Quilters Companion

Quilters Companion Issue #99 2019

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2 min
editor’s journal

I would like to welcome a few quiltmakers who are sharing their work with us for the first time. Jenny Woodward is one half of the Australian team Design Duo from Victoria, and we are pleased to share the clean lines and gorgeous colours of her Dandelion Wishes quilt. Cheryl Brickey from the USA shares her Kaleidoscope Plus quilt in monotones of grey, black and white. I am delighted to introduce you to Rebecca Hastings. Rebecca is a member of a Sydney quilt group and this year she has already won a number of prizes for her quilt Animalia. The best part is, she is sharing the pattern in this issue! You can also read all about Rebecca’s quilting journey in In The Studio on page 44. Leanne Noske joins…

4 min
quilty treasures

ImPRESSive! A 100-per-cent felted wool pressing mat is a great addition to any sewing room. It provides a unique non-slip pressing surface suitable for both steam and dry pressing. The Echidna pressing mat has a dense thickness of 15mm (⅝in), allowing for easy and successful pinning while also minimising heat transfer to the surface it’s laid on. The seams sink into the fibres in the mat as they are pressed and surface markings are eliminated. At 38cm (15in) square, it is also very handy to take to workshops. For more information, call Echidna Sewing Toll Free (Aus only) 1800 000 360. Best of Show — Sydney Catherine Butterworth’s quilt, Starcrazy, was awarded the coveted award of Bernina Best of Show at the June QuiltNSW members’ annual quilt show. Turn to page 90 to see it…

3 min
india quilt festival january 2019

Artist’s statement: “This is a picture of my maternal uncle who kindled my interest in sewing at a very young age. I still remember as a little girl replicating the corduroy vests and denim sling bags that he used to stitch as a hobby. Layers of cheesecloth have been used to create different tones in the portrait. Since I enjoy up-cycling materials, I used the upcycled style as a theme to make his apparel and cap with used jeans and a t-shirt.” Tina Katwal discovered her passion for quilting seven years ago. She is the founder of Desi Quilters, India’s largest quilt guild. She also opened the country’s first quilt store and studio, The Square Inch, opening up avenues for many other quilting enthusiasts by making available supplies, classes and connections. Varsha…

5 min
dandelion wishes

Jenny designed this quilt to showcase the fabric range Dandi Annie by Robin Pickens for Moda, using the Beach and Boots block. She has added sashings between the blocks and turned each block 180 degrees to each other to give the effect of up and down rows. However, if you place the blocks against each other, all facing the same direction, you will achieve a chevron effect with an interesting sub pattern made by the smaller triangles. The simple classic geometric block offsets the colours and patterns within the fabric range. This block is also called Ribbons Border and Watered Ribbon and Border. Finished size: 218cm x 183cm (86in x 72in) Finished block size: 12in square Materials • 15 fat quarters of assorted print fabrics — see Note• 4.3m (4⅝yd) solid white fabric• 70cm…

8 min
kaleidoscope plus

This interlocking ring quilt pattern has been designed by American quilter Cheryl Brickey and is formed using traditional Kaleidoscope blocks in combination with plus signs. The plus sign’s popularity in quilts has withstood the test of time, with new plus sign quilts being made every year. Talented quilt designers Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander shared their love of the modern plus design and co-authored the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts: 16 Dynamic Projects, A Variety of Techniques, which was released in 2018. This quilt is one of the 16 different quilt patterns that are made with a variety of techniques, including traditional piecing, paper piecing and appliqué. Quilt sizes range from baby through to queen and are bound to motivate you with the new and modern twists on the classic plus sign. Designed,…

4 min
liberty splash

Finished size: 145cm (57in) square Finished block size: 6in square Materials • Assorted scraps of Liberty print fabrics across a wide range of colours (blocks and binding)• 20cm (¼yd) each of six solid colour fabrics (sashings). Sharon used Kona Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman in Peach (1281), Ice Frappe (1173), Petunia (24), Cloud (152), Daffodil (148) and Peony (110)• 20cm (¼yd) solid off-white fabric (cornerstones)• 3.3m (3⅝yd) backing fabric• Batting at least 160cm (63in) square• Rotary cutter, ruler and mat• Sewing machine with ¼in foot• General sewing supplies Cutting From each of the six solid colour fabrics, cut: • one strip, 6½in x width of fabric. Cross cut them to yield 26 rectangles, 1½in x 6½in of each fabric (sashings) From the solid off-white fabric, cut: • three strips, 1½in x width of fabric. Cross cut them…