Take a indepth look at the contents pages from the new December issue of Popular Patchwork here, Popular Patchwork December 2009.
 
We've got some great quick and easy Christmas projects this month, you'll be finishing these lovely presents in no time. There's a gorgeous table runner and placemat set for Christmas Day, designed by Anja Townrow, Christmas cushions by Sally Ablett, and three different wall hangings. You can choose from candles, shrink fabric trees or holly and ivy, by Sarah Williamson, Pat Stone and Regan Purcell. Gillian's Mystery Quilt progresses with the final units, and we've also brought you the final instructions for Anja Townrow's "Contemplation" sampler quilt.  If you're a bag lover, there's a great Sparkly party bag pattern by Esther Anderson of Purely Patchwork, and we've got two complete kits to give away which include instructions and all the necessary fabric.
 
The December Journal quilt is a real treat, with two designs from Ferret, so you can practise your machine quilting skills with the help of her expert tips. We review Ferret's fantastic new Contemporary Sampler book in this issue, you can order signed copies from Ferret herself at a special reader price of £13.99

Our features section includes Davina's experience of a French quilting holiday with Shirley Bloomfield, and a great Singing Garden gallery. We take a look at the quilts of Lucy Boston in an extract from a new biography by Lucy's daughter-in-law, Diana Boston.  You can also read about my Top Ten quilts and see some more photos of the Popular Patchwork Journal Quilts from Festival of Quilts.

There are lots of giveaways and all the usual reviews and news in this issue. There are over £150 of prizes to be won in our Bits and Pieces pages, so don't forget to cut out the coupon! There are also some hints about two new series starting in January, so watch out for those!
 
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