Today's Quilter pattern corrections
Calling all Today's Quilter readers! We've created this page for you to check for our latest pattern corrections and updates before you cut into your favourite fabrics... read on for a full list of errata from our back issues of Today's Quilter magazine.
We know how important it is when you make a quilt that you can trust the accuracy of the pattern you're working to! That's why we spend hours scouring the patterns in Today's Quilter magazine to triple check our instructions before we send our magazines to the printers. We're only human so very rarely an error slips through the net – when it does we'll add any pattern updates to this page. So check in with us before you start to sew and if the pattern you are working on has an update, you'll find it here. Hop straight to the project from the links below or scroll down to browse our projects by picture.
- April Showers quilt, issue 8
- Morning Star Medallion quilt, issue 11
- Blue Barn quilt, issue 14
- A walk in the glen quilt, issue 15
- Still waters quilt, issue 21
- Winter's Lane quilt, issue 41
- Hesketh House, issue 47
- Hedgerow adventures, issue 49
- Nutcracker quilt, issue 54
- True Blue, issue 63
- 2020 ‘Spoondrift’ Block of the Month
- 'Pansy Pots' Block of the Month
- Cashmere Diamonds, issue 71
- River Cabin, issue 74
- Starry Night, Kaffe Fassett Supplement issue 79
- Mill and Stars, issue 80
- Cranberries and Cream, issue 80
- Winter Stars, issue 80
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There is a correction to the cutting out for border 10. The twenty-eight (28) background fabric rectangles cut in the third bullet point should be 2½in x 8½in.
There is a correction to the Making Border G instructions. In step 31 cut ONE 25½in from each of the eight (8) Blue 4½in x WOF strips.
There was a typo in the You Will Need section. You need 1½yds of Fabric G.
The block size is stated incorrectly in this pattern and is actually 16in. This also affects the finished size.
A couple of the diagrams were illustrated incorrectly. Download our Winters Lane Quilt Figures Revised here.
One of the bullet points dropped off step 8 from the Cutting Out Section on page 39. In addition to the bullet points already on the page, you also need to cut ninety-six (96) 2½in squares of background fabric for block 2.
- There are a couple of corrections to this pattern. The third bullet point in step 10 is a duplication of the one above. You only need a total of twenty-four (24) 27⁄8in squares.
- Also, the templates were printed the wrong size in the magazine but were corrected for the digital download. Please download the correct templates here:
Todays Quilter issue 49 Free Quilting Templates.
Nutcracker Pattern Collection, issue 54
There is a correction to the templates for Mandy Shaw’s lovely Nutcracker Scene – please download the updated templates here.
It was brought to our attention that some of the templates on the template sheet had been drawn in reverse, and others not. The slipper template was also missing and this has been updated on the digital download. If you are using the template sheet, please carefully refer to the images of the quilt when cutting pieces, and flip the applique templates if required. We’re sorry about this, and hope you enjoy stitching this beautiful project.
The assembly diagrams were illustrated with the units rotated incorrectly. Please see below for the corrected block assembly, Fig 8, and quilt centre, Fig 9.
‘Spoondrift’ Block of the Month
‘Spoondrift’ as featured in ‘Today’s Quilter’ has been really enjoyable to design, but a challenge in terms of calculating fabric requirements when we are not that many blocks further ahead than you. We try really hard to get things right but we are sorry to say that we have made a few mistakes along the way.
Month 1 and 2 (issue 55 and 56)
The requirements list ‘Seaweed Sky’ as one of the fabrics, it is in fact ‘Seaweed Ocean’, which is just a little darker in tone. No ‘Seaweed Sky’ is used in the quilt which is reflected in the full requirements list. You can see the blocks we're referring to in our blocks inspired by the sea.
Month 6 (issue 60)
There are three things to be aware of in Month 6:
- The map of the British Isles has been updated to include the Isle of Man, find it here.
- ‘You will need’ - In the ‘You will need’ section Stripe Dark Ocean – 19in x 8in is listed, it should be 19in x 9in as the British Isles block calls for a 9in square to be cut.
