Today's Quilter : 2020-10-29

’twas The Night Before Christmas : 97 : 5

’twas The Night Before Christmas

A favourite red and white quilt from Pam Lintott’s collection of antique quilts who’s always treasure hunting for vintage decoration­s. She loves to hang her collection of glass baubles from branches covered in lights and one of her favourite finds is “a lovely, cheeky imp, a 1950s Kellogg doll called Crackle, from Rice Crispies, who does just nicely as a Christmas elf”. After being on the road for a while, Sally Ablett’s Road to California quilt is now back at home where it belongs I’ve “good old EQ7”, which Sally loves to use when designing new projects. been catching up with quilters up and down the country, from our friends at Cowslip Workshops near Launceston in Cornwall to Jo Avery in her new Stitch Gathering School House in Scotland, and further afield to Lynette Anderson, who’s preparing for another balmy Christmas down under. As I’ve discovered, when it comes to Christmas, one size doesn’t fit all, but what I can be sure of is that wherever we all are in the world, there will be quilts – and lots of them. Homemade holiday wishes Lynne Edwards finds great comfort and joy in decorating her home with all the Christmas accessorie­s that she’s made over the years – a wreath, a folded Christmas tree, Noel bunting and crackers that can be refilled every year. “This has been an extraordin­ary year and I just want to keep everything as much as it has always been; the same meals, the same decoration­s and family rituals,” Lynne told us. Nicola Dodd is keeping an open mind about how we might socialise this year and is ready to embrace some Danish ‘hygge’ Deck the halls Jo Avery in Scotland will be snuggling under a worn and washed quilt in reds and greens, made as part of a Christmas-themed quilting bee. Shangri La Farm’s festive décor is pared down, but the large pine tree that grows outside the patio doors will be sparkling with fairy lights throughout December. In East Sussex, ‘more is more’ and Mandy Shaw will be creating a winter wonderland. “Christmas is a big deal in our house,” says Mandy Merry Quiltmas! Pam Lintott, from The Quilt Room, will be decorating her home with red and white quilts including Raspberry Ripple from her second book with daughter Nicky, entitled Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls and Charm Quilts (was it really published in 2009!) as well as a simple but striking antique quilt made from hundreds of little squares and acquired during a trip to the US many years ago. Jo at Cowslip Workshops is always happy to see her favourite Little Donkey quilt made from treasured scraps of Lynette Anderson fabric, and Sally Ablett has finally welcomed home a favourite quilt that went on tour after the pattern was published. It’s made using the Road to California block on doll is the Mandy Shaw’s Kellogg Christmas elf perfect cheeky Her collection of vintage glass baubles always make an annual appearance 5 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquil­ter

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