On our YouTube!

We have a couple new YouTube preview clips up, featuring Michelle Marvig and Amanda Daly.

Michelle’s DVD from issue #69 guides you through the colour and fabric selection process so you can gain confidence choosing your own colours and fabrics for your quilts and craft projects. She also shows you some foundation piecing to make her World Peaks cushion.

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In Amanda’s DVD for Great Australian Quilts #5, she will show you her clever techniques for raw-edge appliqué and raw-edge reverse appliqué along with some machine quilting.

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Quilters Companion issues and special issues can be purchased either by calling 1300 303 414 (international call +61 2 9887 0317), emailing mailorder@universalmagazines.com.au or visiting www.universalshop.com.au

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See a DVD come together

Have you ever wondered how the QC DVDs are put together? Well we thought we would show you behind the scenes. This is behind the scenes of our upcoming Great Australian Quilts #5 DVD with Amanda Daly. We had a fabulous time filming with Amanda and learning the art of precision machine applique.

We film all DVDs at purpose built studios. At present there are two locations we use in Sydney. These studios are sound proof so we don’t get any interference with sounds of day to day activities when we are filming. You would be amazed that even in quiet surroundings there is still plenty of ambient noise and the super sensitive microphones we use pick up all of it!

So this is what the studio looks like when we arrive.


Then we start putting the set together . . .


And then we surround it with lights and cameras! (Well John does! – our director, cameraman, film editor extraordinaire!)


Once hair and makeup are complete Amanda and Clare are on set to start filming.

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Great Australian Quilts #5 is on sale 9 October at newsagents and patchwork shops nationally.

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Quilters Companion Diary 2015 now available!

It’s hard to believe that the Christmas decorations are starting to appear in shops  – where is the year going! But soon it will be time to organise yourself for 2015 and why not do so with the help of the Quilters Companion Diary 2015.

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The diary features beautiful photographs from the pages of Quilters Companion magazine. With a week to each double page, there is plenty of space to write down your events and milestones.

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There is also a year calendar overview at the front of the diary and an overview of each month as you move through the diary.


You will find the Quilters Companion Diary 2015 on sale at your local newsagents now.

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Colour with Michelle Marvig

The current issue of Quilters Companion (#69) comes with a super handy DVD featuring Michelle Marvig. On it, she shares great tips for working with colour. She discusses colour schemes, fabric selection and the different colours and prints you can find on patchwork fabric and how best to use them. Not only that, Michelle shows you how to foundation piece her World Peaks Cushion.

As always, we had a fun day filming with Michelle. Here are some pictures from the day.


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Are you inspired to travel?

Michelle Marvig is currently traveling with the Quilters Companion/Travelrite tour through the United Kingdom and taking in a cruise on the Ruby Princess. The tour concludes with several days at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.

Quilters Companion have been running quilting tours in conjunction with Travelrite for over 10 years to such destinations as North America, Europe, the UK, Japan and New Zealand. Itineraries are varied each trip so that new places and sights can be visited on each time.

One great aspect of these tours is that you are escorted not only by Michelle (an experienced and knowledgeable quilter) but also by a professional tour manager, who looks after all the travel arrangements. Each night the tour manager will organise a restaurant booking for anyone in the group interested in dining with other group members. So you can rest assured that there are two helpful people along to assist at all times.

In the next 8 months there are two more great tours organised. The first is an 18-day tour to the United States in October/November this year. It will take in Chicago, Burlington, Berlin for the Ohio Amish, East Lansing for the Great Lakes Quilt Museum and the 2014 International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Then in March 2015, join Sue Daley, Michelle Marvig, Leonie Bateman and Wendy Williams on our second Craft Fair at Sea. Enjoy 11 nights onboard the luxurious Royal Caribbean, Voyager of the Seas whilst taking up to 10 patchwork and quilt classes from these talented tutors. The cruise takes in Noumea, New Caledonia; Lautoka and Suva, Fiji.

For more information on both of these tours visit: http://travelrite.com.au/patchwork_tours.shtml

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Sydney Quilt Show 2014

The Sydney Quilt Show 2014 opened yesterday at its new temporary home at the Sydney Exhibition Centre on Glebe Island. Being it is school holidays here in NSW, my 5-year-old Thomas had the pleasure of accompanying me to the awards presentation and for a browse around the quilt show and craft fair. We opted to park at Darling Harbour and catch the free ferry to Glebe Island (the ferries run every 20 minutes).


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The venue is terrific. Light and airy and really spacious. The light is especially fabulous for the quilt show – it is wonderfully even on every single quilt. The quilt show is spectacular – so many stunning quilts to see. Janet Treen took out Best of Show for her quilt Coxcomb and Currants. It is the second year in a row Janet has taken out top prize at the Sydney Quilt Show. Congratulations Janet. You can see all winning entries by visiting: http://quiltersguildnsw.com/quiltshow

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Two of Quilters Companion’s regular columnists Michelle Marvig and Deborah Louie also took home awards. Deborah Louie was award Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting (Open) for her stunning quilt My Sister My Friend, while Michelle took home a Judge’s Commendation in the Commercially Machine Quilted Quilt section for Pigalle (quilted by Veronica Appleyard). Congratulations ladies.


