Thursday, 1 January 2015

Issue Three Out Now!

Hello Make Moderners,

We're excited to ring in the new year with a brand new issue packed full of fabulous sewing projects.

We profile Jera of Quilting in the Rain, and chat about her new book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. If you haven't tried QAYG yet, this is the year to do it - it's a great addition to your quilting repertoire. Her coasters project are the perfect introduction to the QAYG technique.

We wanted to get to know one of our favourite designers, Kate Spain, even better, so we chatted to her about quilting, where she finds inspiration and what goes into designing the perfect fabric collection.

We also met the fabulous Angie of Gnome Angel, who shared her quilting journey with us and created a fantastic single block quilt that perfectly showcases large scale prints.

If you need some quilty resolution inspiration, be sure to check out our feature on New Year's Resolutions for quilters. We've also asked this issue's makers about their New Year's Resolutions.

If entering your quilt in a quilt show is on your agenda for this year, you must read S-J's comprehensive guide to quilt competitions.

Speaking of shows, we sent Anne trekking around the biggest event on the international quilting calendar, Houston Quilt Market. She reports back with all the trends from Market.

Melissa shared the story behind her very popular Aussie Charm Swaps and we showcase some of the beautiful quilts made from the Kate Spain and Bonnie & Camille swaps.

If you've ever thought of quilt as therapy, you'll understand where Cassandra and Fiona are coming from - they both have chronic illnesses and use quilting as a creative respite and connect to the quilty mood via social media.

We love simple quilts that look complex, and Kathy's Subdivision quilt (our cover project) is exactly that.

Who can resist a good rainbow? We're absolute suckers for them around here. Sandi's Rainbow Cross is the perfect mix of rainbow bright and black and white.

We explore the Australian beauty of Emma Jean Jansen's Terra Australis fabric collections, and Kelly's gone a bit gaga over her newest collection, The Linen Cupboard, creating a fresh baby quilt that celebrates everything that was great about the 1970s.

Alyce brings us the latest block in her Aurora quilt, and cleverly uses up the scraps from this project in a fabulous HST cushion project.

Jane pays tribute to Pantone's Color of the Years from 2000 to 2014 with a striking solids quilt.

Everyone loves those mini charm packs, but it can be hard to figure out what to do with them - Jessica created an adorable mini quilt from mini charms, because everything's cuter when it's little.

Need a retro cool quilt for a little boy? Sarah's awesome Space Invaders pixel quilt will delight small children and gaming geeks alike.

Give your dining room a quick makeover for the new year with Erin's modern table runner based on the humble square. Featuring low volumes and a range of purples, this pattern could be made in any colour way you like.

When is a Dresden not a Dresden? When it's a wonky cushion, of course! Lou's made a great cushion using the classic Dresden wedge, but there's not a plate in sight.

Kristy got her paper piecing on (surprise!) with a fabulous throw quilt that makes the most of fussy cutting.

Alyce shares her tricks for perfect half square triangles, while Melissa urges you to jump right into free motion quilting.

Issue Three is now available in our shop, for the new lower price of $6.95 AUD. Don't forget to check out our subscription deals too - they've dropped in price for 2015 too. 

Happy New Year - here's to a great year of making modern ahead!

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