Quilters Companion

Quilters Companion Issue #98 2019

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editor’s journal

Hello dear quilters, here we are, more than halfway through the year, and halfway through winter in Australia. While it’s absolutely wonderful to sit and quilt in winter (assuming you hand quilt — not me!), it is exciting to think that the days are growing longer and we can make more time for sewing. I have always held the opinion that we should support Australian quilters and quilts, and I have done this through publishing and quilt events for three decades. However, we cannot close our eyes to fantastically talented quilters and textile artists from around the world. In this issue we take a look at the work of two international artists — Montse Forcadell Blasco from Spain and Danny Amazonas from Taiwan. Earlier this year Danny brought his breathtaking textile art…

4 min
quilty treasures

Innovative Thread Remover The Seam Fix Seam Ripper and Thread Remover features specially formulated plastic material on the top of the lid and bottom of the ripper that grabs and removes excess threads from fabric. We all have to do a little ‘reverse sewing’ from time to time, but once done, you have to pull out all those pesky little bits of thread. At last there is a product that has a sharp blade to rip out the stitches, and at the other end a ball with a ‘rubbery feel’ that grabs and removes excess threads without marking or sticking to the fabric, basically working like an eraser. Bernina Best of Australia 2019 When exhibited at the 2018 Victorian Showcase quilt exhibition, The Apprentice by Julie Adamson won Best of Show. It also…

2 min
azure de colores

This quilt has been constructed with basic Log Cabin blocks set into a complex vortex. It was exhibited at the 2018 Houston Quilt Festival, and in March this year it was exhibited at the International Patchwork Festival in Sitges, Spain. Art quiltmaker Montse Forcadell Blasco of Catalonia, Spain, explained that, “Apart from getting the light at the bottom of the tunnel, it also had to be reflected in the dark areas with the same colour as its origin.” Spanish quilter Montse Forcadell Blasco has mostly expressed her quilting art with fluid lines and appliqué. However, after she made Fresa Con Chocolate (Honorary Mention at Festival of Quilts, Birmingham 2016) she realised that, while she had a good command of colour, shadows and details, once finished, the fabrics still looked flat. “I wanted to…

9 min
sunshine orange pop

There is nothing difficult about making this quilt. It is large and impressive, the colours are fabulous, and the design makes use of your machine’s embroidery stitches. Look closely and you will see that the circles in this quilt feature decorative stitches. This has been achieved with a circular attachment: it is ideal for sewing circles using straight stitch, zig-zag, decorative stitches or even lettering. All sewing machine brands have this attachment available, and with them you can sew perfect circles up to 26cm (10¼in) in diameter. Which threads will you use to embroider the circles? Wendy uses a 50wt thread. There are so many colours and textures out there to choose from! Once the embroidered circles are completed on the 13 squares, the Orange Peel shapes are machine appliquéd in place.…

4 min
golden textures biennial art quilt exhibition

The Central Goldfields Art Gallery of Victoria selected 25 pieces from 18 contemporary art quilters from across Australia for its biennial exhibition in March 2019. The exhibition was curated by international award-winning textile artist, Jenny Bacon, from Maryborough, Victoria. The exhibition offers an acquisitive prize of $3000; the winning quilt becomes part of the Gallery’s permanent collection.…

5 min
lorraine’s lozenges

Lorraine’s preferred method of stitching these days is hand stitching — and this is a perfect pattern for this slow and satisfying process. These shapes could be sourced as papers and used to create the quilt using the English paper piecing method, however the instructions are for making your own templates and drawing the shapes onto the back of your fabrics. This is a great stash buster — in fact, Lorraine used only fabrics from her stash. The inclusion of light squares across the quilt helps calm the scrappy look and draw the eye to the smaller squares. Finished size: 174.5cm x 134cm (68¾in x 52¾in) Materials • 31 fat eighths of medium- and dark-value print fabrics or a large selection of scraps at least 4½in x 21¼in (lozenges)• 10cm (⅛yd) each of six…