After three and a half years as the Editor of Popular Patchwork, Bridget is moving on to new things. We wish her and Barnaby, our out-going Sub-Editor and son Marlowe all the best for the future.

Our new editor, Elizabeth Betts, is now hard at work on our September issue, Elizabeth is an experienced quilt designer, teacher, writer and fabric shop owner who has been fascinated by fabric since childhood. She is the author of 'The Beginner’s Guide to Quilting', published in 2013 by David and Charles, and her work has featured in various sewing magazines. She lives in Hove with her family, which include Dusty the whippet.

Elizabeth says, "I always wanted to work with a fabric and thread and decided at the age of 7 I wanted to be a fashion designer.  I ended up studying at the London College of Fashion followed by Textiles with Fashion Marketing at the University of East London, specializing in print design."

"I became interested in patchwork and quilting about 12 years ago, after I had my eldest child (a very common scenario with quilting).  Following two years of sampler evening classes with the talented Brighton based quilter Sara Cook, I spent four years studying at City and Guilds level in Dorking with the art quilter Janet Twinn.  During my course in Surrey I wrote my paper,  My paper; "The Role of Liberty in the post 1960s UK Quilt Revival" was published by the British Quilt Study Group in 2010"

"In 2010 I opened a shop, called Quilty Pleasures, with my mum. The shop sold designer quilting fabric, patterns and specialist haberdashery for quilt making. From 2012 the creative/designing/teaching side of my work took increasingly more of my time than the retail side, and so in Spring 2015 we closed the shop, and now my mum takes care of the small website."

"My designs are usually based around grids and lines, and layering and pattern.  I often include a narrative or whimsical element in my work.  The nature around me inspires me, as do retro interiors which I often create my work to fit into.  The textiles I use are mainly 100% cotton, however I relax this when it comes to using vintage/retro/recycled fabrics.  I believe that the process of making a quilt is as important as the finished result."

The team here at Popular Patchwork are really looking forward to working together to bring you a creative and inspiring magazine. Elizabeth will be representing Popular Patchwork at Festival of Quilts in August, so please come by the stand to say hello and welcome her.

You can find out more about Elizabeth's work at betsy-betts.squarespace.com/