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In the Studio of Western Australian-based quiltmaker Elizabeth Humphreys

The mainly self-taught, Western Australian-based quiltmaker, Elizabeth Humphreys, cut her teeth on conventional quilt designs. But over a career spanning 50 years, she has graduated in more recent times to landscape and pictorial quilts depicting the physical and cultural phenomena of her local environment. Elizabeth started working on her first-ever quilt in 1968 using surplus […]

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Bisa Butler’s portraiture and quilting artworks

It was a pivotal moment when Bisa Butler combined portraiture and quilting to create her first eye-catching artwork, and she’s embraced quilted portraits with gusto ever since. Inspired by African American history, family dressmaking traditions and uplifting colours and patterns, Bisa’s art quilts bring forward stories from the past with vibrancy and texture. Like many […]

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Road Test: Janome Continental M7 Professional Sewing Machine

Playing with a new model of sewing machine is always enjoyable, but this machine was so much fun! The Janome Continental M7 Professional is a heavy-duty, well-thought-through sewing machine. While it may have the word Professional in the title, it certainly has all the attributes a home quilter would want as well. Given the length […]

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Know Your Product: Irons

They say that asking a quiltmaker to hem your pants is like asking Picasso to paint your bathroom. And there’s a similar concept when it comes to irons and ironing. How many of us know the joy of ironing newly purchased fabric or pressing just-finished patchwork blocks, but abhor tackling that mountain of shirts and […]

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In the Studio with Jen Jones and her collection of Welsh quilts

Many of us use one end of the dining table for our quiltmaking. Others have been able to move into a spare bedroom once the children have grown up and left home. And the very fortunate have space in their homes for a purpose-built, dedicated, professional-quality studio. There are very few, however, who have not […]

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Armchair Travels of a Textile Lover: Chris Jurd goes to India

Well-known Australian quilter, regular Quilters Companion contributor and textile lover, Chris Jurd was the guest leader of the 2019 Quilters’ Tour of India. Organised by Quilters Companion and Travelrite Australia, the group set off from Sydney mid November and returned 16 days later – after a trip of a lifetime. We asked Chris to share […]

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Rulers and Templates with Anita Ellis

My last article was all about the ins and outs, and the dos and don’ts, of quilting with rulers. I hope you managed to read it and take in some of the information. It can seem tricky at first, but remember that the longarm quilter you may be comparing yourself to will have many years’ […]

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In the Studio with Cheryl Filby

Moving some 20 years ago into the seaside village of South West Rocks on the mid-north coast of NSW, Cheryl Filby caught the quilting bug. She had previously been engaged in a challenging career as a senior laboratory technician for a pharmaceutical company, developing new drenches and dips for the sheep industry. Quiltmaking has since […]

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Quilting with Rulers

There is a buzz word at any time, in any industry, and the quilting world is no exception. Right now, that is ruler quilting. Ruler quilting, however, is not new, long arm quilters have been using rulers on their quilting frames for a long time. What is different now is that, with the introduction of […]

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Mid and Longarm Machines with Anita Ellis

Do I need a longarm quilting machine? This is such a big decision, literally. Longarm quilting set-ups are big on space requirements and costly to purchase. Often these are the only things that are considered, but there is so much more to think about. As always, I am not going to advise you to buy […]