I want to use my column this month to express my thanks and gratitude to our wonderful photographer, Sharon. For nearly a year now she has had to do our location shoots on her own as the various lockdowns and restrictions have meant I have not been able to do them with her. As we use actual homes for all our shoots, instead of a studio where every styled shot looks the same, the lockdowns have presented further problems as she’s not always been able to use one of the lovely houses she’s found in North Hertfordshire. But each month she manages to produce some great shots of the projects featured in P&Q. So thank you Sharon, you are a treasure!

Several of the projects in this issue are scrap friendly. I know we’ve all been working from our stashes more than usual this last year but the pile of scraps never seems to get any smaller does it? Janet Goddard’s Scrappy Crosses features textured prints left over from other projects but would look great in any selection of fabrics, while the Scrappy Mini Quilt will help use those little bits we keep but aren’t sure why. If you’ve got scraps that work together, then why not have a go at making the Pickle Dish Runner? Fly Past is made from a strip roll but could equally be made from scraps. If you want to treat yourself to some new fabrics, the William Morris Flowers quilt features fabrics from the William Morris collection from Craft Cotton Company. Stuart’s block in Stashbusting this month will give you plenty of practise making HSTs.

Looking after our mental health during the pandemic has been paramount and Dr. Kelly Fenton tells about the numerous positives our craft brings to the Mental Health and Well-being of a Quilter. We meet Hilary Gooding in Meet a Quilter and Julie Alderson shows us her Sketchbook Inspirations. And finally, renowned quilter Barbara Chainey and her partner-in-crime, Chris Franses, bring us the first in a new series of articles of New Quilts from Old as Barbara shares some of her antique quilts with us which Chris re-imagines for today.

Joanna