QC#80 – on sale July 2016
This focuses on quilts made using traditional patchwork blocks. We continue our series of Dresden Plate quilts with a beauty by Rebecca Stewart-Bartell that features rich floral and paisley fabrics, a border of appliquéd daisies and embroidered bees and simply sensational machine quilting. We have two wonderful scrappy quilts — one made with pine tree blocks and another with a classic basket block (shown right). Wendy Sheppard provides instructions for a very pretty baby quilt made from one super-sized star block. And Janelle
Noack has created a large medallion quilt that includes English paper piecing, appliqué, Flying Geese, Sawtooth Stars, Pinwheels and more.
Quilts From Precut Fabrics#5 – on sale June 2016
We are back this year with another great issue of Quilts from Precut Fabrics . Bundles of precut fabrics whether they be jelly rolls, layer cakes, fat quarter or fat eighth bundles, are eye-catching in quilt shops. They always look so attractive and of course if you really like a particular fabric range, they are a perfect way to get a slice of every print without having to purchase a large cut of each one. But once we have bought these precut bundles what do we do with them? For many of us coming up with an interesting way to use a jelly roll or a layer cake can be challenging. Well never fear – this issue we are a selection of 9 quilt projects that will get you digging out your precuts or cutting into your fabric stash. Because remember – these patterns can all be adapted for use with any fabrics from you stash – you don’t have to have precuts at hand or go out and buy them especially to make a quilt you see here.
QC#74 – on sale July 2015
We welcome back Sue Daley and Leonie Bateman to the pages of Quilters Companion but this time they are teaming up on a joint project and we have two new contributors to QC this issue – Rachael Simmons of RachaelDaisy with a very funky yo-yo quilt and Linda Guy with a modern take on medallion quilt. We feature a delightful owl wall hanging by Christine Sharp of Kids Quilts and Wendy Whellum joins us again with a delightful traditional quilt. Finally we have amazing bag from UK designer Emma Brennan of Charlie’s Aunt. Michelle Marvig road tests Jaybird rulers and Deborah Louie offers some helpful advice if you are in the market for a new sewing machine. We also have a special feature article from Australian fabric designer Reece Scannell who shares with us his recent experiences of traveling to Japan, exploring their quilting culture and meeting Noriko Endo.
Quilts From Precut Fabrics#4 – on sale June 2015
We have some great ideas to use up all sorts of fabrics precuts in this issue. The designers we have on beard have all been very creative with their use of jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm squares and fat eighths. Tracey Petersen makes use of the fat eighth in her quilt Good Day Sunshine while Leanne Harvey, Kim Bradley, Kate Henderson have all created very different quilts using 21/2in strips. The square though has certainly not been forgotten! Rachael Simmons and Sharon McConnell have created delightful quilts with charm squares, while Michelle Marvig and Monica Poole were both inspired by not only the layer cake but also the Drunkard’s Path quilt block. Finally, we have a very creative quilt utilising both layer cakes and a jelly roll from Anne Sommerlad that is also the feature project on our DVD. We also have plenty of talented quilters for you to meet including the ever-popular Monica Poole, Rachael Simmons of Rachaeldaisy, Kate Henderson (author of Strip Savvy) and Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts in the USA. Now remember – if you don’t have any precut fabrics in your stash, don’t worry! Simply cut what you need from your existing fabrics. The quilt patterns featured in this issue are not designed for exclusive use with precuts – you can use them with any fabrics.
QC#73 – on sale May 2015
Katrina Hadjimichael joins us this issue to share her tips on how to use jelly rolls to maximum effect. 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. The girls from Max & Louise Pattern Co join QC again with another amazing traditional quilt and Jess Frost is back with a bright and bold pieced quilt. We have a joint project by Wendy Sheppard and Lynette Anderson and a stunning quilt made by Ann Langley from Reece Scannell Australian-print fabric. We will also have the final instructions to Rachael Porter’s Victorian Tiles quilt. Deborah Louie has been busy road testing the new Bernina quilting machine and she reports on her time at the New Zealand Quilt Symposium.
QC#72 – on sale March 2015
Next month will mark a very important date for Australia – the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. In recognition of the event we have a few special items in this issue of QC. We have an interview with Jan-Maree Ball of Aussie Hero Quilts, who passion is to recognise all past and serving members of our defense force, Annette Gero provides some interesting background information on her upcoming War Quilts exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, and in a different link to the event, we have a project designed by Tamsin Harvey, which takes inspiration from Turkish tile designs. There are also many other great projects. We have Paula Storm joining us for the first time to show us her needleturn by not needleturn appliqué method plus we have Rachel Porter along again with another stunning fussy cut project. Chris Serong presents a beautiful traditional quilt while Tammy Silvers has taken inspiration from the colours of autumn to create a baskets quilt with wool appliqué flowers. We have the second wallhanging in Hazel Foot’s New Zealand floral series and we have a bright and breezy quilt from Janelle Wind. Finally we are joined by April Rosenthal with a precut friendly quilt. Michelle Marvig road test a new Karen K Buckley tool and Deb Louie looks at utilising stencils when machine quilting.