Deborah Louie with her winning quilt My Sister My Friend.



Michelle’s quilt Pigalle.

I had the pleasure of bumping into Jessica Wheelahan as she was pinning the ribbon to her quilt Errant Geese. Jessica was ecstatic that her quilt won the Best Quilt Inspired by An Antique Quilt Award and she happily posed for a picture in front of the winning quilt with her two children.


Jessica Wheelan with her two children in front on her winning quilt Errant Geese.

It’s a long day for a five-year-old but Thomas occupied himself taking photos of the quilts he liked and meeting lovely quilters!


Meeting Michelle Marvig who was demonstrating on the Brother stand.


And of course if it’s shopping you are after there are plenty of fabulous stands to peruse. If you are thinking of going, the Craft and Quilt Fair finishes on Sunday.

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Lynette Anderson DVD out this thursday!

Lynette Anderson’s timeless and whimsical designs have been popular with quilters for many years and we were thrilled earlier this year to be able to film a DVD with her for QC readers.

We had lots of fun with Lynette putting together the DVD set and decorating with all of her delightful quilts and small projects. And it was a smooth day filming with such an experienced teacher.


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We hope you enjoy the DVD as Lynette shares with you how to complete her style of applique to make her Garden Friends Tablet Cover. QC#68 is on sale this Thursday (10 July).

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Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition

Last weekend the entries for the Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition were displayed at the Concordia Art Gallery in Sydney. Prize winners were announced at a presentation on Saturday. Among those who attended was 6-year old Amelie Battye who won 3rd place in the Primary School category for her quilt Fairy Flowers. Also in attendance was Georgia Kennedy who won 2nd place in the Primary School category for her quilt Birdy Boy; and we were joined by Leigh Davenport Jurd who took out 2nd place in the 25-25 category for her quilt Light in the Darkness.


Leigh Davenport Jurd with her winning quilt.


We were pleased to work with The Quilters’ Guild of NSW and Brother Australia again on this wonderful initiative for young quilters, and we were thrilled with the diversity of creative entries we received.

The winners were:

1st Luca Glaassen
2nd Georgia Kennedy
3rd Amelie Battye

1st Chloe Willemsen
2nd Alicia Cumberland
3rd Tayla Lambeth
4th Sharnai Boyd

1st  Emily Green
2nd Laura Morice

1st Kristie Jamroz
2nd Leigh Davenport Jurd
3rd Crystal McGann

Thank you to all who entered and stay tuned for details on the next Under 35s Competition.


L to R: Jessica Wheelahan, Quilter’s Guild of NSW representative Cath Babidge and President Linda Butcher.

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On newsstands now

We have been a little slow to update our blog of late but here is what you can find on newsstands currently.


This issue we are giving the sewing machine some loving with a fun sewing machine cover by Cheryl Houghton. There is also some lovely pieced quilts to make from Brenda Gael Smith (on the cover), Jessica Frost and Jane Morgan. We also have Sharon Keightley’s interpretation of the traditional basket block Natashia Curtin’s stunning Seasons quilt. Finally the ladies from The Quilted Crow are back to share more of their expertise in working with felted woven wool as well as a delightful project on which you can hone your skills. Plus Leonie joins us on the accompanying DVD to demonstrate the technique. We catch up with Pam Holland in her studio, Michelle Marvig road tests The Shortcut Binding Tool and Deb Louie looks at how less quilting is actually more.

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Quilts For Today

It is only two days until Quilts for Today goes on sale. It features stunning modern quilts from Jane Davidson (QuiltJane), Tracey Petersen, Liz Pinczewski, Faith Jones (fresh Lemons Quilts – also the cover quilt) and Jess Frost (The Elven Garden). The accompanying DVD features a gorgeous joint project by Michelle Marvig and Deborah Louie. Michelle pieced the Woven Plaid top and Deborah machine quilted it. On the DVD they both share their tips on completing the quilt. We also have interviews with leading US modern quilt designers Tula Pink, Thomas Knauer and Lisa Calle and fantastic feature articles on artist trading cards and choosing the right setting for your patchwork blocks.

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QC#66 on sale now!

Our brand new issue is on sale now at local newssagents and patchwork shops. The issue including a stunning scrappy quilt from Anne Sommerlad, a beautiful pineapple block quilt from Sharon Keightley (featured on the cover) and a fun and funky pieced quilt from Jess Frost. Margaret McDonald joins us to explain the ins and outs of curved piecing and we have an adorable raincoat and matching bag by Monica Poole. This issue we provide the instructions for the bag and the raincoat instructions will appear in QC#67. We are in the studio with Beth and Trevor Reid and we explore the making of Margo Hardie’s stunning Baltimore appliqué quilt. Enjoy the issue! Pictured is Fresh as a Daisy by Zoe Clifton and Hopscotch by Anne Sommerlad



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