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Designer Edge: Stephanie Symns

Artist Stephanie Symns can be described as ‘multi-passionate’. Her knowledge and curiosity extend not only to creative pursuits, but to many different aspects of life. “My interests are diverse, ranging from abstraction to contemporary design, mathematical theory, Greek and Roman mythology — anything really. The world is a pretty interesting place!” she says. With these […]

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Quilting with Rulers

There is a buzz word at any time, in any industry, and the quilting world is no exception. Right now, that is ruler quilting. Ruler quilting, however, is not new, long arm quilters have been using rulers on their quilting frames for a long time. What is different now is that, with the introduction of […]

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The Festival of Quilts 2019

The UK’s Festival of Quilts attracted almost 750 entries in its competitive quilt show held in August this year, and more than 25,000 enthusiasts went to view them. We’ve chosen some of our favourites to share with you. Best in Show Winner, Two-Person Quilts Best Longarm Quilting Who Will Tell the Bees?, Mary Palmer and […]

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Mid and Longarm Machines with Anita Ellis

Do I need a longarm quilting machine? This is such a big decision, literally. Longarm quilting set-ups are big on space requirements and costly to purchase. Often these are the only things that are considered, but there is so much more to think about. As always, I am not going to advise you to buy […]

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Road Test: Kaniva Template Set by Little Desert Quilts

Driven by Michelle Marvig The lament of every quilter that I have ever met, or know, is that we all struggle with lack of discipline when it comes to buying fabric. We all have plenty at home and tell ourselves “no more”, but we still buy more when temptation is in front of us! We […]

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Designer Profile: Catherine Butterworth

A life-long involvement in fabric retailing and sewing has given Catherine Butterworth the background for creating award-winning quilts in both traditional and modern styles. Words by Michael O’Neile. Photographs by Peter and Julie Butterworth Ohioan-born Catherine Butterworth first visited Australia as an exchange secondary student in 1971, returning to Sydney a few years later to […]

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Festival of Quilts 2019

The Quilters’ Guild of South Australia holds its Festival of Quilts exhibition of members’ quilts each year, and we’re delighted to bring you some of the award winners from the 2019 show. Best in Show Winner, Modern One Person Quilts Green Eyed Monster, Rachelle Denneny, 180cm (71in) square Artist’s statement: “Playing with simple circles radiating […]

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Designer Edge with tapestry artist Niki McDonald

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 led to an eye-catching series of artworks and has generated fresh interest in tapestry. Sydney-based artist […]