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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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Getting to know Nerida Hansen

Recently you launched the May Gibbs collection. How did that come about? The licensors for May Gibbs contacted me early in 2019 and asked if I would be interested in licensing her art. Of course I was absolutely honoured and jumped at the chance. I was so excited to work with the fabulous young textile […]

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Designer Edge: Rachel Andrew

Skilled seamstress Rachel Andrew has sewn clothing for years, but was reluctant to try quilting … that was until she found a way to make it her own. Combining her garment-making skills with quilt block patterns and a bright colour palette, her inspiring designs have caught the attention and admiration of fashionistas and sewists worldwide. […]

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Quilt and Textiles Travels!

Have you ever considered joining an organised quilt and textiles tour? Does travelling with like-minded souls to destinations specifically chosen for your interests appeal to you? If you have considered this, then take a look at the itinerary for the 2020 Quilters Companion USA Quilting Tour. First stop is Lincoln, Nebraska, where you will visit […]

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Know Your Product: Hand Sewing Needles

There are a large variety of needle types, and quilters tend to use mostly straws, milliners, sharps and betweens. It is widely agreed that the best needles for hand sewing and quilting are between needles and sharps are best for appliqué. The larger the size number, the smaller the needle. As a beginner it is recommended […]

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Quilting Tools with Anita Ellis!

These are a few of my favourite things … or in other words, quilting tools I use every day and wouldn’t be without. There are myriad gadgets and must-haves that the manufacturers of quilting notions insist you cannot do without. You could really spend up big, or you can spend smart and buy the things […]

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A Road Test by Michelle Marvig: The Magik Pressing Mat

Life is too short to iron, right? I avoid buying clothes that require ironing, fold the clothes as soon as they come off the line, and have never ironed household linen. So, why am I happy to be testing something that has to do with ironing?Because the one thing that I am pedantic about pressing is […]

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Inside Rachael Porter’s Studio

A passion that began with the archetypal sampler quilt has blossomed into award-winning quilts, teaching gigs and now a blossoming online business for quiltmaker and designer Rachael Porter. Words by Michael O’Neile. Photographs provided by Rachael Porter. Rachael reminisces that her quiltmaking has markedly changed since she began this textile journey. Initially her quilts were […]

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Mid & Long Arm 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 […]