Have you heard about Cosy Project?

Universal Magazines has launched an incredible new website packed with patterns and instructional videos that are delivered straight to your inbox. Cosy Project is guaranteed to be your favourite destination to find whatever sort of pattern you are looking for from Australian and international designers


The Cosy Project website has more than 300 patterns and instructional videos available for purchase. All you need to do is make your selection, follow the steps to make payment, and then the product is sent straight to your email inbox.

So what sorts of projects and techniques will you find? Cosy Project has quilts including cot quilts, full-size bed quilts, wall hangings and table runners, as well as a variety of sewing projects including bags, cushions, softies, dolls, pincushions, book covers and aprons to name a few. In addition you’ll find a range of crochet, knitting and embroidery projects. They are designed by many of Australia’s and the world’s most well-known and loved craft designers. Techniques include appliqué and machine-pieced projects, improvisational piecing, curved piecing, hand piecing and English paper-piecing, assorted quilting techniques such as quilt-as-you-go, embroidery, cross stitch, crochet and knitting. Some projects combine several techniques to test your skills or introduce you to something you haven’t tried before.

There is a huge range of instructional videos to choose from which cover everything from machine appliqué and domestic machine quilting to foundation piecing and quilt-as-you-go.

With 300-plus projects there’s a lot to see, so be sure to take advantage of the search function on the site. It provides a range of options to filter down your search. You’ll be able to search for specific things, but you can filter according to skill, project type, technique, person it might be made for (kids, babies etc), general style of the project (traditional, modern, Japanese etc) and seasonal projects like Christmas- and Easter-themed projects. You can also peruse the selection of quick and easy projects that, depending on your skill level, could be done in a weekend. Or have a look at the selection of gift projects that would be ideal for you to create for others, whether it’s a cot quilt for a new baby or a beautiful embroidery for Mother’s Day.

Once you purchase a pattern it will be sent to you as a PDF that you can print at home on A4 paper. All patterns and templates are provided at full size so you won’t need to scale or enlarge them on a photocopier. Patterns start at just $9, so what are you waiting for?

Brand new issue out now!

The brand new issue of Quilters Companion hits newsstands today with a stunning Dresden Plate quilt by Rebecca Stewart-Bartell on the cover. Just look at the amazing quilting!


On DVD for this issue we are joined by the lovely Leanne Harvey to talk big quilts, big blocks and how to modernise traditional quilt blocks. You’ll find her Spinners project, incorporating all these ideas, in the magazine.



Stay tuned as we share more from the issue shortly.


Are you colouring?

Have you been enticed by the current craze of colouring in? You might have noticed the plethora of new books on the market for adults to enjoy some down time colouring in.

Many put the popularity of colouring down to the work of Scottish artist Johanna Basford. You can read more about her here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/enterprise/11564042/Adult-colouring-book-craze-doubles-print-run-of-popular-title-Enchanted-Forest.html

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The fact of the matter is – colouring books are outselling the most popular new-release fiction books. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/05/colouring-books-for-adults-top-amazon-bestseller-list

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There are many quilters also enjoying this as a quiet pastime – a way to wind down at the end of the day. And as always – we quilters are resourceful. We found these great products – fabric with black outlines that you can colour in with special fabric markers! How fabulous! They are available from The Drygoods Merchant: https://www.facebook.com/thedrygoodsmerchant?fref=ts&ref=br_tf


Call for Entries: Evolution, Change, Challenge: A Contemporary Quilt. Closing Date: 24 July 2015.

The Quilters Guild of NSW together with the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre are calling for entries for juried contemporary quilt exhibition to be held at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre 28 August – 8 September 2015.

The exhibition is open to quilters and fibre artists from all Australian states and territories and you don’t need to be a member of the guild to enter. There are two prizes on offer, a first prize of $1500 and a viewers’ choice prize of $200.Entries must address the title theme Evolution, Change, Challenge: A Contemporary Quilt and measure 70x100cm (WxH) portrait format. Judges will carefully consider the appropriate interpretation of the theme and design concepts applied, particularly the use of colour and value for all quilts entered.

Entries via the Online Entry Form only with payment of an entry fee of $25 per quilt. The closing date for entries is 24 July 2015.


Please direct exhibition queries to hazelhurst@quiltersguildnsw.com

The Guild exhibition Evolution, Change, Challenge – A Contemporary Quilt is being held in conjunction with a curated exhibition of quilts at Hazelhurst Gallery and Arts Centre. Labours of Love – Australian Quilts from 1850 – 2015 will display quilts sourced from The National Gallery Australia, Canberra, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and noted quilters and fibre artists from across New South Wales.

Proudly sponsored by Pegs Pieces and Patchwork Plus.


Ivory Spring


Hello Friends, I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day weekend.  Ours involved a bit of whirlwind traveling.  We are home now, and are back to our normal schedule.

I have been anticipating my copies of the latest Australian Quilters Companion to reach me from Australia… because I am being profiled in the issue – a small fish like myself!  A huge thank you to the editor for the lovely feature!

It felt sort of weird reading about myself in the profile — because in the core I am a private person and always do my best to not stick out.  I don’t even like to look at my own pictures. But at the same time, I also felt like the feature was an effective way for me to connect with my quilting friends.  So I am torn… In this particular article, you will find out one of my “darkest” skeletons in the…

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Have you seen our latest issue?

QC#73 has been on newsstands for the past week. Have you seen a copy yet?


On the QC#73 cover is Lisa Kerr’s and Louise Lott’s Allambee quilt.


Above: On the DVD accompanying the issue, Katrina Hadjimichael joins us to share her tips on how to use jelly rolls to maximum effect.

We have packed this issue with loads of terrific projects to make and articles to read. Sharon McConnell from the USA joins us for the first time with a bright and fun precut-friendly quilt, and we have the next wall hanging in Hazel Foot’s New Zealand floral series. Jess Frost is back with a bright and bold pieced quilt and we have a joint project from Wendy Sheppard and Lynette Anderson. There is a stunning quilt made by Ann Langley from Reece Scannell Australian-print fabric and you’ll find the final instructions to Rachael Porter’s Victorian Tiles quilt. Deborah Louie has been busy road testing the new Bernina Q20 quilting machine and she reports on her time at the New Zealand Quilt Symposium.

Learn how to make Katrina's Jelly Friends quilt on this issue's DVD.

Learn how to make Katrina’s Jelly Friends quilt on this issue’s DVD.

We also visit art quilter Neroli Henderson in her St Kilda home and we meet Wendy Sheppard. You will love perusing just some of the entries from The Auckland Festival of Quilts and the New Zealand National Quilt Symposium and you can find out just how Lucy Carroll created her stunning Yellow Box quilt.

Look for QC#73 at your local quilt shop or newssagent.


Above: Diamond Dance by Jess Frost.


Right: Starfish Sparkle by Ann Langley.