What a crazy start to the year we’ve had weather-wise! I have to say though, that weekend when the Mini Beast from the East blew in the other weekend, I didn’t half get a lot of sewing done! And a quilter who has managed to do a lot of sewing is usually a happy bunny, don’t you think? It’s certainly good for mind, body and soul.

So what projects do we have to tempt you this month? Helen has made the delightful Liberty Cottage Garden quilt which features the new craft cottons that Liberty have started making. Naomi Clarke has made another lovely English Paper Pieced quilt using traditional Liberty fabric with her Berry Tumblers. If you love ombré fabrics (who doesn’t?), you’ll love the Ombré Starsquilt made by new contributor Tracey Tasker. The Modern Plus Cushion is just that, stylishly modern while the Snippets of Summer Table Runner combines simple piecing with 3D work. The Succulents Runner features foundation piecing to create the spiky shapes of succulents. We also make the final blocks in our Mushroom Village series quilt. We’ll complete the quilt next month in the June issue.

Joanna O’Neill reviews the Scottish Quilting Show in Glasgow for us; a show that gets bigger and better each year while my former partner in crime, Emma Horrocks, tells us about the fun she had on a recent weekend retreat with Just Hands On TV. I enjoyed a lovely couple of hours looking at the Contrasts exhibition by All Threaded Together. Long-time contributor (and former assistant editor) Chris Franses tells us about her First and Last quilts and we meet the Heritage Quilters in Introducing.

Phew! That’s a packed issue!

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