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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 ne
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Armchair Travels Of A Textile Lover
A major highlight of our time in London is the Victoria & Albert Museum, where you can see some of its national collection of textiles covering a period of more than 2000 years. It’s not all on display at once, but there are a substantial number of i
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Liberty Splash
Finished size: 145cm (57in) square Finished block size: 6in square • 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
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Sharon’s Design Inspiration
On my cutting table I have a large glass bowl that I throw all my Liberty scraps into. The bowl was becoming very full — it was actually overflowing — but it just lingered there. We had a few things happening at the start of the year and I found myse
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Rebecca Hastings
Rebecca Hastings has always had an affinity for craft, exposed to varying handcrafts from a young age. “My mother crocheted Afghan blankets, designed tapestries, cross stitch and embroidery, as well as painting with oils and watercolours,” Rebecca ex
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Animalia
This quilt was designed specifically to showcase Rebecca’s favourite animal prints. There is a collection of animals from various ranges featured in the 30 lantern shapes. You could use a different novelty print collection to feature in the lantern c
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DESIGNER STITCH & QUILT ADJUSTABLE MULTI-PURPOSE CREATIVE STATION
The Designer Stitch & Quilt Creative Station is distributed by Baby Lock Australia. Baby Lock is famous for inventing the first domestic overlocker in 1967. Since then the initial design has evolved, with amazing new technology being added, such as a
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Sweet Pea
Finished size: 174cm (68½in) square Finished block size: 20in square • At least 16 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 blocks. Sue chose to use
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Off the Shelf
By Gracey Larson Sew cute critters, fancy flowers, birds and bugs, trees and turtles, and other odes to the out-of-doors with 30 adorable quilt blocks, each in two sizes: 6in and 12in square. The secret to making these charming designs is an easy sti
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Eight-Pointed Star
Assembling the Eight-Pointed Star block involves sewing eight diamonds together and then setting in four triangles and four squares. It really is rather simple, however sewing the triangles and squares in place involves a set-in, or Y, seam. When the
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Stars Aligned, 172cm x 202cm (67½in x 79½in), Wendy Sheppard This quilt is constructed in the simple four-patch method. Although it has eight points, the centre is a square. The pattern to make this quilt can be found at www.cosyproject.com Winedale
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One, but Many
At the 2018 QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Show there was a special category, Southern Stars. This quilt was Megan’s submission for that category. Each of the 25 stars represents one million Australian people — 25 million people living in communities all over
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QuiltNSW 2019
Bernina Best of Show Stationary Machine Quilting Award — Professional Pieced Quilt — Professional — First Starcrazy, 255cm x 255cm (100in x 100in), Catherine Butterworth Artist’s statement: “Starcrazy showcases what I call quilted trapunto. This is w
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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 Dande
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Sewing Furniture Tables And Cabinets
Many of us don’t have the appropriate storage for all of our sewing accessories, nor — and even more importantly — a dedicated workspace for sewing. Do you sew at the kitchen or dining table, setting up and packing down around family meals? Not only
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Quilty Treasures
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 a
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Hattie's Patch
A simply pieced, but quite effective quilt depending on the colours and placement of your fabrics. Maree purchased this vintage 1930s quilt at Quilt Festival in Houston in 2016. The blocks are pieced with alternate prints and plains and there is a wh
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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 chee
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Setting Up Your Workspace
We have all coveted the beautiful places that people create for their sewing adventures. I can swoon over these just as much as the next quilter. But we all know this is not necessarily realistic. For one, we all create differently. I am a messy thin
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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
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The Ayes Have It
This quilt is made up of 35 regular- and 24 foundationpieced blocks. Each block is in a different fabric combination, with 42 of the blocks having fabric combinations that flow into surrounding blocks. It’s particularly important to follow the instru
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Murano
New Zealand quilter Sheila Christensen has developed a set of techniques and a ‘language’ that will allow you to play with the 60° shape with ease. If you are familiar with rotary cutting and stitching squares, you will have no trouble cutting your s
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Economy
At first glance this blocklooks like a nine patch, and indeed it is, but look again. Within the nine patch there are five Square-ina- Square blocks. More recently the name Economy has been attributed to this block. The other obvious pattern is Flying
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Keryn’s Tips for the Flying Geese Border
• it’s important to cut and sew accurately right from the beginning of this project so that your quilt top is the correct size for the Flying Geese border to fit its edges • if you find that your Flying Geese rows are too long, re-sew some of the sea
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Quilting Rulers
There are a few basic quilter’s rulers that everyone should have, and then there are a whole lot of specialty rulers. What brand suits you best is up to you, although it is recommended that you buy rulers of the same brand as they interchange more ea
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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 g
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Domestic MACHINE QUILTING
What is the first thing you think of when you are setting up to machine quilt your patchwork tops at home? Answer: the sewing machine. We will therefore start this series of articles with just that. I always say there are at least three ways to quilt
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Quilty Treasures
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
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Meet Anita Ellis
Anita is an accomplished quilting educator who inspires and mentors students around Australia in the art of quilting, on domestic sewing machines, long-arm machines, and everything between. When not travelling with her education business, Hillside Qu
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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 quiltmak
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