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Pin Interest
Fans of American TV sitcom The Connors, a spin-off of Roseanne, will be familiar with the family’s crocheted granny-square throw draped over the couch in the lounge room. We love seeing handmade crafts popping up in various shows as much as anyone, b
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Pinwheel POPS
• Fat quarter solid light blue fabric • 60cm ( 5/8yd) solid mid-blue fabric • 45cm ( 1/2yd) solid dark-blue fabric • Fat quarter solid red fabric • 40cm ( 1/2yd) solid coral fabric • 65cm ( 3/4yd) solid white fabric (background) • 40cm ( 1/2yd) sol
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SEDEF IMER Getting to know …
Where do you live? I live in McLaren Vale, a beautiful wine region in South Australia, on an eight-acre hobby farm surrounded by vineyards. It’s very rural here, even though we are only a 30-minute drive from the centre of Adelaide. We have a large f
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Lime Cream Knitted Baby Blanket
• Patons Cotton Blend 8 ply 50g: 5 balls of Lime Cream (41) Main Colour (M) and 4 balls of Cream (03) Contrast Colour (C) • Pair of 3.75mm (UK 9/US 5) circular knitting needles 80cm (32in) long • Pair of 4.5mm (UK 7/US 7) circular knitting needles 80
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Selvedge DESIGNER EDGE
Forget floral arrangements, fruit bowls and rolling hills — it’s the graffitied laneways of Melbourne, neon signs and tattoos that tapestry artist Niki McDonald turns to for design inspiration. Her bold and brave approach to a traditional craft has l
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Parterre IN BLOOM
• 85cm (1yd) solid white fabric (centre background, Borders 2, 3 and 5) • 50cm ( 5/8yd) turquoise print fabric (Borders 1 and 4 and binding) • 20cm (¼yd) each of red and green print fabrics (Border 3) • Scraps of assorted green print fabrics (appliqu
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Santa's Forest CHRISTMAS STOCKING
• 50cm ( 5/8yd) linen embroidery fabric (outer stocking) • 30cm red print fabric (lining, cuff and hanging loop) • 50cm ( 5/8yd) thin fusible batting • DMC Stranded Embroidery Cotton in White (Blanc), Medium Red (304), Black (310), Red (321), Bright
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Penguin Stocking
• 60cm ( 3/4yd) red tone-on-tone print fabric (outer stocking) • 60cm ( 3/4yd) Christmas print fabric (lining) • 10cm ( 1/8yd) green tone-on-tone print fabric (binding and hanger) • Scraps of solid black, solid orange, white tone-on-tone and Christma
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Getting To Know …
Tell us something about your family life. I am married with two teenage children. No pets, but hoping to have a rescue dog join our family one day. How have you developed your skills? I have never received any training; I am very much self-taught an
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Joy To The World
• Fat quarter of off-white cotton or linen fabric (background) • Fat eighth of red print fabric (top and bottom borders) • Fat sixteenth of green tone-on-tone print fabric (top and bottom peeper borders) • 38 x 33cm (15 x 13in) fusible stabiliser • 4
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This Town
• 24 fat quarters of assorted print fabrics. You won’t use the entire fat quarter of each fabric, but having this many will ensure variety in your quilt • 2m (2 1/4yd) solid white fabric • 55cm ( 5/8yd) pink tone-on-tone print fabric (binding) • 3.
