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How Did She Do That? 5000 Trees by Cindy Watkins

Words by Casey Ioannou Photographs by Cindy Watkins Textile artist Cindy Watkins has always been intrigued by the magic of nature and has had a fascination with trees from a young age. “One of my earliest memories is going with my dad into the forest when I was very young,” Cindy recalls. “It was like […]

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In the Seams: Log Cabin Barn Raising

This quilt is a Log Cabin Barn Raising pattern made with silk and cotton fabrics. It is machine-pieced with strip/string piecing. It also features embroidery and burgundy and gold-embroidered ships wheel in the corner of each block. The quilt has been machine-quilted. The earliest known versions of this pattern appear in Great Britain on the […]

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Quilt Gallery: Victorian Showcase

The annual, judged quilt exhibition, open to members of Victorian Quilters Inc, is for all levels of expertise. The many categories available to entrants have various size, technique and style options that accommodate the range of skills from novice through to expert. Quilt Showcase 2018 was held in conjunction with the Craft and Quilt Fair […]

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Ask Deb: New from Old

We have all heard of the term “re-gifting” — you know — the present from a relative that perhaps … well, is not quite right for you. Then you re-wrap and gift it to someone else. Not that I am guilty of that myself mind you! Well, I was cleaning out my sewing storage area […]

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Gallery: Quilt NSW 2018

The Sydney Quilt Show is an annual members’ exhibition presented in conjunction with the Craft & Quilt Fair with the support of Expertise Events, BERNINA and other generous sponsors. More than 400 quilts were exhibited at the annual guild members’ exhibition held in June this year, 73 of which were from new entrants. Best of […]

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Designer Profile: The Strawberry Thief founder, Robyn Shapiro

For as long as Robyn Shapiro can remember, she has had two creative loves — sewing and Liberty fabric. “My first memory is of sitting on my Ouma’s lap with a sewing machine going in front of me — I always grew up with pieces of fabric in my hand and I was always stitching,” […]

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Stories in the Seams: Trophy of Love 1846 – Baltimore Album Quilt

“Mystery surrounds the previous ownership of this top that was found in a Connecticut attic after the sisters who had lived in the house had died. Unlike most album quilts, there are no signatures on the blocks.” Blooms, birds, buildings and elaborately woven baskets declare the place of origin of this spectacular textile: Baltimore. Located […]

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Special Feature: The Needlepoint Beginner with Renee Frank

Renee Frank helps aspiring needlepointers get started on their first project. Preparing the First Stitch: Examine your canvas and select an area with a large expanse of one color to start with. This will help you practise getting into the stitching flow. TIP: Start with darker colors and finish with the lightest colors. Your hands constantly […]

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How did she do that? Kat Jones on her bling quilt

How did you come up with the idea for the quilt, and what did you want to achieve? I entered the QuiltCon 2016 triangle challenge in 2015 and we were given a tiny triangle template which we had to use to make a quilt. After trying out a number of different ideas, I ended up […]

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Special Feature: Lace & The City

Metropolises around the world are being embellished with ethereal lace sculptures that float above canals, appear to grow out of boardwalks and act as open-air theatres. In sharp contrast to the weighty structures and subdued tones of the cityscapes that act as their backdrops, these breezy, romantic artworks delight and surprise. It’s the juxtaposition of […]