I was delighted to be asked, by the team behind Today’s Quilter, to review the first issue of their lovely new magazine, which aims to take a fresh look at traditional quilting. It’s a really great start – with the emphasis firmly on gorgeous fabrics, creative projects, quilting traditions reinterpreted for today and quilting techniques. This mix makes for a rich and rewarding read.
The list of contributors – Susan Briscoe, Lynne Edwards, Jen Kingwell and Carolyn Forster, to name a few, immediately inspires confidence – we are in safe hands – and the magazine is almost worth buying for the Jen Kingwell Block of the Month alone! In fact the first section of the magazine, ‘Inspired By’ features a pic of the wonderful Midnight at the Oasis quilt design by Jen Kingwell, and sets a vibrant tone for the rest of the magazine. Absolutely love it:
The quilt project designs are traditional, but stylish, and imbued with a real enthusiasm for our quilting heritage. A case in point is Susan Briscoe’s pretty Dryslwyn Quilt – which is a re-interpretation of an Edwardian Welsh scrap coverlet. As well as a full step by step project, we also get a little about the story behind the quilt and the patchwork it was inspired by:
There’s also a section, inspired by the design of the quilt, about how symmetry is used in quilting to create movement and interest. Finally there’s a new technique to learn – using a knife edge finish rather binding the quilt:
There’s a lot here for experienced quilters and beginners alike – with a good mix of skill level across the patterns. And even the most experienced quilter would probably find something to learn from the incredibly detailed and really useful section on templates, written by Linda Clements, author of The Quilter’s Bible.
A particularly useful section is Diary Dates – so good to be able to find out about all those brilliant textile exhibitions and events that might pass you by otherwise:
My only request is that it might be better to organise it by area, rather than type of event…. but that’s a tiny moan!
So here’s that BOM I mentioned – I defy you not to be reaching for your fabric stash to have a go at this one. I do LOVE Jen Kingwell’s unabashed mixing and matching of fabrics:
And if all that wasn’t enough – you have a fab little extra gift, a booklet celebrating the glorious Kaffe Fassett’s 50 years in textiles:
Excitingly, the next issue is going to feature Welsh quilts, and the renowned Welsh quilt collecter Jen Jones, as well as Pauline Ineson (author of the innovative book How to Make an Heirloom Quilt), and you can attend Lynne Edward’s virtual workshop on strip piecing. It’s certainly worth signing up for a trial, at just £5 for the next 3 issues.