However, every meteorological cloud has a silver lining, and craft is definitely our saviour at this time of year. With precious little else to compete with your free time, simply bury yourself in creating one of this month’s stunning quilts.

With a gentle nod to St. Valentine, our cover star, Log Cabin Bouquet, uses double-hearts to create the petals of this bold floral themed quilt. However, as a newcomer and convert to improv quilting (bordering on evangelical), jumping to the top of my to-do list is Mandy Munroe’s Rags to Riches quilt (page 25). But, for those of you seriously impatient for the lighter days of spring, immerse yourself in Lynne Goldsworthy’s latest offering Katie Jane (page 38), which is positively bursting with the promise of brighter things to come!

A glance through the following pages will show you the quilts and projects in this issue are a diverse mix of styles and techniques. Celestial Star (page 30) is a fabulous example of English paper piecing by designer Sharon Burgess. Sharon is the subject of this month’s Q&A, and as a relative latecomer to the craft, her passion for patchwork is almost palpable as she discusses her latest collection of designs.

And finally, as any self-respecting cra er will tell you, the therapeutic benefits from creating something by hand are many and varied. A recent heart-breaking and heart-warming letter from reader Alison Bennett, was part of the inspiration behind the launch of our new blog, Creative Therapy. Read Alison’s story along with details of how you can share your own experiences in Community focus (page 7).

But for now, simply take advantage of the cold weather and immerse yourself in some serious sewing – there’s nothing warmer than making a quilt! 


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