This corner of Quilt around the World is reserved for reviews of books, magazines and other quilt-related products (tools and notions). We always have our eyes and ears open and are constantly looking for interesting new developments on the quilt market around the world. We pride ourselves in objective reporting and will do our utmost to make it evident to you where we are no longer stating facts, but telling you our own personal opinion.
This year, two of our favourite textile-related museums, the Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter, Wales, and the American Museum in Britain in Bath, England, have joined forces to stage a memorable exhibition...
Marking Tools are important for us quilters at many stages of our favourite craft: We need them for marking around templates for piecing and appliqué and to transfer quilting patterns to our un-quilted quilt tops.
But which tool to use for what purpose? There are scores and scores of marking tools on the market and it can be a little daunting to work through all the options on offer....
If you have been following what we do here at Quilt around the World, you will have realized that we are very interested in quilt history and quilt and textile traditions around the world. So when we acquired “A History of Dutch Quilts” by An Moonen, it was clear, at once, that a book review was inevitable...
Welsh Quilts have been popular with quilters around the world for quite some time. This is certainly thanks to Jen Jones’ commitment to these beautiful hand-quilted masterpieces (read an interview with Jen Jones on her life and her involvement with Welsh Quilts at Quilt around the World). Jen Jones and her Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter are also the publishers of a reproduction of “Welsh Quilting Pattern & Design Handbook” by Marjorie Horton.
Down under Quilts is a lively Australian magazine for quilters. The magazine is published bimonthly and offers a wide range of articles and a lot of information.... (26 September 2011)
Blades for rotary cutters are expensive. Never the less we want to work with a well-sharpened blade without chips and other defects. So, instead of throwing out blades at regular intervals, why not use a special sharpener, to lengthen their useful lives... (30 August 2011)
The Festival of Quilts, reportedly the biggest patchwork and quilting event in Europe, takes place annually in August at the National Exhibition Centre (N.E.C.), Birmingham, UK. Comparable with the big shows in America, the show takes up two large exhibition halls where both the quilt exhibition and the merchants’ mall are situated. The show lasts from Thursday to Sunday and opens its doors at 10 in the morning and closes them again at 5:30 in the evening (5 on Sunday)... (19 August 2011)
Free-motion machine quilting is an important technique which we’d recommend every quilter to make an integral part of her individual repertoire. Once you have moved beyond the ubiquitous meander patterns, you might start looking for other motifs to vary the texture and visual impact of your quilts.
“Le piqué-libre – 72 nouveaux blocs” by Dijanne Cevaal which was published in 2010 by the French publisher “Editions de Saxe” could come in very handy here. Actually there is another book called “Le piqué-libre – 72 blocs d’inspiration” published in 2008, but unfortunately it is out of print... (28 July 2011)
... One of the quilters who reminds us of the original purpose of patchwork is Bonnie K. Hunter. Bonnie has been quilting since the 1980s and focuses on scrap quilts made from old shirts, denim and other used textiles. Besides keeping her website quiltville.com and her blog quiltville.blogspot.com active, she has written three books about fabric recycling for Kansas City Star Books. Two of these books are the subject of this book review... (18 July 2011)
The “Binding Thingy” is a small ruler which is used for making mitred bindings when finishing a quilt. The Binding Thingy slightly resembles a very simple arrow with one pointed and one straight end... (7 July 2011)