September is one of my favourite months, conjuring up shades of berries, damsons and plums – and the shoot location was the perfect backdrop to showcase the beautiful array of quilts and projects on offer this month. From the Broken Dishes quilt (with its cute button detail) (page 30) to the Botanics in the Borders quilt (page 70) the autumn vibe was as rich as the quilts themselves.

Whether it’s a book or a film, who doesn’t love a mystery? Combine that with a love of patchwork, and it can mean just one thing! Turn to page 56 for part one of our Mystery Quilt by Stuart Hillard and join us on a quilting adventure!

I think it’s fair to say, the general perception of patchwork and quilting, particularly by those who don’t participate is that of a gentle homespun craft, so it’s always interesting when those perceptions are challenged. Quilter and artist Caren Garfen does just this by delivering profound messages through her beautiful handstitched and carefully considered pieces. 

Read Diana Woolf’s interview with Caren (page 60) and discover why she feels the need to stay on message.

And finally, if you are lucky enough to be one of the many making the annual pilgrimage to the Festival of Quilts this year, make sure you come and say hi to the Popular Patchwork team at stand E32.