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Book REVIEWS
A celebration of handmade toys featuring fabulous stuffed animals, handmade baby gifts and more, all using fat quarter cuts of fabric. Continuing the series from 50 Fat Quarter Makes, this collection features beautifully styled photography, step-by-s
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Quilts AND TEXTILES TOURS
Homespun’s sister magazine, Quilters Companion, partnered with Travelrite Australia 11 years ago to offer amazing quilt and textile tours to fabulous places around the world. The itineraries have been carefully planned by quilters for quilters to tak
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Block Of The Month Aldershot Meadows
Sharon Burgess, Lilabelle Lane Creations Email: sharon@lilabellelanecreations.com, Instagram: @lilabellelane Quilted by Linda Cotton, Ladybug Quilting Phone: 0417 557 708, Email: ladybugquilting@bigpond.com Finished quilt size: 203cm (80in) square
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Ombre Sunprint Quilt
Moira de Carvalho, Quilt Design Duo — Instagram: @quiltdesignduo, Facebook: Quilt Design Duo • 16 fat eighths of assorted print fabrics and scraps from your stash. Moira used the Ombre Bloom range by V & Co for Moda Fabrics. Each fabric in this colle
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Getting to know … ANORINA MORRIS
Please describe where you live and your workspace. I live on the outskirts of a regional town, approximately 100km south of Sydney. I love that we can visit the city whenever we like, but be far away from the hustle and bustle. From my sewing studio
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The Most Difficult Skill To Master
Knitting! There is something about getting the two needles to ‘work’ that just does not ‘click’ for me! When I was a kid, I remember my mum being a prolific knitter (and seamstress) and it still amazes me how she can sit and have a discussion or watc
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Uptown Tote
• 80cm ( 7/8yd) feature print fabric – see note. Monica recommends medium-weight woven fabric such as 100% cotton, linen or linen/ cotton blends, ideally just a little heavier than cotton fabrics sold for quiltmaking • 80cm ( 7/8yd) coordinating tone
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Getting to know … MONICA AND ALAURA POOLE
Mother (Monica) and daughter (Alaura) are the pair behind the business Pattern Poole. We asked some questions and Alaura provided the answers. Where do you live and work? I live in Newcastle and Monica lives on the Central Coast of NSW. We do the bu
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Sassy SATCHEL
• 55cm ( 5/8yd) feature print fabric (bag front and pockets) • 45cm ( 1/2yd) solid black fabric (bag back and strap) • 35cm ( 3/8yd) solid mauve fabric (lining) • 65cm ( 3/4yd) bag batting; Kate used Matilda’s Own bag batting • 70cm (27in) length of
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Getting to know … KATE MARRA
Where do you live? I live in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, about 20 minutes from the Dandenong Ranges and 20 minutes from the beach. My sewing room is my cherished space; I had always worked in the rumpus room (with the family complaining about my
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Bag Making Round-up
Why do we love to make handbags so much? Well, a handbag doesn't have to fit anyone, they are the perfect personalised gift, they're quick to make and a great way to build on your sewing skills. In a world of mass production, a handmade bag is a grea
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Carryall Pouch
• Fat eighth pink and teal feature print fabric (outer pouch) • Fat eighth solid teal fabric (outer pouch and wrist strap) • Fat quarter pink print fabric (pouch lining, zippered pockets, strap connector and grip tab) • 35cm ( 3/8yd) light/medium-wei
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Flower Babies
• 30cm (12in) squares of wool felt in flesh colour (2), yellow, orange, bright pink, medium pink and dark green • 10cm (4in) square of wool felt in lime green • Scraps of wool felt in bright orange and brown • Stranded embroidery cotton in white, lig
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Kathryn Mcwilliam
Please describe where you live. I live in Indooroopilly, a suburb of Brisbane. My workspace is a spare bedroom or ‘sleepout’ as we call it on the land. Tell us about your family life. I have a husband and two adult daughters and four lively grandchi
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Bloom
• 2.3m (2 5/8yd) ivory tone-on-tone print fabric (background) • 12 fat eighths of assorted pink print fabrics (flower petals and bud centres) • Eight fat eighths or precut 10in squares of assorted yellow print fabrics (buds and flower centres) • 10
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Getting To Know …
Jen has been sewing and crafting all her life, but she didn’t make her first real quilt until 2003. Busy with three young kids at home, she was searching for a creative outlet for her evenings and thought that quilting might fit the bill. Jen decided
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KISS and WIGGLE
Cheryl Filby – Instagram: @cherylfilby, Email: fimch2@gmail.com • 1.8m (2yd) blue tone-on-tone print fabric (Borders 1, 3, 7 and 9, and binding) • 1.45m (1 5/8yd) blue and white small-scale print fabric (Borders 4–6) • 1.3m (1 3/8yd) blue and white m
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Book REVIEWS
If you need a durable tote for the market, beach or whatever, these bags are versatile and fun! Eight stylish and trendy bags are ready to stitch using worsted-weight cotton yarn and one made using strips of plastic bags! Designs are made using diffe
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Selvedge DESIGNER EDGE
Lily Adelaide Upton’s work is a contemporary celebration of Aussie natives. Drawing on her diverse surroundings, she captures the essence of Australia’s spectacular flora and fauna in rich embroidery. While riding her bike to work, she spots rainbow
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