QC#95 – on sale January 2019
As usual we present eight fabulous projects to keep you inspired as we share techniques and skills, including a Japanese hexagon cushion by Jane MacDonald, an amazing queen-size medallion quilt made with the Cumberland County fabric range by Australian designer Deidre Bond-Abel, and a gorgeous quilt by American quilt designer Wendy Shepherd featuring Australian designer Lynette Anderson’s latest-release fabrics.
Chris Jurd shares her Vintage Vibe quilt — a collaboration between her modern-day skills and techniques with those of unknown stitchers who made up a set of Double Wedding Ring arcs and never finished off the quilt. See how Chris tackled the making of this quilt and follow her instructions to make one just like it for yourself.
Our new features include Block Masterclass — Double Wedding Ring, we take a close look at pins and needles in Know your Product, and we head off to America for the next in our Armchair Travel or Textile Lovers.
QC#94 – on sale November 2018
We are so excited to present to you the newest issue of Quilters Companion with a BRAND NEW LOOK! In this issue you’ll find pages and pages of brand new features on travel, fabrics, home shopping and a block masterclass! Sew along to part 3 of Baltimore Blooms by Deborah Dorward, learn about drafting blocks from Paula Storm, get to know designer Rachelle Denneny and a lot more!
QC#93 – on sale September 2018
The projects in issue #93 will leave your head spinning for choice! They include gorgeous traditional hand piecing and hand quilting, glorious Outback Wife prints, bright solids, machine stitching, foundation piecing, English paper piecing and appliqué — what more could you want?
Sharon Burgess shares another stunning quilt using her favourite quilting method, English paper piecing.
Susan Carr shares a project for the first time in a few years. Sundance Lanterns features 25 blocks; each can be different or you may repeat fabrics.
Don’t miss Part 2 of our Sew Along with Deborah Dorward’s gorgeous appliqué quilt, Baltimore Blooms.
Chris Jurd shares a foundation-pieced quilt featuring the Wheel of Fortune block — a 12-petal radiating design — in super fun colours and ‘typewriter’ letter centres!
Plus you will find all the usual interesting features, including Creative Inspirations with Paula Storm, a round-up of new products, happenings from around the globe and a Quilt Gallery or two!
QC#92 – on sale July 2018
We celebrate the 300th birthday of the 1718 Silk Coverlet. This coverlet consists of a backing and pieced top only and is one of the earliest-known dated patchworks. It is constructed in the mosaic patchwork tradition of piecing over papers (English Paper Piecing). The initials E.H and the date 1718 can be found in a central block, however the maker is not known.
Stand by for more Creative Inspiration from Paula Storm, and don’t forget to write to her to let her know what you would like to see in future issues.
Plus you can see some of the winners from the QuiltCon show held in Pasadena, California, earlier this year. Of the more than 40 winning quilts, two were made by Australian quilters — congratulations to Kathy Thorncraft and Tara Glastonbury of NSW.
In this issue we are really working the fabrics! There are a number of projects that showcase some of the newer ranges of Australian-designed fabrics, including the newly released range by Michelle Marvig — Cidade, produced by Leutenneger.
Leanne Harvey’s fabulous king-size quilt topper uses Emma Jansen’s Classic range of fabrics. If you look closely you will see these prints are remakes of past designs but they are neutral grey and black, making them very versatile, and Lisa Ratford has designed a striking market tote bag using the Outback Wife range of fabrics.
We also have some lovely traditional-style quilts; Lorraine Moran shares a scrappy, rarely seen version of reversing the direction of each row so you achieve a swirling effect.
Deborah Dorward will be sharing a Baltimore Beauties quilt that has outstanding original appliqué designs in the 16 blocks and around the border. This quilt will be shared in a five-part series offering the full-size patterns as we go along. Maybe you can challenge yourself to complete the sections featured in each issue and find yourself with a lovely quilt top ready to quilt by early next year.
QC#88 – on sale November 2017
Learn to quilt formal feathers with Deborah Louie
Sarah Fielke shares her new fabric line and quilt
Explore the fabric collage creations of textile artist Anne Kelly
Make an EPP quilt using 1930s fabrics
Wendy Nutt presents a modern Christmas tree wall hanging
Winning quilts from the QuiltNSW Sydney Show
QC#86 – on sale July 2017
This issue our pages are filled with fantastic textile adventures. We travel to the Southern Highlands and explore the work of Jennifer Corkish in her textile-filled studio. She shares her instructions for an indigo Boro table runner that will have your fingers itching to stitch! We welcome three new designers to Quilters Companion: Linda Haigh, Jennie Osbourne and Leslie Edwards. Susan Emory of Swirly Girls Designs shares her new, modern quilt, Fractions (pictured). Anne Sommerlad returns with a fantastic fussy cut hexagon quilt and we discover another antique beauty from the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum. Plus peruse the winning quilts from the Road To California Quilt Show 2017.
QC#85 – on sale May 2017
Explore a museum collection hexagon quilt
Create a scrappy, foundation pieced quilt with Eye Spy elements
Deborah Louie free motion quilts in a grid
Michelle Marvig tackles making a tuffet in Road Test
Winning quilts from the Road To California 2017 Quilt Show
Find out more about award winning quilter, Rachaeldaisy
QC#84 – on sale March 2017
Winning quilts from International Quilt Festival Houston
Modern English paper-piecing project
Visit Deirdre Bond-Abel in Tasmania
Make a handy sewer’s tote
We road test the Lap App
Meet US quilter extraordinaire and antique quilt expert Mary Koval
QC#83 – on sale January 2017
We are kicking of the new year at Quilters Companion by exploring how to make the Dresden plate block by machine with Jane Davidson. She adds extra interest by piecing designs inside each of the blade segments! Robyn Shapiro, who loves to create hexagon quilts using Liberty fabrics, is joining QC for the first time, as is Kristy Cleverly. We have three lovely traditional quilts to choose from, including Marj Yip’s Gentleman’s Nine-Patch, Anne Sommerlad’s Scrappy Stars and a precut-friendly quilt from Sharon McConnell. If you want a smaller project to start the year, we are sure you will love Shelley Kelly’s bag. Michelle Marvig will be reporting on her latest trip to Europe with Travelrite and there is plenty more.
QC#81 – on sale September 2016
The great projects just keep coming in this issue of Quilters Companion magazine. We have the third and final piece in our series of Dresden Plate quilts — this time a modern take on the block by Sharon McConnell. We also have an antique appliqué quilt from the collection of Michelle Marvig, or why not make your own heirloom with Deborah Dorward’s signature quilt. Juliet van der Heijden from New Zealand is joining us for the first time for some foundation piecing fun and we have a stunning medallion quilt from Esther Aliu.
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.