Writing my welcome column each issue very much marks the seasons for me, so it’s a bit of a scary thought thinking that the August issue is the last ‘summer’ issue for the year and my thoughts start turning towards projects for autumn; although I’m reassured a little when I remember I’m working a couple of months ahead of time every issue!

We’ve got a wonderful mix of projects for you this month with a couple of stunning appliqué quilts. The Lepidoptera Wall Hanging combines fusible appliqué with a little foundation piecing while the Hawaiian Staycation Wall Hanging is a great slow stitching project to take on holiday with you. As it is still summer and a time for being outside, we have some lovely bright quilts to tempt you. Tropical Sunshine is a simply pieced quilt, as is the Summer Plaid Quilt while the Summer Watermelon Quilt can be pieced quickly too. I’m daring to mention the ‘C’ word as some of us like plenty of time to make quilts for the festive season and the Yappy Christmas Quillow is a great project to make for a younger relative. Stuart’s block this month in Stashbusting is refreshingly summery!

As we emerge from all the government restrictions exhibitions and events are starting to pop up around the country. This month we’re heading north as Kath Garner tells us all about her visit to the North Country Quilts exhibition at the Bowes Museum and Joanna O’Neill went to see the Journeys exhibition by the international textile group Crossing Oceans. This time is also a time for reflection on the past eighteen months and Same Sea, Different Boat is one such project.

Until next month

Joanna