It’s finally here! We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of issue 16 here at TQ HQ as it’s the one with the free quilter’s roll clips… happy days. Our December issue officially hits the shops this week, UK readers can buy it here, or if you’re overseas, get it straight to your phone or tablet with our digital issue.
We’re especially excited about this one as print issues come with one of our best ever free cover gifts: our free quilters’ roll clips are really handy if you’d like to improve your free-motion and straight-line quilting techniques, and are a life-saver for all those of us who have experienced the wrangling of trying to feed a bulky full-sized quilt into our sewing machine when it’s quilting time. Of course the roll clips are just one of many reasons that issue 16 could just be our favourite issue of 2016. Here’s a few of the others…
Inspired by heritage quilts
The history of quilting is at the heart of our magazine, and that’s why this month’s cover star project is Jo Colwill’s vintage-inspired Reflections of Parracombe quilt (below). This beautiful quilt is Jo’s tribute to a nineteenth century design, rumoured to have started life in North Devon in 1832. Jo’s given the design a fresh take with Moda fabrics and warm tones. It’s the perfect winter project for your quilting table this month.
And this isn’t the only quilt project we’ve got to keep you busy this month. Create eye-catching Dresdens with Lynne Goldsworthy’s The Tea Dance quilt (below), give fabric scraps a new lease of life with Ali Burdon’s pretty postage stamp quilt and fall in love with The Lintotts’ heart block wall hanging – it’s a must make if you’re a fan of quilting with pre-cuts.
Brush up on your quilting skills!
Of course we haven’t skimped when it comes to packing issue 16 with new tricks and tips for you to try in your quilting either. Prepare to be hooked on a new technique with Linda Clements’ Essential Guide to Japanese Patchwork, while Lynne Edwards MBE offers her expert advise on piecing heart block. Plus don’t miss her top 10 tips for quilters – they’ve given us more than a few things to mull over as we contemplate our own winter quilt adventures.
Be inspired by the world’s top quilters
We know you love quilt stories as much as we do, and this issue our Features Editor Jane Rae turns her focus to Australian quilts, with a fascinating look at Australia’s most celebrated quilt, The Rajah Quilt. Meanwhile in Quilt as Desired, we meet Scottish quilter Sheena Norquay…. specialist in the most jaw-dropping of decorative quilting.
Quick & easy quilt ideas
If you’re anything like us, you’ll have bigger projects on the go but also like to dip your toe in the water with some quicker patchwork pieces for that lovely ‘Look what I’ve finished’ glow’, so we’ve got smaller makes to whet your appetite too. Jo Avery continues her block of the month series with two takes on a Flying Geese block that’s inspired by the birds themselves (above), while we couldn’t forget that ‘tis the season to make it merry, so reach for your scraps stash and decorate your home this Christmas with Lynne Edwards’ gorgeous NOEL bunting (below). We thoroughly recommend quilt therapy as the perfect antitode to all the Christmas shopping, baking and wrapping that the coming weeks.
If you’re making any of our projects from this issue, be sure to show us your finished creations! Share your pics with us using the hashtag #todaysquilter on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Ali Burdon’s scrap-busting Postage Stamps quilt is the perfect project to spring clean your fabric stash, ready for the new year of fabric shopping!
Issue 16 of Today’s Quilter magazine is out now. UK readers can buy it here or if you’re overseas, why not get instant access to the new issue with our digital issues? You can read us on Apple Newsstand, Google Play and Zinio. If you prefer to hold the magazine in your hands, our Find Us page has a handy list of international distributors.