You can preview the contents pages from the new issue of Popular Patchwork here, Popular Patchwork August 2011.
 
 Popular Patchwork August 2011
Hearts are all around at the moment, as Sadie Yeomans’ brings us the first instalment of her lovely Block of the Month quilt. We hope you will enjoy this cute sampler quilt series, with its clever combination of piecing and appliqué in an easy selection of stash or new fabrics.
 
I hope some of you had the chance to visit the fantastic display of quilts and textile art by New Horizons, held outdoors at the Stockwood Discovery Centre from November 2010 to June this year. Our feature Inside Out, brings you just a taste of this amazing, groundbreaking exhibition.
 
We’ve got two special treats for anyone at home wishing they were away on holiday this month. Angela Huddart has designed a beautiful seascape, Sea of Tranquility, for Popular Patchwork this month, just the project to calm you down if the school holiday season is less than relaxing. There’s also a lovely summer quilt, All at Sea, by Hilary Gooding, featuring a great nautical range of fabrics from Makower.
 
In our features section this month, Wendy Gardiner explains basic sewing machine maintenance in Can we fix it?, a handy guide which may save you money! Wendy will help you understand how to look after your most important sewing tool and correct common problems without calling in the engineers. There’s a great gallery and review from The Spring Quilt Festival at Chilford. If you were there, take a look and see whether Anne Williams’ favourites match your own and if not, enjoy our selection of the best from this popular show.
 
There are two different types of table runner in this issue, for those wishing to improve their foundation piecing skills, try Sarah Williamson’s Top Table. There are two configurations of this design, and you could create your own from the set of units. Gillian Cooper tells us all about the history of the 54-40 or Fight block in Building Blocks, and then brings us a bonus 54-40 project with her three block runner.
 
For those interested in sewing with an eco perspective, we’re recycling again with Chris Hammacott who tells us her views on the Delights of Denim. You also might like to check out our sister publication, Sew Eco, a practical and green guide to sewing from myHobbystore. Our regular features this month include your wonderful letters and photos in Show and Tell, and an easy bunting project for the school holidays in Kids’ Corner.
 
Don’t forget to enter our fantastic Fabric Freedom competition, your chance to win lots of lovely co-ordinated fabric from the Mini Morris range.
 
There are over £800 worth of prizes and giveaways in this issue. Don't forget to check the 'What's New' section and book review pages for all our prize draws and special offers. 
 
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