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Quilt Tales From Around The Mountain

New Zealand quilters were delighted to see quilt shows being held again shortly after the COVID-19 lockdowns were lifted. Among the first was the Quilt Tales from Around the Mountain exhibition, held at the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford (Taranaki) on the North Island. It featured work by Aotearoa Quilters Taranaki and a ‘suitcase exhibition’ […]

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Technique Tutorial: Learn About Binding

For many quilters, binding seems to be the least favourite part of making a quilt. Personally, it is one of my favourites, although I don’t get to do it as often as I would like. I always sew my binding to the quilt front by machine, and then I hand sew the folded binding to […]

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Domestic Machine Quilting: Simple Free-Motion Designs

Hello again. We have been discussing heaps of things to do with ruler quilting in the last couple of articles. The last article explored how to combine ruler work with free-motion designs. This issue I am going to show you how to make those simple free-motion shapes to use with your ruler work or on […]

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In the Studio of Western Australian-based quiltmaker Elizabeth Humphreys

The mainly self-taught, Western Australian-based quiltmaker, Elizabeth Humphreys, cut her teeth on conventional quilt designs. But over a career spanning 50 years, she has graduated in more recent times to landscape and pictorial quilts depicting the physical and cultural phenomena of her local environment. Elizabeth started working on her first-ever quilt in 1968 using surplus […]

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Bisa Butler’s portraiture and quilting artworks

It was a pivotal moment when Bisa Butler combined portraiture and quilting to create her first eye-catching artwork, and she’s embraced quilted portraits with gusto ever since. Inspired by African American history, family dressmaking traditions and uplifting colours and patterns, Bisa’s art quilts bring forward stories from the past with vibrancy and texture. Like many […]

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Road Test: Janome Continental M7 Professional Sewing Machine

Playing with a new model of sewing machine is always enjoyable, but this machine was so much fun! The Janome Continental M7 Professional is a heavy-duty, well-thought-through sewing machine. While it may have the word Professional in the title, it certainly has all the attributes a home quilter would want as well. Given the length […]

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Know Your Product: Irons

They say that asking a quiltmaker to hem your pants is like asking Picasso to paint your bathroom. And there’s a similar concept when it comes to irons and ironing. How many of us know the joy of ironing newly purchased fabric or pressing just-finished patchwork blocks, but abhor tackling that mountain of shirts and […]

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In the Studio with Jen Jones and her collection of Welsh quilts

Many of us use one end of the dining table for our quiltmaking. Others have been able to move into a spare bedroom once the children have grown up and left home. And the very fortunate have space in their homes for a purpose-built, dedicated, professional-quality studio. There are very few, however, who have not […]

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Technique Tutorial: Freezer Paper Piecing

There are two methods that I will share here: one is using freezer paper as the actual templates for each shape and cutting them individually. This technique eliminates the need to transfer the sewing lines to the wrong side of the fabric — you simply use the edges of the freezer paper as your sewing […]

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Armchair Travels of a Textile Lover: Chris Jurd goes to India

Well-known Australian quilter, regular Quilters Companion contributor and textile lover, Chris Jurd was the guest leader of the 2019 Quilters’ Tour of India. Organised by Quilters Companion and Travelrite Australia, the group set off from Sydney mid November and returned 16 days later – after a trip of a lifetime. We asked Chris to share […]