Today's Quilter 74

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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1 min

Signing off this issue, I have been looking through the photographs and noted that one furry, little fellow features several times. Like the rest of the world, the team at Today’s Quilter had to adjust to lockdown, and this meant trying to do photography while not being allowed to leave our houses. We are usually fortunate enough to go to beautiful homes to photograph the quilts, but the last year has meant that we needed a new plan. Thankfully, our wonderful Art Editor, Rachel, was up for the challenge! And, after rearranging her furniture several times, she took some gorgeous pics... many featuring Rufus the dog (you might have spotted him on the cover of Issue 73 as well). Rufus has been Rachel’s constant companion during lockdown, providing much needed…

2 min
inspired by…

THE BOOK KAFFE FASSETT IN THE STUDIO Take a peek behind the scenes with master colourist, Kaffe Fassett, in this new book from Abrams that offers an in depth look at his work and where he finds inspiration. Featured on the pages are also some of his greatest designs in the areas of needlework, patchwork and knitting, as well as some new patterns in each of these areas. So put on a cuppa, put your feet up and get lost in the wonderful world of colours! Kaffe Fassett in the studio by Kaffe Fassett (£30). To find out more, visit THE FABRIC COTTAGE BLEU While searching for things that could make her space calm and serene, Robin Pickens was drawn to the calming feeling of blues, from the light shades of sky to deep navy…

5 min
fresh picks all the latest quilting news

Faith Hope & Love Pinks, golds, blacks and blues come together to make this stunning painterly collection by Sue Daley for Riley Blake Designs. Featuring a variety of flowers, sprigs and blossoms in both realistic and illustrated styles, all prints come with beautiful accompanying designs that will make your quilt stand out from the crowd. We love the use of black in the collection too – not only does it provide some contrast to the designs, but also stands alone brilliantly. We can’t wait to get our hands on this floral set, especially the sumptuous golds prints included, to transport us to sunny days in quaint gardens! Resilient Stitch Author and artist, Claire Wellesley-Smith, is back following her textile hit, Slow Stitch, published in 2015, with her latest book that explores the importance…

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show & tell join in and be part of our community

Make do and mend! Here is a scrappy quilt I finished last year – completely handmade and hand quilted. I even used an old curtain for the backing. Waste not, want not! It was a great way to use up lots of the hoarded pieces of fabric in my stash. It has taken about a year to complete, but with the lockdown, I had even more time to spend on it (not that I really needed an excuse to do more quilting)! Beverley, Yorkshire How lovely that you have found your scraps a delightful home and that you even got to use some old curtains for the backing - sustainable and stunning. We can’t wait to see where your scrap stash leads you to next, Beverley! BEADED BEAUTY The recent lockdown has given me the…

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garden games

You will need Dark blue prints – Five (5) fat quarters Light blue prints – Three (3) fat quarters* Green prints – Three (3) fat quarters* Orange prints - Three (3) fat quarters Yellow prints – Three (3) fat quarters* Red prints – Five (5) fat quarters* Background fabric – 5¾yds Binding – ⅔yd Backing – 4½yds Batting – 80in square Templates – seventy-two (72) A templates for FPP, templates C and D, a pair of B templates and a pair of E/F templates (see Templates section) Products used Fabrics: Storytime by American Jane for Moda Fabrics Batting: 279 Cotton Mix 80:20 from Threads: Aurifil 50wt for piecing and 40wt for quilting from Basting: Odif 505 spray from Foundation paper: Pattern Trace paper, available from Finished size…

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summer fun

“The Pickle Dish design comes in many variations. It usually contains interlocking circles and arcs made of triangles. It also usually consists of a large number of Y-seams, which can make it tricky to align perfectly. In this design, I have cut the block into quarters and then those quarters in half, so that the quilt is pieced in triangles. This avoids the need for Y-seams. I have added Harlequin Stars in the centre of the circles to add interest and scrappiness to the quilt. The two strongest colours in the quilt are the dark blue and the red, so I’ve used those to pull together the design by using the dark blue prints in the leaf shapes and the red prints in the triangles that group together at the…