Hello September! And welcome to our descent into autumn and the ‘C’ word, yes Christmas! It just feels wrong to talk about the festive season in the height of summer, but sometimes we do need a bit more prep time; not least if we are making quilts. Not all Christmas projects have to be Christmassy though and many of the projects we’ll be featuring over the next few issues can of course equally be made in regular fabrics. The Scandi Christmas Quilt features this year’s Scandi collection from Makower, but it’s a great quilt design that would make a wonderful quilt in whatever fabrics you use. The Quilters’ Village is a stunning quilt designed by Mary Mayne. We’ll run this project over the next couple of issues because of the work involved in making it. Triangle Twist is a lovely bright modern quilt, while Julie Alderson’s Autumnal Wall Hanging mixes several techniques to make this delightful mini quilt. We’re nearing the end of our Stars and Flowers block of the month quilt and make another row in our Down on the Croft series quilt. Stuart’s block in Stashbusting this month is certainly a great stashbusting project and introduces us to string piecing. Jane Rollason shows us some of the quilts from the Russian Quilt Fest held in Moscow in the spring. We find out more about the needles made in France by Bohin in Beautiful Collaborators: the Pin and the Needle and Joanna O’Neill tells us about Thistle Quilters in Scotland, one of the oldest quilt groups in the UK. Julie Roddy shows us her First and Last quilts and we meet North Barn Quilters in Introducing.


Joanna Kent




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