And so we leave the long days of summer behind and head into autumn and, shudders, winter. Saying that though, the autumn months are a delight with still warm days and the wonderful colours as the trees gradually prepare to shed their leaves.

And as we turn to autumn, we have some cosy autumnal projects for you; not least the Shades of Autumn Quilt by Julie Alderson. This quilt is the last in Julie’s series of seasonal quilts inspired the landscape of the Scottish island where she lives. The Rose Wreath Cushion makes use of upholstery fabric sample books which have wonderful autumn colours. Margaret Lee’s Tweed Work Bag is a hark back to days gone by while the Scandi Quilt features Makower’s 2021 Scandi fabric collection. I love an ombré fabric and was drawn to make the Nebulus Quilt. Be warned, it is a big quilt, but it’s oh so worth it if you have a king size bed! Stuart’s block in Stashbusting this month is also suitable autumnal.

I’m writing my column this month as I recover from the Festival of Quilts which was held in August, the first big quilt show in the UK since the pandemic struck the country in 2020. And what a show it was! Although probably a once-only thing, everyone loved having the extra space. My former sidekick, Helen, has reviewed the show for us. There have been many lockdown projects over the last eighteen months and one such project was the Shipton Trees Quilt. Roz Johnson tells us about Using Fabric Sample Books as a precursor to her floral cushion project and Deborah Nash was recently inspired by the Sophie Taeuber-Arp exhibition at Tate Modern.

Until next month,

Joanna