I’m actually appalled, although in my defence the last few weeks have been very busy. I’ve been spending a lot of my spare time, particularly during the long summer evenings, at the allotment busily weeding in the vain hope my plot might get shortlisted for the allotment association’s Best Kept Allotment competition (it didn’t) but that week in June when we had temperatures in the 30s for the best part of a week, I didn’t feel like doing anything except melt on the sofa!

Thank goodness for productive contributors! And as usual they have done us proud with some great projects. Our cover quilt, Japanese Parasols, features an oriental collection from Makower. The Starburst Flower Cushion will help you stretch your skills but if you are looking for an easier project, then look no further than the Francis Table Runner and Mats and the Blue Lagoon quilt. Practice your embroidery skills in the delightful wall hanging, Home is Where the Honey is. We have also reached the last part of our miniseries quilt, Tulips.

Your reading material this month includes a review of the recent National Quilt Championships at Sandown Racecourse and a look at ‘As Good as it Gets’, this year’s exhibition at the Jen Jones Quilt Centre. Helen met talented quilter Trease Lane in Meet a Quilter and we discover more about the difficulties new mothers face in Quilts for Nepal. We find out more about Gwent Quilters in Introducing.... and Beverley Hughes shows us her First and Last quilts. Do get in touch if you’d like us to feature your quilts.

Click here to purchase this issue of British Patchwork & Quilting