Editing a magazine is a little like putting together a jigsaw. Each issue begins with an idea. Perhaps a particular colour combination, a technique, or a quilt that has caught my attention. And that’s the first piece of the puzzle! From this starting point I create a mood board of images and colours for the designers to take inspiration from... and then I wait patiently for the ideas and designs to come back. Project by project, the jigsaw begins to take shape until the final pieces are in place.

The makes on the following pages are a lovely mix of styles, inspired by nature. Gentle in colour but strong in design, our first offering, Mandy Munroe’s Pineapple Cacti quilt (cover) is an interesting variation on the traditional log cabin block. Also using the log cabin block, but to very di erent e ect, is Trellis by Kerry Foster; a stash quilt that mixes up smaller scale prints to create a stunning design (page 14). If you like the idea of creating your own textile design,

Moon Hare by Deborah O’Hare combines fabric painting and printing techniques to create a whole cloth art quilt with clear step-by-step instructions.

Reading through this month’s features reminded me of the old adage: ‘Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life’. While the jury is out as to who to credit these words of wisdom to, it’s di icult to argue with the sentiment. Interestingly, there is a common thread running through each of the subjects of this month’s editorials. Textile designers and quilters Amy Sinibaldi (page 58), Karen Lewis (page 38), and Janet Clare (page 96) could all argue that their careers chose them. Discover more about these talented designers and their creative journeys.
But for those whom sewing remains a passionate pastime, I will leave you to enjoy this gorgeous issue and as always, don’t forget to share your own patchwork journeys with us. 

 

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