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Quilters Companion

Quilters Companion Issue #95 2019

Quilters Companion is the definitive patchwork and quilting magazine. Published since 2001, Quilters Companion provides readers with exciting quilting projects. These projects are accompanied by easy-to follow instructions and accompanying pattern sheets, stunning styled shots and interesting stories about the featured projects. We pride ourselves not just on being an instructional publication — we are a good read as well! Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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6 Edities


2 min.
editor’s journal

Firstly, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun Christmas and exciting New Year. Secondly, thank you! Thank you for all the warm and encouraging feedback we have received regarding the re-design of Quilters Companion. Plus it seems that many of you are enjoying the extra content, including articles and how-tos. I look forward to bringing you more great articles to keep you inspired and informed. This issue’s Block Masterclass shows you how to master the Double Wedding Ring block. It may have curved seams, but it is doable, and we take you step-by-step through all you need to know to confidently make a DWR. If you would like to try this gorgeous all-time favourite pattern, we share a project on page 86 featuring foundation paper piecing. They may be…

4 min.
quilty treasures

Australian Mementos The competitors in the recent Invictus Games in Sydney all took home a unique Australian memento from the games thanks to the RSL Auxiliaries of Australia. More than 550 laundry bags — one for each competitor — a quilt for each of the 18 competing nations, and more than 1250 black and yellow poppies for family members to wear as a symbol of their support for the competitors were hand-crafted and gifted. Quilts were also made for several high-profile guests, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The quilts and laundry bags were Australian-themed and included Indigenous material sourced from the Northern Territory for the laundry bags, as well as scenes on the quilts representing iconic Australian sites such as the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Central Council of RSL…

2 min.
canberra quilters, showcase

Bernina Best of Show Large Quilt (professional) Best Use of Colour Modern Quilting Blurring the Edges, 208cm (89in) square Beth and Trevor Reid Artist’s statement: Trevor’s diagnosis of cataracts inspired this design, with blurred edges of objects and diffusion of lights shown as the condition takes effect. Fabrics collected over the years were utilised to produce a quilt with a spectrum of colour and light. All-cotton fabric, wool-polyester batting, machine quilted and manipulated machine embroidery stitch. Art Quilt (open) Appreciation: Ineka, 70cm x 99cm (27½in x 39in) Helen Godden Artist’s statement: My muse — my daughter Ineka, a complex young woman with a very bright future. A holiday photo from when we visited the dry Lake Hart. The glare from the dry desert salt pan requires sunglasses, even for a photo. After altering the image in the Dreamscope app,…

4 min.
honeycomb cushion

The relaxed design of this cushion is heightened by the use of raw-edged hexagons that Jane has incorporated. They have been artfully held in place with Sashiko stitches using cotton crochet thread. The fabric is yarn-dyed and woven in one of the few remaining factories in Japan that still use this traditional technique. The thread is a fine crochet cotton, also produced in Japan by the Olympus Thread Company. Jane also shares instructions for how to make the cushion as well as a handy hint for making your own cushion insert. The hexagon shape is included on the Pattern Sheet. If you wish to buy pre-made papers, it’s quite likely you won’t be able to buy them with edges that are 9/16 in long. You could use shapes that have edges that are…

5 min.
wendy gleeson

When she moved to a new home in 2005, Wendy was thrilled to have a dedicated sewing space. “It was very decadent,” she recalls. Over the years her workspace has developed, along with her passion for quilting and patchwork. “I have a big custom-made sewing bench to work on,” Wendy enthuses. Her studio features large windows with views out to beautiful Lake Colac, and they also overlook the back garden, for which Wendy won an award in 2012. “There is also lots of bird life,” she adds. It is not just the views that give this creative space so much charm. Wendy’s studio features an eclectic mix of projects, trinkets and keepsakes, making it a smorgasbord of interest every way you look. Quilting projects adorn the walls in both large and…

7 min.

In the mid to end of the 19th century, madder prints were popular due to their colourfastness. The red colour was produced from the compound alizarin found in the roots of the madder plant, along with some other obnoxious ingredients such as urine, blood and animal dung. This antique quilt appealed to Michelle Marvig due to the number of fabulous madder prints to be found in the design. In the quilt, the sashings are simply long lengths of fabric. However, the maker has not aligned the blocks very well. Michelle has chosen to modify the instructions to add cornerstones between the sashings — see the Quilt Layout Diagram on page 42. They add visual interest while also making it much easier to keep the blocks aligned. While this antique quilt dates to…