Every now and then I have a difficult welcome column to write. Life has a habit of
throwing you curve balls and this month we have to say goodbye to Alex, our
designer. Alex has worked on P&Q for as long as I have; it is her work you see when
you look at the pages of the magazine, her creative genius and as a result, she is a
fundamental part of Team P&Q. I will miss her greatly. However, I am always
reminded of the phrase used at the passing of a monarch; the King is dead. Long
live the King! And whilst those of us working on the magazine may change, the
magazine lives on and to that end, we welcome Nikki who will be stepping into Alex’s
shoes.
Back to the job in hand and projects to inspire you in this issue! Our cover project is
a wonderful tweed cushion, Hearts and Flowers, designed by Margaret Lee. We
have a couple of English paper piecing projects for you; the first, Pretty Little Hexies
enables you to fussy cut your hexagons while Summer Blues combines hexagons
and gem shapes. If you’re after a simpler pieced project, then From Porto with Love,
is for you. With spring in the air, the Fabric Vases are an ideal way of adding a
personal quilted touch to your spring flower displays. We make a Dresden Plate
block in our block of the month quilt, Stars & Flowers and Stuart has a great
geometric block for you to try in Stashbusting.
We have some wonderful quilts to show you this month. Joanna O’Neill was lucky
enough to visit the Through the Seasons exhibition in Cumbria recently and Helen
shows us the results of this year’s Journal Quilt Challenge. She also tells us how to
make Memory Quilts while Chris Hammacott looks at recycling fabrics in her article
on Sustainability. Abigail Sheridan de Graaff tells us about her First and Last quilts
and we meet Malvern Quilters in Introducing.
So it just remains for me to say thank you for everything, Alex. We wish you well in
your new adventures and we are so glad we manage to infect you with the quilting
bug!