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ISSUE 59 2018
A masterclass in half-square triangles Sew your stash: no fabric left behind!
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Take stitching with strips to the next level, with a graphic design that plays with prints and patterns
Combine three classics, HSTs, Flying Geese and Economy units, to piece up a mini quilt with a whole lot of impact
Stitch strips of fresh green fabric in an asymmetrical arrangement, with mint to emerald and everything in between
BLOCK OF THE MONTH
Piece up a potted cactus cushion to brighten up your sewing space, no watering required!
Practice improv piecing to create a canvas for contrast appliqué vines
Hand appliqué a handful of luscious leaves onto a pair of simple colour-block cushions
Whip up a bold hexagon design in sweet summer colours with some clever cutting and simple piecing
Frame a fussy cut square with a ripple of Flying Geese and hourglass blocks, to make a quilt with energy
Sew with solids in one single shade to create a calming design
Create a colourful quilt with some serious curve appeal!
Keep your phone safe in a case with paper-pieced details
Fussy cut your favourite floral fabrics to piece together some blooming bouquets with the latest instalment of our Farmers Market Block of the Month sewalong MEASUREMENTS NOTE Either metric or imperial measurements (sometimes both) are included in each project, as per the designer’s preference. Converting measurements could interfere with cutting accuracy. Follow the same units of measurement throughout; do not mix metric and imperial. Read the instructions all the way through before cutting any fabric. Always make a test block before embarking on a large project.
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Features FREE GIFT
Put your free selection of paper pieces to good use with a bonus booklet of two beautiful patterns
We caught her for a chat about how her experience illustrating collided with the world of quilting, and how her work has evolved over time
Each month we pick out our fave new quilty finds. Fabrics, sewing accessories, book releases, patterns and homewares – if the team love it, you’ll find it in these pages
Your sneak peek at the goodies we’ve got in store for you in the next issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting
IN THE KNOW
Our columnist Suzy Williams aka Suzy Quilts lends a helping hand in making your HSTs the best they could possibly be
Surface pattern designer Leah Duncan has a recognisable style that translates beautifully into fabric.
Find all the templates for this issue’s lovely projects right here. If you prefer, you can also download them to print out yourself – find them at lovepatchworkandquilting.com
THE LAST WORD
Angie Wilson explains exactly why we should crack into our prized “one day” stash prints
Make me today!
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EPP: BEYOND THE BASICS Put your free selection of paper pieces to good use with a bonus booklet of two beautiful patterns. Pick from a mini or a lap-size quilt to take your English Paper Piecing skills to the next level Chances are, if you’ve tried your hand at EPP you started with a hexie. Are we right? Take the next step on your paper piecing adventure with a whole new world of shapes and sizes, thanks to Jodi Godfrey from Tales of Cloth. Free with this issue you’ll find papers galore, with 1½in* triangles, octagons and kites right at your fingertips, ready to whip up into a masterpiece – or many! Jodi’s on hand to help you on your journey, with a helpful booklet packed full of tips,
tricks and easy-to-follow instructions. Recreate the two beautiful designs featured, or have a browse of Jodi’s alternative ideas using your freebie papers. Don’t forget to share your on-the-go EPP and your finished makes with us using #lovequiltingmag – we always love to see what you’ve been up to. * Whoops! All shapes measure 1½in, rather than 2in as stated on the envelope. For larger templates, simply download and enlarge from our website.
CITY LIGHTS OPTICAL ILLUSION
Twist and turn your striped blocks to create a pattern that makes the eye dance!
CITY LIGHTS Take stitching with strips to the next level, with a graphic design in bright colours that plays with print and pattern BY ART GALLERY FABRICS
REFRACTION CHOOSE YOUR HUES
Select a colour that you love and combine light and dark shades to accentuate the design
REFRACTION Snip and sew a selection of solids in a single shade to create a calming design inspired by the reflection of light BY YVONNE FUCHS
FILE DESIGNER PRO
Surface pattern designer Leah Duncan has a recognisable style that translates beautifully into fabric. Eager to learn about how her experience illustrating collided with the world of quilting, we caught her for a chat about how her work has evolved
What is your sewing background? Prior to starting my business (almost ten years ago now) I’d only sewn during high school art class. I’d always been curious about sewing and asked for a sewing machine from my mom for my birthday during college. After failing at a few projects I packed it away until well after graduation. When my husband and I moved to Austin I started selling my art prints on Etsy, which took off
quickly and evolved into many other things including textiles and homewares. With no knowledge of how to hire seamstresses nor the start up money to do so, I decided to dust off my old sewing machine to create my own goods. How would you describe your aesthetic, and how did you come to establish your signature style? I see my work as simple, organic and
have created it. It’s been my resilience as an artist and the consistency of my style that has established it. How did you first start designing fabrics for companies such as Art Gallery Fabrics and Cloud9? They emailed me! I’d established a brand as a surface pattern designer and licensed with a lot of big companies prior to designing fabric.
I've always drawn the way I do, and I've always chosen a specific colour palet te. I think all of that is something that's innate in many artists
Above: Fabric samples from Leah's new collection, No Place Like Home
Photo by Aimee Pruett
feminine, with a side of quirk. I’ve always drawn the way I do and I’ve always chosen a specific colour palette. I think all of that is something that is innate in many artists. It’s been my whole life, every little piece of me and my history, that
They found my work and thought it would be a great fit for the quilting market. Thankfully they were correct! Do you find that living in Austin, Texas influences your designs? Yes! I’ve absolutely absorbed bits and pieces of this city and the southwest into my work. It’s one thing that’s kept me here all of these years. I’m in love with the flora and fauna here and it would be hard to say goodbye to it. How did you tackle the task of designing quilts for your look books? Had you quilted before? My first experience with quilting (if snuggling underneath my great-grandmother’s quilts as a child doesn’t count) was the very first
Above, below and right: Fabrics from the new collection, No Place Like Home, inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Above right: A simple strip quilt using Leah's Lore collection for Cloud9 Fabrics
quilt I made and hung in my debut booth at Quilt Market. Reviews were mixed but most people were nice about it because it certainly
recently shipped to stores. What about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz captured your imagination? The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has
My first experience of quilting was the very first quilt I made and hung at Quilt Market! Designing them was a far easier task had (many, huge) flaws. Designing them was a far easier task. I’m very familiar with illustrator so it was relatively easy to create swatches of my fabric and play around with quilt designs. When it came to doing the maths for writing patterns I got a lot of help from my quilter, Molly Hanson, as well as my fabric company. Creativity and design are my strength. I can’t say the same for maths unfortunately! Your latest collection for Cloud9 Fabrics, No Place Like Home, has
captured my heart since I was a child. It’s my very favourite book series and movie so it was important to me that I get it right. All of the characters and imagery from the books – the ability to fly to a beautiful land over the rainbow – it’s just so perfect to me. It was a complete masterpiece for the little me still figuring out what life was about. I wanted to include all of the pieces of the story that were still fresh in my mind after all of these years: falling asleep in a field of poppies, horses of a different colour,
STITCH THE TRENDS
It’s easy to transform any shape, like this botanical design, into appliqué
TROPICAL POP Hand appliquÃ© a handful of luscious leaves onto a pair of simple colour-block cushions, topped off with some textural quilting BY COLLETTE HOWIE
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