Welcome

By the time this October issue hits the shelves, the nights will definitely be starting to draw in. Autumn is a favourite season for many of us; a time when snuggling up under a patchwork quilt really comes into its own. The long hot days of summer are becoming a distant memory and we can hope/pretend the short, dark, cold days of winter aren’t here yet. One thing these hotter summers are ensuring though is a wonderful autumn display of foliage; colours which never fail to inspire creative people. We’ve got a packed issue for you as always. Projects to inspire whatever your level of skill or experience, well-written articles and of course quilts aplenty!

Our Halloween Cushion has a touch of the Mexican Day of the Dead about it; one for the teenagers maybe? We continue our preparations for the festive season with our Christmas Tree Wall Hanging. If you are missing the warmth of summer, the Tuscan Hills Wall Hanging may be the project for you. We reach the end of our Down on the Croft quilt series and make the last blocks in our Stars and Flowers block of the month project. We make some Ohio Star blocks in The Quilters’ Village and Stuart has a great block for us in Stashbusting. We love seeing the quilts you have made using Stuart’s blocks.

We all took a moment to breathe after the Festival of Quilts in August as the run-up to the show had been rather hectic. Helen shows us the winning quilts from the show, while Sheilah Daughtree was lucky enough to spend some time with the curators of the Beautiful Baltimore Quilts gallery at the show. On a smaller scale, we look at a local quilt group’s exhibition, Passage to Pershore and we also take a look at how to get your quilt accepted into a juried quilt show in Show Business! We meet Walsall Patchwork and Quilters in Introducing while Jane Rollason shows us her First and Last quilts.

Enjoy!

Joanna Kent

Editor