Does everyone lose their sewing mojo every now and then? I don’t think I’ve actually lost mine at the moment; more maybe put it somewhere for safe keeping! I just can’t seem to get down to much quilting. I have several projects on the go (who doesn’t?!) but apart from a daily one called a Temperature Quilt, I seem to be struggling to do much else. Maybe I need to start another quilt?

Talking about starting new quilts, I really like Mandy Munroe’s Framed Nine Patch quilt. The traditional Nine Patch block has so many possibilities; it’s one of my favourites. Although out of necessity and time pressures I tend to machine quilt a lot of my quilts these days, I love hand quilting and Greta Fitchett’s Welsh-style Quilted Cushion is a lovely way of combining both quilting techniques. The Forest Quilt makes excellent use of a printed panel to make a delightful quilt. From ‘Down Under’, Brenda Dean brings us the really useful Reversible Noodle Bags. We make our last curved EPP block in the Stars and Flowers block of the month quilt and some traditional EPP hexie flowers in this month’s instalment of Down on the Croft. Stuart’sStashbusting block this month is a delightful Little Cross block.

I was lucky enough to visit the National Quilt Championships at Sandown Racecourse where there were some stunning quilts on display. While Ruth Garner tells us about Beartown Patchwork & Quilters’ exhibition as the group celebrates its 35th anniversary. Longevity in our craft is never something to be sneezed at (P&Q is now in its 34th year!). And talking of longevity, we take a look at the celebrations of this year’s 40th Birthday of The Quilters’ Guild. We also view more textile treasures from the British Library in Silk, Theatre and Drama. Carolyn Gibbs tells us about her First and Last quilts and we meet the Heritage Quilters in Introducing.

Until next time

Joanna

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