Today’s Quilter Publish New Devon County Medallion Quilt



We’ve joined forces with Today’s Quilter magazine to release a special souvenir supplement, celebrating the new collection and the heritage that inspired it. We’re so excited to reveal the Devon County supplement will be in shops from 9th November 2017. 

quiltsInside, you’ll find instructions for a gorgeous medallion quilt, inspired by the fabrics, alongside a series of special features about The Quilters’ Guild. It also includes an interview with Devon County fabric designer and quiltmaker, Karen Styles, and a look back at the Cann family, whose quilt from almost 200 years ago has inspired the range. You’ll also get to meet some of the team working hard behind the scenes at The Guild to keep the organisation running smoothly, plus take a virtual tour of the Walks of Life exhibition, which was shown at this year’s The Festival of Quilts.

Designed by Sally Ablett and long-arm quilted by Mary-Jane Hutchinson, it’s sure to become a future family heirloom and the Today’s Quilter team has included step-by-step instructions for how to make it. We asked the TQ team what’s their favourite thing about the design? “Working with a complete fabric collection on a quilt design is always a treat as the prints coordinate beautifully,” they told us, “so we love how Sally’s managed to use the range while also retaining a scrappy antique effect.” Sally’s chosen a classic and timeless medallion design for this project, which builds layer-upon-layer of traditional blocks, radiating outwards from a central star, to show off the many beautiful prints in the Devon County range.

If you’d like to make your own you’ll find the full pattern and instructions inside the special supplement with issue 29 and the fabric for the top can be bought from The Quilters’ Guild Shop here

The Devon County Supplement is available with issue 29 of Today’s Quilter magazine (in shops from Thursday 9th November. Get your copy online at

As a special offer to celebrate our collaboration on this project, Today’s Quilter are offering 50% off to The Quilters’ Guild members and followers when you subscribe to Today’s Quilter


  • Sally cut over 750 units to piece the blocks and borders of her medallion quilt (we counted!).
  • Her finished quilt measures 80in square
  • The Mariner’s Compass Coverlet, which inspired the quilt and Devon County fabric range, is one of 5 quilts form the Cann family in The Quilters’ Guild collection. The family settled in Hartland, North Devon, where they ran a drapers shop (with a ready supply of fabric and skilled seamstresses in the family). You can see a gallery of their quilts in the Today’s Quilter supplement.
  • Each of the 22 prints in the Devon County collection is named after a member of the Dennis/Cann family, alongside those who helped the fabric line come to life, including Catherine, Heather and Christine from The Quilters’ Guild!2017-06-20_0001

2 thoughts on “Today’s Quilter Publish New Devon County Medallion Quilt

  1. I like this quilt and the range fabrics it is made from and quite beautifully executed. I see it is being called a medallion quilt but l think this style of design is known as a frame quilt as it is one block framed by subsequent frames of blocks. Please could you clarify.


    • Chris – you’re absolutely right, yes they style can also be described as a frame quilt. Our understanding is that there’s a difference in terminology between British and American quilts for ‘medallion’ and ‘frame’ to describe this type of design.


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