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Quick Stitch: Watermelon Pouch with Trixi Symons

Trixi Symonds serves up the finest slice of watermelon ever – all luscious and lovely, but without sticky fingers and pesky pips. Her multi-purpose pouch is simple delicious – and made in a matter of minutes. Trixi Symonds, Founder of Sew a Softie – Websites: www.sewasoftie.com; www.colouredbuttons.com You will need: 25cm (10in) diameter circle of […]

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Fancy Feathers With Deborah Louie

Well, I have decided that after more than 10 years of writing this column, it is time to finish. This is for no other reason than I wish to spend more time creating new quilts for teaching at workshops, filming more online classes and writing more of my books. My time with Quilters Companion magazine […]

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Quilting Advice from Deborah Louie: Formal Feathers

In this issue, I continue to explore the possibilities of feather quilting. I have previously discussed the hook and open feather — both are a more modern style of quilting feathers on your quilts. Another option in the feather family is the formal feather. This involves backtracking, stitching over the top of the previous stitching […]

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Quilting Advice from Deborah Louie: Top and Tail Feathers

Over the last three issues we have looked at free-motion quilting feathers. Currently I have shown you Open feathers, Formal feathers and Hook feathers — all different and beautiful in their own way. In this issue we are delving into the Top and Tail feather. I hope you have had some fun free-motion quilting along […]

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Quick Stitch: Rope Coasters with Cassandra Madge

No, nothing to do with lassos and cowboys. Much more gentlemanly than that! This is simply rope coiling and stitching to create classy club-style coasters. Cassandra Madge shows you the ropes. You’ll need: 5mm (1/4in) diameter cotton rope: about 2m (21/8yd) per coaster – see Note Sewing machine thread in matching or contrasting colours – […]

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Road Test: Janome MC6700P Professional Sewing Machine

There is no one sewing machine that is right for everyone. The purchaser of a new sewing machine needs to contemplate the requirements that they consider to be essential, and what features are on the different sewing machines. If you’re a serious quilter, the new Janome MC6700P should be on your list for consideration. Driven by […]

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Road Test: Pineapple Trim Tool Mini Quilt by Creative Grids

Driven by Michelle Marvig The Log Cabin block is a classic in the quilting world. It is very versatile and when colours and values are changed, dramatically different looks can be achieved. It also has two just as popular and adaptable variations: Courthouse Steps and Pineapple Log Cabin. I have been quilting for 26 years […]

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How do they do it? Judy’s Rainbow by Betty Busby

Judy’s Rainbow by Betty Busby Size: 46in x 70in How did you come up with the idea for the quilt? The title originates from the person who commissioned this piece. It refers both to the spectrum of colours that lichen comes in, and the gorgeous rainbows that she can see from her new home in Hawaii. […]

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Showing and Telling – How to Start Quilting

There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by all the tools, materials and skills required for patchwork and quilting. It’s more manageable than you think. Just decide what kind of quilter you want to be (or which project you’d like to make), follow our few simple leads and you’re on your way. By Elizabeth Newton   […]

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Quick Stitch: Little House Lavender Sachets

Two of life’s lovelies – cosy cottages and gloriously fragrant lavender. Julie Nyanyo doubles up on delights with her sweet lavender sachets. They’re simple to make and scent-sational! What you need: Cream felted wool or wool felt Scraps of small-scale print fabric 14cm (51/2in) narrow ribbon Stranded embroidery cottons Embroidery needle Dried lavender Sewing machine […]