QC#71 – on sale January 2015
We are kicking off 2015 in a big way with an outstanding line up of quilt projects from Australia’s leading quiltmakers including Karen Cunningham, Katrina Hadjimichael, Katrina Hadjimichael, Lynelle Slade and Jane Davidson. We are joined by New Zealand quilter Hazel Foot, who will begin a beautiful series of New Zealand flora quilts. We also feature a project from US quilter Jacquelynne Steves. Visit the studio of award-winning art quilter Susan de Vanny and you can discover how Bernadine Hine created her stunning Coreopsis quilt. Very excitingly we have Deborah Louie back to share more of her machine quilting skills – this time she will be showing you how to create exquisite trapunto quilting and we have her second and final article with all you need to know about batting.
QC#70 – on sale November 2014
Get set for another big issue of Quilters Companion as we are joined by Civil War quilt enthusiast and author Carol Hopkins with a delightful traditional quilt to make. We also feature a welcome wall banner from Wendy Sheppard and Lynette Anderson, as well as the stunning Crazy Anne pieced quilt from Chris Serong which is featured on the cover. Try your hand at Japanese Kogin embroidery with Jane MacDonald or a beautiful appliqué project from Irene Blank. See the winning quilts from the 2014 Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition. We visit the studio of Yvonne Line, and you can learn to quilt stunning feathers while making Kim Bradley’s quilt-as-you-go project. Deborah Louie is joining us to examine many of the battings currently on the market as well as examining batting tapes and Michelle Marvig is road tests the Triumph LED light pad.
QC#69 – on sale September 2014
We have a huge range of different patchwork styles to try your hand at this issue. Kristy Lea presents an adorable foundation-pieced star cot quilt and Chris Jurd returns with a string-pieced quilt with Asian inspiration. We have a quilt from Carol Lewis, who has taken inspiration from a recent display of antique quilts for her project, and we will be given a lesson in traditional Baltimore appliqué by Margo Hardie. Finally, Emma Jansen, who has made a quilt from her own stunning Terra Australis fabric range. We also present a great colour lesson with Michelle Marvig. There will be much more to learn about and make, so join us again.
QC#68 – on sale July 2014
Looking for loads more quilting inspiration? Well QC has it again this issue. Firstly, we are being joined by the very popular Lynette Anderson, who is sharing her knowledge of needleturn appliqué to make a lovely little project. We also feature one of Lynette’s new ranges in a stunning pieced quilt from Wendy Sheppard. Jessica Roze joins us again this time to piece a fun children’s quilt, and we have two equally stunning but very different quilts from Michelle Mavig – one using Riley Blake fabric and the other using Art Gallery fabrics. If you are looking for a smaller project we have a fantastic bag from Sara Lawson and a table runner from Deb Layt. And finally there is a very traditional Sunflower block quilt by Chris Jurd. We also show you how to use the Sizzix cutting machine, visit top quilt shops in New Zealand, quilt a Jelly Roll race quilt and visit the studio of award-winning art quilter Jocelyne Leath.
QC#67 – on sale May 2014
This issue we are giving the sewing machine some loving with a fun sewing machine cover by Cheryl Houghton. There is also some lovely pieced quilts to make from Brenda Gael Smith (on the cover), Jessica Frost and Jane Morgan. We also have Sharon Keightley’s interpretation of the traditional basket block Natashia Curtin’s stunning Seasons quilt. Finally the ladies from The Quilted Crow are back to share more of their expertise in working with felted woven wool as well as a delightful project on which you can hone your skills. Plus Leonie joins us on the accompanying DVD to demonstrate the technique. We catch up with Pam Holland in her studio, Michelle Marvig road tests The Shortcut Binding Tool and Deb Louie looks at how less quilting is actually more.
Quilts For Today – on sale June 2014
It is only two days until Quilts for Today goes on sale. It features stunning modern quilts from Jane Davidson (QuiltJane), Tracey Petersen, Liz Pinczewski, Faith Jones (fresh Lemons Quilts – also the cover quilt) and Jess Frost (The Elven Garden). The accompanying DVD features a gorgeous joint project by Michelle Marvig and Deborah Louie. Michelle pieced the Woven Plaid top and Deborah machine quilted it. On the DVD they both share their tips on completing the quilt. We also have interviews with leading US modern quilt designers Tula Pink, Thomas Knauer and Lisa Calle and fantastic feature articles on artist trading cards and choosing the right setting for your patchwork blocks.