Happy New Year everyone! After a difficult couple of years, who knows what 2022 will bring. Hopefully more sewing for me! A couple of years ago I made a Temperature Quilt where you make a simple block every day of the year with the fabrics used for each day determined by the high and low daily temperatures. Have a google or look at hastags on Instagram and maybe sew along with me as I’m making another one for 2022!.

Sometimes having a sewalong or deadline is the best way of ensuring you complete a quilt and block of the month programmes are excellent for this. I was more than delighted when Roz Johnson asked if I would be interested in another Calendar Quilt. Many readers will remember her original quilt from ten years ago which was a wonderful quilt. This new version featuring dimensional appliqué is no less wonderful and I hope you’ll be inspired to make your own version. The Scratchy Cat Cushion will bring a wry smile to the face of the cat lovers amongst you. For the traditional quilter we have the Rainbow Quilt, a Log Cabin style quilt. If you’ve received new baby news over the festive period the Scrap Happy Cot Quilt can be made in a hurry, or why not make the Pirates Quilt? The Drawstring Backpack is also a great make. Stuart’s block this month in Stashbusting will hopefully help you make a dent in your scrap pile.

Joanna O’Neill has been lucky enough to visit two exhibitions for us recently. First up is Resurgence featuring quilts from The Quilters’ Guild while the Changing Minds exhibition is the second ‘Chinese whispers’ collection of quilts by World Wide Whispers. Based on an idea by Ann Hill, we’ll find out more in next month’s issue, but in the meantime, enjoy the quilts.

Joanna