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When I was first asked to take a tour group on a cruise, little did I know how much I would love it! I have always loved to travel, exploring new destinations around the world. However, the down side of travel can be living out of suitcases and the need to change cities and hotels […]

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Pattern & Palette Play – Xmas Woods Fabrics

We’re dreaming of a wild Christmas in July with frosty woodlands yuletide fabrics to lure you into the spirit of the stitching occasion.  Patterns compiled by Janai Velez Top L – R Clockwise: 1. Northcott ‘Spruce Mountain’ 22227-11, designed by Deborah Edwards Northcott Studio. Distributed by Lloyd Curzon Textiles. 2. Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Blithe’ Dear Deer […]

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Creative Inspiration with Paula Storm: A Question of Colour

One of the things I’m asked about most often is colour and how to put together colour schemes or fabrics for my quilts. So this month, let’s discuss colour! Most of the time when we talk about colour, we’re told to get a colour wheel and start looking at complementary, triadic or analogous colour schemes. […]

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Be inspired by the magical designs of our truly amazing contributors. CORI BLUNT, CHITTER CHATTER DESIGNS Website: www.chitterchatterdesigns.com “Who knows where life will take me, but I will tell you this … I’ll have a piece of fabric and needle and thread in tow!” MY DESIGN STYLE IS: “Light-hearted and whimsical, with a bit of […]

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Quick Stitch: Watermelon Pouch with Trixi Symons

Trixi Symonds serves up the finest slice of watermelon ever – all luscious and lovely, but without sticky fingers and pesky pips. Her multi-purpose pouch is simple delicious – and made in a matter of minutes. Trixi Symonds, Founder of Sew a Softie – Websites: www.sewasoftie.com; www.colouredbuttons.com You will need: 25cm (10in) diameter circle of […]

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Special Feature: Lace & The City

Metropolises around the world are being embellished with ethereal lace sculptures that float above canals, appear to grow out of boardwalks and act as open-air theatres. In sharp contrast to the weighty structures and subdued tones of the cityscapes that act as their backdrops, these breezy, romantic artworks delight and surprise. It’s the juxtaposition of […]

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Selvedge with designer Lauren Porter

After a long-haul flight, Lauren Porter’s winged creatures seek antique tools for their stopover spots. A nightingale perches on a pair of scissors, a swallow swings on an embroidery hoop, a coal tit rests on a metal key and a wren admires the view from a hammer. The birds seems very content with staying there […]

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Fancy Feathers With Deborah Louie

Well, I have decided that after more than 10 years of writing this column, it is time to finish. This is for no other reason than I wish to spend more time creating new quilts for teaching at workshops, filming more online classes and writing more of my books. My time with Quilters Companion magazine […]