Wow, what a summer we have been having! I’m really hoping that the weather will have broken by the time you are reading this; not only is this hot weather not conducive to quilting, well for me at least seeing as my sewing room is my conservatory, but also my poor allotment is suffering greatly! Quilting is a winter hobby to some extent, although there is a certain pleasure in taking some hand work into the garden to sew in the evenings at the moment. I’ve even been known to pull out an extension cord and take my sewing machine onto the patio!

 

We’ve got a packed issue this month with lots of projects to inspire you once the weather starts cooling down, not least a couple of Christmas quilt projects as we know the new Christmas fabric ranges are only available for a short time and often not in the run up to Christmas. The Hygge Christmas quilt from Lewis & Irene has a lovely cosy soft backing to it, while the Scandi Row Quilt featuring this year’s Scandi collection from Makower is just stunning. Liberty fabrics continue to be so popular and I don’t think people’s love of them will ever die so we are delighted to feature the Starry Irish Chain quilt from Liberty specialists, Alice Caroline. We make a couple more block units in Stuart Hillard’s Mystery Quilt while Naomi Clarke has made a wonderful quilt using the house template in Butterfly Dance Houses. Another lovely quilt is Dear Sweetheart and the Clamshell Tote Bag is a stylish bag which is nice and roomy for trips out.

 

We take a retrospective look back over the last ten years’ exhibitions at the Welsh Quilt Centre in Nos Da/Goodnight and we also meet Susan Lax in Meet a Quilter. You might recognise her work if you don’t recognise her name. Greta Fitchett shows us how to make Inchies to decorate items and Stuart has another great block for us in Stashbusting. We find out about Kerry Foster’s First and Last Quilts and meet the Second Revolution Quilters in Introducing.

 
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