Welcome

With the hectic Christmas and New Year period already starting to become a distant

memory, it’s time to look ahead to lighter evenings and spring! We’ve added a list of

all the various quilt competition shows to this issue with details of their closing dates

and themes. Every quilt show needs quilts as without them, there is no quilt show. If

you’ve never entered a quilt into a quilt show before, maybe 2020 is the year for you;

everyone has to start somewhere. So why not have a go this year?

We’ve got a wonderful selection of quilt projects to inspire you this month. The

Hillside Quilt makes great use of the new Great British Quilter Back to Basics

collection designed by Sarah Ashford for Dashwood Studio. If quick piecing is your

thing, the Concentric Squares quilt is a simple quilt to make, add a few HST units

and you’ve made Berry Burst. If you have some leftover strips from a strip roll pack,

Katharine Guerrier’s Strippy Table Runner is a great way of using them up. I used

Liberty Tana Lawn for the first time in my Liberty Fans Wall Hanging and I think I’m

in love! They also quilted beautifully too. We make the final blocks and complete our

Swirling Stars Quilt while Stuart’s Stashbusting block this month uses up all those

thin little strips we keep. The block would be fun using up selvedges too!

Your reading material in this issue includes a look at the members of the Crossing

Oceans Textile Artists group and their first body of work based on the theme of

nature. Sheilah Daughtree takes a look at the Spotlight @40 collection of quilts that

were first displayed at the Festival of Quilts last August while Judi Mendelssohn

revisits Sew and Sos in Let’s Go Shopping. Sylvia Priest tells us about her First and

Last quilts and we meet Shipton Quilters in Introducing.

Happy Quilting

Joanna

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