- Cutting Out – Step 1
- After cutting the 13in Starfish Pearl square into four 6½in squares, do not cut these on the diagonal, this will result in triangles which are not quite big enough to cover foundation piece A2 and B2.
Instead take the four 6½in squares and position the foundation templates as follows to enable you to get all the fabric pieces required and the directionality of fabrics aligned. Make sure your foundation templates include the seam allowance all around.
As you can see in these photos from Pippa, she has made additional copies of the templates and cut out the sections she is working on. You will need the complete foundation template with all three sections on one piece of paper when stitching the block.
In general, this approach of making extra copies of the foundation templates and cutting out the individual sections with a generous ¼in seam allowance all around, will allow you to play with their position on larger pieces of fabric and get the directionality as you wish before marking and cutting to size. Note, if you cut accurate sections of fabric, it will require more accurate piecing! Here is another example with the striped fabric used on the compass point.
- Foundation Templates. The A and B labelling on the ‘Foundation Templates’ is round the wrong way and will result in fabrics being swapped in your compass points - this is what it looks like when the fabrics are swapped – it doesn’t change the look of the block significantly and would still look great in the final quilt this way! The labels have been updated on the downloadable full size templates, which you can find here.
The template labelled A1, A2, A3 should be B1, B2 and B3 and vice versa. To achieve the same fabric position as the photo in the magazine, just re-label your foundation templates as shown below, then follow the piecing instructions.
Some general tips
In addition here are a few general tips to consider as you make your blocks:
- In the first article (Issue 55) a fabric grid with little fabric swatches for the entire ‘Ebb and Flow’ collection was published. The design did not ultimately use all of these, but uses 20 fabrics to piece the blocks and for sashing. The full requirements list can be found here.
- At the start of each month, a section called ‘You will need’ is included. This provides guidance on the amount of fabric you need to make both blocks featured in that month. Do not begin cutting based on this list! Follow the cutting instructions for each block and you will be able to be as thrifty as possible with your fabric, look to use your remnants first.
- The instructions tell you how I made the blocks. As you know, there is more than one way to do everything, so if you know a better way or just prefer to do things your way then feel free.
- Read through all the instructions before cutting. Then plan carefully and consider the orientation of your prints, the appliqué templates and any sections you may wish to fussy cut. If in doubt, practice a little with some scrap fabric first before you go ahead and cut the fabric for your actual block.
- Look after all your scraps, they will most likely come in useful for future blocks! There are some tiny pieces used for appliqué throughout the design.
In step 1, the final two bullet points (for the block border) are wider than they need to be. The correct sizes are as follows:
- Two (2) 10½in x 1½in rectangles.
Two (2) 12½in x 1½in rectangles.
If you have already assembled your blocks with the wider borders, these can easily be trimmed down to size. Just ensure the block is 12½in square (12in once sewn into quilt).
Issue 71 – Cashmere Diamonds
In the 'You will need' section of this project, it states that you need 2yds of Background fabric – this should in fact be 3¼yds.
Issue 74 – River Cabin
In step 2 of this project, it states that you should cut one-hundred-and-sixty-four (164) 2½in x 3½in Fabric B rectangles – this should in fact be 2in x 3½in, as it states correctly in step 6.
Starry Nights Template A is too long. Our digital templates have been updated to reflect this. The short parallel side should measure to 2¾in and the long parallel side should measure 8¾in.
Missing border fabric amount: you will need 1 1/4 yd.
Step 4 should also read: "Sew end to end and cut into two (2) 62 1/2 in lengths and two (2) 72 1/2 in lengths."
Having worked in the publishing industry for almost 20 years, Fiona has worked in most positions, from sub editor working up to becoming editor of Today’s Quilter. Working with experts like Lin Clements and Laura Pritchard plus incredibly talented designers on Today’s Quilter magazine, Fiona has learnt everything she know about the wonderful world of quilting. Every day she picks up new skills and can’t wait to see what else she’ll learn and what projects she’ll make in the future.