Today’s Quilter issue 12 hits the shops

Today's Quilter school house blocks quilt

Hooray our brand new issue is out today, and we’ve loved filling it with scrap busting projects to keep your sewing machine busy this summer. Issue 12 includes all your favourite tips and tricks from the pros (add perfect borders to your quilt tops with Lynne Edwards MBE’s Virtual Workshop), while this month’s cover star is Lynne Goldsworthy‘s Scrappy Schoolhouse quilt (above). This eye-catching design takes its inspiration from Victorian schoolhouses. You can buy issue 12 online or visit our Find Us page to find your nearest stockist. If you’re looking for our issue 12 free templates, you can find them here.

Possibly our favourite thing about the issue has to be our Making History free supplement. Inside we celebrate the stories of heirloom quilts, delving into The Quilters’ Guild‘s travelling collection, and we talk you through how to make your very own heirloom quilt. Pam and Nicky Lintott’s Medallion quilt is constructed in parts, so you can take your time and sew a piece of history.

How to make an heirloom quilt

Also in the issue… treat yourself to a spot of quilting mindfulness with a truly calming quilt design from Carolyn Forster. Her Tranquil Waves quilt’s rhythmic, repetitive blocks will help you to get to grips with curved piecing, and if you want to practise before you make the full quilt, we’ve got this mini quilt to get you in the mood for sewing circles.

Tranquil waves quilt

If, like us, you’re always on the look out for how to improve your quilting techniques, then you’ll love Linda Clements’s Essential Guide – this issue she’s getting to grips with cutting sharp-angled shapes.

Essential Guide to Patchwork: Cutting angles

As it’s summer, we couldn’t resist capturing the colours of the season (alongside a spot of triangle-cutting) with Pam and Nicky Lintott’s Flower Power quilt. It features pinwheel-style florals in bright Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Today's Quilter Flower Power quilt

If you’re itching to use up some of those beautiful scraps of fabric in your sewing kit, Jen Kingwell‘s block of the month is just the thing. ‘Raspberry Frangipane’ combines on-point diamonds to make an eight-pointed star, surrounded by triangles and scrappy strips.

Today's Quilter Block of the Month issue 12

And if our other projects aren’t bright enough for you, we think we’ve got the thing to make your quilting table positively vibrate with colour! Jo Avery was inspired by the Colourwash quilts of Deirdre Amsden to make this rainbow bright colour wash design (below), with Irish chain stripes. And we look in more depth at Deirdre Amsden’s work – one of the UK’s most innovative quilt makers.

Rainbow quilt

To top it all off, we’ve got a quick project to pretty-up your sewing workspace – our Technical Editor Laura Pritchard shows you how to make a vintage sewing set with Cathedral Window pincushion and pinwheel needle book.

How to make a vintage sewing set

You can buy issue 12 online or visit our Find Us page to find your nearest stockist. If you’re making something from the issue, we’d love to see! Share a photo with us over on our Facebook page or tweet us @todaysquilter