: www.universalshop.com.au • Diagonal seam tape No more drawing lines on endless squares of fabric, or those wobbly ‘by eye’ seams! Made from strong washi tape, this tape acts as a guide while you are sewing diagonal seams. Simply place it on the front plate of your sewing machine. The red line in the centre is aligned with the needle of your machine, and the black lines on either side are exactly ¼in to each…

2 min.
island quilts 2019

Best in Show First, Modern Quilts — Open Opal Boulder, Katherine Jones, 215cm x 241cm (84½in x 95in) Artist’s statement: “Pieced improvisationally from scraps from more than 20 quilts and 10 garments, Opal Boulder developed organically as I randomly joined scraps of grey cotton, linen and silk.” Machine pieced and appliquéd; hand and machine quilted. First, Large Commercially Quilted — Amateur First, Viewers’ Choice Brilliant Beauties of Joy, Maureen Carswell, 200cm (79in) square Artist’s statement: “I found this pattern in the USA a few years ago, purchased the fabric in Australia and pieced it over 12 months.” Machine pieced; machine quilted by Danelle Griffin. Second, Modern Quilt — Open Best Longarm Machine Quilting Award Solar Flare, Katherine Jones, 251cm x 270cm (99in x 106in) Artist’s statement: “Inspired by Art Deco stained glass. Oakshott cotton on linen sheeting.” Machine pieced, appliquéd and quilted. Best…

3 min.

Finished size: 203cm x 162.5cm (80in x 64in) Finished block size: 16in square Mount Vincent Quilts mtvincentquilts@yahoo.com leanne_mountvincentquilts Materials • 3.5m (4yd) aqua print fabric• 30cm (⅜yd) each of five yellow print fabrics• 30cm (⅜yd) each of five dark yellow/light orange print fabrics• 30cm (⅜yd) each of five dark orange print fabrics• 30cm (⅜yd) each of five red print fabrics• 60cm (¾yd) yellow and orange stripe print fabric (binding)• 3.6m (4yd) backing fabric• Batting at least 220cm x 180cm (86in x 70in)• Template plastic and fine permanent-marking pen• Fine fabric-marking pen• Rotary cutter, ruler and mat• Sewing machine with ¼in foot• General sewing supplies Preparation and cutting 1 Trace Templates A–E onto template plastic using a permanent-marking pen. Cut them out on the lines. To use these templates, place them face down on the wrong side of…

11 min.
primrose path

This sweet quilt combines two of Sharon’s creative loves, English paper piecing and fussy cutting. The scale of the prints in the recently-released fabric range, Bon Voyage by Tilda, work nicely to showcase both the Tenderness and the Indulgence Blooms. Sharon’s decision to add the pink pathways brings a lovely palette to the overall finish. This versatile pattern can easily adapt to a smaller throw-sized or upsized for a larger quilt. Finished size: 138cm x 121cm (54½in x 47¾in) Lilabelle Lane Creations sharon@lilabellelanecreations.com lilabellelane Materials • 20 fat quarters of assorted print fabric. Sharon used a fat quarter bundle of Tilda Bon Voyage fabrics• Assorted solid fabrics to coordinate with the print fabrics. You will need a piece 5in x 8in for each bloom• 1.3m (1½yd) solid off-white fabric• 1.5m (1¾yd) solid pink fabric• 50cm (⅝yd) pink strip…

9 min.
quilting with rulers

Anita Ellis www.hillsidequilting.com.au There are buzz words at any time, in any industry, and the quilting world is no exception. Right now, that are ruler quilting. Ruler quilting, however, is not new: long-arm quilters have been using rulers on their quilting frames for a long time. What is different now is that, with the introduction of the ruler foot for domestic machines, more people can use rulers in their quilting than ever before. I have been fortunate enough to work with Leonie and Bill West from Westalee Design, an Australian company, for many years. They were the first to develop a foot that fits onto many domestic sewing machines today. Along with that first foot, they also designed literally hundreds of templates to create limitless patterns for machine quilting. Moving on a few years, they…