I love to browse the magazine shelves in the supermarket and there is no shortage of craft-based ones on display. The range of patchwork and quilting titles reflects the growing number of devotees over the past few years and also the appeal of ‘modern’ quilting design.
Today’s Quilter was new to me and I indulged myself with Issue No 1 to be enjoyed with a cup of tea when I got home. I was initially attracted by the absence on the cover of the common lexicon of ‘quick and easy, speedy’ etc and the presence of names of well-established experts and practicioners such as Lynne Edwards, Susan Briscoe, Linda Clements and the Lintotts. It presents itself as being “the first magazine to take a completely fresh look at the world of traditional quilting”and the approach is bright and contemporary but firmly based on traditional skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of articles and projects, some that would definitely extend my skills. There were excellent illustrated instructions for tackling a set-in seam and a couple of tempting projects that used it. The eye-candy factor wasn’t missing either!
The magazine also offered what seemed to be a clear and comprehensive calendar of shows and events and useful reviews of products and fabrics.
As an additional treat there was a separate magazine celebrating Kaffe Fassett’s fifty years in textiles; a stunning colour-burst of his creativity which tempted me to consider using some of his exuberant fabrics – not usually my style but they are so full of life.
And then, on the last page, an article on the maker of the ‘Best in Show’ quilt at this year’s Festival of Quilts – and she is local to me, based near Colchester. Congratulations, Janette Chilver, the quilt is stunning.
Altogether a satisfying read with plenty to come back to again and again. I will be looking out for Issue No 2.