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Quilty Treasures
The Seam Fix Seam Ripper and Thread Remover features specially formulated plastic material on the top of the lid and bottom of the ripper that grabs and removes excess threads from fabric. We all have to do a little ‘reverse sewing’ from time to time
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Meet Anita Ellis
Anita is an accomplished quilting educator who inspires and mentors students around Australia in the art of quilting, on domestic sewing machines, long-arm machines, and everything between. When not travelling with her education business, Hillside Qu
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AZURE de Colores
This quilt has been constructed with basic Log Cabin blocks set into a complex vortex. It was exhibited at the 2018 Houston Quilt Festival, and in March this year it was exhibited at the International Patchwork Festival in Sitges, Spain. Art quiltmak
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Aunt Hettie
This quilt pattern isbased on a bright Pinwheel Daisy quilt that is part of Deirdre’s collection of antique quilts. The original has pink sashing and green cornerstones and borders. Deirdre didn’t have many plain fabrics in her stash, so she just kep
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Sunshine Orange Pop
There isnothing difficult about making this quilt. It is large and impressive, the colours are fabulous, and the design makes use of your machine’s embroidery stitches. Look closely and you will see that the circles in this quilt feature decorative s
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Lorraine’s Lozenges
Lorraine’s preferredmethod of stitching these days is hand stitching — and this is a perfect pattern for this slow and satisfying process. These shapes could be sourced as papers and used to create the quilt using the English paper piecing method, ho
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Shapes & Shades
Cheryl Filby's favourite appliqué technique is fusing the shapes with double-sided fusible web and then machine or hand stitching the shapes in place. Almost all of this quilt has been made with this technique, except for the borders, which are mostl
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Danny Amazonas
Internationally known Taiwanese textile artist, Danny Amazonas, began his artistic life as a painter. He had tried his hand at many things including sculpture, floristry and jewellery making, before discovering the joys of working in fabric. Once he
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Textile Museums of Europe
When travelling to other countries, we seek out many aspects of the places we choose to visit — history, culture, art, modern marvels, architecture and so much more. Just wandering around a new city is an amazing experience, let alone delving into wh
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Sabrina
Featuringseven different blocks — each with numerous units — this quilt is not difficult. With patience and attention, and working one block at a time, you will reach the end goal with little trouble. Fabrics are prepared with quick and easy rotary c
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Gemini By Crafter’s Companion
The one consistent thing required for any type of patchwork or appliqué is the need to cut out the required shapes before starting to stitch. Initially scissors may have been used, the craft then progressed with the rotary cutter and now we have ‘die
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Off the Shelf
By Jodi Butler Explore the timeless charm and versatility of the iconic Log Cabin block. In Beyond the Block, today’s top designers show you how to take the traditional Log Cabin block in new directions, creating inspired designs that embrace the pas
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Block Masterclass
One of the earliest forms of patchwork, the Nine Patch block involves joining nine squares, or patches, of fabric to form a larger square. While ‘Nine Patch’ refers to the simple block, it is also a ‘block type’ that describes the style of the constr
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Ultra Violet
Ajelly roll, strip piecing and cross cutting into squares, simple HST and piecing are the combination for the success of this traditional and classic Ocean Waves quilt. The pattern takes on a distinctly Indonesian feel with the use of a Batik jelly r
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Murano
New Zealand quilter Sheila Christensen has developed a set of techniques and a ‘language’ that will allow you to play with the 60° shape with ease. If you are familiar with rotary cutting and stitching squares, you will have no trouble cutting your s
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Economy
At first glance this blocklooks like a nine patch, and indeed it is, but look again. Within the nine patch there are five Square-ina- Square blocks. More recently the name Economy has been attributed to this block. The other obvious pattern is Flying
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Keryn’s Tips for the Flying Geese Border
• it’s important to cut and sew accurately right from the beginning of this project so that your quilt top is the correct size for the Flying Geese border to fit its edges • if you find that your Flying Geese rows are too long, re-sew some of the sea
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Quilting Rulers
There are a few basic quilter’s rulers that everyone should have, and then there are a whole lot of specialty rulers. What brand suits you best is up to you, although it is recommended that you buy rulers of the same brand as they interchange more ea
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Editor’s Journal
Hello dear quilters, here we are, more than halfway through the year, and halfway through winter in Australia. While it’s absolutely wonderful to sit and quilt in winter (assuming you hand quilt — not me!), it is exciting to think that the days are g
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Domestic MACHINE QUILTING
What is the first thing you think of when you are setting up to machine quilt your patchwork tops at home? Answer: the sewing machine. We will therefore start this series of articles with just that. I always say there are at least three ways to quilt
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Off the Shelf
Quilts with an Angle: New Foolproof Grid Method & Easy Strip Cutting; 15 Projects with Triangles, Hexagons, Diamonds & More By Sheila Christensen Learn to measure, rotary cut and machine piece 60-degree shapes with ease — triangles, hexagons, diamond
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Block Masterclass
The Schoolhouse block was often a variation of a house or church pattern. Most featured a side view of the building and were either pieced or appliquéd. Early in my quilting journey I was attracted to a cute little house block. First I drew the block
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Neighbours
The traditional Schoolhouse block has been updated with the contemporary colours and prints of a new fabric range, Garden Club by Brenda Ratliff for RJR Fabrics. You will make 21 house blocks using a combination of regular and paper piecing technique
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Bon-bon Dish
The inspiration for Deirdre's original Bon-bon block came from an old quilt pattern called Hearts and Gizzards, that had curved shapes appliquéd into the corners of half-square triangle units, which were then sewn together to form a square. Deirdre p
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Rotary Cutters
There are numerous rotary cutter brands on the market. Twenty years ago, my first rotary cutter was an Olfa. Since then, Fiskars and Clover have embraced the quilting market and, more recently, a number of smaller manufacturers have started offering
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