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Block Masterclass
The Schoolhouse block was often a variation of a house or church pattern. Most featured a side view of the building and were either pieced or appliquéd. Early in my quilting journey I was attracted to a cute little house block. First I drew the block
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Neighbours
The traditional Schoolhouse block has been updated with the contemporary colours and prints of a new fabric range, Garden Club by Brenda Ratliff for RJR Fabrics. You will make 21 house blocks using a combination of regular and paper piecing technique
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Bon-bon Dish
The inspiration for Deirdre's original Bon-bon block came from an old quilt pattern called Hearts and Gizzards, that had curved shapes appliquéd into the corners of half-square triangle units, which were then sewn together to form a square. Deirdre p
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Rotary Cutters
There are numerous rotary cutter brands on the market. Twenty years ago, my first rotary cutter was an Olfa. Since then, Fiskars and Clover have embraced the quilting market and, more recently, a number of smaller manufacturers have started offering
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Editor’s Journal
The weather may be dull outside for those of us in the southern hemisphere, but the contents of this magazine are warm and vibrant! From the vivacious colours and textiles of India through to eight stunning quilt projects, you will find lots of inspi
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Maree St Clair Acrylic Templates
Early in my foray into the world of patchwork, I encountered the ‘template’. We had rotary cut a schoolhouse base and made our own templates for the shapes required to build the roof. This was not a happy building process. I traced shapes onto templa
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Quilty Treasures
Join Chris Jurd as she leads a group of textile lovers through India’s rich textile heritage. You will come home with bags bursting with gorgeous cloths and wonderful memories. Or you can at least join in on our Armchair Travels of a Textile Lover on
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Princess Feather
Often used as a centre medallion or, as seen in this quilt, in groups of four large blocks, graceful plumes spiraling out of a centre circle describes a Princess Feather appliqué quilt. Beyond that basic premise though, the design variations spiral o
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Queensland Quilters
Queensland Quilters holds its annual quilt show in October. The 2018 show was one of the largest quilt shows in Australia, with more than 600 quilts hung across 19 categories and a prize pool of over $25, 000. The theme for 2018 was Medallions. You c
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QuiltWeek Show USA
Each year, the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) stages quilt exhibitions throughout America. Over these three pages you can see a few of the winning quilts from 2018. In an upcoming issue of Quilters Companion we will be featuring more of the winning
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Michele’s Quilt
Chris is well known for her foundation piecing techniques. In this quilt she uses freezer paper templates for the four centre machine-pieced blocks and the border hexagons are English paper pieced. After she created the hexagons and stitched them tog
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Flower Power Cushion
Cosy up with this gorgeous wool appliqué cushion! Kim Schaefer has been a quilter for decades, owns a shop, designs fabrics and is the author of a number of books. Whimsical Wool Appliqué: 50 Blocks, 7 Quilt Projects is her latest release — and this
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Chain Links
At first glance this looks like an easy quilt as the basis of the quilt is one block repeating. However, care needs to be taken that you continue the colours in the right places to ensure you don’t ‘break’ the chain, making this quilt challenging for
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Sentimental Stems
There are a lot of pieces to create this delightful quilt, but the combination of soft colours and interesting shapes make this a stunning project. Cheryl has fussy cut the appliqué shapes to increase the visual impact of the design: she cut the larg
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Wendy Nutt
wendyenutt@icloud.com @quiltamour Originally attending a local quilting group to support a work colleague, Wendy Nutt could never have imagined the passion she would develop for improvisational quilting. “Laity (my friend) was quite ill and I found t
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India
Armchair travels of a textile lover This issue’s Armchair Travels of a Textile Lover takes us to India. We start in the northern city of Delhi, venturing south to Mumbai, stopping along the way to visit Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad and Burj. Word
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Asia Discovery Tours
This tour is led by Ms Maralyn Wise, an experienced quilter, textile artist and dyer from Sydney. This tour will take you to the Festival of the Quilts in Birmingham, England. We will also visit London, Windsor, Bath, Sissinghurt Garden, Kent, Leeds
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Orange Orchard Trails
When did you first conceive the idea for the quilt pattern? How long did it take to complete it? I usually complete one traditional-type quilt a year, but Orange Orchard Trails evolved over more than two years. Although it was started in 2015, I expe
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Quirky Chooks
Images of folk art birds were the inspiration for this stylised chook; string piecing complemented the quirkiness. Megan believes we are all a bit quirky and differences are to be celebrated and embraced — hence the name of the quilt. It is quick and
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Diary Dates
Eastwood Eastwood Patchwork Quilters’ Biennial Quilt Exhibition Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson Street, Eastwood Open: 10am-4.30pm More information: Kaye Bridgement 0405 820 070 Young Lions Club of Young Annual Quilt Show Young Town Hall, Boorowa Street,
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Retro Fireworks
Michelle has used a traditional block called Spinning Triangles, but has finished it at one round less than the original one, and has named it 'Fireworks'. She has fussy cut the black and white striped fabric in the middle section of the blocks to gi
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Off the Shelf
Quilts with an Angle: New Foolproof Grid Method & Easy Strip Cutting; 15 Projects with Triangles, Hexagons, Diamonds & More By Sheila Christensen Learn to measure, rotary cut and machine piece 60-degree shapes with ease — triangles, hexagons, diamond
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You Are My Sunshine
The inspiration for this delightful baby quilt came to Louise from the Grandmother’s Fan block and its versatility. This lovely, happy sunshine shape is meant for a baby — the square quilt shape allows it to also be used as a playmat. Techniques used
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IN THE Market
Every child would adore this bright and colourful Toy Box Fun quilt, designed with animals children love. Quilt Size: 45½in square. Available as a Pattern or Kit. Ph: (03) 9308 2699Email: contact@jemimascreativequilting.comWebsite: www.jemimascreativ
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World Quilt Competition 2018
Best of World Silver Linings, 145cm x 145cm (57in x 57in), Lynda Jackson, United Kingdom Artist’s statement: “It started as a doodle on a scrap of paper one evening and gradually evolved. The fabric is Kaufman Radiance and this particular silver colo
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Diary Dates
CraftAlive CraftAlive Newcastle Racecourse Darling St, Broadmeadow Featuring both local and interstate craft experts, the show is packed full of the latest craft supplies, kits and equipment. CraftAlive is a hands-on event, a chance to learn from wor
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Lots of Love Runner
Leanne has used 28 fat eighths of coordinated print fabrics to create this runner that can be used for either a table, or across the bottom of a bed. Basket, Four-patch and Crisscross blocks are combined to make this runner in black, red and white fa
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