Surely everyone has heard or seen this now? For those of you that signed up for the 3 copy subscription you may have had it arrive in the post, or bought a copy in WHSmiths or a supermarket. Quilt Now, new quilting publication from Practical Publications and most notable for having Katy as its editor. And what can I say? It is pretty darn good. I am a little self interested as I have a quilt in this issue. Quilt Now is packed full of projects and all killer no filler.
Laura Jane needlespinsandbakingtins with the prettiest pillow...
Lynne, LilysQuilts of course, with her clever candy stripe pillow
Reene from Nelliesniceties with her block of the month beauty...
Me, with a beach quilt. This is a straightforward strip pieced project with a little planning behind the strips to give a random scrappy look. The letters are raw edge appliqué with bondaweb and are on the full size template sheet. The backing for this quilt is bamboo towelling which is a dreamy, super soft, drapey fabric to work with, absorbent for the beach and means that the whole thing doesn't need batting- its just quilt top and towelling backing.
There are lots of diagrams to make it all as easy as possible all drawn on Touchdraw by me! I can't recommend that app highly enough.
I haven't shown all the pics I'd like to but I thought it would be wrong to photograph the whole magazine! Justine also has a great large scale quilt project. Lisa has some handy storage boxes, Sara has of course- a bag! Fiona has a jumbo size English paper piecing quilt and Andi Herman has a super pixalalted pineapple quilt. And there's more projects and interviews too that I haven't covered. A big boys is there is a pull out sheet for templates and pattern pieces- all at 100% full size- yes full size! That's the difference of having an editor who quilts. The templates are also downloadable.
The extra booklet that comes with it: An Introduction to Quilting is not to be missed either. It has the basics- using rotary cutters, bias strips etc but it also includes cutting harder shapes like diamonds, foundation paper piecing, binding calculation and so on. It is from the That Patchwork Place/Martingale publishers and is definitely a keeper.
I wish Katy and the rest of the Quilt Now team the very best with the future of this magazine, issue one is seriously impressive!