it ’ s all in the making l FEATURE Right & middle, Nicola Dodd is embracing ‘Hygge’ with plenty of cosy quilts and cushions; Lynne Edwards’ loves to decorate her house with handmade decorations; Jo Colwill’s getting ready to quilt her Christmas Log Cabin quilt Far right, Below, FIND OUT MORE… Are you interested in joining Lynne Edwards’ virtual classes? Drop her an email at lynneedwardsquilts@ me.com Join a Thread House Virtual Retreat – the Halloween Retreat takes place 17th-18th November, and the Christmas Retreat takes pace 5th- 6th December www.thethreadhouse.co.uk It’s not too late to join Lynette’s Mystery Button Quilt Club where you receive a new block design each month. This year’s mini quilt has a lovely, festive theme entitled “Peace and Joy” and is available in the UK through Puddleducks, Cowslip Workshops, Coast & Country Crafts and Poppy Patch. run Halloween and Christmas/ Winter themed virtual retreats, as well as many other fun activities, and Pam and Nicky Lintott are looking forward to celebrating 40 years at The Quilt Room in 2021 by adding the finished touches to their Ruby Block of the Month. by welcoming her guests outdoors – “I have plenty of quilts to keep everyone warm,” she assures us. Lynette, on the on the other hand, will be keeping cool and enjoying some drawing and design time with the companionship of her aircon. Lynne Goldsworthy will also be at the drawing board and is looking forward to a brand new, speculative project with her daughter to start learning to design fabric lines. “Between us, we have the requisite skills – she can draw and has a fantastic eye for design and colour and I know what makes a good quilting line work,” said Lynne. We can’t wait to see the Lily and Rose brand come to life. Mindful making www.littlequiltstore.com.au As we head into winter, many of us will be revisiting our Christmas “works in progress”. Jo at Cowslip will be picking up her Log Cabin quilt made from tiny ¼in strips, which started out as a quilt for her Raggy Jo dolly’s bed, which has evolved from a little doll to a fullyfledged NHS support worker helping to keep everyone safe. “I think that sewing helps to sooth and calm the mind, even when returning late at night, a little patchwork calms me down,” said Jo. Whether it is hand sewing, knitting, drawing, cooking or quilting, these creative outlets will be keeping us all mindful and grounded over the winter. As Nicola so perfectly summed it up, “I’ve been so grateful to have an absorbing creative outlet during this very unsettling year, so it seems a fitting way to see it out.” Stay safe everyone and happy quilting! Follow the progress of Lynne Goldsworthy and her daughter Rose as they develop their fabric designs for ‘ Lily and Rose’; and keep an eye out for Lynne’s quilts featuring many of our favourite reindeer! @ lilysquilts @ rose.artings @ lilyandrosedesign New traditions The extraordinary events of 2020 have meant that all of us are now looking to the virtual quilting world as a place to meet, share, shop and learn. Jo Colwill and Lynne Edwards are now teaching online and Lynette and her team have been working flat out to convert all of their patterns into PDFs that are accessible to everyone. Jo Avery, Lynne Goldsworthy and Karen Lewis launched The Thread House Club earlier this year, with plans to Don’t miss Mandy Shaw’s new books! features a stunning quilt and nine small projects all with a redwork theme, and is a charming little book of festive sewing projects. Both are available at Mandy’s website. The Little Things Mandy’s Magical Christmas www.dandeliondesigns.co.uk 6 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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